Borthwick and Sangakkara help steady the ship for Durham

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SUSSEX’S hopes of a LV= County Championship Division One win over Durham were hit by rain on the penultimate day at Hove.

The hosts declared on their overnight total of 505 for nine, putting Durham into bat on day three, but just 45 overs were possible due to showers.

Durham reached 137 for two when proceedings were brought to a halt, 368 runs behind with eight wickets in hand.

Scott Borthwick was 84 not out with Kumar Sangakkara unbeaten on 30.

The day’s play began on time despite a few drops of rain and things appeared promising for Sussex when they claimed a wicket in the second over.

Mark Stoneman was caught behind by Ben Brown off the bowling of James Anyon, having scored just a single.

Just 28 balls were possible before rain brought a temporary halt to proceedings for the first time.

After a 20-minute delay Durham returned to the middle but swiftly lost another wicket.

A mix-up saw Keaton Jennings run out by Luke Wright for 13, with Borthwick culpable.

The number three batsman set about making amends under the Hove floodlights and amid the rain delays.

Borthwick reached his half-century before an early lunch, with Durham on 81 for two.

He and Sangakkara continued to lead Durham’s recovery on an afternoon punctuated by showers, reaching a century partnership before tea was also taken early.

The day’s play was abandoned before 6pm.

H Jack Brooks led the way as Yorkshire’s seamers moved into overdrive to inflict an innings-and-155-run defeat on Warwickshire inside three days at Headingley.

Andrew Gale’s team already had the Bears in trouble at start of play, in reply to 444 on a pitch with plenty of bounce which has been just occasionally variable - and despite losing much of the evening session to rain, they still converted their advantage into a decisive one to go top of LV= Division One.

Tim Bresnan, named yesterday in England’s two limited-overs squads to take on Sri Lanka, did his bit alongside Liam Plunkett - a resurgent force this summer - Brooks and Steve Patterson.

But it was Brooks, with match figures of seven for 76, who was the most successful as Warwickshire were bowled out for 200 - from 136 for six, and despite captain Ian Bell’s 97 - and then just 89 following on.

The visitors twice lost five second-innings wickets in a mad rush, first for 10 runs and then for nine as Yorkshire closed out their victory.

Bright conditions for the most part belied a largely pessimistic forecast, and the hosts began the third morning with spin at both ends from Adil Rashid and Kane Williamson.

Bell and Keith Barker appeared untroubled until, having just completed a 50 stand, the all-rounder fell in Plunkett’s first over of the morning.

Extra bounce from round the wicket did the trick, as did a compliant edge behind.

Patterson snaked one back through Jeetan Patel’s forward push, and Adil Rashid’s variations then saw Richard Jones off lbw.

The dominance of seam was quickly resumed, however, with Bell unable to take significant advantage of being dropped at leg slip by Joe Root from a pull at Plunkett and adding only 10 more before he was last out - caught behind down the leg side off Brooks to end a 218-ball stay, in keeping with his prolific start to the summer.

Warwickshire were therefore trying again before lunch, and at least saw out two overs without loss to close out the session.

Varun Chopra and William Porterfield negotiated another six safely too, until Brooks broke the opening stand when the left-hander edged to second slip.

On the same score, Chopra missed some full-length movement to be lbw to Bresnan - and within 25 balls, the Bears were in dire straits on 31 for five. Laurie Evans was bowled by one that kept a shade low from Brooks; Ateeq Javid went lbw pushing forward at the same bowler, and even Bell succumbed - edging Bresnan low in defence to third slip.

Without two missed slip catches in successive balls, Tim Ambrose dropped by Adam Lyth off Bresnan and then Chris Woakes by Bresnan himself off Brooks, Yorkshire might have sealed the deal without having to wait for an evening resumption.

After a stand of 49 Patterson got involved again, producing another good one to bowl Ambrose and then Barker caught behind for the second time in a matter of hours.

Then with three wickets still needed after the rain break, Brooks almost immediately had Patel edging into the cordon for his second duck of the day and then Plunkett took two in two to finish the match - Bresnan helping him with a memorable left-handed diving catch as number 11 Chris Wright edged to fourth slip.