Big win for Warwickshire

Woakes delivers as relegation battle is sewn up inside three days

Last Updated: 02/09/10 5:13pm

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Woakes: starring role

Woakes: starring role

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Chris Woakes played a starring role for Warwickshire as they earned a vital LV County Championship win against relegation rivals Kent on Thursday.

LV County Championship - Division One Edgbaston Warwickshire 294 (A G Botha 76, Imran Tahir 69 no) & 140 (C R Woakes 51, Azhar Mahmood 4-51, D I Stevens 4-38) v Kent 111 (C R Woakes 6-52) & 228 (M van Jaarsveld 110 no, N M Carter 5-60, C R Woakes 5-45) Warwickshire (21pts) beat Kent (3pts) by 95 runs

The 21-year-old England Lions seamer delivered with the bat as well as the ball at Edgbaston - Woakes taking 11 wickets for the first time and also making 81 runs as Warwickshire secured a 95-run win less than two hours into the third day.

Neil Carter also claimed 5-60 in Kent's second innings and reached 50 Championship wickets for the first time in 10 seasons as the visitors were dismissed for 228 in their second innings.

Having resumed on 131-5 - still 193 short of their target - Woakes had Darren Stevens caught at midwicket before Alex Blake was caught behind. Woakes also took the next two wickets but Kent's innings stayed intact long enough for Martin Van Jaarsveld to make a century from 147 balls.

After spending three months in the bottom three, Warwickshire have moved 18 points clear of Kent and 26 ahead of Essex, but Kent still have a game in hand on both counties.

Hampshire are under pressure as well and play Kent at Canterbury next week before facing Warwickshire at the Rose Bowl. Kent's final match is against Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie.

Day two

Chris Woakes put Warwickshire in a strong position after day two against LV County Championship Division One relegation rivals Kent at Edgbaston.

Woakes (3-19) and Neil Carter (2-30) reduced Kent to 131-5 in pursuit of a victory target of 324 at stumps on a day when 22 wickets went down.

Geraint Jones (41) fell lbw to the last ball of the evening session - Woakes' ninth victim of the match so far - to leave Martin van Jaarsveld (44no) and Darren Stevens, who is next man in, as Kent's last recognised pair.

Woakes had earlier hit 51 and shared a ninth-wicket stand of 72 with Carter (26) to get Warwickshire up to 140 in their second innings, having been 49-7 when he walked out to the middle.

Kent medium pacers Stevens (4-38) and Azhar Mahmood (4-51) had taken four wickets apiece during their respective 13-over unchanged spells with the new ball.

Woakes had also caused problems at the start of the day when Kent turned their overnight position of 37-3 into first-innings total of 111 all out - Alex Blake top scoring from number nine with 33.

The 21-year-old seamer, who has represented England Lions, claimed season's best figures of 6-52, while Carter picked up 3-46.

Day one

A county record 10th-wicket stand of 118 between Ant Botha and Imran Tahir helped Warwickshire turn the tables on Kent by stumps on the opening day of their LV County Championship fixture at Edgbaston.

Botha and Tahir came together with the Bears struggling at 176-9 after opting to bat first against relegation rivals Kent.

Kent medium pacer Darren Stevens (3-63), armed with the new ball, removed the top three to give the visitors' an early advantage.

But Botha (76) and Tahir (69no) both struck half-centuries during 24.5 overs of mayhem either side of tea to power Warwickshire up to a respectable first-innings score of 294.

And home seamer Chris Woakes then took three wickets to reduce Kent to 37-3 in reply, still 257 runs behind.

Woakes (3-18) bowled Joe Denly with the first ball of the innings and added Denly's opening partner Robert Key, also bowled for a duck, with the opening delivery of his second over.

Simon Cook (9) followed in the same manner in the seventh over before James Tredwell (8no) and Sam Northeast (19no) survived the final 13 balls of the day.

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