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Derbyshire top of the table with a game to go despite defeat

Usman KhawajaDerbyshire’s LV= County Championship destiny remains in their own hands despite a 222-run defeat versus Kent at Canterbury today.

Karl Krikken’s men will enter the game versus Hampshire at the County Ground, Derby, next week (Tuesday to Friday, 10.30am) knowing victory will almost certainly secure promotion.

The current league standings see Derbyshire top of the table; one point clear of second placed Yorkshire and six points clear of third placed Kent.

Kent play Glamorgan in their final game starting on Tuesday, Yorkshire face Essex. Two of the current top three will secure promotion.

Read more: Derbyshire top of the table with a game to go despite defeat

2 for 1 offer to swell support at Derbyshire v Hampshire title decider

CelebrationThe 2 for 1 offer on entry brought Derbyshire’s biggest four day crowd of the season versus Essex recently; now it will be repeated as the race for promotion reaches its climax versus Hampshire next week.

Karl Krikken’s men will bring down the curtain on their first-class season with a clash against their promotion rivals starting at 10.30am on Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September.

All ticket buyers, members and those who pay on the day will be permitted to bring a guest for free on all four days of the match. Entry for Under 16s is free.

All will become clear when the current match versus Kent reaches its conclusion, however, either promotion, the championship or both prizes are set to be on the line.

Read more: 2 for 1 offer to swell support at Derbyshire v Hampshire title decider

Derbyshire confirm issue raised

James TredwellDerbyshire  County Cricket Club today questioned the late inclusion of James Tredwell for days three and four of the current LV= County Championship match versus Kent.

The ECB confirmed that the decision is in line with the ECB’s rules, regulations and policy and that the player’s inclusion would stand.

Karl Krikken and the team will continue to focus on the match and on their aim of securing promotion.

Derbyshire v Hampshire next week: 2 for 1 offer to swell support at decider

TeamThe 2 for 1 offer on entry brought Derbyshire’s biggest LV=CC crowd of the season versus Essex; now it will be repeated as the race for promotion reaches its climax versus Hampshire next week.

Karl Krikken’s men will bring down the curtain on their first-class season with a clash against their promotion rivals starting at 10.30am on Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September.

All ticket buyers, members and those who pay on the day will be permitted to bring a guest for free on all four days of the match. Entry for Under 16s is FREE.

All will become clear when the penultimate match of the season at Kent reaches its conclusion. However, either promotion, the championship of both prizes are set to be on the line.

Read more: Derbyshire v Hampshire next week: 2 for 1 offer to swell support at decider

Madsen leads the way on rollercoaster day

Wayne MadsenKent lead by 120 runs with 7 second innings wickets remaining

A battling half-century from Wayne Madsen kept Derbyshire in the hunt versus Kent today as the race for promotion continues.

The Derbyshire captain scored 64 from 135 balls as Derbyshire were 200 all out in reply to Kent’s 261 before a sensational end to the day saw them reduce the home side to 59-3 in their second innings.

Paul Borrington (23) batted through the pain of a broken nose to share a third wicket stand of 52 with his captain.

But Derbyshire were quickly in trouble at 130-8 with Michael Davies taking 5 for 27, only for Tom Poynton (45) and Tim Groenewald (22 not out) to keep the visitors in the hunt with a ninth-wicket stand of 51.

Two late strikes from Wes Durston and a final delivery pole for David Wainwright ensured a further dramatic twist in the tale after an opening partnership of 58 between Sam Northeast (26 not out) and Robert Key had seemingly put Kent in command.

Battling performances from Glamorgan versus Yorkshire and from Essex versus Hampshire are, meanwhile, ensuring the victories required by Derbyshire’s promotion rivals remain no formality as the race for promotion intensifies with six days of cricket to go.

Click here to view the Kent v Derbyshire scorecard >>>

Derbyshire's Second XI, meanwhile, scored 342-8 on the final day of their match versus Lancashire at the County Ground to escape with a draw; Tom Hamilton and Ben Slater starring with half-centuries.

Loan keeper recalled

JohnsonRichard Johnson’s loan spell with Derbyshire is at an end after the wicketkeeper was recalled by Warwickshire.

The Bears have elected to ship the 24-year-old back to Edgbaston following an injury to Tim Ambrose.

Johnson played two first-class and three List A matches during his two loan spells at the County Ground including a finest hour of 79 in the Clydesdale Bank 40 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie at Chesterfield.

Read more: Loan keeper recalled

Canterbury Tale of Success for Bowlers (By Jake Needham)

KentDerbyshire travelled to Canterbury knowing a win against 3rd placed Kent would guarantee them promotion to division 1 in the LV County Championship.

The St Lawrence Ground is one of the more picturesque in the county game and with it bathed in bright sunshine, Kent captain Rob Key had no hesitation in electing to bat first when he won the toss.

Derbyshire’s new ball bowlers were extremely economical, with the Kent run rate hovering around the one run per over mark for the first dozen overs. However, it was the unpredictability of paceman Mark Turner that notched Derbyshire’s first success of the day when a rising delivery was glanced down the leg-side into the accepting hands of Tom Poynton. Groenewald quickly got in on the act as well, as he pinned Alex Blake LBW for 1 to leave Kent 34 for 2 after 16 overs.

Read more: Canterbury Tale of Success for Bowlers (By Jake Needham)

2nd XI Derbyshire v Lancashire Day One Report

By Jake Needham

There was a nice symmetry to Derbyshire taking on Lancashire in a three day fixture to conclude their season, having opened it with a one day match against the same opponents at Middlewich back in April.

The opening day was blessed with clear blue skies and the mercury touching 25 degrees, conditions scarcely experienced throughout this most bedraggled of summers.

Read more: 2nd XI Derbyshire v Lancashire Day One Report

LV=CC: Kent v Derbyshire - Live Scorecard and Preview

Kent have won the toss and will bat first at Canterbury on Day One of Derbyshire's penultimate LV=County Championship match of the season.

Derbyshire: Wayne Madsen (c), Paul Borrington, Usman Khawaja, Wes Durston, Dan Redfern, Ross Whiteley, David Wainwright, Tom Poynton (wk), Tony Palladino, Tim Groenewald, Mark Turner. 

Read more: LV=CC: Kent v Derbyshire - Live Scorecard and Preview

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