Warwickshire can all but guarantee promotion to the top division if they beat Yorkshire at Edgbaston this afternoon.
If Warwickshire are victorious only Derbyshire would be able to catch them if they win on Sunday and The Bears lose to Durham. Such is Warwickshire's superior run-rate, however, that even that scenario would be unlikely to deny them.
Ian Bell will make a rare appearance for his county today. Well rested after England duty, he is likely to come into the squad in place of Michael Powell, who remains hampered by sore shins.
Bell is sure - and deserving - of a hero's reception after his role in the Ashes success. Despite a disappointing end to that series, he was yesterday named as one of the 12 recipients of an ECB central contract, confirming the selectors' long-term plans for the 23-year-old. Warwickshire members will see precious little of him for the foreseeable future; unless of course they have Sky.
Swing bowler Naqaash Tahir may also make way. Naqaash is still feeling his way back to match fitness and his performance against Scotland was poor - particularly his fielding.
Adam Shantry is standing by for his Warwickshire debut.
The 22-year-old left-arm seamer, signed from Northamptonshire last winter, has been injured for much of the season, but proved devastating in the Birmingham League on Saturday when he took six for 11 for Kenilworth Wardens against Wellington.
Yorkshire, despite securing promotion in the Championship, are only one place off the bottom of the totesport Division Two table.
They are likely to use the game to provide experience to younger players such as Joe Sayers and Steven Patterson.