LV County Championship - Division One
Durham 356 (D M Benkenstein 105, W R Smith 87, R J Sidebottom 4-65) v Nottinghamshire 171 (L E Plunkett 4-56) & 83 (S J Harmison 6-20)
Durham (20pts) beat Nottinghamshire (2pts) by an innings and 102
Durham took just seven balls to seal a facile innings victory at Nottinghamshire and go clear at the top of the LV County Championship table.
It was always going to be a quick turnaround at Trent Bridge, with Notts on 79-9 and still needing 106 to force the champions to bat again.
Notts were defeated on the seventh ball of the day as number 11 Charlie Shreck hit Ian Blackwell straight to a diving Callum Thorp at mid-on to finish off proceedings.
Durham's victory by an innings and 102 runs puts them 36 points clear at the top of the table as they secured their fifth win in six games.
Mark Ealham was left unbeaten on 17 as Notts' top-scorer in what was their lowest total since being rolled over for 79 by Essex in 2003.
Steve Harmison once again showed the England selectors what they are missing with a pace bowling masterclass at Trent Bridge.
The Durham paceman took a county career-best of 6-20 to reduce Nottinghamshire to 79-9 on day three and put his side on the brink of an invaluable victory.
Following on from their first innings of 171, the home side were once again blown away by Durham's pace attack and are perilously poised just one wicket away from defeat.
Seamer Mark Davies set the tone when he picked up Matt Wood and Mark Waugh early on day three, but it wasn't until the re-introduction of Harmison from the Pavilion End which triggered the collapse.
The 30-year-old, overlooked from England's opening two Ashes Tests, got a ball to rise and Bilal Shafayat was adjudged to have gloved to Phil Mustard, although the batsman was clearly unhappy with the decision.
Overseas recruit David Hussey hit two fours through the covers but was then lbw to countryman Callum Thorp, and when Samit Patel cut Harmison to captain Will Smith for 14, Notts were in turmoil at 55-5.
Their plight soon worsened, Ali Brown (5) becoming Harmison's third scalp when he hooked the fast bowler straight to fine leg, and Notts skipper Chris Read (4) was out in similar fashion shortly after.
Harmison celebrated his five-wicket haul with the tame dismissal of Andre Adams and, despite a brief rain delay, there was still time for the Durham quick to remove England rival Ryan Sidebottom.
Liam Plunkett took 4-56 as Durham bowled out Nottinghamshire for 171 to take contol of the top-of-the-table Division One clash at Trent Bridge.
The visitors, who had been bowled out for 356 in their first innings on the stroke of lunch, produced a fine bowling effort to claim a first-innings lead of 185 by the close of day two.
Steve Harmison (1-45) made the trip north to play for Durham after being left out of England's squad and, after replacing Mitchell Claydon in the XI, removed Nottinghamshire opener Matt Wood (12) to prompt an early collapse.
Callum Thorp (2-30) and Plunkett followed up with two wickets apiece as Nottinghamshire slumped to 54-5.
Ally Brown and skipper Chris Read prevented total humiliation with an entertaining fifth-wicket stand of 81 - the only alliance of note on the card.
But left-arm spinner Ian Blackwell removed Brown (36), Read (48) and Andre Adams (6) on his way to figures of 3-6 from eight overs - and Plunkett soon finished off the tail.
Earlier, Durham had extended their first innings from 257-5 to 356 all out.
Blackwell (38) and Phil Mustard (40) forged a 47-run partnership for the seventh wicket but Nottinghamshire seamer Ryan Sidebottom (4-65) - another looking to press his claims for an England recall - removed both and the the tail soon folded.
Dale Benkenstein's third century of the season put Durham in a strong position against LV County Championship title challengers Nottinghamshire on Wednesday.
Benkenstein and former Notts star Will Smith put on 193 for the fourth wicket at Trent Bridge as Durham made their way to 257 for five.
Durham began the day 25 points ahead of third-placed Notts having played two games more and, with rain forecast for all four days, a battle for bonus points looked on the cards.
England hopeful Ryan Sidebottom struck first for the hosts, though, when he trapped Michael di Venuto lbw for 22.
Andre Adams then nonchalantly plucked a Mark Stoneman drive out of the air for a caught and bowled dismissal and the same bowler then found the inside edge of Gordon Muchall's bat on the way through to wicketkeeper Chris Read.
Durham were 63-3 at that stage, but Benkenstein and Smith were to resurrect the visitors' hopes with a club record fourth wicket stand against Notts.
Both fell to Mark Ealham in the final over of the day, with Benkenstein bowled for 105 and Smith edging behind to Read for 87, but the Dynamos will still hope to press home their advantage over the coming days.