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Durham v Nottinghamshire: Day Two
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Barring two days of rain, the title is as good as in the bag. Needing 69 to win, Durham had one over to bat in their second innings and reached seven without loss. Ben Stokes took the last three wickets as Nottinghamshire were all out for 246.
Durham took three quick wickets after tea - two to Onions, one to Rushworth and Nottinghamshire were still 35 behind on 143-6. David Hussey and Paul Franks then put bat to ball, putting on 59, before Scott Borthwick came on and bowled Franks for 29 with his first ball. On 202-7 the visitors lead by 24.
Batting looked straightforward for an hour after lunch and Nottinghamshire moved past their first innings total with only one wicket down. But then Graham Onions moved one in slightly to have Michael Lumb lbw for 28. Ben Stokes limped off after bowling two balls in his second spell but in the next over Chris Rushworth nipped one back sharply to take out James Taylor's leg stump. Nottinghamshire are 121-3, 57 behind.
Nottinghamshire are 41-1 at lunch, still 137 behind. Steven Mullaney has added four runs since he was missed by Phil Mustard on 14, while Michael Lumb has made 12.
Durham were all out for 256 this morning, a lead of 178, after Paul Collingwood made his highest score of the season, 88 not out, in shepherding his side to a vital second batting point.
That was obviously more important to him than his century as he stopped safeguarding last man Chris Rushworth from the strike once 250 had been reached.
Durham went into the match needing 21 points to be certain of the title and to be able to achieve that total they needed the second batting point. Nottinghamshire made a better start in their second innings but have just lost Riki Wessels and are 24-1.
Sports writer Tim Wellock reports live from Durham's County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street.
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