County - Rain halts Durham title charge

Durham’s march towards the County Championship crown was halted first by resilient Derbyshire batting and then by rain as their opponents finished day one on 99/1.

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Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen (PA Sport)

Their bowling attack struggled as Wayne Madsen (32no) and Paul Borrington (30no) sensibly saw Derbyshire through to lunch before the weather turned severe and play was stopped.

Second placed Yorkshire earned three bonus bowling points as they tore through the Sussex attack to leave them 276 for nine.

Ryan Sidebottom was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets, as Liam Plunkett and Kane Williamson took two each.

Middlesex’s title hopes suffered a blow against Nottinghamshire as they took just two wickets, with Steven Mullaney (88no) proving particularly hard to shift, before rain ended proceedings early.

Scores: Day One

Derbyshire 99/1 v Durham

Essex 186/4 v Kent

Lancashire 92/0 v Leicestershire

Nottinghamshire 161/2 v Middlesex

Surrey 195/8 v Somerset

Sussex 276/9 v Yorkshire

Hampshire 197/3 v Worcestershire

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