County Championship round-up: Promoted Derbyshire set sights on title

 

Derbyshire will play in the First Division of the County Championship for the first time since 2000 after Glamorgan's defeat of Kent ensured that they and Yorkshire will be promoted regardless of what happens on the final day of the season.

After a delayed finish in Cardiff, as Glamorgan sought the 61 runs they needed to win, Derbyshire had to wait 19 minutes after walking off the field in Derby before they knew their 12-year exile from the top tier was over.

After claiming a first-innings lead of three, and reducing Hampshire to 142 for 6 in their second innings, Derbyshire want to focus on pipping Yorkshire to the title, but captain Wayne Madsen said he would allow his players a modest celebration last night.

"To achieve what we have in a year and a half since Karl Krikken became coach is amazing," Madsen said. "We might have one drink tonight but that will be about it because we really want to win the title having led for much of the season and to do that we will probably have to win this game."

Derbyshire's focus under Krikken has been to promote home-grown talent and it was fitting that Ross Whiteley, one of the four former academy players in the side, was the day's key player, supplementing an unbeaten half-century on his 24th-birthday with two late wickets.

Yorkshire, who began the final round of games one point behind Derbyshire, need eight more wickets to beat Essex in Chelmsford, where Azeem Rafiq added an unbeaten 75 to his first-innings half-century before a declaration at 252 for 8 set Essex 388 to win. Rafiq and Steve Patterson took a wicket each as Essex reached 26 for 2.

Robert Croft took the last Kent wicket in his final match as the visitors, following on, were bowled out for 280. Glamorgan stumbled to 36 for 3 but David Lloyd and Ben Wright saw them home for a win that ensures the Welsh county do not finish bottom.

Somerset are guaranteed the £235,000 runners-up prize in the First Division completing an innings and 148-run win over relegated Worcestershire, who were bowled out for 152 as Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman took 5 for 36 for career-best match figures of 14 for 101.

Surrey's troubled former captain, Rory Hamilton-Brown, is to leave The Oval. The 25-year-old, who was granted a prolonged leave of absence following the death of his close friend Tom Maynard in June, has been given permission to talk to other counties after telling Surrey he feels he needs a fresh start.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

This was the year of 24-carat Golden Oldies
Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
A year of the caliphate:

Isis, a year of the caliphate

Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
Marks and Spencer: Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?

Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
'We haven't invaded France': Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak

'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

They’re here to help

We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
What exactly does 'one' mean? Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue

What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue