Hello from Emerald Headingley for the penultimate round of the season. It's a good start to the morning. The sun has not burned yet, but we are all ready to leave at 10:30.

The drama of the international summer may be over, but there is still much to be done in the last two weeks of the league in both divisions.

This round will provide a mix of games that mean everything and others that are more of a fact-finding mission. Here at Headingley for example, Yorkshire Matthew Revis, the 17-year-old's first 17-year-old drummer, will give his debut to the game. Will Fraine is on the sidelines after being dislocated from the knee last week.

The white rose v Kent is nothing more than a battle for third place, so it seems a little strange that the two counties are competing for beginners abroad. New Zealander Ajaz Patel plays for Yorkshire, while South African captain François du Plessis prepares his red ball for Kent after playing for them at the recent T20 Blast.

The only Division One games that contribute to the prizes are those involving rivals under Somerset and Essex. Somerset leaders move to face Hampshire at Ageas Bowl with an eight-point lead over Essex in second place and welcoming outgoing champions Surrey in Chelmsford.

Low side and relegated Nottinghamshire face Warwickshire at Trent Bridge.

The weight of the matches "live" undoubtedly returns to the division two.

Leaders Lancashire are promoted and require up to five points of their home encounter with Middlesex to secure the title. But, realistically, there are five other teams in pursuit of the other two places of promotion.

With 48 points available over the next two weeks, Northamptonshire is second on 161 and Glamorgan, sixth on 136. Gloucestershire, Durham and Sussex are sandwiches in between. Even Middlesex, Derbyshire and the second, Worcestershire, are not mathematically out of the equation to rank among the top three, but it would take something remarkable to see them play at the top of the table in 2020.

Derbyshire host Sussex in Derby, Leicestershire visit Cardiff to attack Glamorgan, Northamptonshire host Durham at Wantage Road and Gloucestershire made the short drive from the M5 to New Road to cope with Worcestershire.

It will be a hectic and nervous day, no doubt, and I would not be surprised to see one or two aircraft en route. Enjoy the day and some others too.

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