First Division anything but signed, sealed and delivered
Saturday 03 September 2011
Even in a two-division County Championship, designed to minimise meaningless cricket, there are usually a few dead rubbers once September dawns. Not this year – in the First Division, at any rate.
Even Nottinghamshire, safe from relegation and not a realistic contender for the title they won in 2010, believe they can snatch fourth-place prize money by pipping fading Somerset.
Lancashire's defeat in a day and a half at Worcester has kept the top flight bubbling merrily, putting what is effectively do-or-die pressure on Yorkshire to win at Edgbaston against a Warwickshire side who will be clear favourites for the title should they come out on top.
Warwickshire drew level with Lancashire at the top on 201 points when they claimed their third batting point yesterday morning but Durham need only six more wickets as Sussex have a near-impossible target at Hove to total 211 points. The champions of 2008 and 2009 have only one match left against their rivals' two but will back themselves to beat Worcestershire at home, despite the latter's revival in the relegation fight.
Their presumed success on the South Coast, where Will Smith made his third century of the season and Durham declared 520 in front with four sessions left, also makes Sussex vulnerable, particularly if Yorkshire win and Hampshire knock Somerset out of title contention at Taunton.
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
Sir Alex Ferguson reveals who he thinks is better between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Why this father didn’t hide his daughter’s heroin overdose in her obituary
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
- 5 The most powerful passports in the world
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election