Middlesex are county champions

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MIDDLESEX won cricket's County Championship yesterday without needing to take the field.

The title came their way when Northamptonshire, the only side capable of catching them, failed to beat Leicestershire. Mike Gatting, the Middlesex captain, will receive a pounds 47,500 cheque on behalf of the county.

Having beaten Essex in two days on Friday, Middlesex have secured the Championship for the twelfth time with three matches still to go. They last won the title in 1990.

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