Derbyshire and Yorkshire promoted
Derbyshire and Yorkshire gained promotion to Division One of the LV= County Championship as Glamorgan completed a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over third-placed Kent.
After being forced to follow on yesterday, Rob Key’s men were dismissed for 280 at the SWALEC Stadium, despite 81 from Geraint Jones.
John Glover and Jim Allenby claimed three scalps apiece for Glamorgan, while Robert Croft - in his final appearance before retirement - brought the Kent innings to an end with the 1,175th first-class wicket of his career.
Set a modest target of 61, the hosts were twice taken off for bad light before triumphing with a day to spare.
The battle for the Division Two title remained very much alive, with the top two both moving into promising positions.
Derbyshire - ahead of Yorkshire by virtue of having won one additional game - reduced Hampshire to 142 for six at Derby, having earlier secured a first-innings lead of three.
Ross Whiteley’s unbeaten 57 proved key as Wayne Madsen’s side, 167 for five overnight, scrambled to 275 all out.
Whiteley then claimed two cheap wickets with the ball, but Bilal Shafayat’s unbeaten 51 kept Hampshire’s hopes alive.
At Chelmsford, Yorkshire set Essex 388 for victory and then struck twice before stumps.
Azeem Rafiq and Steven Patterson accounted for openers Jaik Mickelburgh and Tom Westley to leave the home side 28 for two.
Yorkshire had earlier declared on 252 for eight in their second innings, with Anthony McGrath striking 68 and Rafiq unbeaten on 75.
In the other Division Two fixture at Grace Road, Will Gidman’s 72 helped Gloucestershire to 254 for nine and a lead of 193 against Leicestershire, for whom Wayne White claimed four second-innings wickets.
Abdur Rehman finished with match figures of 14-101 as Somerset secured second place in Division One with an innings-and-148-run thrashing of relegated Worcestershire, who finish bottom of the top flight.
Rehman claimed 5-36 to help dismiss Worcestershire, for whom Alexei Kervezee struck 76, for 152 at the second time of asking.
That came after Somerset had declared on 512 for nine, with Nick Compton 155 not out.
Sussex suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Durham, who finish sixth having won five of their last six matches.
Chris Rushworth completed a second-innings return of 5-38 as Sussex slipped from 112 for five to 180 all out this morning.
A target of 165 proved well within Durham’s reach; scores of 58 and 45 from Michael Richardson and Ben Stokes ensured Lewis Hatchett’s three wickets were in vain.
Steven Mullaney fell six short of three figures and Paul Franks added an unbeaten 76 as Nottinghamshire piled on the runs against County Champions Warwickshire at Trent Bridge.
Notts closed on 444 for eight, leading by 395 following healthy contributions throughout the order; only Graeme White failed to reach double figures.
In the rain-ruined game at Aigburth, Surrey progressed to 324 for five against Lancashire when play finally got under way following two successive washouts.
Zander de Bruyn was unbeaten on 105 at stumps, having shared 146 with Tom Jewell, who had 57 to his name.