Durham crowned county champions

Durham have been crowned LV= County Championship Division One winners after easing to an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire inside three days at Chester-le-Street today.

Paul Collingwood’s men wrapped up their third title in six years after surpassing their meagre 69-run target in just 17 overs after rain had delayed the start of the third day.

Openers Mark Stoneman (35 not out) and Keaton Jennings professionally added 57 for the first wicket before Harry Gurney trapped the latter for 21 in his second over.

Only 12 more runs were needed when Scott Borthwick joined Stoneman in the middle, however Borthwick perished for a duck as Gurney pouched his second wicket.

Stoneman (992) went on to surpass Borthwick (985) as the club’s leading run-scorer this season with a boundary off Paul Franks and another sparked afternoon celebrations for the north-east county. (Sky)

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