County Championship: Warwickshire beat Leicestershire by an innings

Warwickshire's Keith Barker
Keith Barker took eight wickets in the match as Warwickshire completed a comfortable victory
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Fischer County Ground, Leicester (day three):
Leicestershire 100 & 196: Mike 39; Barker 5-40, Patel 4-67
Warwickshire 400-9 dec: Sibley 106, Woakes 73*, Hain 72; Abbas 3-70, Mike 3-112
Warwickshire (24 pts) beat Leicestershire (1 pt) by an innings and 104 runs

Warwickshire strengthened their place at the top of Division Two by beating Leicestershire by an innings and 104 runs at Grace Road.

Having secured their fifth batting point early on the third morning, the Bears declared on 400-9, with England all-rounder Chris Woakes 73 not out.

Leicestershire never looked like scoring the 300 runs they needed just to make their visitors bat again.

Keith Barker (5-40) and Jeetan Patel (4-67) bowled them out for 196.

Warwickshire, relegated in 2017, are now 12 points clear of second-placed Kent with only two rounds of fixtures remaining.

Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon told BBC Radio Leicester:

"We've made things tough for ourselves at times in the last few weeks, we've just not fought hard enough to get a score on the board in the first innings, albeit we've come across two of the best attacks in the country in our last two games.

"The guys are being very honest and we know we have to get better as a group. You also have to look at where Warwickshire are as a team, with the likes of Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Tim Ambrose, Chris Woakes and Olly Stone, who will be the next cab on the rank as an England bowler - they're an experienced and high-class team.

"We were missing six or seven front line bowlers, so while we have to look at ourselves and work harder on our games, you also have to acknowledge the relative strengths of the squads."

Warwickshire head coach Jim Troughton told BBC WM:

"After the disappointment of not quite getting over the line against Durham last week, to get full points here was a really good effort by the players.

"We've done as much as we can this week, now we have to put in really good performances against Sussex at Hove and Kent at Edgbaston.

"We've also bought ourselves an extra day's rest which is useful. We lose Chris Woakes next week, but we have two potential replacements in Ryan Sidebottom and Ollie Hannon-Dalby, both of whom bowled for the seconds this week, so hopefully one will put up his hand to take that place."

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