Yorkshire set for tense finale

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IT will be a case of three teams for two promotion places when Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Kent begin the final round of matches in County Championship’s Division Two next Tuesday.

Yorkshire, having polished off Glamorgan yesterday, watched closely the outcome from Canterbury where third-placed Kent beat leaders Derbyshire by 222 runs.

Set 404 to win, Derbyshire were all out for 181 (Usman Khawaja 53) and it means they go into the final games leading Yorkshire by one point, 173 to 172.

Kent are on 167 and the other side who were in the frame yesterday, Hampshire, are now out of it after going down by 122 runs against Essex.

Hampshire were all out for 302, opener Jimmy Adams remaining 139no.

Yorkshire’s final game is away to Essex at Chelsmford whilst Derbyshire take on Hampshire at Derby. Kent travel to Cardiff to face Glamorgan.

A win would mean Yorkshire go up but every bonus point will be vital to all three teams.