Yorkshire have a team that can rival the greats of the past

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Double County Championship winners Yorkshire have a chance of rivalling their great 1960s predecessors that won seven titles in nine years, according to Martyn Moxon.

Cricket director Moxon hailed Yorkshire for retaining their title despite losing seven key stars to England for the mainstay of the season.

Veteran seamer Ryan Sidebottom surpassed 700 first-class wickets with a three-wicket maiden that opened the match against Middlesex at Lord's.


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The 37 year old claimed five for 18 as Middlesex crashed to 106 all-out, before Nottinghamshire's paltry 204 against Durham sealed Yorkshire's title.

"I think we're starting to get up there with the great teams of the past," said Moxon.

"I think we'd need a few more championships to surpass those great teams, but we have a chance.

"And that's an aim of this squad that we do leave a legacy of being successful over a period of time."

Yorkshire's championship win of 1959 ushered in a decade of dominance, six more titles falling the county's way in the sixties.

England's largest county suffered a 33-year wait for a championship win between 1968 and 2001, but are now back on a roll.

Moxon hailed the evergreen Sidebottom for maintaining the desire to bridge the gap between perennially-absent England stars and fast-improving youngsters.

"The first win is really special, but given the circumstances this is probably a bigger achievement than winning last year," said Moxon.

"Ryan was remarkable; he's been fantastic again this season.

"That first over epitomised what Ryan was all about, and to get his 700th wicket as well, he's been a fantastic bowler over the years and there's still a lot of life left in him.

"He's achieved so much in the game but still has that desire to keep playing and also pass on to younger players his knowledge and experience.

"To still be running in and bowling the way he is, he loves playing and just wants to keep going for as long as he can.

"To combine developing England players with domestic success is a fantastic effort from everyone involved.

"To have provided so many England players this summer and still won the championship, with two and a half games left, I think it's a remarkable achievement.

"That's the ultimate aim of county cricket, to produce England players but still win domestically, and hopefully we can keep that going."

This time last year captain Andrew Gale was barred from lifting the trophy or celebrating Yorkshire's championship victory, owing to a two-match ban for verbally abusing Ashwell Prince.

Moxon said the whole Yorkshire squad cannot wait for the skipper to snatch the silverware later this week, on completion of the Middlesex match.

"Everybody is delighted for Galey," said Moxon of Gale, who hit 98 on day one against Middlesex.

"We were desperately sorry for him last year.

"It was terrible to see his reaction when he knew he couldn't lift the trophy or even be involved in any photographs or anything.

"We thought that was very unjust at the time.

"So we felt for him last year, so for us to win it again and for him to have the chance of lifting the trophy at Lord's, it's fantastic for him, and he's going to enjoy that moment."

Moxon hailed head coach Jason Gillespie's record of just three defeats in 61 championship clashes, the former Australia paceman underpinning Yorkshire's success.

"Having played for Yorkshire he knew the club but he's a very laid-back character that at the same time demands high standards," said Moxon.

"With the support staff too he's been able to create an environment for the players to focus but express themselves.

"And that record is remarkable."

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