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Sports headlines in brief: Warwickshire clinch County Championship plum




* Warwickshire clinch County Championship plum

Warwickshire’s Liam Norwell (on right) celebrates with Captain Will Rhodes after taking the wicket that sealed the 2021 County Championship title

Warwickshire have won the County Championship Division-I for the first time since 2012 after a 118-run demolition of Somerset at Edgbaston.

Meanwhile, Kent won the Division-III title with a dramatic two-wicket win over Middlesex


Warwickshire 367 (Sam Hain 83, Will Rhodes 60, Dom Sibley 56; Craig Overton 5/88, Jack Brooks 3/83) and 294/3 declared (Rob Yates 132 n.o., Will Rhodes 62, Dom Sibley 50; Jash Davey 1/55)

Somerset 389 (Lewis Gregory 68, Azhar Ali 60, Tom Lammonby 59, Steven Davies 52; Tim Bresnan 3/35, Danny Briggs 3/77) and (target 273) 154 (Lewis Goldsworthy 31, Lewis Gregory 31; Craig Miles 3/26, Chris Woakes 3/39)

* Milka wins gold at Yamagata

Milka Gehani de Silva after her gold medal win in Yamagata, Japan on Friday (24)

Milka Gehani de Silva, who represented Sri Lanka in the Tokyo Olympics, won a gold medal in the team gymnastics event at the 2021 All-Japan Senior and Masters Gymnastics Championships in Yamagata on Friday (24).

The 18-year-old de Silva has previously represented Sri Lanka at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics and the 2019 World Championships.

* Lando Norris on pole position as Hamilton spins

McLaren’s Lando Norris

McLaren’s Lando Norris took pole position in a thrilling rain-affected qualifying at the Russian Grand Prix yesterday (25). Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was only fourth after crashing in the pit lane mid-way through the final sessions and then spinning on his final lap, as drivers risked slick tyres in the closing stages.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Williams driver George Russell took advantage of Hamilton’s error to vault into second and third places.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo took fifth ahead of Alpine’s Fernando Alonso.