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Round-up: Durham edge closer to title after dramatic Derbyshire collapse

Durham moved to within one win of clinching their third County Championship in six years with an astonishing victory over Derbyshire at the County Ground, where the home side were skittled out for just 63 in their second innings.

Brown was 78 not out at close of play

County Championship round-up: Durham make slow progress as Brown punishes Yorkshire

The September scourge of unreliable weather may yet play a part in determining a County Championship that has the potential to provide another close finish. None of today's matches escaped interruption, with First Division leaders Durham suffering the biggest frustration.

Surrey spend money on the likes of Kevin Pietersenm, seen here celebrating, Durham’s Mitchell Claydon cashes in

County cricket: The north-south divide in reverse

Money-bags Surrey are bottom while little Durham are top. How come?

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the mainstay of the Derbyshire second innings

Cool Chanderpaul gives Derbyshire hope

After the first match of England’s one-day international series against Australia at Headingley was declared a washout yesterday afternoon, it was left to the County Championship to fill centre stage.  A deluge  overnight and throughout the morning meant that the likelihood of any play was quickly dashed, with the sides due to reconvene at Old Trafford tomorrow.

Usman Arshad: Seamer picked up two wickets in two balls to follow his 34 with the bat

Sussex fold as Durham take giant stride to title

Durham 245 & 268-8 dec Sussex 112 & 116 (Durham win by 285 runs)

Paul Collingwood made a vital 45 to steady Durham

Paul Collingwood and Phil Mustard put Durham within reach of summit

Durham 245 & 212-6 Sussex 112

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Mark Stoneman builds Durham's unexpected title credentials

Durham 245 Sussex 60-3

Paul Collingwood of Durham bats during the LV County Championship division one match between Yorkshire and Durham

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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.

England Women seal Ashes success with easy win over Australia

England Women sealed their Ashes success with a comfortable seven-wicket win in the third NatWest Twenty20 international at Chester-le-Street.

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County Championship: Durham face Yorkshire decider

Durham set up a potential County Championship title decider with Yorkshire at Scarborough when they moved into second place with an innings and 144-run win at home to Surrey.

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