Warwickshire v Somerset: Tim Groenewald completes away win at Edgbaston

Tim Groenewald
Tim Groenewald dismissed both Warwickshire openers on day three to put Somerset in complete control
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (day four):
Somerset 282 & 265-4 dec: Trescothick 119*, Hildreth 68; Sidebottom 3-69
Warwickshire 146 & 232: Trott 74; Groenewald 5-58, Bess 3-61
Somerset (21 pts) beat Warwickshire (3 pts) by 169 runs

Somerset kept their Division One survival hopes alive, while piling more pressure on bottom side Warwickshire, with a 169-run victory at Edgbaston.

The Bears began the final day on 172-6, still needing 230 runs for an unlikely win with only four wickets remaining.

After rain had delayed the start until 12:30 BST, Tim Ambrose was promptly trapped in front by Craig Overton.

Bears old boy Tim Groenewald (5-58) helped bowl out Warwickshire for 232, to leave his old side 30 points adrift.

Ashley Giles' Bears, who won the County Championship title as recently as 2012, are now likely to need at least two wins from their final three fixtures, one of which is against sixth-placed Yorkshire at Headingley.

Having already conceded a first-innings deficit of 136, former England opener Marcus Trescothick's made the 95th century of his career on day three to set up Somerset's charge.

But only Bears captain Jonathan Trott (74) offered any real significant resistance as Warwickshire went about chasing an imposing 401 for victory, with no other batsman reaching fifty.

With Somerset still to play fifth-placed Middlesex, their 21-point haul in Birmingham and Middlesex's impending draw against Yorkshire means their top-tier future remains in their own hands.

Warwickshire bowling coach Alan Richardson told BBC WM:

"We had got ourselves into a position whereby we had four massive games, starting with one against the team just above us, and to not really show up is hughely disappointing.

"As well as we bowled latterly in the first innings, they had such a good start it took all the pressure off them. Then again with the bat, with the start we had we were always playing catch-up.

"We got ourselves into a position where we were always going to have a blinding third or fourth day and that wasn't to be.

"It followed the pattern of a lot of our games this season whereby we put ourselves into a position from which it is very difficult to win a game of cricket."