Let’s wrap things up. As ever, all fixtures and team names may be incorrect. The writer accepts no responsibility for factual accuracy.
1st – Durham
Having won the County Championship, Durham promptly lost to Sussex.
2nd – Yorkshire
Yorkshire beat Middlesex with a young scamp by the name of Ryan Sidebottom setting them on the path to victory with 4-27. We remember when Sidebottom was the most important part of England’s attack. It was 2009; the nation was rocking to the sounds of Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Chipmunk; Gordon Brown was Prime Minister; and Hole in the Wall disappeared from our screens. Memorable times. Gary Ballance hit 90 in that match. No-one else got past 66.
Yorkshire also drew with Surrey. That man Ballance made a first innings hundred before 18-year-old Domnic Sibley made 242 alongside the rather better-known Hashim Amla, who made 151. It’s impressive to think that Surrey have contrived to get relegated after fielding Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting and Hashim Amla at various points in the season. Ballance then saved Yorkshire with 108 not out. He’s bloody effective. The only worry is that he bats at number six for Yorkshire, which is a pretty sheltered spot in county cricket.
3rd – Sussex
As was mentioned above, they beat Durham, which secured them a podium position. James Anyon took 5-44 and finished with 50 wickets for the season. Chris Jordan took 4-50 and finished with 59, behind only Tim Murtagh (60), team-mate Steve Magoffin (63) and Graham Onions (a ludicrous 70, despite only playing 12 matches). Keaton Jennings and Michael Richardson scored hundreds in Durham’s second, more successful, innings, but Sussex still managed to score 297 to win with Chris Nash making 108.
The next chapter
Might do a statistical round-up if it means we don’t have to try and think of something to say about the Champions League for another day. Anticipate a whole series of crimes against factuality should we attempt such a thing.