Yorkshire ready for promotion finale

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AS Yorkshire prepared for their final promotion push, they would have had one eye on the weather forecast this week and wondered if this wet British summer is going to have the final word.

Yorkshire have suffered badly from rain-affected matches, at times when they have been in decent positions,.

But it would be something of an irony if the rain was to perhaps aid their promotion bid over the next four days.

They play Essex at Chelmsford today knowing a win will guarantee an instant return to Division One.

They can also get there with a draw (or even a defeat). But that would depend on the result from one of the other two sides in the race, Derbyshire and Kent.

Derbyshire, top by a point from Yorkshire, play Hampshire at Derby while Kent - five points behind Yorkshire - play Glamorgan at Cardiff.

It all adds up to a tense finale and, with the forecasters tipping rain today and tomorrow, the issue of bonus points could well prove crucial.

What it amounts to is that if Yorkshire and Derbyshire win and collect even a small number of bonus points, then they will both go up.

If they both draw and Kent win then it really would be close and would come down to who picks up most bonus points. If Kent win and the other two lose then Kent would be up and one of the others will stay down.

“The ball is in our court,” said Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale.