Bears enjoy Sussex picnic
Patel ends home resistance to set up easy chase
Last Updated: July 2, 2011 3:25pm
Patel: Five wicket haul earned Warwickshire win
Third placed Warwickshire maintained their County Championship title challenge with a comfortable eight wicket win at Sussex.
Jim Troughton's side wrapped up victory on day four in Arundel to earn their sixth win in nine matches and keep the pressure on leaders Durham and second-placed Lancashire.
A hundred from Luke Wright and a half century from Ollie Rayner had raised Sussex's hopes of salvaging something from the game.
But they were quickly dashed by Jeetan Patel who removed both batsmen to take his first five-wicket haul for Warwickshire.
Resuming on 201-5 and still trailing by 29 runs, the home team put on another 76 as Wright and Rayner extended their partnership to 163.
It looked as though the pair might do enough to set Warwickshire a tricky target before England star Wright, who rattled 116 off just 124 balls, went first wicket of the day.
Rayner followed four overs later when he was dismissed lbw for 58 trying to sweep Patel and Sussex quickly crumbled to 301 all out.
Warwickshire needed just 72 to win and opener Varun Chopra looked in the mood to knock them off quickly, as he launched James Anyon for successive sixes.
However, he was bowled for 24 by Rayner before Monty Panesar trapped William Porterfield lbw to leave Darren Maddy and Jim Troughton to knock off the winning runs inside 16 overs.
Warwickshire closed in on their sixth win in nine LV= County Championship games as Sussex ended day three at Arundel on 201-5, still trailing by 29.
The Bears moved on from their overnight total of 370-6 to 481 before they were bowled out, Rikki Clarke being left stranded on 81 not out.
The all-rounder put on a seventh-wicket stand of 79 with Keith Barker, who made 52 before being dismissed by Luke Wright's fifth ball of the morning.
Clarke launched spinner Ollie Rayner for three sixes down the ground on his way to a season-best score, while Monty Panesar, James Anyon and Wright all finished with three wickets apiece for the hosts.
Starting their second innings trailing by 230, Sussex immediately found themselves in trouble when openers Chris Nash (nine) and Ed Joyce (14) fell to seamer Boyd Rankin inside six overs.
Jeetan Patel then saw off Murray Goodwin and Luke Wells, who was stumped for 32, and when the New Zealand off-spinner bowled Andrew Hodd for nine, the home side were toiling at 114-5.
They were given a glimmer of hope, however, by an unbroken partnership of 87 between Wright, who reached the close with 75 to his name, and Ollie Rayner (29 not out).
Warwickshire took control of their Division One clash against Sussex at the Arundel festival after a solid all-round batting effort on day two.
The visitors ended on 370-6 with a lead of 119 after bowling their opponents out for 251 on the opening day.
Varun Chopra (50), Ian Westwood (72) and Will Porterfield (56) all struck half-centuries but a quick double strike from Luke Wright after lunch saw them slip from 178-1 to 196-4.
Darren Maddy (76) and Tim Ambrose (38), however, put the visitors firmly back in control with a 20-over partnership that added 98 runs.
Warwickshire started the day on 58 without loss and Chopra and Westwood took their opening stand to 77 before the former fell lbw to Jimmy Anyon.
Westwood added 101 with Porterfield until Monty Panesar had him caught at slip by Ed Joyce and Wright then struck twice to remove the latter and Jim Troughton (four).
But Maddy and Ambrose halted the slide before Rikki Clarke (21 not out) and Keith Barker (30 not out) then added an unbroken 41 before stumps.
Warwickshire's seam attack combined to bowl out Sussex for 251 on the first day of their LV County Championship encounter at Arundel.
Boyd Rankin (3-76) and Rikki Clarke (3-52) claimed three wickets apiece and were given good support from Keith Barker (2-63) and Darren Maddy (2-40), who took two each.
Opening batsman Ed Joyce, with 73, and Murray Goodwin, who was left stranded on 79 not out, were the only home batsman to make much impression.
Joyce, leading the side in the absence of regular skipper Michael Yardy who is taking a break to deal with depression, had opted to bat first.
Openers Varun Chopra (40no) and Ian Westwood (13no) powered Warwickshire to 58-0 in reply by stumps, a deficit of 193.