Durham dominate after dramatic day
A review of the action in the LV= County Championship where Durham's seam attack continued to power them towards the title.
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Durham's in-form seam attack continued to power them towards the LV= County Championship title on a dramatic first day against Nottinghamshire.
The north-east side's last two matches have seen them bowl out Sussex for 112 and 116 and Derbyshire for 63 in their second innings, and they picked up where they left off by ripping out Notts for 78 in less than a session.
Graham Onions (three for 30) and Chris Rushworth (three for 24) accounted for the top order before Jamie Harrison cleared up the tail with three for four in 4.3 overs. Only Riki Wessels (17) and Chris Read (11) reached double figures.
Durham also struggled and were 45 for five before captain Paul Collingwood (53 not out) embarked on a trademark rescue act in company with top scorer Phil Mustard (77).
Durham finished the day on 207 for eight and already have four bonus points.
A win and a second batting point would clinch them the title, barring any possible deductions made by the England and Wales Cricket Board's pitch liaison officer Jack Birkenshaw who will return on Wednesday to further consider the wicket.
Yorkshire, needing maximum points to keep up their challenge for top spot, reached 109 for three as rain limited them to 42.1 overs' play against Middlesex at Headingley.
The Tykes were one for two after three overs but captain Andrew Gale (66) and Kane Williamson (34 not out) put on 97 for the third wicket. Corey Collymore took two for 19.
In the other game in Division One, relegation favourites Surrey were 59 for two against Warwickshire after only 17.5 overs were played.
Keith Barker (two for 21) removed openers Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley cheaply but Hashim Amla was 30 not out, with Vikram Solanki on 20.
In Division Two, promoted Lancashire were made to wait for the 12 points they require to seal the title as only 10 overs were possible against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
That was time enough for them to lose both Paul Horton and Ashwell Prince to Will Gidman (two for 17) in reaching 33 for two.
Glamorgan were 103 for two after 42 overs against promotion-chasing Essex, with Murray Goodwin on 48 and Ben Wright 44 in an unbroken stand of 96 after early wickets for David Masters (two for 30).
Kent made 60 for one in the 17.1 overs possible against second-placed Northamptonshire, with over a third of the runs coming in extras.
No play was possible between Leicestershire - whose captain Matthew Hoggard is due to play his final game before retirement - and Hampshire at Grace Road.