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LV=CC, September 19: As it happened

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

Durham won the Division One title with an eight-wicket defeat of Nottinghamshire on day three of this week's LV= County Championship action, which also had a bearing on promotion and relegation.

6:18pm - Here are the close-of-play scores on day three of the LV= County Championship's penultimate round of games in 2013.

Division One

Durham beat Nottinghamshire by eight wickets at the Emirates Durham ICG to win Division One.

Yorkshire are 130 for five in their second innings, 212 ahead of Middlesex at Headingley.

Warwickshire are 55 for two, chasing 281 to defeat Surrey who forfeited their second innings.

Division Two

Gloucestershire are 90 for three in reply to Lancashire's 310 for eight declared at Bristol.

Northamptonshire are 183 for one, responding to Kent's 418 at Wantage Road.

Essex are 240 for two, replying to Glamorgan's 322 at Chelmsford.

Hampshire are 364 for two versus Leicestershire at Grace Road.

6:08pm - It's stumps at Edgbaston, where Warwickshire are 55 for two chasing 281 to relegate Surrey, and Bristol, where Gloucestershire are 90 for three in reply to Lancashire's 310 for eight declared. That means all the games are done for the day.

5:50pm - The action is over for the day at Headingley where Yorkshire lead Middlesex by 212.

Third-wicket duo Laurie Evans and Ateeq Javid steer Warwickshire past 50.

5:32pm - Play at Headingley is delayed by bad light with Yorkshire 130 for five.

5:26pm - Oliver Newby pins Chris Dent in front, making Gloucestershire 48 for three.

Meanwhile Notts Outlaws have been dealt a blow with joint leading wicket-taker Jake Ball ruled out of Saturday's Yorkshire Bank 40 final by a back injury. They do have Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann available though.

5:21pm - Warwickshire are 19 for two when Stuart Meaker has Ian Westwood caught behind, Gloucestershire are 44 for two as Kyle Hogg ousts Gareth Roderick and Peters falls to 68 to Mark Davies, ending an opening stand of 136 with Middlebrook.

Ballance speeds to a half-century from 47 balls as he and Gale continue the recovery for Yorkshire, who are 203 in front.

5:01pm - Chris Tremlett traps Varun Chopra in front as Surrey draw first blood in Warwickshire's contrived pursuit of 281.

Middlebrook follows Peters to a half-century just after Northants breach three figures, a mark Yorkshire also make as Andrew Gale and Gary Ballance share a fifty partnership for the fifth wicket.

4:50pm - Northants skipper Stephen Peters reaches a fifty during a strong opening stand with James Middlebrook.

4:36pm - Essex versus Glamorgan is done for the day with the Chelmsford hosts 240 for two, a first-innings deficit of 82.

Surrey forfeit their second innings, leaving Warwickshire 281 to win. The chase is under way against serious bowling this time. If Surrey lose they are down.

Glen Chapple has opposite captain Michael Klinger caught at second slip for an early scalp after Lancashire declared their first innings on 310 for eight.

4:15pm - Warwickshire declare on 120 without loss from 22 overs, trailing Surrey by 280 on first innings.

Northants pass 50 for no wicket in response to Kent's 418. Tea is being taken at Headingley.

3:59pm - Collymore bowls Jonny Bairstow a ball before rain forces the players off at 50 for four, a lead of 132 over Middlesex.

Varun Chopra raises a fifty for Warwickshire, who are nearing three figures, against declaration bowling now featuring Hashim Amla.

3:46pm - Yorkshire, Division One leaders for much of the season, are 40 for three when Phil Jaques top-edges Murtagh and Dawid Malan takes a good catch running back from slip.

3:28pm - Play is set to begin in a couple of minutes at Wantage Road where Northants are seeking points to aid their promotion push.

3:15pm - Nottinghamshire losing to Durham means they go into the last round of games, when they host Somerset, 15 points ahead of Derbyshire, who occupy one of the relegation places and are at home to Warwickshire in the final week. Should Surrey, currently bottom and with Yorkshire to play, beat Warwickshire this week, they will sit between Notts and Derbyshire in the Division One table this weekend. Click here for the table currently table.

3:10pm - Yorkshire lose Adam Lyth, lbw to Corey Collymore, and Kane Williamson, bowled by Tim Murtagh, to slip to seven for two in their second innings. They lead Middlesex by 89.

3:04pm - The action is under way at Headingley and Edgbaston. At the latter specialist batsmen Gary Wilson and Rory Burns are opening the bowling, suggesting Warwickshire and Surrey are seeking to set up a declaration and make a game of it.

2:59pm - Having received the LV= County Championship trophy, Durham captain Paul Collingwood paid tribute to coach Geoff Cook who had a heart attack in June but has returned to his job. Collingwood said: “We had a bit of a blip mid-season with Geoff going down ill, bigger than just a little blip. It was just fantastic that we came through that and every man in the dressing room wanted to do it for Geoff.”

2:48pm - Tea is being taken at Chelmsford and the start at Headingley is put back to 3pm.

2:40pm - An early tea is being taken at the Wantage Road where Northamptonshire have just announced all-rounder David Willey has signed a three-year contract extension.

2:34pm - Play at Headingley is now due to begin at 2:40pm.

2:28pm - DURHAM WIN THE LV= COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE TITLE!!! Durham (256 & 69/2) beat Nottinghamshire (78 & 246) by eight wickets at the Emirates Durham ICG - Stoneman, unbeaten on 35, punches a shot through the covers to seal victory and the championship for Durham, to the delight of the home supporters. They took just under an hour to knock off the 62 runs they needed and recorded a club-record fifth consecutive championship victory in the process.

2:21pm - Gurney strikes again, having Borthwick caught at mid-on, to make Durham 61 for two. Eight are required.

ecb.co.uk's Glen Robertson at the Emirates Durham ICG: Keaton Jennings can't see Durham over the line as he is lbw to Harry Gurney for 21 with Durham 12 runs short of victory. Top-run scorer Scott Borthwick takes his place in the middle.

2:10pm - Jennings' four off Paul Franks moves Durham past 50 and leaves 17 needed for the title.

Play is set to start at 3pm at Edgbaston where Surrey, who need to win to avoid being relegated this week, declare on 400 for five. The scheduled 2:15pm start at Headingley is scuppered.

1:58pm - The Durham openers continue to tick along nicely. They have taken the score to 36 without loss after 10 overs, the highlight of which was an all-run four by Stoneman off Luke Fletcher. We are just 33 runs away from Durham lifting the championship.

1:44pm - Stoneman and Jennings have both helped themselves to early boundaries off Andre Adams. The ball is swinging - Luke Fletcher has beaten the bat with one that moved away from Jennings - but it won't be enough to stave off the title party that will be beginning in the next hour or so. Durham are 20 without loss, needing 49 runs to win.

A 2:15pm start is scheduled between Yorkshire and Middlesex.

ecb.co.uk's Glen Robertson at the Emirates Durham ICG: Mark Stoneman and Keaton Jennings head out to the middle, knowing they are just 62 runs away from securing Durham's third LV= County Championship title. The stands are beginning to fill up, with locals taking advantage of the free admission.

1:15pm - There are also delays at Bristol and Chelmsford, with no inspections planned, so there is currently no play at all in the LV= County Championship.

1:05pm - The games at the Emirates Durham ICG, Headingley, Edgbaston, Grace Road and Wantage Road have been delayed yet inspections are scheduled at all but the latter.

ecb.co.uk’s Glen Robertson at the Emirates Durham ICG: The outer covers are being removed here as the rain has stopped. Lunch is being taken and there will be an inspection at 12:50pm. It is hoped play can get under way at 1:30pm.

12:32pm - Lunches are being taken round the country, including at Chelmsford where Essex are 240 for two in reply to Glamorgan's 322 with Mickleburgh on 124 and Owais Shah 59. Their stand is worth 108.

12:04pm - Jaik Mickleburgh has just reached a fine century for Essex.

11:30am - It's the ultimate damp squib at the moment. The only action is taking place at Chelmsford.

10:56am - Amid bad light stopping play at Wantage Road, Glamorgan's Michael Hogan gets rid of Greg Smith.

10:39am - The rain has struck at Grace Road immediately after play starting. Another player heading off is Lancashire's Tom Smith, although he cannot blame bad weather. The all-rounder was bowled by Will Gidman for 88.

10:29am - Play will not start on time at Headingley or Edgbaston either.

10:20am - The good news, Durham fans, is we have an exclusive video with Ben Stokes for your viewing pleasure. 

ecb.co.uk’s Glen Robertson at the Emirates Durham ICG: The champagne is on ice in the north-east and it will be remaining there for some time yet. It’s dull, grey and very wet at the ground. The forecast is for the rain to continue throughout the morning, though it is expected to clear in the afternoon to give Durham the chance to knock off the 62 runs and lift the title.

9:40am - It appears Yorkshire will fall just short of winning the title in their 150th anniversary year, but there was good news from Headingley this morning with Ryan Sidebottom signing a new deal that will keep him with the club until December 2015.

Lancashire, who are closing in on the Division Two title, have announced that batsman Stephen Moore will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.

9:30am - Hello and welcome to ecb.co.uk's live text commentary from today's LV= County Championship action. Today looks set to prove a fine one for north-east folk with Durham a mere 62 runs, with 10 wickets in hand, from being crowned champions. Anyway, it's time to check the scores on the doors:

Division One

Durham are seven without loss chasing just 69 to earn a victory over Nottinghamshire that will see them crowned LV= County Champions.

Yorkshire are four without loss in their second innings, 86 ahead of Middlesex at Headingley.

Surrey are 400 for five against Warwickshire at Edgbaston

Division Two

Lancashire, who will win the title with victory, are 292 for seven facing Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Kent are 418 all out versus second-placed Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

Essex are 107 for one in reply to Glamorgan’s 322 at Chelmsford.

Hampshire are 362 for two facing Leicestershire at Grace Road.

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