Worcestershire are still well in the hunt for promotion from Division Two of the Specsavers County Championship despite their 10 wicket loss to Kent at Canterbury.

The County are now occupying fourth spot in the table but are still only 14 points behind leaders Essex who they face at Chelmsford next month.

Only 19 points separate the top five – all of whom have won three matches – in the battle for the one promotion spot up for grabs.

Worcestershire also have to play the current bottom three – Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Glamorgan at New Road – in addition to visiting sixth-placed Sussex.

Director Of Cricket Steve Rhodes said: "Sport is all about winning and losing and I don't know many teams who just keep winning all of the time.

"We've played plenty of good cricket already this season to know that we're capable of producing better than at Canterbury.

"There are five opportunities for wins and that's what we will be looking for. We will be looking to try and win games of cricket and force our way back into contention."

DIVISION TWO TABLE

Essex Played 11, Won 3, Lost 2, Drawn 6, Bat 39, Bowl 31, Points 148

Kent 11, 3, 1, 8, 33, 26, 147

Leics 11, 3, 2, 6, 33, 27, 137

WORCS 11, 3, 2, 6, 33, 23, 134

Gloucs 10, 3, 2, 5, 30, 26, 129

Sussex 10, 1, 0, 9, 25, 21, 107

Northants 11, 1, 2, 8, 26, 21, 103

Derbys 12, 0, 3, 9, 27, 23, 95

Glam 10, 1, 4, 5, 27, 25, 92