County Championship: Warwickshire beat Somerset to win first title since 2012

Rob Yates, fourth County Championship century winner at Edgbaston, spearheaded Warwickshire's morning run mars
LV= County Championship Division One Edgbaston Birmingham (day four), Warwickshire 367. Hain 83. Rhodes 60. Sibley 56. Briggs 53*. Overton 5-88. & 294-3 dec. Yates 132*. Rhodes 62. Sibley 50 Somerset 389. Gregory 68. Azhar Ali 60. Lammonby 59. Davies 52. Bresnan 335. Briggs 377. Woakes 3100 & 154.

Warwickshire won the first County Championship since 2012, beating Somerset by 118 runs at Edgbaston.

The Bears declared at 294-3 to set Somerset 273 for victory in 79 overs. They then bowled out the tourists for 154.

Lancashire was denied their eighth title victory by the Bears. They will have to settle instead for second and a meeting at Lord's next week's Bob Willis Trophy final.

England's all-rounder Chris Woakes was 3-39 when Somerset fell from 31-0.

Craig Miles won 3-26. Somerset's last man Jack Brooks was defeated by Liam Norwell. However, Woakes and Rob Yates were the Bears' top two scorers with their 132 runs.

Woakes at his best when it comes to Bears

After being away for three years from the Bears' red-ball squad due to England commitments Woakes is back in his best form and has taken 12 wickets over the last two matches.

Woakes is the Bears' only survivor of their 2012 title victory. He made eight appearances.

It was also good news in England, and a fitting end to an otherwise difficult injury-affected season for 'Brummie Botham.

Woakes was also able to prove his fitness in advance of the Ashes season. He bowled 46.3 runs and was the Bears' most used bowler.

Lancashire has suffered from cruel luck

Lancashire was the last team to be separated by 6.5 points at the end of this round of matches.

They had eliminated Nottinghamshire from the race and ended Hampshire's hopes for a first title in Liverpool since 1973. On Thursday, Hampshire won a thrilling Dane Vilas-inspired victory at Aigburth.

If the Bears had failed to win, Lancashire would be champions for the first-time since 2011, when they beat Somerset at Taunton and pipped Warwickshire to the title.

Their total title count is now eight, though they shared the title with Surrey in 1952.

They have five days to make amends at Lord's next Tuesday in the second Bob Willis Trophy Trophy final. However, the weather forecast is not promising.

Bears deliver 'near-perfect performance'

Analysis - BBC Radio WM commentator Mike Taylor

This morning, I was informed that Warwickshire needed a near perfect performance to win today's game. That is exactly what they delivered.

They needed quick runs to be able to bat Somerset off this afternoon on a pitch that was difficult to hit.

They batted hard this morning to reach the target. They had 79 overs left to bowl. In front of an audience that grew throughout the day and was free to enter, they did it with plenty of time.

This is their first title since 2012, and it's a great achievement for a young team who has gotten to this point much faster than they expected.

We will keep you posted.