County Championship: Harry Podmore's five-wickets set up Kent win at Warwickshire

Tim Ambrose of Warwickshire
Tim Ambrose's century was the 17th of his first-class career
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (day four):
Kent 504-9 dec & 124-2: Renshaw 48*, Crawley 45
Warwickshire 346 & 280: Ambrose 107, Brookes 84; Podmore 5-62
Kent (24 pts) beat Warwickshire (4 pts) by eight wickets
Scorecard

Five wickets for Harry Podmore set up victory for Kent in the final session of their game at Edgbaston.

Podmore claimed 5-62 to record match figures of 8-123 as Warwickshire, following on, were dismissed for 280.

Warwickshire wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose made 107 in a losing cause with Henry Brookes hitting 84 at number nine.

Australia batsman Matt Renshaw (48 not out) then guided Kent to their victory target on 124-2 to secure a first County Championship win of the season.

Warwickshire resumed at the start of day four on 79-4 but had Sam Hain (38) caught behind off Podmore in the fourth over of the morning.

They slumped to 121-7 but Ambrose and Brookes held up Kent's victory charge, adding 144 for the eighth wicket, before both men fell LBW to Matt Milnes (2-65).

Renshaw led the way, with Daniel Bell-Drummond unbeaten on 18, as they won with nine overs of the match remaining.

Following last week's 74-run defeat by Somerset, Kent bounced back well by beating the team who beat them to the Division Two title in last season's final game at Edgbaston.

Warwickshire first-team coach Jim Troughton told BBC WM:

"The odds were stacked against us but what we wanted to see was some courage and some skill to give ourselves at least the opportunity to save the game.

"We did that through Amby and Brookesy to give ourselves a sniff and it's almost painful to get that great partnership and get quite close to saving it but then lose anyway.

"It was a great cricket wicket but, at the end of the day, we were outbatted, outbowled and outfielded and, if that's the case over four days of cricket,, you are not going to win."

Kent bowling coach (and former Bears fast bowler) Allan Donald:

"It was very much a concrete performance with the bat. They were really good hundreds from Zak Crawley and Ollie Robinson and I am very chuffed for those young guys.

"Getting here on the first day I don't think I've ever seen a pitch that good at Edgbaston, as hard and brown covering of grass. The groundsman said to me 'get ready for a long haul' and that we got.

"But it was a really strong bowling performance. Taking 20 wickets on this pitch was a fantastic effort. Harry Podmore was terrific and I loved how the guys hunted as a pack."

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