Surrey and Lancashire secure promotion to Division One

The 37-year-old spinner removed Tony Palladino, Mark Footitt and Ben Cotton with successive balls to secure an emphatic innings-and-98-run win and ensure Surrey's return to the top flight after a two-year absence.

And Lancashire were also celebrating after batting out the day in Kent to secure promotion at the first attempt.

Surrey have invested heavily in their quest to earn their return in that time, with the likes of former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara signing for the club, but it was their veteran skipper that earned all the plaudits on Friday.

With conditions becoming increasingly gloomy, Batty first had Palladino caught at the wicket by Ben Foakes before Footitt and Cotton were both bowled to compete the match.

Surrey had started the day needing to take all 10 Derbyshire wickets to confirm their promotion, but had completed the task an hour before tea as Batty finished with figures of six for 51.

Wayne Madsen, who finished unbeaten on 76 and Wes Durston (57) were the only Derbyshire batsmen to reach double figures as their 86-run stand formed the vast majority of a paltry second-innings total of 149.

Steven Croft led Lancashire's defiant stand at Canterbury, batting for just over four hours to make 72 before his side shook hands on a draw at 258 for four which was enough to secure promotion.

Cricket director Ashley Giles said: "It was probably our worst game of the Championship but we've come away with a draw. We've done what we came to achieve which at the start of the year was promotion."

Also in Division Two, bad light forced premature draws in the matches between Essex and Northamptonshire at Chelmsford, and Leicestershire and Gloucestershire at Grace Road.

Sussex boosted their hopes of preserving their Division One status with a comprehensive innings-and-63-run success over fellow strugglers Worcestershire at New Road.

Victory moved Sussex up into sixth spot - 18 points ahead of second-from-bottom Hampshire who do have a match in hand - while defeat saw the hosts slip eight points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Resuming on 59 for three at the start of the day, Worcestershire struggled to 237 all out with their only bright spot a maiden Championship century from 19-year-old Joe Clarke.

Middlesex strengthened their hold on second place after drawing their rain-affected match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Trailing by 47 on first innings, after finally bowling the home side out for 254 on the final morning, Middlesex recovered from 105 for five to reach 173 for six and guarantee a share of the spoils.

  Gareth Batty took a hat-trick as Surrey were promoted to Division One
Gareth Batty took a hat-trick as Surrey were promoted to Division One