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County Championship 2010 - the climax

County Championship finale
Dates: 13 - 16 September Start time: 1030 BST
Coverage: Live text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles; updates on BBC Radio 5 live; live commentary on BBC 5 live Sports Extra and online from BBC local radio

Durham celebrate
Will Smith lifts the Championship trophy aloft with Durham a year ago

It promises to be an exciting few days of cricket on the domestic front as, weather permitting, the County Championship builds towards a climax.

In Division One, there are three teams still in with a chance of claiming the title that was won by Durham in 2008 and 2009.

After being beaten by Yorkshire at Trent Bridge, leaders Nottinghamshire go into this week's final round of fixtures leading Somerset, victors over Lancashire last week, by two points, with the Tykes a further five points behind.

And the BBC Sport website will be offering a daily text commentary service (from 1000 BST to close of play each day - Monday to Thursday) to keep across the possible permutations.


Notts travel to Old Trafford to take on Lancashire, while second-placed Somerset make the long journey to reigning champions Durham, and Yorkshire entertain Kent in a game that will also impact on the other end of the table.

Kent's dramatic home defeat by Hampshire, who guaranteed their survival by winning at Canterbury on Friday, means Rob Key's men must win at Headingley to stand any chance of staying up.

But, even then, they will need a favour from Hampshire, who host a Warwickshire side 15 points better off, if they are to avoid joining bottom-of-the-table Essex back in Division Two next season.

Notts captain Chris Read
Chris Read's Notts now only lead Division One by two points

The drama will not be limited to the top flight, as three teams - Glamorgan, Worcestershire and Leicestershire - still harbour hopes of joining newly-crowned Division Two champions Sussex in Division One next season.

Sussex, county champions in 2003, 2006 and 2007, made short work of sealing promotion even before they completed victory over Northants at Hove by an innings and 19 runs.

They then had to wait until Glamorgan's draw with Surrey at The Oval was confirmed before they could celebrate the title.

Nevertheless, Sussex will have a say in who joins them as they head to New Road to face Worcestershire, who whittled down second-placed Glamorgan's advantage to five points by bowling out Middlesex for 66 at Lord's to win by 111 runs.

But it is Glamorgan who remain in pole position as they welcome bottom-of-the-table Derbyshire to Cardiff. They are certain not to take anything for granted, though, given that Greg Smith's side recovered from being bowled out for 44 in their first innings to win at Gloucestershire last time out.

Fourth-placed Leicestershire are the rank outsiders to nick second as they trail Glamorgan by 21 points and would realistically need a maximum 24-point win over Northants at Northampton and hope that both Glamorgan and Worcestershire struggle with bat and ball to stand any chance.

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see also
Yorkshire win to close on Notts
09 Sep 10 |  Counties
Somerset win hots up title chase
09 Sep 10 |  Counties
Hants beat Kent to avoid the drop
10 Sep 10 |  Counties
Essex settle for draw with Durham
10 Sep 10 |  Counties
Relegation is confirmed for Essex
08 Sep 10 |  Counties
Sussex clinch Division Two title
10 Sep 10 |  Sussex
Promoted Sussex home in on title
09 Sep 10 |  Counties
Oval draw keeps Glamorgan waiting
10 Sep 10 |  Counties
Shakib boosts Worcs promotion bid
10 Sep 10 |  Counties
Leics win to remain in the hunt
10 Sep 10 |  Counties

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