County Championship. Middlesex promoted to Division One; Nottinghamshire crowned Division Two champions | Cricket News

Middlesex return to top flight for the first time since 2017 after draw at Worcestershire ensures London side finish above Glamorgan; Nottinghamshire trounce Durham by 462 runs at Trent Bridge to wrap up Division Two title

Last Updated: 29/09/22 2:17pm

Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones is the leading wicket-taker in County Championship Division Two with 67 scalps this term

Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones is the leading wicket-taker in County Championship Division Two with 67 scalps this term

Middlesex clinched promotion back to Division One of the LV= Insurance County Championship after a final-day washout against Worcestershire earned the visitors the draw they needed.

The Lord’s side had effectively guaranteed a return to the top flight after picking up maximum batting points on the third day at New Road as they carded 509 all out.

Middlesex gained a further eight points for the draw to ensure they finished above Glamorgan in the second promotion spot and joined champions Nottinghamshire in going up.

Nottinghamshire wrapped up promotion on Wednesday via bonus points and were confirmed as division winners a day later as they completed a 462-run thrashing of Durham at Trent Bridge, their eighth victory in 14 games this term.

Durham were torpedoed for just 114 after resuming on 14-2 with Nottinghamshire taking the seven wickets they required in just over two hours – Durham batter David Bedingham unable to bat due to a dislocated shoulder.

England seamer Stuart Broad finished with figures of 3-36 in his first appearance for Notts since May, while left-arm spinner Liam Patterson White (3-41) and paceman Dane Paterson (2-27) were also in the wickets.

Durham’s day was made even worse by a 10-point deduction imposed on them after Australian batter Nic Maddinson’s bat failed a gauge test during the game with Derbyshire earlier this month.

Nottinghamshire are back in Division One for the first time since 2019 with Middlesex returning to the top flight following their relegation at the end of the 2017 campaign.

Notts captain Steven Mullaney said: “I’m relieved, emotional, very proud. I’m very proud of everyone, and immensely proud to be lifting that trophy.

“After the adversity we went through in not winning a red ball game for almost three years up to last year, and then the disappointment of starting this year in Division Two after finishing third in last year’s format, it feels all worthwhile at the minute.

“Whenever we’ve needed someone to stand up, someone has. It has been a great team effort, from the players to the backroom staff, and we look forward to playing in Division One next season.

“I think it epitomises the club when Stuart Broad has got some time off, he’s booked some time away with his fiancee, who is heavily pregnant, but he wanted to play in this game.

“It wasn’t a question of asking him – he texted me and said he wanted to play. Obviously we are very thankful to him for that.”

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