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Giles - Spirit made us champions
Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles hailed his players' determination to win after the Bears wrapped up the LV= County Championship title with an emphatic display against Worcestershire.
Warwickshire's victory by an innings and 202 runs at New Road completed an emotional 12-month journey after losing out to Lancashire on the final day of last season.
The triumph marked the county's first title win since 2004, and Giles said: "I'm just chuffed for everyone, the team have been fantastic this year. They've worked very hard since November last year, when we were looking for the 1% that would just take us that one step further. It's a nice feeling not to take it down to the wire at the last game like we did last season."
Having bowled out Division One's bottom club for just 60 on the opening day, Warwickshire declared at 471 for eight on Wednesday before Worcestershire reached stumps on 100 for two in their second innings. The demolition job continued on Thursday, with Warwickshire claiming the eight wickets required to wrap up the one-sided win shortly after lunch.
Elsewhere, four quick wickets in the closing overs of the third day put Sussex in a strong position to beat Somerset and virtually secure runners-up spot.
Openers Marcus Trescothick and Arul Suppiah had given Somerset's own hopes of finishing second behind Warwickshire a boost with a stand of 147 after the visitors had been set 396 to win. But Trescothick (71) was bowled off an inside edge and eight balls later Suppiah (70) was held at the second attempt by Matt Prior to give Steve Magoffin the first of three quick wickets.
Somerset reached 155 for four at stumps, still needing another 241 runs to win.
Half-centuries by Karl Brown and Gareth Cross helped relegation-threatened Lancashire to a big total on the third day of their crucial encounter against Middlesex at Lord's. The visitors established a two-run first-innings lead on 448 all out thanks in part to the sixth-wicket duo, who added 77 runs in just 13 overs to reignite Lancashire hopes after being reduced to 270 for five with the dismissal of Ashwell Prince (71).
At stumps, Middlesex had reached 129 for two in their second innings, a lead of 127 heading into the final day.
Zander de Bruyn and Gary Wilson overcame a turning pitch to help Surrey set Nottinghamshire a victory target of 347 on the final day of their clash at the Oval. With seven of the 10 wickets to fall on day three being shared by the spin duo of Graeme White (four for 97) and Sam Wood (three for 64), the stage would now appear to be set for Murali Kartik and Gareth Batty to spin the hosts to victory.