Game: Nottinghamshire vs Yorkshire (County Championship)
Dates: September 9-12, 2014
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire
Stage of the season: 15th County Championship game of the 16-game season
Nottinghamshire: SJ Mullaney, AD Hales, MJ Lumb, JWA Taylor, SR Patel MH Wessels, CMW Read © †, LJ Fletcher, JT Ball, G Keedy, HF Gurney.
Yorkshire: A Lyth, AZ Lees, GS Ballance, JE Root ©, JM Bairstow †, JA Leaning, AU Rashid, TT Bresnan, SA Patterson, RJ Sidebottom, JA Brooks.
Toss: Won by Yorkshire who elected to bat first
A dominant performance from Yorkshire against a strong Nottinghamshire team was enough to secure the required points to crown the White Rose as County Champions. For the first time since David Byas’ side lifted the trophy in 2001, the White Rose claimed the title. The game itself could be considered as almost the perfect performance, with Yorkshire only batting once, compiling 532 for 9 declared in the first innings. A century from Adam Lyth, 90’s from Gary Ballance and Tim Bresnan and 86 from Alex Lees led the way and the Trent Bridge-based county had no answers. Yorkshire’s bowlers dismissed Nottinghamshire for 203, before enforcing the follow-on and dismissing Chris Read’s side for 177. Openers Ryan Sidebottom and Jack Brooks did most of the damage, taking nine and six wickets respectively in the match and the spoils went to the White Rose.
A tough choice given the volume of White Rose runs in the first innings, but it had to be Ryan Sidebottom. The tall left-armer, who was returning to the Club where he spent seven years in between Yorkshire campaigns, returned a remarkable 6 for 30 to wrap up the game in the second innings. Swinging the ball round corners, Nottinghamshire’s top-order had no answer to the Yorkshireman who made a mess of the stumps on a regular occasion. It was only fitting that Sidebottom was the man to claim the final wicket removing James Taylor, caught by Richard Pyrah at point, kickstarting scenes of sheer ecstasy for everyone associated with the White Rose.
Result: Yorkshire won by an innings and 152 runs
Club Captain Andrew Gale posing with the trophy and his team, after they’d claimed the White Rose’s first County Championship title for 13 years.