Cricket: Warwickshire Turn to Dust under Warne's Lethal Spell
Culley, Jon, The Independent (London, England)
HAMPSHIRE 405 & 218-6 dec
WARWICKSHIRE 217 & 213
Hampshire win by 193 runs
Two down for 69 overnight, having survived half a session's worth of Shane Warne and Shaun Udal, Warwickshire probably felt they had been let off fairly lightly. A score of 407 to win, the kind of fourth-innings target achieved only once in the county's history, still looked no more than a theory, but the idea of escaping with a draw could be discussed almost seriously.
Warne handed his cap and sweater to the umpire almost immediately but Nick Knight fixed him with a stare and made his intentions clear before the Australian had found his range and rhythm, lofting the ball into the pavilion seats.
For Ian Westwood, a lefthander like Knight, it was not such a good start. His first ball from Warne was diverted into the hands of first slip. Hampshire's plans to escape Birmingham ahead of the rush hour were looking good but they were detained longer than expected, not least because of an eighth-wicket stand in which Dougie Brown and Tony Frost extolled the virtues of heads-down concentration. However, victory was achieved 18 minutes after tea, a second consecutive win for Hampshire, whose determination to improve on last season's runners-up position should not be underestimated. …