Kent beat Derbyshire to open up promotion race

County Championship Division Two, Canterbury
Kent 261 & 342-8 dec beat Derbyshire 200 & 181 by 222 runs
Kent 21pts, Derbyshire 4pts
Match scorecard

Kent beat Division Two leaders Derbyshire by 222 runs at Canterbury to leave the promotion race wide open.

The visitors resumed on 30-1, needing 374 more runs for an unlikely win.

But, despite 53 from Usman Khawaja, Derbyshire were bowled out for 181 after tea, Darren Stevens taking 4-37 and Matt Coles 3-29.

Derbyshire go into the final round of games leading Yorkshire by one point at the top of the table, with Kent only a further five points behind.

Derbyshire entertain Hampshire at Derby in their final game, while Yorkshire travel to Essex and Kent face bottom-of-the-table Glamorgan in Cardiff.

A draw would have left Derbyshire on the brink of securing a place in Division One for next summer but they could not hold firm.

Opener Paul Borrington and Wes Durston were both pinned lbw by Coles as Derbyshire were reduced to 69-3.

But it was the dismissal of Australian Khawaja, trapped leg before by Stevens, that signalled the beginning of the end.

Ross Whiteley was run out without scoring and Dan Redfern edged Stevens behind to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones.

And after David Wainwright was bowled by Mark Davies, Kent wasted little time in wrapping up victory.

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