County Championship: Patel bowls Warwickshire to victory over Glamorgan
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Colwyn Bay (day three):|
|Glamorgan 203: Patel 3-23 and 265: Smith 52*, Carlson 49; Patel 7-83|
|Warwickshire 503: Bell 204, Hain 61, Barker 58; Smith 3-98|
|Warwickshire (23 pts) beat Glamorgan (3 pts) by an innings and 35 runs|
Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel led his side to victory at Colwyn Bay as the Bears finished Glamorgan off inside three days by an innings and 35 runs.
The Division Two leaders made 503 to stretch their first innings lead to 300 before Glamorgan were then bowled all out for 265 in their second innings.
After Kiran Carlson's 49, Ruaidhri Smith hit 52 in a last-wicket stand.
But Patel took his 800th first-class wicket before ending with a season's best 7-83, for match figures of 10-106.
The fifth 10-wicket match haul of his career helped the Bears move 24 points clear of their nearest promotion rivals, second-placed Sussex, who lost to Middlesex.
Glamorgan's seventh loss in eight games - their third successive innings defeat - leaves them 30 points adrift at the bottom.
Warwickshire now visit Grace Road to face Leicestershire on Tuesday (4 September), when Glamorgan host Gloucestershire at Sophia Gardens.
Glamorgan head coach Robert Croft told BBC Sport Wales:
"We did well to get to 200 because their seam attack bowled brilliantly, then we had a terrific opportunity with them on 87-3, dropping Ian Bell, who went on to make 204.
"After that, they got too many runs and their attack covered all bases with pace and top quality spin, although a lot of our players played encouragingly and really fought.
"There's still over 25% of the Championship season left. There's a lot of points we'll be doing our best to compete for."
Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel told BBC WM:
"We put on another professional effort out there. The attitude in the last two weeks has been outstanding and the results have shown.
"I knew I was verging on the milestone of 800 wickets and I'm glad I got that out of the way so I could get on with the game, I wanted five, then I realised I could get 10 in the game. But the guys at the other end did their job so I could keep attacking.
"We always wanted to win this division and that hasn't changed. If we've got a lead now then great, but it doesn't matter now, it matters at the end of the last game."