Durham can secure the LV= County Championship Division One title this week in the penultimate round of fixtures across the country as they host Nottinghamshire.
The league leaders need to collect 21 points in a victory to secure the trophy, regardless of Yorkshire’s result at home to Middlesex. The white rose county are the only side who can catch Paul Collingwood’s outfit with two games remaining.
If Yorkshire fail to win then a draw could be enough for Durham to be crowned champions for the third time in six years who welcome back all-rounder Ben Stokes. The international will travel from Southampton to Chester-le-Street tomorrow morning after the conclusion of the ODI series against Australia.
All fixtures start at 10.30am starting on Tuesday with the exception of Durham where play starts 15 minutes earlier so the game can finish an hour earlier on Friday to allow Nottinghamshire travel to Lord’s for the YB40 final at Lord’s on Saturday.
Bottom of the table Surrey travel to Edgbaston to face Warwickshire knowing a big victory is needed to keep their hopes alive of being a top flight team in 2014. They are 30 points away from safety and with only two games remaining relegation is staring the famous county in the face.
Nottingham are third from bottom so Surrey will need title chasing Durham to win comfortable otherwise their fate could be sealed before the last fixture of the 2013 season.
In Division Two, Lancashire secured their place in the top tier last week after they drew with Leicestershire and they travel to Bristol to face Gloucestershire. They will be aiming to secure victory which would hand them the Division Two title with Northamptonshire the only other side that could catch the leaders.
Northants host Kent while the only side that can realistically challenge Northampton Essex host Glamorgan knowing a victory is vital to their promotion aspirations. Leicestershire host Hampshire in the remaining fixture of the week as the hosts look to end their season with a first victory of the campaign in four-day cricket.