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Durham ease to championship glory

Watch day three highlights as Durham clinch the LV= County Championship crown

By Glen Robertson at the Emirates Durham ICG

Durham celebrated a third LV= County Championship victory in six seasons as they thrashed Nottinghamshire by eight wickets in front of their own supporters.

It took just under an hour to knock off the required runs with Mark Stoneman hitting through covers to take Durham to 69 for two alongside former captain Will Smith, who along with Phil Mustard has appeared in all three of Durham's title-winning matches.

It was the club's third championship-winning campaign in only its 21st year as a first-class county, and the first since 2009 when they wrapped up a second consecutive title with an innings defeat of Nottinghamshire on the same ground.

This time they were forced to bat for a second time but, despite the loss of Keaton Jennings and Scott Borthwick, were never in danger of not recording a club-record fifth consecutive championship victory to take them to 10 in all this year.

Durham began the day needing just 62 more runs to secure the title, after Stoneman and Jennings added seven runs from the solitary over they faced yesterday.

With 10 wickets in hand there was little chance of Nottinghamshire disrupting the celebrations for long.

The only thing that threatened to spoil the party was the rain, which washed out the entire morning session.

But with lunch being taken, the outer covers were removed at 12:20pm and an inspection took place 30 minutes later, a further look at 1:15pm giving the go ahead to start play at 1:30pm.

The ball swung early on under the grey skies, Luke Fletcher beating the bat with one that moved away from Jennings, but the sun soon broke through.

Stoneman and Jennings helped themselves to early boundaries off Andre Adams and kept the scoreboard ticking over with singles, while the former picked up an all-run four off Fletcher.

Harry Gurney's first over was one to forget, with the opening delivery a wild one down the leg side that ran away for five wides before he sent down a no-ball as the score reached 48 in the 12th over.

Jennings took the score past 50 with a flick to the fine-leg boundary before Gurney recovered to trap Jennings lbw with Durham 12 runs short of victory.

Scott Borthwick could not add to the score as he chipped Gurney to mid-on, but Stoneman crunched a four through the covers, moving him one run ahead of Borthwick as the county's top-scorer in the championship this season, and officially starting the party.

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