Hampshire pushed champions Warwickshire to the brink of relegation on day three of the LV= Insurance County Championship clash in Edgbaston.
Hampshire responded to the 272 declared for four home sides, scoring 311 thanks to James Vince (98) and former Edgbaston favorite Keith Barker (76).
Warwickshire finished on 62 points for the second time – 23 clear – but having rained on for much of the first two days, a draw is overwhelmingly likely.
That would secure Vince’s team a second place finish and send the Bears down.
Yorkshire’s loss to Gloucestershire at Headingley has given them a glimmer of hope but the Bears need to win this game.
Already relegated Gloucestershire completed an exciting three-day victory and defended 241, leaving Yorkshire anxiously watching the events at Edgbaston.
England fringe player David Payne and fellow Pakistani spinner Zafar Gohar each won four wickets to concede a sixth defeat to the hosts in their last eight Division One games.
The hosts had set their target in the second half of morning three, running well at 69-1 before giving in to pressure to win, despite a late and defiant Dom Bess unbeaten 79-of-103.
Lancashire pulled off an impressive win over champions Surrey in three days as they finished the season with a victory by one innings and 130 runs.
Left-arm bowler Tom Hartley did the damage with the ball, with the 23-year-old five to 52 and match counts of eight after nine cricket sessions utterly dominated by the hosts, who sacked the visitors for 173 in to 80 claimed their second innings.
Kent defeated Somerset by one innings and 151 runs to end their campaign in Canterbury in style.
Hamid Qadri hit a career-high 87 as Kent, after securing his first-round status, hit 492 in his first innings for a 290 lead.
Although Kasey Aldridge recorded his best first-class numbers of six for 110, it was a painful day for Somerset as they all collapsed to 139.
Matt Quinn took three for 14 and Nathan Gilchrist, Daniel Bell-Drummond and Qadri all claimed two wickets apiece.
Nottinghamshire secured promotion to Division One and are practically Division Two champions already, although their fans will have to wait until the final day of the season to confirm that mathematically.
They bowled Durham for 207 just 10 overs after lunch in response to their mammoth 662 declared for five.
They batted again, declaring for two at 121, leaving Durham an unlikely 577 target. And the visitors ended the day at 14 for two, staring in the face of defeat.
Middlesex are on the verge of joining Nottinghamshire as century-makers Steve Eskinazi, John Simpson and Pieter Malan played a key role in securing maximum batting points against Worcestershire at New Road.
The visitors totaled 509 in their response to Worcestershire’s 225, with Eskinazi 115 and Simpson (93) and Malan (92) also weighing in.
With only a draw required to secure a place in the top two, it will take something extraordinary on the final day to keep the champagne corks from popping after they have secured a 284 lead.
Captain Tom Haines hit two hundreds on the same day and opening partner Ali Orr hit a superb unbeaten 185 to turn Sussex’s fortunes against Glamorgan.
Haines, who resumed on the 34th, became the first Sussex batsman since 2014 to carry his bat with 108, but his side still got thrown out for 258 in their first innings.
They followed by 275 points but it was a turning point as Haines and Orr led Sussex to 312 without a wicket, a margin of 37.
Haines was impenetrable with 121, while Orr managed well, landing 15 behind his double center with 18 fours and nine sixes.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/yorkshire-warwickshire-nottinghamshire-ccc-promotion-hampshire-b2177475.html Hampshire leave Warwickshire ahead of relegation while Yorkshire looks on nervously