1. Yorkshire win County Championship title with one game to spare, beating Notts by inns/152 runs
  2. Worcestershire win promotion from Division Two
  3. Lancashire on brink of relegation after defeat at Sussex
  4. Victories for Warwickshire and Durham in Division One

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By Phil Shepka and Phil Cartwright

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Yorkshire - county champions

That's it for the live text of this round of Championship matches. We hope you've had as much fun reading it as we have writing it.

We'll leave you with a picture of the 2014 County Championship champions, Yorkshire.

Worcestershire win promotion

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We also know one of the teams coming up to Division One next season, with a Jack Shantry-led Worcestershire producing a stunning comeback to

defeat Surrey at New Road.

Chasing 217 to win, Surrey looked well set on 131-2, but the visitors collapsed to 189 all out as their promotion hopes were dashed.

What a way for Worcestershire to honour the memory of club legend and academy manager Damian D'Oliveira,

who passed away at the age of 53 in June.

Yorkshire win Division One title

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So, where do we stand at the end of a round of fixtures which has displayed everything wonderful about county cricket?

We have

new county champions in Yorkshire, thanks to an inspired performance against Nottinghamshire from the evergreen left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom, who finished with match figures of 9-65.

But this title has not just been won at Trent Bridge, performances throughout the year from Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid and the like have given Yorkshire, in my opinion, a very much deserved first title since 2001.

Division One: Sussex beat Lancashire at Hove

BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms at Hove: "It was eventually a comfortable win for Sussex, who cruised to victory with 12 overs to spare.

"Craig Cachopa finished 78 not out and, with half centuries for Ed Joyce and Chris Nash, Sussex were always control of the run chase.

"Credit should be given to Lancashire, who never gave up, but their future in Division One is now out of their hands."

Lancashire on the brink

Division One: Sussex beat Lancashire at Hove

That defeat leaves Lancashire staring at relegation back to Division Two after just one season in the top flight.

Glen Chapple's side will now have to hope Middlesex are beaten by Somerset at Taunton next week, before what could prove to be a relegation decider between the Red Rose and the Lord's outfit at Old Trafford in the final round of games.

What a match that could be.

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No name: 50 today, and celebrating in the heart of Lancashire! Well done Yorkshire!

Freddie, Wentworth: Well done WCCC on gaining promotion after a great season. Good luck next season.

Division One: Sussex 434 & 251-3 beat Lancashire 320 & 364 by seven wickets

And it's all over at Hove, Craig Cachopa pulls a ball from Luke Procter behind the wicketkeeper for four as Sussex beat Lancashire by seven wickets.

Cachopa, who made an unbeaten 78, and Luke Wright embrace in the middle of the pitch as Sussex ensure their place in Division One for another season.

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Division Two: Gloucestershire draw with Leicestershire

BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae at Bristol: "There are days when county cricket really doesn't do itself any favours, and this was most definitely one of those days.

"With both sides at the bottom of Division Two, there was nothing for either to lose, and on a flat wicket Leicestershire made it clear they'd attempt to chase any target. Unfortunately Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman - playing his last game for the county at Nevil Road - and head coach John Bracewell appeared to think it more important to be sure of avoiding defeat than giving themselves a good chance to win.

"The result was that what could have been a hugely exciting and interesting final couple of sessions turned into a meaningless exercise in giving Will Gidman a chance to go to a century in his own final innings for the county in Bristol.

"There are still plenty of positives for Leicestershire to take from the game - centuries for Greg Smith, Ned Eckersley and Niall O'Brien, Angus Robson passing 1,000 first class runs for the season and some seriously quick bowling from Atif Sheikh, including his maiden first-class hat-trick. They will take that confidence into the final two games. That first Championship win for two seasons still remains on the cards."

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt at Bristol: "What began as a promising final day, with Leicestershire bowling much better and having Gloucestershire in a bit of trouble, petered out into disappointment as the home side failed to offer even the smallest of carrots.

"It was a shame for the paying public, but what it did mean was that both Alex and Will Gidman registered centuries in their final match at Bristol before moving on to pastures new."

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie: My mate @GaleyLad and I. Very proud of him and the lads! #strongunit #teamwork #YCCC

Jason Gillespie
Jason Gillespie

Captain Andrew Gale was unable to lift the Championship trophy after receiving a two-match ban from the ECB.

Division One: Sussex v Lancashire at Hove

Luke Wright comes in and duly hits Steven Croft for six from only his second ball. It's only a matter of time before the game at Hove is over.

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BBC Sport's Chris Osborne: Hmmm. If Essex are to get promoted, they will have to do it without Ryan ten Doeschate. He has opted to join Kolkata Knight Riders in Champions League.

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Worcestershire win promotion

Worcestershire strength and conditioning coach Ross Dewar: We lost a special man this year, we know he will be somewhere with a glass of red very happy #foryoudolly #alwaysmissed

Worcestershire Academy director and former batsman Damian D'Oliveira passed away in June this year after battling cancer.


Sussex 207-2 v Lancashire (Joyce b Croft 79)

Ed Joyce's innings is over. The Irishman tried to sweep Steven Croft but the ball gets through to the stumps, bringing to an end an entertaining 79 off 80 balls.

In the grand scheme of things, this wicket may not have much of an impact, with Sussex only needing 44 runs with seven wickets left.

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50 for Cachopa

Division One: Sussex v Lancashire at Hove

And that's a fifth first-class fifty of the summer for Craig Cachopa, who, don't forget, was playing club cricket not so long ago. He comes down the wicket to Simon Kerrigan and hits it high over long-off for six.

There's hope for us all yet...

The Red Rose are now wilting as Sussex reach 202-2, needing 49 runs to win.

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Division One: Sussex v Lancashire at Hove

Ed Joyce whacks another six off Simon Kerrigan. He and Craig Cachopa really are motoring towards the target.

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Division One: Sussex v Lancashire at Hove

Massive appeal from Lancashire captain Glen Chapple as Craig Cachopa flicks one into the hands of the fielder, but the umpire says the ball did not hit the New Zealander on the glove and he survives.

Sussex 170-2, needing 81 to win.

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50 for Ed Joyce

Division One: Sussex v Lancashire at Hove

Sussex's Ed Joyce is finding the same form as he had in the first innings, and passes his fifty with a six off Simon Kerrigan.

Joyce and Craig Cachopa are now finding the boundary with regularity, as Lancashire set a bold field in a bid to force a victory.

Sussex now need 90 runs for a victory that would put Lancashire deep in the relegation muck off 24 overs, with eight wickets in hand.

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Worcestershire win promotion

Surrey's ex-Worcestershire batsman Steve Davies: Congrats to the Worcester boys on promotion. #shantry4england

Worcestershire bowler Jack Shantry: Could not be happier. What a result. #COYP

Jack Shantry
Jack Shantry

Jack Shantry scored his maiden first-class century batting at number nine in the win over Surrey. And a sneaky appearance from director of cricket Steve Rhodes in this selfie!

Division Two: Gloucestershire 646 & 306-9d draw with Leicestershire 565 at Bristol

And there it is. Alex Gidman has declared the Gloucestershire innings at 306-9 straight after his brother's century against Leicestershire and the sides shake hands on a match that could have ended more dramatically had the home captain been more adventurous with his declaration.

The waiting goes on for Leicestershire, who are still looking for their first Championship win since September 2012.

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Worcestershire win promotion

Worcestershire batsman Brett D'Oliveira: This bloke doeeeeeee...... #promotion @JackShantry

Brett D'Oliveira
Brett D'Oliveira

Shantry's haul of 10 wickets in the match against Surrey secured Worcestershire's promotion to Division One.

100 for Will Gidman

Division Two: Gloucestershire v Leicestershire at Bristol

In the fading Bristol sunlight, Gloucestershire's Will Gidman gets his third Championship ton of summer from 122 balls, including 15 fours and two sixes.

He has also gone past 800 Championship runs for the season in this innings, to go with his 39 wickets.

Surely there will be a declaration from Will's brother Alex soon, and the Nevil Road fans will be put out of their misery.

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Yorkshire batsman Alex Lees: Amazing feeling! Proudest day of my life. Dad would be so proud #champions

The opener's father passed away from cancer in May 2011.

Division One: Sussex v Lancashire at Hove

Steady does it now at Hove. Craig Cachopa, who was playing club cricket at Reigate earlier this summer, and Ed Joyce are happy to pick up the singles here and trundle along towards their victory target.

Sussex 135-2, needing 116 runs for the win.

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Division One: Sussex v Lancashire at Hove

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South Africa-born New Zealander Craig Cachopa, who also holds a Portuguese passport, has settled in very nicely alongside Ed Joyce, moving on to 19 as his Sussex side are 126-2, needing 125 for victory against Lancashire.

Who has more passports - Cachopa or Nottinghamshire's Riki Wessels?

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Glamorgan captain Mark Wallace: Congrats to @mitchwccc and @WorcsCCC on securing promotion. What a hero @JackShantry #beefy

Division Two: Worcestershire beat Surrey at New Road

BBC London 94.9's Mark Church: "Surrey will wonder in the cold light of day how they managed to end up losing this game.

"Seemingly in control of their run chase at 122-2 at lunch, they collapsed to 189 all out, with Zafar Ansari the last man to go for a valiant 64.

"Jack Shantry's golden game continued as he took four wickets after the interval and all credit to Worcestershire who secure promotion.

"For Surrey, their hopes of promotion have now disappeared and they will concentrate on trying to finish the season in a positive manner against Derbyshire on Monday."

Read Ged Scott's match report from New Road.

Division One: Durham beat Middlesex at Lord's

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "Durham's last win at Lord's in a Championship match was in 1998. Until today, that remained the only one.

"Back then, they just reached their target of 240 with a wicket to spare. This time it was far more comfortable, with victory looking certain within the first half-hour of the day as Chris Rushworth took three wickets.

"By lunch, Middlesex were seven down and it was a case of when, rather than if, for Durham. The Blaydon Races rang out from the visitors' dressing room at the close, in stark contrast to three weeks ago when they lost at Lancashire and ended up in the relegation zone.

"What price the same song on this ground a week tomorrow when Durham play Warwickshire in the One-Day Cup final?"

Read the match report from Lord's.

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Some more Tweets from some happy Worcestershire fans:

Cale Ingram: Congratulations @worcsccc! Picked the wrong week to be away from New Road! Spanish cider to celebrate.

Dominic: So happy we are back in Division 1, hopefully our youthful squad can push on and bring the glory days back to New Road.

Stefan Ward: @WCCC_Pears back in the top division where we belong! We'll stay up in D1 next year.

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Division One: Sussex v Lancashire at Hove

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BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms at Hove: Just as Sussex look to be cruising to victory, Kerrigan has Nash caught behind for 57.

Is there a sting in the tail? The Sussex middle order has on occasions been a little fragile this season. Just memorise the scene for those winter nights ahead - this is the last day's cricket at Hove this season.


Gloucestershire 268-9 v Leicestershire (Norwell c O'Brien b Redfern 1)

Another one down at Nevil Road. Leicestershire's Dan Redfern has followed up his snaring of Craig Miles before tea with the wicket of Liam Norwell, edging behind for just one.

Match scorecard

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Yorkshire wicket-keeper Andrew Hodd: Lovely touch from @MichaelVaughan Not that Gaz needs any encouragement! #CheersForTheChampers #WhiteRoseFamily

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Sussex 102-2 v Lancashire (Nash c Buttler b Kerrigan 57)

Exactly what Lancashire needed. Chris Nash, after reaching 57, feathers one-time England Test spinner Simon Kerrigan through to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

Nash's partnership of 76 with Ed Joyce has taken Sussex ever-closer to victory though, needing 149 runs with eight left to bat.

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Division Two: Gloucestershire v Leicestershire at Bristol

They're also back out at Nevil Road, where Gloucestershire are eight wickets down after losing Craig Miles just before tea, caught by Leicestershire's Josh Cobb off the bowling of Dan Redfern for 10.

Even with that, this game is beyond a result now, and they are just playing for time.

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Division One: Sussex v Lancashire at Hove

It has been quite a day hasn't it?

Starting off with Yorkshire lifting the Division One title at Trent Bridge just over an hour into the final day's play, Warwickshire moving into second place with a win over Northants, Durham all but securing top-flight safety and Worcestershire gaining promotion to Division One.

And it's not over yet... We're back out at Hove with Chris Nash hitting Simon Kerrigan for four from the first ball of the evening session.

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Adrian Harms: "Last cake of the season at Hove - can @SussexCCC celebrate with a win? Full commentary @BBCSussexSport."

Secretly fuming. We like cake. We want cake.

BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read:

"Lancashire are going to need some post-tea inspiration if they're to climb out of the relegation zone today.

"Nine wickets required in the final session, Sussex have made an excellent start to their second innings.

"Chasing 251 from 59 overs for victory, the home side are 94-1 with 40 overs remaining in the days play.

"Defeat for the Red Rose will leave them 12 points adrift of Middlesex, who have a game in hand."

Division One: Sussex v Lancashire at Hove

Thanks, Phil, hope you enjoyed that. Go and get yourself a well deserved rest and cuppa.

Yes, I'm back and will be with you until we get a result at Hove between Sussex and Lancashire.

The hosts really are going some in a bid to ensure their Division One safety for another year, with Chris Nash and Ed Joyce looking in sensational form.

It seems like Sussex are slight favourites at Hove, and could push for victory if Chris Nash and Ed Joyce stay at the crease.

On the day

Yorkshire won the Division One title, a Lancashire defeat - coupled with the prospect of them slipping closer to relegation - would make it a perfect few hours for you if the colour of your rose is white rather than red.

Phil Shepka - over to you.


Division One: Sussex v Lancashire at Hove

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BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms at Hove: "Sussex are making good progress at Hove. They are 94-1, needing 157 to win in another 40 overs.

"Chris Nash has reached his second half century of the match and with skipper Ed Joyce on 28, Sussex look on course for a win that would secure their Division One status for next season.

"Lancashire are being hampered by the loss of Tom Smith, who is unable to bowl because of a back problem."


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Worcestershire fans - how does it feel to be back in the top division?

Who have been the key men this season? And can you compete in Division One next year?

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bencillo: "Congratulations @WorcsCCC on promotion! Nail-biting finish to the match."

Postman_LFC: "Congrats to @WorcsCCC on promotion to Div One. Fantastic season with young players."

Jack Apperley: "Huge congratulations to @worcsccc for gaining promotion to the first division! Fantastic exciting cricket!"