Hampshire are back in division one

Hampshire have been reinstated into County Championship division one.

Monday, 3rd October 2016, 3:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:39 pm
James Vince leads the handshakes at the end of Hanpshire's defeat to Durham on the final day of the season Picture: Neil Marshall

The Ageas Bowl outfit, who were relegated on the final day of the season, have been handed a reprieve after financial issues at Durham.

The north east county defeated Hampshire by six wickets in that decisive fixture – a result which sealed their fate.

However, Hampshire can now look forward to a third season in the top flight after the ruling was made.

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Durham have also lost the right to stage Test cricket at their Riverside Ground.

In addition, they will start the 2017 season in division two with a 48-point deducation.

The sanction has been agreed with the England and Wales Cricket Board as a condition of £3.8million of financial support from the national governing body.