County Championship round-up September 17, 2005

Durham promoted to Division One

Cricinfo staff

Division One

Points Table

Nottinghamshire beat Kent by 214 runs to become the County Champions of 2005. Full report here.

Hampshire have put themselves in an excellent position with which to force a victory over Glamorgan, but their title hopes were ruined by Nottinghamshire earlier in the day. Hampshire lead the hosts by 271 runs with seven second-innings wickets remaining.

Division Two

Points Table

Callum Thorp and Brad Williams celebrate Durham's promotion to Division One © Durham CCC

Durham have won promotion to Division One for 2006 thanks to drawing their game against Northamptonshire. Northamptonshire declared on 101 for 7, seeking a win and had Durham in trouble at 38 for 2. But bad light caused the match to be abandoned, much to the joy of the Durham players and fans. Speaking to BBC Sport, coach Martyn Moxon said:

"It is fantastic for this club that we have achieved promotion and it is what we have worked hard for all year. Every player deserves praise for the hard work they have put in and every one of them has put their hand up at some point during the season."

Anthony McGrath's 158 for Yorkshire has given his side hope of joining Durham in Division One next season. Yorkshire ended the day on an imposing 520 against Derbyshire, and Ian Harvey also struck a century to go with his five wickets in Derbyshire's first innings.