Seven up for Woakes

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Chris Woakes

Chris Woakes returned remarkable figures of 7-20 across two superb spells today as Warwickshire seized control at Edgbaston

Chris Woakes took a career-best 7-20 as Warwickshire resumed their LV= County Championship title challenge by dismissing bottom-of-the-table Hampshire for 141 at Edgbaston.

With the England selectors about to name their squads for end-of-summer one-day internationals against Ireland and India, the 22-year-old seamer picked a good time to surpass his previous best of 6-43 for England Lions in 2009.

For Warwickshire, it was the destructive performance they would have hoped for when choosing to bowl first, but their batsmen later had their own struggles in reaching 96 for four - 45 behind.

James Tomlinson took his first wickets of an injury-troubled season for Hampshire, making a major breakthrough when Varun Chopra was lbw for 55 shortly before bad light ended play early.

Chopra, the opener, reached 1,000 runs in a season for the first time as Hampshire’s seamers chipped away without quite matching Woakes’ impact.

Sean Ervine and Dimitri Mascarenhas, the two highest scorers for Hampshire, each bagged a wicket in their first over, and with much excitement when the latter had Shivnarine Chanderpaul caught at second slip for one on the West Indian’s championship debut for Warwickshire.

There may have been first-morning juice in the pitch to help the bowlers but some of Hampshire’s troubles were of their own making as the first six wickets fell for 57 inside 90 minutes.

Jimmy Adams smashed a loose delivery from Keith Barker to point and, although fellow opener Liam Dawson survived the early skirmishes, he was fourth out for 25, shouldering arms during a lively spell from Rikki Clarke.

By then Woakes was beginning to make inroads with two wickets in four balls. Late movement accounted for Michael Carberry and Neil McKenzie was lbw working to leg.

Hampshire have struggled all season to post competitive first-innings totals and in this situation they could not afford James Vince’s lapse in hooking to Barker at fine-leg before he had scored.

This wicket gave Woakes 3-15 from opening 10-over spell and even when he took a rest from bowling he stayed in the action, holding a straightforward chance as Michael Bates guided Boyd Rankin to gully.

Warwickshire were held up as Ervine, with 36, and Mascarenhas, who made 33, exploited a window of opportunity in a partnership of 64 for the seventh wicket in 17 overs, but the return of Woakes after lunch quickly strangled their enterprise.

His third ball swung in to bowl Ervine as he played defensively and in his next over Mascarenhas was well caught by Clarke, diving to his right at second slip.

Chris Wood made a useful 18 until Woakes completed a second spell of 4-5 by taking the last two wickets in four balls.

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