Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire: Tim Ambrose seals win for Bears
LV= County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Warwickshire 343 & 289-7 beat Nottinghamshire 406 & 225 by three wickets
Warwicks 22 pts, Notts 8 pts
Warwickshire revived their title hopes as Tim Ambrose's unbeaten 82 steered them to victory over Nottinghamshire.
Set 289 to win, the home side were 64-3 when Jonathan Trott fell for 19 to Peter Siddle in the day's opening over.
After nightwatchman Chris Wright went for 45, teenager Sam Hain (63) and Ambrose added 108 for the fifth wicket.
Hain departed in an excellent spell by Samit Patel (3-36), but Ambrose hit a six and 13 fours to see the Bears home by three wickets after tea on 289-7.
Bears still the team to beat
- Warwickshire maintained their hold over Nottinghamshire in County Championship cricket.
- They are now unbeaten in eight Championship matches against Notts, having won five and drawn three of them.
Their fourth win of the season brought them 22 points and was doubly satisfying as they had trailed by 63 on first innings.
However, they still have 23 points to make up on Nottinghamshire, who at least had the consolation of maximum bonus points which lifted them to the top of the County Championship table, but chief rivals Yorkshire have a game in hand.
Having reached lunch on 176-4, Warwickshire's run rate was strangled after the restart as a result of miserly bowling by Patel and seamer Luke Fletcher (1-52).
The pressure eventually told on Hain, who had been dropped on 18 by Riki Wessels but was finally caught by Alex Hales at first slip off Patel, who then removed Chris Woakes and Rikki Clarke in the space of three deliveries to reduce them to 234-7.
The game was then back in the balance, but Ambrose square cut Australia paceman Siddle for six after Notts took the second new ball as he and Keith Barker (23 not out) finished the job with an unbroken stand of 55.
Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown:
"That's a really, really good result and it does open up the title race again. It's all to play for going into the last few games.
"We can't look into a crystal ball and determine how we play down the line. All we can affect is the right here and now.
"Maybe we have been guilty of taking our eyes off that over the last couple of matches and we duly got what we deserved."
Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell:
"We've missed the chance to take a big lead over a team like Warwickshire and put 40 or 50 points between us and them, and possibly Somerset and Middlesex.
"What it does for everyone else is keeps it interesting for four or five teams now that still have a strong chance of winning."
BBC WM 95.6's Mike Taylor:
"Warwickshire should take great encouragement from winning a match they were chasing for the first three days, especially after a shaky couple of weeks.
"Tim Ambrose batted with great class, and no obvious nerves, to hold them together, and his reassuring presence allowed Sam Hain to bat at his own pace in another mature showing.
"However, Chris Wright's innings at the start of the day was as important as any. After seeing Jonathan Trott fall in the first over, the nightwatchman's stylish counter-attack prevented Notts from taking the initiative."
BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle:
"Notts will certainly feel that this one slipped out of the bag. They looked on course for a massive first innings score before losing their last five wickets for 10 runs, then allowed Warwickshire to fight back from 188-7 in their first knock.
"At no stage on the final day did they ever have their noses in front, although when Samit Patel took three wickets in three overs they perhaps put themselves back on an equal footing.
"A real opportunity to forge daylight at the top of the table has been squandered. All credit to the victors but they should have been put out of the game on the first two days."