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From Monday, the County Championship season will build to an exciting climax.

Three sides can win the title. Leaders Nottinghamshire, who travel to Old Trafford to meet Lancashire, have a two-point lead over Somerset. The Cidermen play Durham at Chester-le-Street, while Yorkshire, who are a further five points back, host Kent.

Kent needs points for a different reason. They will be relegated if they fail to win, but victory would see them stay up if Warwickshire are beaten by Hampshire.

In Division Two, Glamorgan are favourites to join Sussex in being promoted, but Worcesterhire and Leicestershire can capitalise if the Welsh county fail to beat Derbyshire.

This is the official thread that will be linked from BBC Sport's clockwatch, so please post all your thoughts here.

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posted Sep 16, 2010

Notts pulled off what looked impossible and credit to them for it, but for most of the day Lancashire's performance, particularly the final capitulation was pretty poor. The only time Lancashire really looked up for it was when they had Notts 9-down and just short of the 5th point.

Still, in the end Somerset can only look to their lack of penetration today. A champion county should have been able to finish off a side that was only playing for pride.

Certainly though, the shenanigens in Division 2 deserve to be looked at closely. Some odd things happened there...

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posted Sep 16, 2010

So every time something happens, it's a fix? If it wasn't for the Pakistan match fixing scandal, no-one would be saying this... get real, strange things happen sometimes.

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posted Sep 16, 2010

As I said I am a neutral but this does not pass the sniff test at all. It stinks. All the talk last night was of deals being done and now we know exactly what occurred; maybe the Pakistan incidents have woken people up to what happens. There is a lot of money in cricket nowadays and it is corrupting.

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posted Sep 16, 2010

Yes Stargazer, I agree - the stuff in Div 2 was far stranger. In truth, the Notts and Somerset games (why's there no abbreviation for Somerset? - Soms?) could have gone either way most of the day.

True, Lancs 11-3 was deadful, but they very nearly stopped the final batting point for Notts, which would have meant they needed 6 wickets and the odds are Somerset would have nicked it.

Equally, had Somerset needed 150 off 20 overs instead of 180 off 17, I fancy that with Tresco, Hildreth, Trego and the boy Keith Wetter they might well have done it in a T20 fashion.

I think some may be getting a little tired and over-emotional.

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posted Sep 16, 2010

the worst thing is lancs gifted notts a win by declaring in the previous game- its no fault of Notts - good luck to them , but Lancs deserve to be relegated for their approach

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posted Sep 16, 2010

Whichever way you look at it, Lancs have some questions to answer over their performances against Notts. Inept at best.

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posted Sep 16, 2010

Congratulations to Notts. It wasn't the result I wanted - but next season, huh?

On a different note, I find it incredible that on the day the County Championship is decided, BBC main cricket page should give such enormous priority to Flintoff's retiremnt. It's a mad, mad world, my masters!

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posted Sep 16, 2010

Despite all the hoo-ha, it's been one hell of an exciting few days. Just what cricket needs.

Roll on next season & a Kent div 2 title ;)

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posted Sep 16, 2010

FleetJack, I found it even more amazing that the link to the live text only appeared around lunchtime. OK, I was listening to 5Live (when I could around a pretty lively day at the office). I did enjoy the coverage, which was excellent. Vic Marks tried desperately not to be partisan and didn't always manage it :-D.

Honestly, I just loved this round of matches. You could not have predicted what was going to happen, even at lunch today. It was riveting listening.

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