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September 27, 2009
Players/Officials: Gareth Breese | Anthony Ireland | Justin Langer | Tom Maynard | Gordon Muchall | Niall O'Brien | David Payne | Mark Pettini | Matt Spriegel | Arul Suppiah | James Taylor | Jonathan Trott
Warwickshire clinched the Division Two title with a last-ball, three-wicket victory against Lancashire at Old Trafford as Rikki Clarke held his nerve to hit the winning single. The home side could only managed 166 as Keith Barker took 3 for 23 and Jonathan Trott marshalled the chase with a composed 86 from 122 balls after he was dropped at slip early on. However, Trott was caught at midwicket at the start of the last over and Ant Botha was run out before Clarke sealed the silverware as Warwickshire jumped above Middlesex.
Tom Maynard rounded off his season with an unbeaten 69 as he carried Glamorgan to a five-wicket victory against Derbyshire at Derby after Jim Allenby hit a 58-ball 60 to give the chase momentum. Derbyshire were captained by wicketkeeper Jamie Pipe in his final match before retirement to become the club physio.
In a battle of the youngsters at Grace Road, Surrey came out on top against Leicestershire as Matthew Spriegel (81 not out) and Tom Smith (65) produced a stand of 123 to carry the visitors home. Surrey had stumbled to 94 for 5 after Wayne White claimed two wickets. For Leicestershire, James Taylor ended his impressive season on a high with an unbeaten 83 off 66 deliveries.
Northamptonshire put the disappointment of missing out on Championship promotion behind them to win by 99 runs against Kent at Canterbury. Stephen Peters and Niall O'Brien added 101 for the first wicket and O'Brien finished with 72 from 52 balls. Rob White then made 70 from 80 balls as Northamptonshire reached 244, which Kent never threatened to chase down. David Lucas, who took a seven-wicket haul in the Championship on Friday, claimed four and Greg White collected three.
Somerset couldn't quite give Justin Langer a winning farewell at Taunton as they went down by two-wickets against Durham when victory would have given them the title after Sussex's defeat at New Road. Somerset's chance only came about during the final stages as news from Worcester filtered through, but Durham had the chase in hand after an opening stand of 79 in seven overs between Phil Mustard and Ian Blackwell. The home side battled back as Charl Willoughby removed both openers, but Gordon Muchall controlled the middle of the innings with a well-paced 61. However, when he chipped to midwicket Somerset sensed a chance, especially with Alfonso Thomas and Ben Phillips applying pressure. Gareth Breese, though, kept a cool head and Scott Borthwick pushed his second ball through midwicket to seal the win. Somerset's innings had been a stop-start affair from the moment Marcus Trescothick fell in the first over. de Bruyn provided the anchor in the middle with 55 off 66 balls and the late charge came from Arul Suppiah who clubbed 52 from 29 balls. Langer, in his final innings for the county, was caught behind for 13 and left to a warm ovation…but no trophy.
Nottinghamshire ended the season on a flat note as they capitulated for 57 - their lowest one-day total - against Gloucestershire to finish at the bottom of the table at Trent Bridge. Akhil Patel hit 41 of those runs - including 20 off four balls against Jon Lewis - and no else got passed 6. Anthony Ireland and David Payne both claimed 3 for 10 while Mark Ealham, in his final innings before retirement, fell for a second-ball duck. Gloucestershire needed just 7.3 overs to knock off the runs and victory was wrapped up by 3pm.
Mark Pettini followed his vital innings in Essex's successful Championship promotion chase with an unbeaten 101 as his side rounded off the season with a seven-wicket win against Yorkshire at Headingley. Graham Napier earlier took four wickets while, for Yorkshire, 18-year-old Joe Root hit 63 on his debut.
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