Division 1, Birmingham, Sep 21 - 24 2021, County Championship
367 & 294/3d
(52 ov, target 273)389 & 154
Warwickshire won by 118 runs
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• George Dobell

Warwickshire seal Championship glory as Somerset are overwhelmed

Victory vindicates savvy recruitment, not least that of head coach Mark Robinson

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Comms: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
Warwickshire367/10(112.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Sam Hain83 (161)
Will Rhodes60 (133)
Craig Overton5/88(30.5)
Jack Brooks3/83(25)
Somerset389/10(136.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Lewis Gregory68 (139)
Azhar Ali60 (124)
Tim Bresnan3/35(20)
Danny Briggs3/77(27)
Warwickshire294/3(51 overs)2nd INNINGS
Rob Yates*132 (168)
Will Rhodes62 (44)
Jack Brooks1/60(13)
Josh Davey1/55(9)
Somerset154/10(52 overs)2nd INNINGS
end of over 52Wicket maiden
SOM: 154/10CRR: 2.96 
Josh Davey15 (37)
Liam Norwell 13-5-40-2
Craig Miles 9-1-26-3

4.36pm So that's the end of that. Reaction to follow from George Dobell. Thanks for joining us, from Miller and Matt, goodbye!

4.27pm Out come the rest of the Somerset squad, to shake hands on the outfield. And there's a punch of the fist from Woakes towards the Warwickshire faithful in the stands. Quite the comeback from the Bears, after their rather abject relegation a couple of seasons ago. They've overcome a changing of the guard, including the retirement of their club legend Ian Bell, and the impact of England call-ups for Sibley and Woakes. It's an eighth Championship title, and their first since 2012. And they'll be dancing on Broad Street tonight.

Fitting, too, that the innings that made this achievement possible today was that of the young prospect Rob Yates, who looks every inch an England opener in the making. A multi-faceted performer, he showed some T20 flourish in his acceleration today.

Norwell to Brooks, OUT

flinched to the gully and Warwickshire are champions! Pushed onto the back foot, fenced with an open face, a flying edge to the skipper Rhodes, and the celebrations begin! Huge glee from the fielders, before Bresnan breaks off to shake hands with the Somerset batters, and the rest of the team follow. Victory by 127 runs, and thoroughly deserved!

Jack Brooks c Rhodes b Norwell 4 (8m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50
Norwell to Brooks, no run

on the back foot, nudged to the leg side

Norwell to Brooks, no run

full length, Brooks has a front-foot wipe, no contact

Norwell to Brooks, no run

thumps the pad, angled into the batter, can't connect on the leg-glance

Norwell to Brooks, no run

beaten! Stuck in the crease, lift off the deck, so close to the edge!

Norwell to Davey, 1 leg bye

on the legs, flicked to backward square

end of over 514 runs • 1 wicket
SOM: 153/9CRR: 3.00 
Jack Brooks4 (3)
Josh Davey15 (36)
Craig Miles 9-1-26-3
Liam Norwell 12-4-40-1
Miles to Brooks, no run

flicked in the air, off the pad, Miles thunders through but can't reach it

Miles to Brooks, FOUR runs

full and wide, and Brooks launches into a square drive! Well why not. In the slot, and boshed

Miles to Brooks, no run

full and pushed to mid-off

Miles to Gregory, OUT

short, wide, a wide swipe, a thin nick! A massive take from Burgess! Leaping high to intercept, and now it's Match Point, Warwickshire! Gregory was lured once too often, and the Bears are rampant!

Lewis Gregory c †Burgess b Miles 31 (97m 56b 6x4 0x6) SR: 55.35

Briggs may be limbering up... some talk of a neck problem...

Miles to Gregory, no run

tight line on off stump, firm defence to cover

Miles to Gregory, no run

through to the keeper, no stroke offered

end of over 508 runs
SOM: 149/8CRR: 2.98 
Josh Davey15 (36)
Lewis Gregory31 (53)
Liam Norwell 12-4-40-1
Craig Miles 8-1-22-2

Big Bill, Bursl: "Hoping that this pair stick around and the tension builds - Gregory v Woakes is the ultimate battle of the 'nice bloke who can kind of do everything' cricketer. Also as a Notts fan - go Somerset!"

Norwell to Davey, no run

edged, but inches short of the tumbling second slip! Excitement abounds... but it's not quite the moment

Norwell to Davey, FOUR runs

another boundary! Less convincing but they all count. Leaning forward, opening the face, picking off the runs through third man

Norwell to Davey, FOUR runs

sublime drive! Clattered through the covers, extending the forearms through the stroke, holding the pose for the cameras

Norwell to Davey, no run

drags the bat inside the line, played it well in the end

Norwell to Davey, no run

solid in defence once more

Norwell to Davey, no run

into line, pushed to the off-side

end of over 492 runs
SOM: 141/8CRR: 2.87 
Lewis Gregory31 (53)
Josh Davey7 (30)
Craig Miles 8-1-22-2
Liam Norwell 11-4-32-1
Miles to Gregory, no run

leg-sided again, Gregory flings into a clip but misses. He looks in the mood to go for these runs. Well, I guess there's time...

Miles to Gregory, no run

lifting past the off stump

Match details
Edgbaston, Birmingham
TossSomerset, elected to field first
SeriesCounty Championship
Match days21,22,23,24 September 2021 - day (4-day match)
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Russell Warren
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Steve O'Shaughnessy
Match Referee
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Dean Cosker
PointsWarwickshire 22, Somerset 6
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