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County Cricket Round-Up: 26th September

LV County Championship Division One, day four of four

Durham completed their Championship-winning season with an unbeaten season after Worcestershire rallied to clinch a draw. The odds at the start of the day favoured another Durham win but the home side at New Road had other ideas, 97 from Steven Davies, 59 not out from Gareth Andrew and 53 not out from Richard Jones saw Worcestershire to safety on 410 for seven in their second innings

Both sides were already safe from relegation and the match between Yorkshire and Hampshire was predictably drawn. Hampshire made their way to 284 for three in their second innings, Jimmy Adams making 72, Chris Benham an unbeaten 67, and Michael Lumb 64, before the match was ended as a contest.

Sussex were set 371 to win their match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge after the home side were bowled out for 286, Chris Read hitting 83. Despite 80 from Dwayne Smith in just 54 balls, and innings of 70 from Chris Nash and Joe Gatting, Sussex were dismissed for 336, handing Nottinghamshire victory by 35 runs and second position in the table.

LV County Championship Division Two, day four of four

Essex had to beat Derbyshire to clinch promotion and when Derbyshire declared their second innings on 240 for four, Garry Park scoring an unbeaten 103, they were set 359 to win. That innings was reached thanks to some friendly bowling from Mark Pettini and Alastair Cook but there was nothing friendly about Derbyshire's bowling and a stunning fightback from Essex saw them earn their place in the First Division next year.

From 203 for five, Ryan ten Doeschate thumped 108 in 59 balls and Pettini 85 in 94 balls and they got home to take the win by five wickets and got themselves promoted by one point.

The run-fest at The Oval ended as a draw between Surrey and Glamorgan after Jonathan Batty (120) became the seventh man in the game to reach three figures and Surrey were just about ahead on 309 for seven when stumps were drawn.

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