County Championship: Warwickshire collapse to heavy defeat by Hampshire
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (day four)|
|Hampshire 354 & 302-5 dec: Rossouw 76, Soames 62, Northeast 55*, Weatherley 46|
|Warwickshire 233 & 109: Edwards 3-36, Abbott 2-11, Dawson 2-16, Barker 2-23|
|Hampshire (23 pts) beat Warwickshire (3 pts) by 314 runs|
Warwickshire buckled to a heavy defeat as eight wickets went down in little more than two hours at Edgbaston in losing to Hampshire by 314 runs.
The Bears resumed after a delayed start on 42-2, needing to bat the day out.
But they lost four wickets in the 50 minutes of play before lunch, as Rob Yates, Adam Hose and Craig Miles all went inside 25 balls for just one run.
Four more then went down after lunch, including two for Bears old boy Keith Barker, as they were all out for 109.
Home skipper Jeetan Patel (10) and Olly Hannon-Dalby (17 not out) both hit a couple of boundaries in a last-wicket stand of 34 each to briefly delay the inevitable.
But Fidel Edwards had Patel caught behind to secure Hampshire's second Championship victory of the summer in three matches (their best start since 2005) and make it two defeats out of two for Paul Farbrace's Bears.
Edwards finished with 3-36, while Kyle Abbott and spinner Liam Dawson matched Barker with two wickets apiece to help briefly send their side top of the Division One table, before Somerset's draw with Surrey and Yorkshire's win over Kent quickly relegated them to third.
Injury-hit Warwickshire, who had Sam Hain sidelined by a knee injury, to add to the loss of Ian Bell, Olly Stone and winter signing Liam Norwell, now go to Taunton on Monday to face Somerset.
Hampshire start their next game on the same day, at home to Nottinghamshire, at the Newclose ground, Newport, on the Isle of Wight.
Hampshire and England all-rounder Liam Dawson:
"We dominated for all four days and I don't think we were ever behind in the game. It was a pretty convincing win.
"In years gone by we'd probably have sat in and let teams bowl at us, but yesterday in the third innings, 150 runs ahead, the two openers played positively and that's something we haven't done.
"In four-day cricket there's always going to be tough periods, but we probably didn't have that in this game. It helped that there was a bit of rain about and the wicket quickened up for the seamers. It was quite tough to bat.
"We've had good starts in the past and we've been poor in finishing the season off. It's a good start, but there's a lot of games left. Hopefully we can start well again on Monday on the Isle of Wight."
Bears first team coach Jim Troughton told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:
"We competed for two of those days. The last two were disappointing in terms of our skill level, execution and our ability to deal with the pressure we've built on ourselves.
"Day one, losing the toss on a good wicket, we bowled very well first up and a couple of catches at the back end of the day or a couple of decisions might have gone our way.
"That was the difference between 350 and say 290, which would have been a really good effort.
"Hampshire were ahead of the game. We knew that and needed to slow the game down, keep them in check and make them work hard for every run. We didn't do that, the game got away from us, they threw the bat, put us under pressure and that led into the last innings."