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Hampshire bowlers knock over Warwickshire for 314-run triumph

Fidel Edwards ruffled Surrey Getty Images

Hampshire 354 (Alsop 150, Donald 75) and 302 for 5 dec (Rossouw 76, Soames 62, Northeast 55*) beat Warwickshire 233 (Sibley 109*) and 109 (Edwards 3-36) by 314 runs

Hampshire convincingly defeated Warwickshire on day four of the Specsavers County Championship fixture at Edgbaston

Needing eight wickets to secure victory, a ruthless spell of bowling from the visitors saw them dismiss the Bears on the final day in just 32.5 overs, securing a comfortable 314-run win.

The hosts, who needed a further 382 runs at the start of the day to set up an unlikely victory, struggled against an excellent bowling attack which saw five bowlers take wickets and four with at least a brace.

Hampshire, without captain James Vince - who is on England duty - and Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane, never looked pressured as they showed why they are title contenders with contributions throughout the order.

Tom Alsop's 150 on the opening day was supported by the bowling architects of Kyle Abbott, Keith Barker, Liam Dawson, Fidel Edwards and Gareth Berg, who earned the visitors their second victory of the season.

The Bears remain bottom with two home defeats from two.

Warwickshire, who started the day on 44 for 2, would have been buoyed by the early showery conditions, a far cry from the previous three days. Following a 70-minute delay, there was glimmer of hope for the hosts, with 18 overs lost in the day. But any optimism was immediately muted as Hampshire ripped their way through Warwickshire's top order with four wickets in 13 overs before lunch.

First-class debutant Rob Yates departed on the second ball of the morning, bowled by Edwards, with Abbott removing Adam Hose's stumps three overs later. Night-watchman Craig Miles was next to depart, a mere five balls after, bowled again by Edwards.

Liam Banks, who dug in for just four off 30 balls, kick-started an early lunch when he was caught by Edwards at mid-on off the bowling of Dawson. But the break was no more than a breather as Hampshire returned in a similar relentless vein.

Former Warwickshire seamer Barker trapped Alex Thomson lbw for 18 and bowled Henry Brookes for 0, with Berg's lbw dismissal of Tim Ambrose sandwiched in the middle.

A tenth-wicket partnership of 34, the highest of the Bears' second innings, between Jeetan Patel and Oliver Hannon-Dalby offered a slight reprieve before the former edged behind to wicketkeeper Alsop to leave the Bears 109 all out.

Warwickshire 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st3DP SibleyWMH Rhodes
2nd31WMH RhodesRM Yates
3rd8CN MilesRM Yates
4th1CN MilesAJ Hose
5th0CN MilesL Banks
6th21AT ThomsonL Banks
7th11TR AmbroseAT Thomson
8th0TR AmbroseHJH Brookes
9th0JS PatelHJH Brookes
10th34JS PatelOJ Hannon-Dalby