Five-star Woakes keeps Warks up
Warwickshire secured LV= County Championship Division One safety with a comprehensive 10-wicket win over Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.
Chris Woakes, who took 5-34, caused the damage as Hants, resuming at the start of their second innings 85 behind, could only manage 132 all out.
Jimmy Adams was the first to depart for the hosts, caught behind off Woakes.
Fellow opener Michael Carberry lasted just a few more deliveries before nicking Andrew Miller behind to leave Hants in trouble at 13 for two.
Worse was to follow as Australia’s Phillip Hughes stay at the crease lasted a solitary boundary before he was trapped leg before by Woakes.
The in-form seamer had his third wicket soon after when Hampshire's first-innings saviour Liam Dawson departed.
Wicketkeeper Michael Bates maintained the Hampshire upper order’s dreadful run of scores when he became another Woakes dismissal, caught behind.
The unenviable clean sweep of single-figure scores for the home side’s top six was soon complete as youngster James Vince was trapped lbw by Darren Maddy to leave Hants reeling at 44 for six - still 41 short of making Warwickshire bat again.
The wicket brought Sean Ervine to the crease with fellow experienced campaigner Dominic Cork, but even their wise heads could muster no more than a 10-run partnership before Maddy had Cork caught by Rikki Clarke.
Ervine, aware that the responsibility for Hampshire reaching a respectable total lay solely with him, began to play with freedom, cutting and driving powerfully.
In tandem with James Tomlinson, they added 22 before Imran Tahir tempted Tomlinson into snicking to give Clarke his second catch of the innings.
Ervine was now swinging from the hip in his bid to make Warwickshire bat again and, with the dogged Danny Briggs, raced to a quick-fire half-century from just 44 balls, with six fours and two sixes.
But after the pair had put on 56 for the ninth wicket, Briggs was trapped by a quicker Tahir delivery.
Ervine followed seconds later as he skied an attempted slog to give Woakes a simple return catch and his fifth wicket as Hants set Warwickshire a paltry 48-run victory target.
Openers Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood knocked the runs off without alarm as Warwickshire ended a disappointing championship season in style.