Lancashire celebrate as Surrey go down
Lancashire will replace Surrey in Division One next season after the two sides suffered contrasting fortunes on a day of ups and downs in the County Championship.
Surrey became the first side this season to be relegated, after a six-wicket defeat at Warwickshire while Lancashire returned to the top flight at the first time of asking with a draw at Gloucestershire.
Despite world-class batsmen Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting and Hashim Amla playing for Surrey at different stages this year, the south London side have won just once in 15 four-day matches in a season of under-achievement.
They were no match for last year's champions, with Ateeq Javid and Chris Woakes putting on an unbeaten 155 to take Warwickshire to their modest victory target of 281 with 25.2 overs to spare.
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Having scored a maiden Championship century against Somerset last month, Ateeq Javid played a match-winning innings for the first time, making 119 not out in five and a half hours to strengthen Warwickshire's hopes of top four prize-money.
Lancashire were relegated last season after claiming the title in 2011 but bounced back in some fashion, claiming the Division Two crown with a game to spare.
Gloucestershire had begun the final day on 90 for three in their first innings, replying to 310 for eight declared, and were bowled out for 209, Tom Smith taking four for 49 and Oliver Newby four for 71.
Lancashire were 195 for two in their second innings when play ended. Luis Reece fell three short of a maiden Championship century, while Paul Horton marked his 31st birthday by scoring 55.
Yorkshire sealed second place in Division One as they claimed an 80-run win over Middlesex at Headingley.
Only Australia opener Chris Rogers offered any real resistance as Middlesex chased a 277 target in a minimum of 75 overs, but he departed for 65 and the visitors were all out for 196 in 49.5 overs.
Leicestershire crashed to a 180-run defeat against Hampshire at Grace Road as the curtain came down on their miserable Division Two campaign – and Matthew Hoggard's illustrious career.
Set to chase 365 for victory, Leicestershire were bowled out for 184, which means they have gone through a season without winning a Championship match for the first time in their history.
Hoggard, the last man in, was applauded all the way to the middle on his farewell appearance. The former England bowler finished with three not out, as Leicestershire ended at the bottom of the table for the second time in three seasons.