Warwickshire secure Division One place
Warwickshire 303 and 51 for 0 beat Hampshire 218 and 132 by 10 wickets
Warwickshire secured County Championship Division One safety on Thursday with a comprehensive 10-wicket win over Hampshire at the Rose Bowl. Chris Woakes, with 5 for 34, caused the damage as Hampshire, resuming at the start of their second innings 85 runs behind, could only manage 132 all out.
Jimmy Adams was the first to depart for the hosts, caught behind to give Woakes his first victim of the day. Fellow opener Michael Carberry lasted just a few more deliveries before snicking Keith Miller behind to leave Hants in trouble at 13 for 2.
Worse was to follow as Australia's Phil Hughes stay at the crease lasted a solitary boundary for four before he was trapped leg before by Woakes. The in-form seamer had his third wicket of the day soon after when Hampshire's first-innings saviour Liam Dawson departed for just nine - the fourth of Hampshire's top four to fail to reach double figures.
Wicketkeeper Michael Bates maintained the Hampshire upper orders dreadful run of scores when he became another Woakes dismissal. The unenviable clean sweep of single-figure scores for the home side's top six was soon complete - youngster James Vince was trapped lbw by Darren Maddy to leave Hants reeling at 44 for 6 - still 41 runs short of making Warwickshire bat again.
The wicket brought Sean Ervine to the crease with fellow experienced campaigner Dominic Cork but even their wise heads could muster no more than a 10 run partnership before Maddy had Cork caught by Rikki Clarke.
Ervine, aware that the responsibility for Hampshire reaching a respectable total lay solely with him, began to play with freedom, cutting and driving powerfully. In tandem with James Tomlinson, they added 22 before Imran Tahir tempted Tomlinson into snicking to give Clarke his second catch of the innings.
Ervine was now swinging from the hip in his bid to make Warwickshire bat again and with the dogged Danny Briggs, raced to a quick-fire half century from just 44 balls, with six fours and two sixes.
But after the pair had put on 56 for the ninth wicket, Briggs' resistance was finally ended when he was trapped by a quicker Tahir delivery for 11. Ervine's innings followed seconds later as he skied an attempted slog to give Woakes a simple return catch and his fifth wicket of the innings as Hants set Warwickshire a paltry 48-run victory target.
Openers Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood knocked the runs off without alarm as Warwickshire ended a disappointing County Championship season in style.