Bairstow: County win on a par with Ashes

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Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow has put winning the County Championship on a par with winning the Ashes with England, and was especially proud given his late father's association with the club too.

Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow has put winning the County Championship on a par with winning the Ashes with England, and was especially proud given his late father's association with the club too.

Yorkshire secured the Division One title on Friday, beating Nottinghamshire by more than an innings, and it was their first such title since 2001. The celebrations were soured a bit by skipper Andrew Gale being banned from lifting the trophy due to being suspended, but Bairstow was still delighted with the outcome.

Bairstow told the ECB website: "It's up there (with the Ashes). It is fantastic, growing up as a young boy and dad having played 20 years at the club, to come through and win a championship for Yorkshire is a special, special moment.

"It is something I am very proud of and I am very proud of the guys that have been involved this season and throughout the club from the office staff to the chairman.

"This is the big one. This is the one that everyone throughout the country wants to win.

"To do it for the first time after a long lay-off is very, very special and something I will treasure. Hopefully we can do it again."

Bairstow was also full of praise for former England paceman Ryan Sidebottom, who took six wickets in the second innings, and nine in the match. He bagged the final wicket required, at the age of 36.

Bairstow said: "Ryan came out this morning and bowled like he has done all season. To take nine in the game, in such a crucial game, just shows the stature of the bloke.

"Hopefully he can keep going for a good few years yet. I think we have managed him very well."

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