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Durham made themselves favourites for the Championship when the perseverance of their depleted bowling attack was rewarded with a seven-wicket victory over leaders Yorkshire, who saw their lead slashed by 20 points.

Batsman Chris Rogers offers stability to the top order

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Ryan Sidebottom celebrates the wicket of David Husse

Yorkshire 407 & 12-0 Nottinghamshire 150 & 266 (Yorkshire win by 10 wickets): Sidebottom bowls side to brink of regaining the title

An emphatic 10-wicket victory completed with more than a day and a half to spare has stretched Yorkshire’s lead at the head of the First Division to such a margin that with four matches remaining the title looks theirs to lose.

Smith hit his first Test ton at The Oval

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The Aussie Angle: His century marked the belated arrival of a Test batsman of substance

Tim Bresnan crucially dislodged David Warner in the fourth Test

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Hero of Durham Test sustains stress fracture of back and faces long spell on the sidelines

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Ashes 2013: Australia legend Glenn McGrath reveals admiration for England's attitude

England have taken a 3-0 lead in the series with one Test to play

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Michael Clarke and Shane Watson of Australia leave the ground after rain stopped play

Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke claims there is not 'much of a gap' between England and Australia

The hosts retained the Ashes yesterday after the third Test was drawn

Kevin Pietersen

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Bowler of the day

Adil Rashid has made more headlines for his batting this season, with three centuries in the championship. Today, he proved he can still be a match-winning leg-spinner, taking 5 for 78 to set up Yorkshire for a 10-wicket win over Middlesex just before lunch on the final day at Lord’s, taking them to the top of the First Division.

Round-Up: Yorkshire are undone by Klinger's 96

In the Yorkshire Bank 40, a fighting 96 at Headingley from Group C leaders Gloucestershire's Australian captain, Michael Klinger, condemned Yorkshire to a five-wicket defeat.

Colly gosh: Durham captain Paul Collingwood (left) celebrates a wicket

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Durham 259 & 240-6 Middlesex 196 & 165-5 (Match drawn): Durham captain waits to declare – and scuppers chance of a victory

Samit Patel's excellent three-wicket haul helped the visitors defeat Northants

Round-up: Taylor and Patel enjoy perfect partnership to beat Northamptonshire

Nottinghamshire powered their way to an 83-run victory over Northamptonshire in the first full round of Yorkshire Bank 40 fixtures thanks to a 149-run partnership between England hopefuls James Taylor and Samit Patel.

County Championship round-up: It's an Aussie one-two as Ed Cowan pips George Bailey to 50

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