County Cricket Round-Up: 12th/13th September
LV County Championship Division One
Durham were confirmed as LV County Champions when they beat Nottinghamshire by an innings and 52 runs. Nottinghamshire had been asked to follow on on day three and were bowled out in their second innings for 212 as Liam Plunkett and Steve Harmison grabbed three wickets. Harmison clinched the win by bowling Mark Ealham for 18.
Centuries from Mal Loye (151 not out) and VVS Laxman (113 not out) ensured Lancashire saved their match against Somerset at Taunton. Their second innings ended with them on 314 for two.
Despite Sussex's desperate attempts to avoid it, they went down by an innnings and two runs against Warwickshire, a result which leaves them in relegation trouble. They were all out for 217 in the end as Ant Botha returned five wickets.
Hampshire had already beaten Worcestershire by ten wickets to confirm Worcestershire's relegation.
LV County Championship Division Two
Kent completed a ten-wicket win over Middlesex, who despite 118 from Neil Dexter following on, were unable to save the game, Kent cruising to 36 without loss to win.
Surrey successfully saved their game against Northamptonshire when they declared their second innings on 282 for nine, Matthew Spriegel scoring 56.
Essex clung on to draw against Glamorgan, closing the match on 181 for nine in their second innings. Five wickets from Dean Cosker couldn't quite clinch a win.
NatWest Pro40 Division One
Durham beat Nottinghamshire by four runs, half-centuries from Ben Harmison and Phil Mustard setting up the victory despite Mark Wagh's 56.
Three wickets from Charl Willoughby set Somerset on course for a six-wicket win over Hampshire and 81 from Craig Kieswetter finished the job. They now lie three points behind Sussex, ready to pounce should Sussex not beat Worcestershire in their final game.
NatWest Pro40 Division Two
Warwickshire thumped Kent by 59 runs, Neil Carter hitting 103 and Jim Troughton 53. Geraint Jones made 63 before Kent were bowled out for 224.
Nick Compton stroked 107 as Middlesex recorded a 50-run win over Derbyshire.
Surrey were bowled out for just 134, going on to lose to Northamptonshire by eight wickets. David Lucas picked up three wickets before Niall O'Brien hammered 81 in 46 balls to seal a win with almost 25 overs to spare.
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