Derbyshire moving into contention

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Dean Jones, the Derbyshire captain, reckons his side are becoming Championship contenders after moving up to third in the table with a 363- run win over Middlesex 28 minutes into the final morning yesterday.

It sealed a hat-trick of first-class wins - all achieved without Dominic Cork - and Jones insisted: "The boys are focused on what they are doing. The teamwork and team spirit is pretty good and we are working on the three Ws - will, want and work. If you don't have those you don't get anywhere."

Sussex pulled off their third successive Championship win by overpowering Glamorgan by an innings and seven runs at Hove. The Welsh county, resuming the final day on 122 for 3 and still needing 151 to make Sussex bat again, were dismissed for 266, 30 minutes after lunch, despite a battling 112 from their captain Matthew Maynard.

Durham's worst start to a season continued with an eight-wicket defeat by Surrey at Stockton. Bottom of the Sunday League and next to bottom of the Championship, Durham have not won a game in 19 starts against first- class opposition this season. "We have had a desperate start," said John Morris, captain in the absence of Mike Roseberry, who has a hand injury.

Warwickshire's vice-captain, Tim Munton, is consulting a specialist after another injury setback. The former England seamer suffered a back problem in the match against Kent on his return from a six-week lay-off with a cracked wrist.

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