Durham have secured promotion back to Division One of the County Championship, seven years after they were relegated as punishment for financial mismanagement.
The runaway Division Two leaders are not in action in the ongoing round of the Championship, but such is their lead over the teams below them, promotion as champions is all but a mathematical certainty with two games remaining.
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Durham were demoted to the second tier in 2016, despite finishing fourth in Division One, with the ECB imposing a 48-point penalty in return for a £3.8 million bailout.
This season, they have won six out of 12 games, losing just once, to go clear at the top of Division Two. They currently have the leading run-scorer in either division in Alex Lees (1281), as well as Division Two’s joint-leading wicket-takers, Matthew Potts and Ben Raine (51 each).