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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 15 Day 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 15th 2021

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 15 Day 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 15th  2021

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Yorkshire vs Warwickshire, Group 1 Emerald Headingley, 10:30AM

Warwickshire maintained their hopes of winning the LV= Insurance County Championship title, ending Yorkshire’s own in the process, with a final day victory at Emerald Headingley.

The Bears defended a 224 target to win by 106 runs and move second in the Division One table ahead of next week’s blockbuster final round, 3.5 points behind leaders Hampshire.

Heading into that final round, in the race for the Championship title and qualification for the Bob Willis Trophy final, the top four teams in Division One are separated by just 6.5 points.

After a third day washout due to rain, Yorkshire resumed day four on 50 for three and were bowled out for 117 inside 75 minutes of play. Chris Woakes claimed three for 26, while Tim Bresnan also finished with six catches in the innings at first slip.

He is only the third Bear to achieve that feat in first-class cricket alongside Rikki Clarke with seven and MJK Smith six.

The Division One table now reads: Hampshire 58.5 points, Warwickshire 55, Lancashire 54.5, Nottinghamshire 52, Yorkshire 41.5 and Somerset 26.5.

Lancashire host Hampshire at Liverpool, Warwickshire face Somerset at Edgbaston and Notts play Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.

As Warwickshire chase their first Championship title since 2012, Yorkshire can still qualify in the top two places for the Bob Willis final.

Woakes gave the Bears the ideal start with the two key Yorkshire wickets in the opening half hour of play, leaving the score at 69 for five in the 33rd over of the innings.

If the White Rose were going to reel in the target, you felt Gary Ballance and Harry Brook would have to contribute significantly. But both fell.

Ballance, for 21, edged to Sam Hain at second slip with the day’s third ball - 50 for four - before a Brook edge on nine gave Bresnan his fourth catch at first slip.

Further Warwickshire success was just around the corner.

Bresnan and Craig Miles both struck in their second overs of the morning, the 38th and 41st, as Yorkshire slipped to the brink at 95 for seven.

Bresnan trapped Dom Bess lbw before Miles had Harry Duke caught and bowled for single-figure scores.

Bresnan’s fifth catch of the innings - the Warwickshire record is a world record equalling seven by Clarke at Liverpool in 2011 - then came when Liam Norwell snared Jordan Thompson for 18, leaving the score at 105 for eight in the 46th.

And number six followed when Steve Patterson flashed at, and edged, Miles - 114 for nine in the 49th.

The end came in the 50th when Ben Coad chipped Norwell to mid-on. Norwell and Miles also impressed for three wickets each.

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale said: “It was disappointing to end in the fashion we did this morning because I think when people play against Yorkshire, they know we’re a hard team to beat. But I thought we were a bit soft to not take the game past lunch. Credit to Warwickshire, they’ve bowled well throughout the game.

“We should have bowled them out a bit cheaper in the first innings, but I was more disappointed with the batting in the first innings. We should have got level, if not a 50 lead. I thought 200 was about right, but we didn’t apply ourselves as well as we could. I reckon that’s where the game got away from us.

“You have to grab key moments in games to win trophies, and that first innings was a key moment. If we’d have batted better, we could have put the game to bed. 

“We are on this journey and have made progress this year. It’s another step in the right direction.”


Warwickshire coach Mark Robinson said: “We’re delighted. We’ve shown character. We were so disappointed to let a game go that we had three opportunities to nail last week (Hampshire) and didn’t.

“To lose the toss and bowl in the second innings in sunshine - we know what a difference that makes at Leeds - and come out with a 100-run win in a low-scoring game, I’m delighted as a head coach.

“We held length better than them with the ball throughout the game and got some vital little partnerships. Michael Burgess with 60 (first innings) was such a pivotal score.

“It was great to get Gary Ballance, who has been Yorkshire’s best batter in the game. That was a huge moment this morning. Then it was just about chipping away.

“We caught brilliantly and haven’t put a chance down, led by the effervescent Tim Bresnan.

“I’m really pleased because it’s about skill, but also character. 

“We will now turn up to Edgbaston next week (Somerset) with a chance of winning it, and we couldn’t have asked for more.

“Chris Woakes wants to play. We hope the ECB will allow a person who is a Bear through and through and hasn’t played a lot of cricket to have the opportunity of helping his team win a Championship. Those opportunities don’t come around very often.”


Glamorgan vs Gloucestershire, Group 2 Sophia Gardens, 10:30AM


It took Gloucestershire a mere 78 minutes to polish off Glamorgan on the fourth and final day of their LV= Insurance County Championship Division 2 match at Sophia Gardens and head home with 22 points to move into second in the table.

The Welsh county resumed on 57-6, still 43 runs behind the visitors, and they were obviously intent on not falling to a third successive defeat by an innings. The overnight batsmen Dan Douthwaite and Andrew Salter didn’t hang around as they attempted to close the gap and force Gloucestershire to bat again.

Salter immediately attacked the visiting hero of the previous day, Zafar Gohar, and picked up 10 runs in the opening over of the day. He took six off Ryan Higgins next over and seven off Zafar’s second to give his side an impressive start.

But his flourish was all too brief and Zafar took his fourth wicket of the innings in the 32nd over when he trapped Salter LBW for 19. A mere 14 balls later, Ruaidhri Smith became his fifth victim as Glamorgan slumped to 94-8.

Smith attempted a reverse sweep off the left arm spinner and found himself bowled around his legs having added only four runs. Now it was just a case of whether or not the home side’s tail to haul them over the line to prevent another embarrassing innings defeat.

Douthwaite was the next to fall, bowled by Higgins as he became the Gloucestershire seamer’s 50th championship victim of the summer, and that left Timm van der Gugten and Michael Hogan needing to score eight runs to make Gloucestershire pad up again.

To their credit, they put on 22 for the final wicket, the third highest partnership of the innings as Glamorgan moved on to 124. Zafar finally removed Van der Gugten to end with 6-43 from 18 devastating overs, although not before the home batsman had hit him for two big sixes.

On one of those he was caught by Higgins as he ran towards the rope, but then failed to stop. When it happened again, Higgins took a wonderful catch and threw it over his shoulder for Graeme van Buuren to complete the dismissal and leave Gloucestershire with a target of 15 runs to win the game.

Glamorgan opened with two spinners, Salter and Kiran Carlson, and it took nine balls for skipper Chris Dent and Miles Hammond to complete the triumph at 11.48am.


Ian Harvey praised his side after they picked up their seventh win of the season and moved up into second place in Division 2 of the LV= Insurance County Championship.

It took his side a mere 78 minutes to complete the victory on day four at Sophia Gardens after Glamorgan had batted long enough to forced Gloucestershire to pad up a second time and chase 15 runs to win.

“We were hoping for a quick finish, but we spoke about being prepared to work hard even into the afternoon. We have been prepared to do that throughout the season and a lot of our games have gone down to the last session,” said Harvey.

“Credit to the players, they keep fighting and believing they can do it. It was great from our point of view it was over early.”

“After the defeat last week the main thing for us was to turn it around. That’s something we have done all season and that was very pleasing.

“We dropped four catches in the first session in their second innings, but the bowlers kept bowling well and in the end we started catching them.

“We spoke about partnerships all the way through and the boys played exceptionally well.

“Ben Wells came in at late notice and played very well and Tom Price was exceptional in helping us to get a lead. Sometimes you need a performance like that to kick-start something and it was a really good day for him.

“Zafar was outstanding and took advantage of the conditions. When you look at spinners around the country they do come into their own in the third and fourth days.

“That’s why we got hold of Zafar and he really showed what he could do in this game. It is not always going to spin, or be in your favour, but he played to the conditions and did that exceptionally well.

“We want to finish the season on a high, but so will Durham. It means it will be all to play for when we meet next week and, hopefully, we can finish the last four days of the season on a high.”



The 10 wicket defeat came on the back off successive losses by an innings to Durham and Essex and leaves the Welsh county deep in the basement of the Division 2 table after taking only five points from the match.

Now head coach Matthew Maynard is looking for a major reaction in the final game against Surrey at The Oval.

“Our bowlers got deep into their overs, but Gloucestershire batted very well. They had a career best from their No 9 (Tom Price) and their last two also batted well to get them well over 100 run for the last two wickets and we couldn’t seem to prise them out,” said Maynard.

“We were a bit too cautious against their spinners when we batted again. We have had games this season where we have lot wickets in clusters in poor sessions and that has cost us the game.

We need to have a look at that. It comes down to having confidence to playing in your particular way as a batsman.

“Obviously, the way in which the last few results have gone, and this defeat, doesn’t help. I have never known such a topsy-turvey season in terms of our performances.

“We were really good in the first 10 games and played some good cricket against tough opponents. The T20 competition was a disappointment, with Marnus Labuschagne ruled out for four games and the form of some key players, and we haven’t knitted back together as a group after The Hundred.

“It has been tough emotionally for everyone at the club, but you also have to remember that we have created history with the first team to win a knock-out cup.

“People always remember the back end of a season, but I don’t think it is a true reflection of the whole campaign. But now we have an obligation to the supporters, the club and the players themselves to try to turn things around at The Oval.”


“We are really disappointed as a group not to deliver again. We got a decent score having been put in, but we didn’t bowl at our best. 400 was a bit too much for us and then we had an awful session. One bad hour really killed the game for us.

“We have got to pick ourselves up. This game is all about resilience and fighting and we have a good record in the last game of the season since I’ve been at the club with six wins and three draws out of 10.

“If we can take a good win into the winter it will be nice. There are individual things we all have to try to put right before we go into that last game at The Oval.

“It is going to be a really big game for us. There have been some really good things for us this season and then we have had a shocking three weeks.

“We did really well to get into the second division and won the one day cup. We are just not playing to our potential at the moment and we are missing a few key players.


Middlesex vs Worcestershire, Group 3 Lord's, 10:30AM


Middlesex 144 & 247

Worcestershire 171 & 119

Middlesex 19pts beat Worcestershire 3pts by 101 runs


ETHAN Bamber’s four wickets led the charge as Middlesex beat Worcestershire by 101 runs to record four consecutive wins in a County Championship season for the first time in 26 years.

The young seamer passed 50 first-class wickets for the season in returning 4-28 as Worcester fell welll short in their quest for 221 despite a battling 42 not out from Gareth Roderick.

Martin Andersson was also among the wickets for the Seaxes with 3-22, all this after Middlesex were bowled out for 247 in their second innings early on the final day, Charlie Morris taking 6-52.

After Tuesday’s washout Middlesex resumed on 233-6 and capitulated quickly. Joe Leach had John Simpson caught at slip without adding to his 59 before Morris took centre-stage trapping Roland-Jones lbw and finding the edge of Luke Hollman’s bat, the youngster distraught at falling four short of a maiden first-class 50. When Tim Murtagh skied one to square leg to give Morris his sixth wicket the hosts had lost four for eight in 20 balls.

Needing 221, the visitors were soon in trouble, Bamber claiming the prize wicket of Jake Libby caught behind for six, the opener still five short of 1000 first-class runs for the season.

It should have been two in two, umpire Neil Bainton turning down a huge lbw appeal against new batsman Roderick despite replays suggesting he was plumb, but compensation came quickly when Daryl Mitchell fenced a wide one from Murtagh to Sam Robson at slip in the next over.

Roland-Jones struck in his first over, bowling Jack Haynes with a beauty between bat and pad which plucked out the off-stump and when Brett D’ Oliveira miscued Roland-Jones to mid-off shortly after lunch the visitors were 51-4.

Roderick though continued to make the most of his early reprieve, passing 5000 first-class runs and with Ed Barnard unfurling a flurry of boundaries runs began to flow.

Skipper Murtagh turned to Andersson in search of a breakthrough and the all-rounder immediately obliged removing Barnard caught behind and three balls later he pinned Ben Cox lbw with one which kept low.

Then it was Bamber’s turn to take two in an over, first yorking skipper Leach before castling Josh Baker, so making sure he couldn’t repeat his first innings heroics.

Andersson splayed the stumps again to send Morris on his way, before fittingly Bamber had last man Dillon Pennington caught behind to seal victory.

Leicestershire vs Sussex, Group 3 Upton Steel County Ground, 10:30AM

Leicestershire pulled off an extraordinary victory over Sussex in an LV=Insurance County Championship match that had seemed to bring the curtain down on the season at Grace Road with a tame draw.

After Hassan Azad (152) and Lewis Hill (145) had turned their hundreds into career-best scores and there was a maiden half-century for Louis Kimber, a declaration at 492 for four gave Leicestershire a lead of 133, but their with leading wicket-taker Chris Wright absent through injury, bowling Sussex out in the 48 overs that remained looked a long shot, even with Fynn Hudson-Prentice unable to bat after breaking a hand in the first innings.

Yet after reaching 117 for three - just 16 runs away from wiping out their arrears - an inexperienced Sussex side containing five teenagers lost their last six wickets for 11 runs, losing by an innings and five runs with 16 balls left.

Callum Parkinson took four for 18 with his left-arm spin and seamer Ben Mike four for 34 as Leicestershire won by five runs.

Wright, who was awarded his county cap along with Hill during the lunch interval, was not risked after feeling a hamstring after the first innings, when his six for 94 took his wickets tally for the season to 46.

Sussex remain without a win since beating Glamorgan in the second match of the season and are bottom of Division Three, with only a final fixture against next-to-bottom Derbyshire at Hove next week to come as they seek to avoid a first Championship wooden spoon since 2000.

Resuming at 291 for two following Tuesday’s washout after another hour of the game was lost because of a wet outfield, Leicestershire achieved their objective of securing maximum batting points.

Two more came as Hill overtook his previous career best of 121, scored against Gloucestershire in April of this year, and Azad passed his of 144 not out against Surrey, also in April, as the pair extended their partnership to 248, a new mark for Leicestershire’s third wicket against Sussex. Hill’s runs took his tally for the season to 902.

Both fell in consecutive Henry Crocombe overs, both caught on the boundary by substitute fielder, 17-year-old Bertie Foreman, whose grandfather was Denis Foreman, who played cricket for Sussex and football for Brighton and Hove Albion in the 1950s and 60s.

Kimber (69 not out) and Harry Swindells (59 not out) claimed the fifth, adding 130 in just less than 19 overs before skipper Callum Parkinson called them in.

Leicestershire’s bowlers chipped away. Ali Orr was caught behind off Parkinson’s left-arm spin, first-innings centurion Ben Brown hit Ben Mike straight to point, Tom Haines played across one from Ed Barnes and having closed to within 16 of clearing the arrears, Sussex unravelled.

Rawlins edged behind, Parkinson bowled Tom Hinley, Oli Carter, who had faced 77 balls for his nine, pulled to leg gulley and Crocombe was leg before as Mike took two in two. Parkinson then trapped Jack Carson in front.

Last wicket pair Sean Hunt and Joseph Sarro - both 19-year-olds - survived 30 balls to prolong the agony, but then Parkinson had the latter caught behind to spark wild celebrations.

Leicestershire captain Callum Parkinson: "A remarkable day, a real team effort during which a lot of lads stood up and I'm really proud of the lads..

"We wanted to get far enough in front not to bat again, which we did in the end though we ran it quite close! It began with great positive batting from Lewis Hill, Hassan Azad, Harry Swindells and Louis Kimber. I don't think going out there we were too sure after we lost all yesterday and an hour this morning, but we were patient, we held our areas and took our chances.

"We've played a lot of good red ball cricket this season, and I think we got our rewards today. I'm delighted."

Sussex joint head coach Ian Salisbury: "We're bitterly disappointed, we had every intention of playing the day out and we weren't capable of doing it. It's a harsh lesson that has to be quickly learned.

"There's a lot of people playing in their first season and they wouldn't have been put under that pressure before, they put the ball in the right areas often enough to ask questions and we weren't capable of keeping it out. But it's never a loss if you learn from it.

"It won't damage the young players, it will give them huge motivation going forward. To supporters I'd say 'Keep the Faith' - it's part of the journey to creating sustained success."

Northamptonshire vs Durham, Group 2 The County Ground Northampton, 10:30AM

Northamptonshire 183 & 230/9 drew with Durham 400 

James Sales’ maiden first-class fifty helped Northamptonshire salvage a draw with Durham in their LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two clash at Wantage Road.

All-rounder Sales, the 18-year-old son of former Northamptonshire batter David, struck a sublime 53 off 120 deliveries on his second red-ball appearance to lead a gritty final day rear-guard.

Luke Procter scored 44, while unbeaten Simon Kerrigan ate up a heroic 135 balls as they edged into a lead with 10 overs to spare, to make sure their side avoided defeat.

Durham had taken wickets throughout the day, with Matty Potts taking four for 48 – to return career-best match figures of eight for 90 – but he nor his attack partners could find a complete set as Northamptonshire reached 230 for nine at the close.

After a washed-out day three, Durham required 10 wickets, Northamptonshire needed to bat out the day or wipe out a 217-run deficit and not leave enough time for any chase.

Emilio Gay survived a spill at third slip and a strong lbw appeal but was snatched at second slip when trying to work Potts into the legside.

Ricardo Vasconcelos edged behind to give Rushworth his 55th Championship wicket of the season – the sixth time he has reached that figure– before Rob Keogh was adjudged lbw to Ben Raine.

The resumption from lunch saw a showcase of quick bowling from Potts and Rushworth on a largely unresponsive pitch as three wickets fell in 40 minutes.

Potts secured a nick behind when he angled across the left-handed Saif Zaib and then produced a gem to kiss the surface and Adam Rossington’s outside edge, with David Bedingham clutching on at first slip.

Harry Gouldstone was caught on the crease as Rushworth cannoned into the top of off stump – with 106 still needed to make Durham bat again.

Throughout the quick succession of wickets Luke Procter had stood firm, as he had for his 76 in the first innings. But after a half an hour lookout with James Sales, he was plumb lbw to a full Raine delivery for 44.

Sales and Simon Kerrigan set up camp and added 68, with a volley of boundaries off the former’s bat flying after tea, while equally importantly eating up 187 balls.

Sales was dropped at mid-off where Raine shelled a dolly before reaching a maiden first-class fifty with a three through midwicket off 99 balls.

Potts struck with his second delivery with the second new ball when Sales toed a pull to mid-on.

Kerrigan and Sanderson took the hosts into the red but with 54 balls remaining the latter was leg before to Scott Borthwick but Kerrigan marshalled Jack White to a thrilling draw.

Northamptonshire batter Simon Kerrigan, who blocked out 135 balls for an unbeaten 28:

“Getting away with a draw is the main thing to take from it. We are pretty disappointed with the three days and the majority of the day with the performance we put in.

“It was a really good wicket and being under cover all day yesterday and with the floodlights on this morning it is always going to be hard with someone like Chris Rushworth steaming in.

“In the first innings James [Sales] was complaining about his bat not being very good but today he hit the middle every time. I’m pleased for him to get his first fifty and hopefully it is the first of many.

“The Durham lads bowled really well and asked lots of questions and I’m really pleased to have seen it home in the end.

“We came in this morning and the aim was to bat out the draw so we are pleased with that but also reflecting there are areas we can improve.”

Northamptonshire all-rounder James Sales, who scored his maiden half-century:

“It is nice to get a few runs under the belt. I haven’t batted much recently because of the Royal London Cup but in this game I batted twice and got runs in both innings and it was nice to nearly see us home in the second innings.

“Chatting to the guys at the other end helped and I just tried to keep it simple. I tried to avoid going into my shell and not try to survive rather than play my natural game.

“My dad has been mentioned quite a bit recently. I didn’t see him play much play growing up but from what I hear he was a good player himself.

“I’ve worked with a bit in the last few years and it is playing off. I just had a message from him saying ‘well done’.”

Durham captain Scott Borthwick:

“It is really frustrating from our point. When we came off at tea we only needed the three wickets and we thought once we had broken the Sales and Kerrigan partnership we might go for the last two but fairly to the Northamptonshire batters today.

“Kerrigan is a decent No.9 and showed he is capable of batting out 135 balls – which I didn’t realise was that many!

“We grafted hard today. The seamers were excellent. They managed to get the ball swinging at times on a good pitch.

“We just said to the lads there that this is day three and the fact we are disappointed that we haven’t won in three days is a sign of how far we have come this season. We knew it would be tough this morning but we expected to win.

“I’ve just sat there with the coach and thought we could have done this or that but it is one of those where it is so tight you think of those things.”

Surrey vs Essex, Group 2 Kia Oval, 10:30AM

Hashim Amla led Surrey’s rearguard action with huge skill and commitment as Essex were forced to accept a final day draw in their LV= Insurance County Championship match at the Kia Oval.

In truth, it was the loss of the whole of day three to bad weather which really cost Essex the chance of adding a third successive Division Two victory to wins against Glamorgan and Gloucestershire in the past fortnight.

But Amla’s impressive batsmanship, which saw him make 34 not out in a second innings total of 113 for 2 after scoring 84 first time around, was the main reason they were unable to bowl Surrey out twice after the home side resumed on 107 for 7 and initially reached 161 in reply to Essex’s first innings 439.

Both before and after Surrey followed on, it was 38-year-old Amla who presented the broadest of bats to Essex’s classy bowling attack before hands were shaken at 4.34pm, with 17 overs unbowled. Essex take 12 points, and Surrey 6.

First, Amla resisted for almost 40 overs at the start of day four before being ninth out when adjudged leg-before to Simon Harmer, the off spinner finally winning an appeal from around the wicket when the former South African great went back and across his stumps as he looked to whip to leg.

Amla had started the day on 58 and, in all, occupied the crease for five and a half hours for his 209-ball 84 having arrived as early as the second over of the innings at No 3.

Then, when Ryan Patel edged Harmer to slip to go for 17 to leave Surrey on 28 for 1, after they had been asked to follow on 35 minutes into the second session and with a minimum of 53 overs remaining, it was Amla who again stood firm.

Cameron Steel fell 13 overs later for 28, shouldering arms to seamer Shane Snater and seeing the ball nip back to rattle his off and middle stumps, but Amla was joined by Ollie Pope in a third wicket alliance that saw out the game.

Pope finished on 27 not out, hitting six fours in a 52-ball knock, while Amla was unbeaten across 97 minutes and 72 balls second time around, stroking five fours.

It was a demonstration of defensive batting from Amla which recalled his epic 37 not out from 278 balls in almost six and a half hours of defiance that snatched Surrey an unlikely draw against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl in the first week of July.

And in the final moments of this match Amla even had the pleasure of facing two balls from Alastair Cook, the second of which he pushed for a single, as the former England captain bowled what proved to be the last over of a contest ruined by the heavy rain of Tuesday.

James Taylor, the young Surrey fast bowler, also deserved credit for his 117-ball 19 earlier in the day, after resuming on 2, and he kept Amla company in a staunch effort over almost two hours before mis-hitting Snater to cover.

Dan Moriarty was the final Surrey first innings wicket to fall, caught behind for 8 off Jamie Porter, who took 3 for 27. Harmer finished with 3 for 49 from 31 overs, Sam Cook 2 for 31 and Snater 2 for 22.

Surrey fast bowler James Taylor said: “It was a bit of a dream for me to bat for that long with Hashim this morning. I really enjoy my batting and I’ve worked very hard at it over the past year. I want to make myself more capable with the bat, and it was nice to get the opportunity today to show what I can do and not to let the team down when they needed me to stick with Hashim for as long as I could.

“It was obviously a real pleasure batting out there with him and he gives you so much confidence with his advice and his presence. We are absolutely delighted to get the draw, although the rain on day three really helped us. We knew what we had to do this morning, which was for everyone to try to bat for as long as possible and although Essex outplayed us over the first couple of days we did well as a batting unit today.”


Essex head coach Anthony McGrath said: “We were in a very strong position at the end of the second day, with around 200 overs left in the match, but then the good old English weather interrupted the game which of course can always happen!

“So we were left knowing we had a tough task today to take thirteen wickets and credit to Surrey for battling hard with the bat. We knew we had to get early wickets this morning, and that did not really happen, but we kept up our effort all through the day and I’m pleased with the way we fought hard to try to get in a position to win the game.”



Derbyshire vs Kent, Group 3 The Incora County Ground, 10:30AM


Kent completed a hat-trick of LV=Insurance County Championship victories when they beat Derbyshire by 130 runs in the Division Three match at Derby.

After Kent declared on 211 for 2, setting Derbyshire an unlikely 341 for victory, the home side were bowled out for 210.

Nathan Gilchrist took 4 for 30 after Grant Stewart claimed the first two wickets to start another feeble Derbyshire collapse.

Only an eighth wicket stand of 70 between Anuj Dal,58 not out, and Ben Aitchison,36, spared Derbyshire from complete humiliation

Kent batted on for nine overs in the morning, adding 64 with Jordan Cox falling for 81 attempting a big shot against Matt Critchley.

Daniel Bell-Drummond dispatched Critchley for six on his way to an unbeaten 51 and the declaration set Derbyshire a target that was purely notional given their batting woes this season.

A more realistic target was to bat out the day but once again, the top order crumbled and by lunch, Derbyshire were facing defeat.

Harry Came was the first to go when he followed one from Stewart that moved away and Leus du Plooy bagged a pair when he was pinned in front first ball by a full delivery.

Billy Godleman denied Stewart a hat-trick but after a brief recovery, two more wickets fell before the interval.

Wayne Madsen played across a swinging delivery from Harry Podmore and was lbw for 13 and although he passed 6,000 first-class runs for Derbyshire, Godleman followed him to the pavilion in the next over.

The Derbyshire captain miscued a pull at Nathan Gilchrist and was caught at square leg for 27 to leave his side in disarray on 67 for 4 at the interval.

It was now just a question of how long Derbyshire could delay Kent but the visitors were soon back in business.

Tom Wood lost his off stump as he played forward to Jas Singh and Gilchrist claimed his second wicket in the next over when Critchley edged to second slip.

Gilchrist found late movement to have Brooke Guest caught behind but Dal and Aitchison finally offered some resistance along with a few muscular blows before the latter miscued to mid off.

Sam Conners, batting with a runner after turning an ankle, helped Dal take the game to tea but Gilchrist sealed victory with the fifth ball of the final session.

Kent head coach Matt Walker said: "We certainly made a point of trying to get the lads to make a statement in these last four games of the season and three from three is exactly what we ordered.

"All three games have been well won, we've dominated most of those games if not all of them.. We lost the whole day to rain yesterday so to still win fairly comfortably shows we've played some good cricket this week."


Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman said: "They bowled excellently up front in that first innings but losing the wickets we did early on really set us back and we did well in the end just to get over the follow on.

"Essentially we lost the game then but equally disappointing was the performance today.The pitch looked at its best to bat, technically it was a day three wicket, and particularly when we saw what the lower order was able to do against a tiring attack."

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