Woakes finds winning formula
Chris Woakes completed a brilliant all-round display as Warwickshire saw off relegation rivals Kent inside three days in a vital LV= County Championship Division One clash at Edgbaston.
The 21-year-old seamer took 11 wickets in a match for the first time and also contributed 81 with the bat to a 95-run victory after less than two hours’ play on the third morning.
Neil Carter reached 50 championship scalps for the first time in 10 seasons and, in all, the new-ball partners shared 19 wickets as Kent were dismissed for 111 and 228.
In the visitors' two innings, eight batsmen were out for ducks, although Martin van Jaarsveld redeemed himself with a century at the second attempt.
When the visitors resumed on 131 for five – still 193 runs adrift of their target – it was Carter who made the breakthrough.
Darren Stevens, having hit three boundaries off Woakes, was the man to go, clipping a straightforward catch to midwicket.
New batsman Alex Blake was hopelessly tied up by the next three deliveries, surviving an lbw appeal but, after getting an edge which did not carry, he was caught behind.
Woakes took the next two wickets, finishing with 5-45 in the innings and 11-97 in the match, but last man Matt Coles helped van Jaarsveld through to his ton.
A troublesome stand of 67 forced Warwickshire to bring back Carter and, with his seventh delivery, the left-arm seamer had Coles caught at cover for 13, handing the bowler figures of 5-60.
With the exception of van Jaarsveld, who finished unbeaten on 110 with 16 fours, Kent were undone by high-quality swing bowling and they are now in danger of an immediate return to Division Two.
That is a direct result of Warwickshire's timely surge in registering successive home wins against the two teams that occupy the relegation places.
After spending three months in the bottom three themselves, they have moved 18 points clear of Kent and 26 ahead of the apparently doomed Essex, although Kent have a game in hand on both.