Roland-Jones hat-trick leads Middlesex to County title

first_imgTOBY Roland-Jones took a hat-trick to lead Middlesex to the English County Championship title with a dramatic 61-run victory over Yorkshire at Lord’s yesterday.Yorkshire, chasing 240 for a win that would have secured the trophy for the third year in a row, collapsed to 178 all out, Roland-Jones claiming the final two wickets in successive deliveries to clinch victory with less than five overs to spare. The right-arm seamer also claimed a wicket with the last ball of his previous over.Somerset, who beat Nottinghamshire on Thursday, would have won the title for the first time if the game at Lord’s had ended in a draw.That looked the likely outcome when Yorkshire laboured to 153 for five but Roland-Jones completed figures of six for 54 as the visitors lost their last five wickets for 18 runs to give Middlesex the trophy for the first time since 1993.“The way the day went, it was a bit up and down,” Roland-Jones told Sky Sports. “I think we set them a pretty good chase.“At different stages they looked like they were going well. For it to finish like that is an unbelievable feeling.”Roland-Jones, called into the England Test squad this year, bowled Andrew Hodd and Ryan Sidebottom with the first two balls of his 13th over to seal victory.“There’s been so much hard work over the past five years,” the 28-year-old said.“We’ve been on an upward curve and to finish it off like this and finally manage to get there – I’m sure we’ll enjoy it tonight.”Middlesex, unbeaten in the championship all season, finished four points ahead of Somerset with Yorkshire 15 points further back in third.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park on Wednesday and the carryover to tomorrow’s meet stands at $1.3 million. Both Super-6s were caught and start anew with the guaranteed minimum of $750,000. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a competitive looking $180,000 claiming race over 1000 metres round, which should see the down in class horses FRANKENSTORM (Rayan Wilson up), LIGHT BRIGADE (Robert Halledeen) and DAGGA DAGGA LINKS (Andre Martin) the ones fighting out the finish in an eight-strong field. All three are better than this level of racing and although not always 100 per cent sound, LIGHT BRIGADE, in particular, could reply with a long overdue win with title-chasing Halledeen riding for that astute trainer Lawrence Freemantle and high profile owner Carlton Watson.  Preference, however, is for FRANKENSTORM, who won easily over 1100 metres in the fairly good time of 1:08.2 on August 26. The five-year-old son of Outrigger was claimed from trainer Neive Graham by Dennis l Lee out of that race and should bring fitness into play and win from LIGHT BRIGADE, now dropping down two classes with some indifferent form. Having finished second in her last two races, WHO’S BOSSY (Kuri Powell up) should come into her own and win the second race over 1500 metres for maiden four-year-olds and up. Owned and trained by Jamaica’s lone female conditioner Margaret Parchment, WHO’S BOSSY caught the eye in recent weeks when finishing second to ROYAL GIRL and DARLIN in separate races over middle distances and should go one better at the expense of WESTERN FAITH and NO PAIN NO GAIN in a field of seven. MISS DOROTHY, who just failed to catch ABOVE THE RADAR over 1820 metres recently, looks tempting at the weights with only 52.0kg in the third race over 1800 metres and her final rattle will now prove hard to withstand in a field of eight. Sadiki Blake, who won aboard her over a mile on August 6, has stuck with the ride and despite the good claims of bold front runner GRAN CORAZON and GEORHIAMYLOVE, the five-year-old mare is given the edge. Briefly, recent winner MARISHA STAR (Wesley Henry up), down in class EDISON (Omar Walker aboard) and CLEARLY OURS (O’Brien White) should provide the answers for the last three races in the first Super-6. Their respective dangers are GENUINE FRIEND, PRINCE ANDREW and AQUILO. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) FRANKENSTORM/LIGHT BRIGADE (2) WHO’S BOSSY/ WESTERN FAITH (3) MISS DOROTHY/GRAN CORAZON (4) MARISHA STAR/ GENUINE FRIEND (5) EDISON/PRINCE ANDREW (6) CLEARLY OURS/AQUILOlast_img read more