Warwickshire quickly wrapped up their 11th win of the season as the openers, Roger Twose and Wasim Khan, reached a 66-run target to beat Worcestershire by 10 wickets at Edgbaston yesterday.
Twose cracked eight boundaries in his 37 and Wasim reached 26 when securing victory with his fifth four from the first ball of the 19th over.
With three games to play, the champions are only five points short of last year's winning total, but they are still second in the table behind Middlesex.
Worcestershire carried on their last-wicket resistance for 45 minutes before Tim Munton had Paul Thomas caught at second slip by Dermot Reeve for a career-best 25.
Thomas, who had not previously reached double figures in his first Championship season, hit five fours in a partnership of 40 in 18 overs with Steven Rhodes, who ended 81 not out.
Rhodes's seventh score of 50 or more in his last 13 innings initially saved Worcestershire from an innings defeat on Saturday and eventually he raised 79 from the last two wickets with Thomas and Parvaz Mirza.
Rhodes hit 10 fours in 226 minutes and now needs only 23 runs from the last three matches to complete 1,000 in a season for the first time in his career.Reuse content