LV County Championship - Division OneKidderminster - day four
Hampshire 444 (M A Carberry 127, J H K Adams 80, M J Lumb 63) & 376-2 dec (M A Carberry 120, M J Brown 88, J H K Adams 82 no, J P Crawley 75 no) v Worcestershire 289 (S M Davies 84, Abdul Razzaq 78, J A Tomlinson 5-78) & 237 (M M Ali 77, S K Warne 5-68)
Hampshire (22pts) beat Worcestershire (5pts) by 294 runs
Hampshire completed a 294-run victory over Worcestershire to keep alive their Division One title hopes.
The visitors needed just 91 minutes of the final day at Kidderminster to seal a crushing win against their already-relegated opponents.
Hampshire skipper Shane Warne led from the front with 5-68, although he encountered little resistance as the hosts - without Ben Smith due to a broken index finger - subsided from 158-4 to 237 all out.
The 22 points that Warne's men earn from the victory is enough to temporarily move them up to second in the table, just one point behind Yorkshire.
However, both Sussex and Durham are poised to claim enough points from their ongoing matches to go back above Hampshire.
Michael Carberry hit his second century of the match as championship-chasing Hampshire edged closer to a crucial victory against Worcestershire in their Division One match at Kidderminster.
The left-hander followed up his first-innings 127 with another knock totalling just seven runs fewer as the visitors racked up a total of 376 for two before captain Shane Warne declared.
Carberry was joined at the crease by Michael Brown, with the pair adding 199 runs before the latter departed after an innings of 88 that included 12 fours.
His partner lasted another two overs, with Carberry hitting 20 fours before also falling to spinner Ray Price, before an unbeaten stand of 162 was forged between Jimmy Adams and John Crawley.
Worcestershire's second innings was soon in trouble, with Daryl Mitchell (8) and Stephen Moore (37) falling to Shaun Udal before James Tomlinson removed Graeme Hick (19).
Warne then had Steve Davies (2) trapped lbw as Worcestershire ended the day on 158 for four.
Hampshire took charge on the second day of their match against Worcestershire as they established a 167-run lead at the close.
Starting the day on 349-5, Michael Lumb went on to make 63 as Hampshire added another 95 runs as they were eventually bowled out for 444.
Worcestershire in reply could only get up to 289 all out, with wicketkeeper Steven Davis hitting 84 of those while Abdul Razzaq made 78.
James Tomlinson was the bowling star for Hampshire as he took 5-78, and the visitors made it to 12-0 in their second innings at stumps.
Michael Carberry hit a ton to take Hampshire up to 349-5 on day one at Kidderminster.
The 26-year-old opener combined with Michael Brown and James Adams for century partnerships as relegated Worcestershire were made to labour in the field.
Skipper Shane Warne returned from a muscle tear in his side to win the toss for Hampshire, and the visitors then went to work on a run-friendly wicket.
Without spearhead Kabir Ali the Royals attack floundered, and only Daryl Mitchell's smart throw from cover split the opening partnership on 111.
Hampshire put on 142 in 37 overs for the second-wicket before Adams produced a leading edge off paceman Roger Sillence and was caught by Abdul Razzaq.
It was Hampshire's highest partnership for any wicket so far this season and showed their dominance.
Though John Crawley was run out for just eight before Carberry (127) and Nic Pothas (eight) eventually succumbed, Michael Lumb and Sean Ervine remain unbeaten in a stand of 49, and will hope to press home their advantage on day two.