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Well done Worces­ter­shire!

Boosted by a cen­tu­ry­laced cam­paign by Daryl Mitchell, they have doggedly stuck to their task through­out a fas­ci­nat­ing sea­son and de­serve their place back in the Cham­pi­onship’s top flight.

They made sure of clinch­ing pro­mo­tion af­ter putting Durham on the back foot with cru­cial scores from Ravi Ash­win, Ed Barnard and Joe Clarke.

Their im­pres­sive com­bined ef­forts al­lowed the hosts to col­lect three pre­cious bonus points.

Ash­win led the way with 82 – his high­est score for Worces­ter­shire – fol­lowed by a ca­reer-best 75 from Barnard.

Eng­land Lion Clarke again un­der­lined his un­doubted tal­ents with 65.

Gra­ham Onions, in his farewell match for Durham, took 4-68 while 18 year old slow left armer Liam Trevaskis marked his de­but by claim­ing the prize wicket of Ash­win.

In a weather-af­fected match, Worces­ter­shire soon set about pick­ing up bowl­ing points, al­though Gra­ham Clark (60) and Michael Richard­son (45 not out) did their best to keep them at bay.

A high­light of the hosts’ sec­ond in­nings was Mitchell be­ing in­volved in cen­tury part­ner­ships with Tom Fell (47) and Ge­orge Rhodes (51 not out).

For­mer skip­per Mitchell went on to make 123 not out – his sev­enth Cham­pi­onship cen­tury of the sea­son.

It en­abled Worcs to de­clare on 242-3 and leave the visi­tors a tar­get of 370 in 76 overs.

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