Gloucestershire 127 (Wright 5-32) and 103 (Sidebottom Four-42) beat Warwickshire 277 (Rhodes 137, Sibley 65, Miles 5-69) by an innings and 47 runs
Warwickshire emphatically reasserted themselves on the high of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two by crushing Gloucestershire by an innings and 47 runs inside two days at Edgbaston.
Gloucestershire’s batting folded pitifully for the second time in successive days as they adopted their first innings 127 with 103 all out.
The dwelling seam-attack, led by Ryan Sidebottom with Four for 42, ruthlessly exploited some feckless batting to completely exploit a dominant place earned by the skilful work of opening batsman Will Rhodes.
He struck 137 from 233 balls with 16 fours, an excellent innings spanning 5 and a half hours in overcast, seamer-friendly circumstances, to elevate Warwickshire to 277.
His third Championship century of the season underpinned an necessary win for the Division Two leaders. Defeat to Middlesex at Lord’s in their earlier match had allowed the pursuers to shut in, however this two-day win put the chasing pack again below stress.
Following a dreadful all-round efficiency on the primary day, Gloucestershire had been a minimum of a lot improved with the ball on the second and took 4 wickets in the morning session.
After Warwickshire resumed on 170 for two, Craig Miles dismissed Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott in 5 balls. It was nice bowling because the 24-year-old jagged one again in to knock out Bell’s off and center stumps then moved one away to search out Trott outside-edge.
Rhodes’s utility was faultless however companions got here and went. Sam Hain began with two luxurious drives however reached solely earlier than lifting Chris Liddle to level. Tim Ambrose sliced Miles to first slip earlier than Rhodes was lastly uprooted, bowled on the cost by spinner George Drissell.
Jeetan Patel was bowled by Matt Taylor then Miles accomplished his 12th first-class five-for by taking a return catch from Olly Hannon-Dalby and having Sidebottom caught in the gully subsequent ball. He completed with 5 for 69.
Gloucestershire’s second innings was quickly broken when Miles Hammond minimize Sidebottom to gully. It then lurched from 27 for 1 to 27 for Four as three wickets fell in 9 balls. Chris Dent edged Sidebottom to second slip earlier than Keith Barker had James Bracey caught behind and induced Gareth Roderick to play on. Ryan Higgins edged Sidebottom behind and debutant Ben Charlesworth, having performed appropriately for 5 from 31 balls, edged Hannon-Daly to second slip simply earlier than tea.
Just earlier than tea, Benny Howell had his off-stump flattened by Chris Wright and the tip got here shortly in the ultimate session as Sidebottom bowled Miles, Matt Taylor hoiked Wright to lengthy leg and Drissell edged Rhodes to second slip.