Rain dampens Durham's title bid

LV County Championship Division One, Emirates Durham ICG
Close, day three: Durham 351 & 37-2, Nottinghamshire 261
Durham 7pts, Notts 5pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Durham's bid to stretch their lead at the top of the County Championship with victory over Nottinghamshire was held up by the weather at Chester-le-Street.

Only 12.2 overs were possible because of rain on day three, with Durham moving from 6-0 to 37-2, a lead of 127.

Will Smith was first to go when he hit a long hop from Charlie Shreck to Sam Kelsall at cover, before Gordon Muchall edged Darren Pattinson to Chris Read.

But with only one day left a draw would appear the most likely result.

Durham are also expected to be without first-innings centurion Michael Di Venuto for the rest of the match after he suffered a finger injury trying to take a slip catch.

An X-ray has shown no break and the club remain hopeful he will be fit for Sunday's FL t20 quarter-final against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.