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Derbyshire v Durham (day four)
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Durham have won by nine wickets with Keaton Jennings unbeaten on 18 and Scott Borthwick on 10. They have won nine matches for the first time in a season and with a lead of 27.5 points they can clinch the title with a tenth win at home to Nottinghamshire next week. Play will start at 10.15 every day to allow the visitors to get away early ahead of next Saturday's YB 40 final.
Mark Stoneman, who needed six for 1,000 first-class runs, made seven before he was adjudged lbw by Trevor Jesty. Durham are 13-1 needing a further 24; play has been abandoned at Hove.
Durham need 37 to win after rolling over dismal Derbyshire for 63, the second lowest championship score against Durham after Somerset's 56 at Riverside in 2003. Onions had 5-23 and Usman Arshad took the last two wickets.
Onions has taken two wickets in four balls to complete a five-wicket haul and Derbyshire are 54-8. They are back on at Hove but Yorkshire have lost a second wicket and are surely not going to win. Durham's lead will be 27.5 points with two games left once they have wrapped this up.
Durham are suddenly steaming towards the title. They have Derbyshire reeling on 44-6 - and it's raining at Hove. Onions knocked out Alex Hughes' off stump and pinned Chanderpaul lbw, then Rushworth bowled Tom Poynton. Derbyshire are only 17 ahead and seem to have lost hope. They look doomed to relegation with Somerset heading for vistory against Surrey.
Durham's victory chances have suddenly soared with two quick strikes after lunch. Chris Rushworth found extra bounce to have Paul Borrington caught at gully and Wayne Madsen has edged Graham Onions to second slip. Derbyshire at 33-3, six runs ahead, and if Durham can shift Shiv Chanderpaul they will fancy their chances. Yorkshire's madness continued when they sent in Liam Plunkett to open at Hove. He was out for 11 and they are 25-1 after eight overs.
Chris Rushworth had left-hander Ben Slater lbw with his first ball, but there has been no further success for Durham and Derbyshire are 22-1 at lunch, five behind. Meanwhile, the nonsense at Hove has left Yorkshire with a victory target of 300 in 64 overs. Considering they were in a position to go for a win by traditional means this is an extraordinary way to go about it. It will now take something equally extraordinary for Durham to win.
Things have not gone to plan for Durham. They are all out for 325, giving them a lead of 27. They tried to press on, but two run-outs didn't help. Usman Arshad's lack of experience betrayed him when he wasn't alert to Phil Mustard's justifiable desire for a third run. Graham Onions came in ahead of Jamie Harrison, obviously looking to score quickly, but shot himself in the foot when he called for a suicidal single. Mustard was left unbeaten on 23. There are 75 overs left in the match.
Durham have their third batting point, despite losing Richardson, caught behind for 23. Usman Arshad brought up the 300 with an edged four in the 108th over, 15 balls before the bonus points cut-off. So Durham have the same number of bonus points as Yorkshire at Hove, where the joke cricket continues. Sussex are scoring at more than ten an over. Presumably Yorkshire are expecting to be set a target of 300 in around 60 overs.
Paul Collingwood has skied an attempted pull to fall for 25, and may be alarmed to hear of strange goings-on at Hove. Yorkshire appear to be serving up some declaration bowling to Sussex, the pies being purveyed by Andrew Gale and Phil Jaques. It's no way to play cricket with a title at stake. Ed Joyce managed to get himself out then Rory Hamilton-Brown hit the first ball he faced for six. Meanwhile Durham are 283-5 after 100 overs.
Play was underway on time and Michael Richardson immediately injected some more urgency into the batting. He hit the day's third ball for four off Mark Footitt and took two off the next. After 96 overs Durham were 266-4, needing a further 34 in 14 overs for the third batting point.
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