Warwickshire clinched Division One survival by completing a 10-wicket victory over Hampshire on the final day at the Rose Bowl.
Chris Woakes claimed 5-34 as Hampshire were bowled out for 132 in their second innings, only Sean Ervine, with 62, providing any resistance.
That left Warwickshire to chase a target of 48, which opening pair Ian Westwood (27no) and Varun Chopra (18no) knocked off in 16.2 overs.
The Bears' 22-point haul from the match was enough to keep them above Kent, who are relegated - along with Essex - despite beating Yorkshire earlier in the day.
Ian Bell smashed a superb century on Wednesday as Warwickshire batted themselves ever closer to Division One safety against Hampshire at The Rose Bowl.
Resuming overnight on 29 without loss, openers Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood added just ten more runs before both departed, falling lbw to Simon Jones and James Tomlinson respectively.
That brought Bell and first-innings wicket-taking hero Darren Maddy together at the crease, and they combined to make Hampshire's bowlers look ordinary.
The England batsman cut and drove powerfully towards his half-century and the momentum gathered still further as he reached three figures - the moment celebrated with gusto after an edge through the slips.
By that stage he had lost Maddy, who had also looked fluent before being bowled by Danny Briggs (three for 100). Jim Troughton then came and went - another victim of the impressive Jones (four for 60).
Jones eventually claimed the scalp of Bell when the latter edged behind on 104 and although Warwickshire's innings looked in danger of spluttering at that point, a counter-attacking 52 from Rikki Clarke put them back on track towards an eventual total of 303.
Warwickshire claimed maximum bowling points against Hampshire, moving them a step closer to retaining their place in Division One of the LV= County Championship, on a shortened second day at the Rose Bowl.
Darren Maddy was the hero with the ball for the Bears, finishing with figures of 4-37, as Hampshire were dismissed for 218 in their first innings.
Having claimed three wickets on day one the experienced all-rounder removed Dominic Cork before he'd added to his overnight score of 41, leaving the hosts on 149-7.
James Tomlinson followed for a single, falling to Rikki Clarke (2- 47) to leave Hampshire on 156-8. However a ninth-wicket stand of 60 frustrated the visitors - as well as a first lengthy break for bad light.
Imran Tahir eventually broke the partnership by removing Danny Briggs for 27. Liam Dawson then fell soon after for 74 having faced 173 deliveries.
Despite a lively four-over spell from former England paceman Simon Jones, Warwickshire managed to reach 29 without loss before bad light curtailed proceedings some four hours short of the scheduled close of play.
Warwickshire's battle to remain in Division One started well as they reduced Hampshire to 147-6 at the end of a rain-shortened day at the Rose Bowl.
The hosts have already secured their safety and now the Bears are hoping to follow suit with them needing nine points to ensure their survival.
Darren Maddy led their charge, after the visitors won the toss and chose to field first, as he grabbed three quick wickets in the space of 11 runs to put Warwickshire in the driving seat.
After Chris Woakes had removed opener Michael Carberry for seven, Maddy sent Jimmy Adams packing for 13 and Australian Phil Hughes for 13.
James Vince lasted just two balls before Ian Bell took the catch off Maddy's bowling, but Dominic Cork and Liam Dawson later added 62 for the seventh wicket to hold up Warwickshire's charge.