AFP | Up to date: September 13, 2018, 8:47 PM IST

Morkel-inspired Surrey Crowned County Champions

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London: Surrey gained their first county championship title since Adam Hollioake captained them to success in 2002 as they beat Worcestershire by three wickets on Thursday.Their victory had been arrange by their star performer this season, South African bowling nice Morne Morkel, who took 5-24 in Worcestershire’s second innings on Wednesday — the fourth time he has taken 5 wickets within the eight matches he has performed within the marketing campaign.

Openers Mark Stoneman and captain Rory Burns gave Surrey a stable begin of their chase of 272 and the crown with a gap stand of 111 however Worcestershire — who’re in peril of relegation — fought exhausting to take seven wickets.

Nevertheless, it was appropriately Rikki Clarke — the one participant who bridged the hole between the 2 title successes — who at 36 steadied the ship however left it to Morkel to attain the successful runs, prompting joyous scenes of jubilation.

For Surrey it was their ninth successive county championship victory, equalling a run they’d again in 1999 beneath Hollioake who guided them to a few titles in 4 years.

Much more cheering for England supporters was that seven of the 11 within the aspect had been home-grown merchandise, while Surrey followers shall be delighted Morkel has two years remaining on his contract.

The celebrations might effectively not be over for Burns both as he’s touted for a spot on the England tour of Sri Lanka having struck 4 centuries and 6 half-centuries in passing 1,000 first-class runs for the fifth straight season.

First Revealed: September 13, 2018, 8:47 PM IST


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