Tykes on brink of promotion

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YORKSHIRE took a giant step towards promotion from Division Two of the County Championship with an eight wicket win over Glamorgan inside three days at Headingley.

However, they may still have to win their final game away to Essex next week to ensure they go up.

They began the game second, 19 points behind leaders Derbyshire who were struggling against third-placed Kent.

Yorkshire’s victory meant they closed the gap to one point last night and it will stay like that if Derbyshire lose at Canterbury.

That would mean, in the final games starting next Tuesday, a three-horse race along with Kent for the two promotion places as fourth-placed Hampshire look booked for defeat against Essex and so would drop out of it.

Glamorgan, resuming on 27-2 at Headingley still 45 behind, then slipped to 46-5 with three wickets for Steve Patterson and two for Moin Ashraf.

James Allenby’s 48 inspired a recovery from the Welsh side and with Graeme Wagg making 36, they reached 182 leaving Yorklshire to get 111 to win.

Patterson finished with 4-47 and Ashraf 3-42.

Adam Lyth and Joe Root ensured there were no early mishaps, the Yorkshire openers putting on 63 but Root had made only 11 of them when he was trapped leg before.

Lyth went for 50 in the next over but Phil Jaques, 28no and Garry Ballance, 19no, saw Yorkshire home at 111-2.

In their game at Canterbury, Derbyshire saw Kent - with a first innings lead of 21 - make 342-8 dec with Sam Northeast hitting 165.

It set Derbyshire 404 to win (to do so would confirm their promotion) and they immediately lost Wayne Madsen for a duck.

Fourth-placed Hampshire (who face Derbyshire in the final game) were set 427 to win by Essex - who entertain Yorkshire in the final game.

Kent were all out for 475 with Owais Shah making 161 and Hampshire immediately lost three quick wickets for 30 including Simon Katich.

*Warwickshire became County Champions for the first time since 2004 when beating neighbours Worcestershire by an innings and 202 runs after dismissing them for 209 at New Road.