LOSING Middlesex captain Chris Rogers says Yorkshire remain his tip to win the LV= County Championship.
This was after the hosts completed a comprehensive 220-run win at Scarborough to return to the top of Division One.
Australian Test opener Rogers accepted that his side were "outclassed" by a White Rose outfit who take a five-point lead over Nottinghamshire into the season's last four matches.
Rogers hit 44 as Middlesex were bowled out for 201 in pursuit of 422 with the best part of 16 overs left on the final day.
Bradford-born leg-spinner Adil Rashid took his second four-wicket haul in two matches after Yorkshire had declared their second innings before play resumed.
Rashid returned a season's best 4-27 from 17.3 overs and Jack Brooks claimed 3-30 from 15 as Middlesex lost their last six wickets for 38 inside 15 overs after tea.
This was having been comfortably placed at 163-4 with Eoin Morgan and first-innings centurion John Simpson at the crease.
Rogers said: "Yorkshire are a very good side. As I said to a lot of the guys in our side – 'that's first-class cricket, that's what it's all about'.
"It's tough and when you come up against sides like that, you need to stand up. I thought we played quite well at times but we just got outclassed in the end.
"I tipped Yorkshire early on to win the title and I haven't changed my mind. It's down to them and whether they can carry on this form all the way through.
"As a batsman, their bowling attack is as good as any in the competition and their batters are in form. It's a good mix for them."
Yorkshire took wickets at key times on the final day, including two in as many balls after lunch from Steve Patterson as Middlesex slipped to 92-4 by losing Rogers, caught one-handed at second slip by Adam Lyth, and Paul Stirling lbw.
But it was Brooks and, in particular, Rashid who tipped the game Yorkshire's way in a dramatic passage of play after tea.
"Rash bowled beautifully," said Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie, who saw Lyth take four catches in the innings.
"The pace he bowled was key. We also took our catches, which is so vital."