Patel five-for seals Warwickshire win
Warwickshire 481 and 72 for 2 beat Sussex 251 and 301 by eight wickets
Jeetan Patel took his first five-wicket haul for Warwickshire as they sealed an eight-wicket win against Sussex in the County Championship at Arundel.
A hundred from Luke Wright and a half-century from Ollie Rayner had raised Sussex's hopes of saving the game. However, Patel removed them both in quick succession to finish with figures of 5 for 96 while Boyd Rankin (4 for 60) added two wickets to the two he had taken on day three as Sussex were dismissed for 301 to leave Warwickshire needing just 72 to win.
That proved a simple enough task, as Warwickshire wrapped up victory 44 minutes after lunch for the loss of just two wickets. Sussex resumed day four still requiring 29 runs just to make Warwickshire bat again, but any hopes the visitors had of wrapping up the game quickly were thwarted by Wright and Rayner.
The pair extended their partnership from 87 overnight to 163 and at one point looked as if they might do enough to set Warwickshire a tricky total to chase. Wright continued to play in a positive manner and brought up his fourth Championship century off just 98 balls by lifting Patel for a four to long on. His hundred included 14 fours and a six.
Rayner played a more circumspect innings, but brought up his 50 off 137 balls by pulling Rikki Clarke for successive boundaries. Patel finally made the breakthrough half an hour before lunch in controversial circumstances when Wright tried to turn one off his pads and was caught at short mid-wicket by Jim Troughton for 116.
Wright stood his ground claiming it was a bump ball but after a discussion between the umpires he was given out. Rayner followed four overs later when he was lbw for 58 trying to sweep Patel to complete a five- wicket haul for the spinner.
Sussex's lead was only 62 at that stage and they immediately lost Amjad Khan lbw to Rankin's fourth delivery with the new ball. Rankin picked up his fourth wicket when Monty Panesar tried to hook a short ball and skied a catch to Varun Chopra at short leg just before lunch.
With Rana Naved-ul-Hasan unable to bat due to a shoulder injury sustained on Thursday it left Warwickshire chasing 72 to win. Chopra looked in the mood to knock them off quickly as he launched James Anyon for successive sixes before being bowled for 24 by Rayner.
Panesar trapped William Porterfield lbw to leave Darren Maddy and Jim Troughton to knock off the winning runs inside 16 overs.