YORKSHIRE completed their surge to a first County Championship title in 13 years yesterday as Ryan Sidebottom led the way against his old club Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Veteran seamer Sidebottom finished with six for 30, and nine wickets in the match, as Yorkshire bowled their hosts out for 177 to win by an innings and 152 runs and confirm the 32nd championship in their proud history.
It was a personal triumph too for Sidebottom, Yorkshire-born and the sole survivor in this team from his native county’s last title-winning season but also twice a winner in the same competition in his seven years with Nottinghamshire.
Sidebottom put Yorkshire on the fast track with two wickets in successive overs, after Notts had resumed under initially cloudy skies on the final day of this Division One fixture.
He swung one past nightwatchman Gary Keedy’s defensive bat to hit off-stump, and doubled up with a more significant breakthrough — home captain Chris Read caught-behind to a very good delivery which nipped away off the angle.
He and Yorkshire then had to wait another half-hour for their next step to glory, Luke Fletcher pushing forward and edging compliantly to second slip.
There was still no shifting James Taylor (75) yet.
But Joe Root’s decision to replace Jack Brooks with Adil Rashid at the Radcliffe Road end brought immediate reward, Jake Ball misreading the leg-spinner to go lbw.
Then, shortly after 11.30am, Sidebottom administered the final blow — with his fourth wicket for six runs in 7.2 overs when Taylor advanced to him and smashed a drive on the up straight to point.