County Championship (Day 3) at Edgbaston: Warwickshire 294 & 140 v Kent 111 & 228.
Warwickshire (21pts) beat Kent (3pts) by 95 runs
Chris Woakes completed the best all-round performance of his career as Warwickshire saw off relegation rivals against Kent inside three days in a vital LV= County Championship Division One clash at Edgbaston.
The 21-year-old England Lions seamer took 11 wickets in a match for the first time and also contributed 81 with the bat to give his side victory by 95 runs after less than two hours' play on the third morning.
Neil Carter reached 50 Championship wickets for the first time in 10 county cricket seasons and in all the new-ball partners shared 19 as Kent were dismissed for 111 and 228.
In the two innings, eight batsmen were out for ducks, although Martin van Jaarsveld redeemed himself with a century from 147 balls at the second attempt.
When the visitors resumed on 131 for five - still 193 short of their target - it was Carter who made the breakthrough. Darren Stevens, having hit three boundaries off Woakes - one of these a chance to third slip - clipped a straightforward catch to mid-wicket.
New batsman Alex Blake was hopelessly tied up by the next three deliveries. Surviving an lbw appeal and an edge that failed to carry, he was then caught behind.
Woakes took the next two wickets, finishing with five for 45 in the innings and 11 for 97 in the match, but last man Matt Coles helped Van Jaarsveld through to his 26th first-class century in six seasons with Kent.
A troublesome stand of 67 forced Warwickshire to bring back Carter and, with his seventh delivery, the left-arm bowler had Coles caught at cover for 13, giving him five for 60 in the innings and eight wickets in the game.
With the exception of Van Jaarsveld, unbeaten with 110 after picking off 16 boundaries, Kent were undone by high-quality swing bowling and they are now in danger of an immediate return to Division Two.
This is a direct result of Warwickshire's timely surge in registering successive home wins against the two teams who occupy the relegation places.
After spending three months in the bottom three themselves, they have moved 18 points clear of Kent and 26 ahead of the apparently doomed Essex, but Kent have a game in hand on both counties.
Hampshire are under pressure as well and their last two matches are certain to have a bearing on the final table. They meet Kent at Canterbury next week and then Warwickshire at the Rose Bowl.
Kent's final match is against Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie.