Bears triumph at Taunton
Woakes shines as Warwickshire smash sorry Somerset
Last Updated: 16/04/11 3:08pm
Woakes: fine all-round display
Pre-season title favourites Somerset suffered a disastous start to their LV County Championship campaign as they were crushed by Warwickshire by an innings and 382 runs at Taunton.
Having managed 210 first time around in reply to the Bears' 642, Marcus Trescothick's side were blown away for just 50 after being asked to bat again.
Rikki Clarke ran through the tail to finish with 5-10 but it was Chris Woakes who did the early damage to further his England claims.
The talented all-rounder followed up his 129 with the bat with a six-wicket haul in Somerset's first innings, dismissing three of the final four batsmen on Saturday morning after the hosts had resumed on 147-6.
He then claimed a further three scalps, opener Trescothick amongst them to leave the score at 7-4, to finish with impressive match figures of 9-101.
Only two players registered double figures for Somerset - Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler managing 13 and 12 respectively - as their second innings lasted a paltry 14.4 overs.
Chris Woakes followed his century in the afternoon with three of the six wickets that fell in the evening session as Somerset slumped to 147-6 in reply to Warwickshire's 642 at stumps on day two in Taunton.
Warwickshire resumed on 416-6 and opening batsman Varun Chopra soon turned his overnight 174 into a maiden double hundred.
Chopra was lbw to Ajantha Mendis (4-183) for 210 but Woakes and Ant Botha (64) ensured the runs continued to pile up during an eighth-wicket stand of 110.
Woakes, who played three ODIs and two T20s for England during the winter, reached his fourth first-class ton from 106 balls before eventually falling to Charl Willoughby (4-139) for 129.
Despite losing Marcus Trescothick (18) shortly after tea, Somerset looked to be on track during a second-wicket stand of 73 between Arul Suppiah and Nick Compton.
But Woakes (3-55) accounted for Compton (18), James Hildreth (5) and Craig Kieswetter (9), and Rikki Clarke (2-18) chipped in with the scalps of Suppiah (62) and Jos Buttler (0) as the Cidermen collapsed from 118-1 to 147-6, still 496 runs behind.
Varun Chopra's career-best 174 not out powered Warwickshire to maximum batting points on day one after they had been sent in by Somerset at Taunton.
Opening batsman Chopra hammered 23 fours and three sixes from 295 balls as the Bears raced along at more than four an over to reach the close on 416-6.
He received good support from William Porterfield (45) and Darren Maddy (67) during stands worth 89 and 155 for the second and third wickets respectively.
Somerset, led by evergreen seamer Charl Willoughby's 3-73, hit back in the afternoon session to peg Warwickshire back from 250-2 to 273-5.
But Tim Ambrose (40) and Chris Woakes (29no) helped Chopra keep the runs flowing in the evening session as the visitors moved beyond 400 to secure all five batting bonus points.
It was a difficult Somerset debut for Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis, who went for 124 runs in 24 overs and had only the wicket of Maddy to show for his efforts.