Jason Gillespie leads Yorkshire to second straight county title

first_imgFour months after being turned down by England, Australian coach Jason Gillespie enjoyed more success at domestic level by leading Yorkshire to their second straight County Championship title on Wednesday.A record-extending 33rd English title was sealed when Nottingham – Yorkshire’s closest challenger – was dismissed for 204 against Durham to deny them enough batting points to stay in the title race.Yorkshire has England players in Joe Root, Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, and Jonny Bairstow but it is a former England international, Ryan Sidebottom, who has been the key performer this season. Sidebottom passed 700 first-class career wickets by removing three batsmen in the first over of Yorkshire’s match against Middlesex on Wednesday, and has taken 39 wickets at 15.71 this season.Gillespie, a former Australia paceman with 71 Test caps, took over at Yorkshire in 2011 when the team was in the second tier. He achieved promotion in his first season, led Yorkshire to a runner-up finish in his second, and now has two titles to his name. He has lost only three of 61 matches in charge.Gillespie was in the running for the vacant job as England coach in May, only for the national team to turn to compatriot Trevor Bayliss.With two matches still to play this season, Yorkshire could yet achieve a record points haul in the top division, and will go for a first title hat-trick since 1968 next year.last_img read more