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Nottinghamshire’s Andre Adams hits Durham’s title

Andre Adams left a major dent in Durham’s hopes of securing a third County Championship title in four seasons by following yet another display of skilful seam and swing bowling with some brutal hitting later in the day.

The 36-year-old New Zealander remains on course to be the leading wicket-taker in Division One for the second consecutive season after earning three for 61 as Nottinghamshire secured a handy first-innings lead of 75.

Adams now has 59, three more than his nearest rival Monty Panesar and only nine short of the tally that played such a significant part in bringing the Championship to Trent Bridge last summer.

But it is his batting that has been the real revelation this year. Durham might still have been fancying their chances of securing the win they need to displace Lancashire from the top of the table when Adams joined his captain, Chris Read, with Notts on 159 for seven in their second innings, giving them an indeterminate lead of 234, despite a rapid 84 from Riki Wessels.

An hour or so later Durham’s victory target was up to a much more daunting 321, Adams having smitten an unbeaten 53.

His fifth championship half-century of the season, after managing only two in his previous four summers with the county, came off 35 balls and included seven fours and two sixes, one of them a huge hook off Callum Thorp that soared over the long boundary to the Fox Road Stand.

His 508 runs this year have come at a strike rate of over 100 and his 29 sixes are 11 more than the next most frequent boundary clearers in the Championship, Marcus Trescothick and Graham Napier each having hit 18.

The locals on top of the Radcliffe Road Stand take his boundaries for granted now, and reserve greater applause for rarer examples of a restrained forward defensive.

Durham’s hopes suffered a further blow when Will Smith was lbw to Luke Fletcher in the first of the six overs they had to bat before the close. That ball kept low, the odd one has bounced and the left-arm spinner Graeme White found enough turn to be a real handful in the first innings either side of lunch, taking career-best figures of three for 17 – including a sharp return catch in his first over to dismiss Ian Blackwell for 52 from 54 balls.

Mitchell Claydon then lifted Durham’s hopes again by taking five of the first seven wickets in the Notts second innings, and Dale Benkenstein claimed a stunning one-handed catch at mid-wicket to dismiss Wessels. But the Adams assault would seem to have tipped the balance in the champions’ favour once again.

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