County Championship: Warwickshire beat Gloucestershire inside two days

Warwickshire bowler Ryan Sidebottom has taken 45 career first-class wickets
Warwickshire bowler Ryan Sidebottom has taken 45 career first-class wickets
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Edgbaston (day two):
Gloucestershire 127 & 103: Howell 32; Sidebottom 4-42
Warwickshire 277: Rhodes 137; Miles 5-69
Warwickshire (21 pts) beat Gloucestershire (3 pts) by an innings and 47 runs

Warwickshire extended their lead at the top of Division Two as they stormed to victory against Gloucestershire inside two days at Edgbaston.

Craig Miles (5-69) took five wickets as Warwickshire slumped from 171-2 to 277 all out after lunch.

However, the visitors had a calamitous second innings as they laboured to reduced the hosts' 150-run lead.

Ryan Sidebottom (4-42) aided the hosts as Gloucestershire were bowled out for 103, losing by an innings and 47 runs.

Will Rhodes added to his overnight score of 101 not out before he was bowled by George Drissell for 137 as Gloucestershire bowled well to keep Warwickshire within reach.

However, Gloucestershire's batting folded for the second day in a row, with Benny Howell's 32 the high score of a second innings that lasted only 31 overs.

Warwickshire batsman Will Rhodes told BBC WM:

"I'm very happy. To put in a contribution to a win is always fantastic and, at this stage of the season, every win is priceless so to get 21 points is a great effort.

"It was tricky batting out there. It was a good cricket wicket and the ball swung all through but, if you dug in and played well you got your rewards. I just wanted to bat time like I did in our game at Lord's. I've been working on a few things in the nets and thankfully they came good.

"It's always nice to not just get a hundred but to go on as well and to bat a session. In the context of the game it was quite important."

Gloucestershire captain Chris Dent:

"The bowlers showed great character and bowled fantastically well against a good batting line-up. If, as a batting unit, we had done our job better we would actually be in a decent position, having bowled them out for what we did.

"The most disappointing thing about the batting was probably the dismissals that we had. We gave a good bowing unit a lot of wickets with poor shots and, against a side like Warwickshire, you just can't do that.

"At Cheltenham, we showed great character with the bat but this game just shows that if we don't turn up with that same intent and that same mindset, good teams are going to turn us over."

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