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England’s No 6 showed some glimpses but questions remain over his ability at top level
Picnic tables were already occupied on Murray Mount
News comes just days from the start of the Ashes
Durham 259 & 37-0 Middlesex 196
Sussex have their sights on knocking Warwickshire off the top of the First Division table after Monty Panesar added second-innings figures of six for 77 to go with Wednesday's career-best seven for 60 as Somerset were bowled out for 195.
Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire director of cricket, had an idea some weeks ago that this match rather than the two to come against Warwickshire would be what defined his side's season. Regrettably for him, the way it is unfolding is cruelly proving the wisdom of his judgment.
It was advantage Finn as the two England bowlers who are next in line went head to head in the First Division of the County Championship yesterday.
Warwickshire will hope to find a way through the filthy weather to reassert themselves at the top of the County Championship after reducing Durham from 28 for two overnight to 147 for 7 in their second innings at Chester-le-Street.
Nottinghamshire 270 & 245 Durham 195 & 253 (Nottinghamshire win by 67 runs)
Tremlett likely to miss out but Zaheer's absence is even bigger blow for India
England dipped a toe into the waters of the one-day future yesterday. They did not, however, risk being drowned by making sweeping changes to their squads for the imminent limited-overs internationals against Sri Lanka.
Lancashire 313 & 148 Durham 586 (Durham win by an innings and 125 runs)
England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has undergone surgery on his left knee and is expected to be fit for the Twenty20 and One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka in June.
With scarcely a pause for breath in which to reflect on England's winter, domestic cricket resumes on Friday with the County Championship. It has a tough act to follow to match the drama of 2010; three title contenders did not yield a winner until 4.52pm on the final day as Nottinghamshire claimed the last point they needed to pip Somerset.
What England would have preferred for the match that will determine their World Cup destiny was unimpeded preparation. Given the contrary nature of their progress so far they could have expected otherwise and what they have are doubts about their captain, Andrew Strauss, and their leading spinner, Graeme Swann.
England captain Andrew Strauss is reassured by Kevin Pietersen's denial that he plans to retire from one-day international cricket.