Warwickshire win over Northamptonshire on third day at Edgbaston

Ian Bell 61 for Warwickshire in their 1st Innings

Warwickshire recorded their third successive Specsavers County Championship victory by beating Northamptonshire by six wickets on the third day at Edgbaston.

Warwickshire 265 & 180-4 (Will Rhodes 100*)

Northamptonshire 256 & 187

Result - Warwickshire win by 6 wickets

Facing a victory target of 179, no formality on a pitch offering some variable bounce, the home side were reduced to 44 for three by an excellent pre-lunch burst of 7.3-2-9-3 by Ben Sanderson.

But opener Will Rhodes stayed firm to lodge his maiden first-class century against a Northamptonshire attack already missing the injured Richard Gleeson and further deprived of Steven Crook, off the field with a hamstring injury.

Rhodes ended with an unbeaten 100 (165 balls, 13 fours, one six) to see his team over the line with four sessions to spare.

Warwickshire's win cemented their place at the top of Division Two and leaves them well-placed to challenge hard for promotion straight back up.

Northamptonshire's promotion ambitions have been hammered by a haul of just 15 points from their first four games. They could use some better luck on the injury front, but also need their batsmen, too many of whom perished on the offensive in this match, to give their impressive bowling attack something to work with.