Durham power to title glory
Durham have been crowned LV= County Championship Division One winners after easing to an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire.
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.
While Durham have secured the title with one round of fixtures remaining, Notts head into the final week against Somerset precariously positioned just 15 points above the relegation places.
A 10th Durham victory of the season had seemed inevitable ever since their in-form pace attack dismissed the visitors for 78 on day one.
Their batsmen responded with 256, built around 77 from Phil Mustard and 88 not out from captain Collingwood, but David Hussey (57) saw Notts to 246 second time around to at least prolong the game into a third day.
Durham have now won 10 of 15 league fixtures so this season, four more than any of their nearest rivals.