Can Yorkshire win the county championship title?

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After their crushing victory over rivals Lancashire, Yorkshire head into their last two Championship games in division one in pole position to claim their first title since 2001.

Yorkshire lead their nearest challengers, Nottinghamshire, by 26 points after losing just one game all season, a record-breaking fourth innings run-chase by Middlesex at Lords.

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Yorkshire's final two matches are against Nottinghamshire next Tuesday, and then Somerset at Headingley on the 23rd September. The battle at Trent Bridge is now key to the outcome of the title race, a victory for Yorkshire will see the Tykes crowned champions with a game remaining.

On the other hand if Notts are victorious and they win their final game against Sussex, also at Trent Bridge, Yorkshire will go into their final game against Somerset in need of victory and under pressure to do so.

Who will emerge victorious from the clash at Trent Bridge?

Yorkshire head into their final two games without their captain and leader Andrew Gale who has led them impressively all season. He is banned due to misdemeanours in both Roses battles this season.

The only Championship game he has not captained was the defeat to Middlesex as he decided to make way for returning England star Joe Root, who captained the side.

Yorkshire have momentum in their favour after their fantastic victory over Lancashire at Old Trafford recently. They totally outplayed the Red Rose county and have players who are on top form at a crucial stage of the season.

Winning run

Opener Adam Lyth, fresh from his double-hundred against Lancashire, is having a fantastic season and leg-spinner Adil Rashid is returning to the form that led to him earning an England call-up earlier in his career.

Yorkshire are also dominating the division one batting averages with three of their batsmen in the top five and five in the top twelve.

Adam Lyth is currently the leading run scorer in the division. The bowlers have also impressed and have been led well by the likes of ex-England seamer Ryan Sidebottom and, current division one leading wicket-taker, Jack Brooks.

All to play for

Yorkshire could also be boosted in their final two games by their returning England stars even though they have managed well without them so far this season.

If Yorkshire do manage to capture the title this season there will be no doubt that the White Rose county deserves it after some very impressive performances this season. However, there is still some very hard work to do before they can be crowned champions again.

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