Teams set for Wormsley finale
The 50+ County Championship Final will be between Derbyshire and Kent following their victories in the semi-finals on Sunday.
Both teams won away from home to earn their place in the final at Wormsley Cricket Ground on Sunday 18 September.
Derbyshire travelled to Warwickshire in the first of the semi-finals at Leamington Cricket Club.
The hosts won the toss and opted to bat and posted a useful 233 for six from their 45 overs. David Hawkes (72) and Chris Bramley (65 not out) were the pick of the batsmen although some impressive bowling from Steve Ottewell, who took 3-29 from his nine overs, helped restrict the runs slightly.
Derbyshire’s reply started well with Ray McGuinness (48) and Dave Tee (88 not out) keeping up with the required run rate before a quick fire 45 from Rob Dumelow helped the visitors to their target, finishing on 234 for four from 43.1 overs.
Kent’s trip to Gloucester City Cricket Club saw them win the toss and put their hosts into bat first. Quick wickets for Kent supported this decision but a good partnership between Martin Bowyer (56) and Mark Farey (47) brought Gloucestershire back into the game.
Late wickets from Kevin Masters, with 3-27 from nine overs, pegged back the hosts to finish on 196 for eight.
Regular partnerships were the key to Kent’s reply with Taylor (48) and Phillips (42) the pick of the visiting batsmen. Gloucestershire's hopes were raised by Bowyer's 3-34 but Rupert Staples' 29 not out saw the visitors home on 200 for seven from 42.2 overs.