London: Surrey establish themselves as The County Championship 2022 Winners with five more games still left in the championship. The Brown Caps defeated Yorkshire to lift the County Championship 2022 at the Mickey Stewart Oval. Nevertheless, the Trophy will only be handed over as tradition in Old Trafford next week
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On Day 1, Yorkshire led by Jonathan Tattersall won the toss and elected to field. In the first innings, Surrey registered an okayish score of 333 runs in just 80.5 overs. Ollie Pope continued his stellar form and scored a century of 136 runs off 131 balls. In the second innings, Surrey bowling led by Tom Lawes ripped apart the York batters.
Only four batters could reach double digits as they were reduced to 179. Still trailing by 154 runs, Yorkshire followed on. The third innings was no better than the first innings. Fighting for a chance, Yorkshire registered 208 runs setting a target of 55 runs for Surrey. From there, It was a cakewalk for the Brown Caps. Captain Rory Burns aided by Ryan Patel oversaw the victory in just 6 overs.
However, Surrey’s victory depended on other results too. Especially the Kent vs Hampshire. Kent crushed Hampshire by 77 runs. Additionally, Kent’s victory crushed Hampshire’s hopes to win the County Championship after a gap of 49 years. Surrey established the top of the table by securing 247 points while Hampshire is now at 220. With one game left, The maximum points Hampshire can gather is 16+8, 24 points. That means Surrey will still be leading by 3 points even if they lose their last fixture.
Surrey first won a championship in 1890, the inaugural edition. The Brown caps continued to win 19 more in the past 131 years including a shared cup in 1950 with Lancashire. The County Championship 2022 is Surrey’s 21st time lifting the coveted prize.
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