LONG-serving paceman Stuart Lampitt claimed a career-best 7-45 as promotion-chasing Worcestershire moved into second place in the County Championship Division Two table with a well-earned nine-wicket victory over rivals Warwickshire at New Road.

The 'Old Enemy', who were forced to follow on 196 behind, were removed in their second innings for 231.

It left the County with the simple task of notching 36 to register only their second win in their least nine matches.

New Road beneficiary Lampitt's haul contained a deadly spell of 4-16 in 4.4 overs after tea.

He said: "It was a good performance by us and the whole game went just as we would have liked.

"From my own point of view it was very pleasing. I bowled quite well in the first innings and picked up one wicket.

"I could have had some more, but it's nice to end with seven in the second innings.

"The most important thing, though, is that we won the game and are back in the shake-up.

"I've had a few 'five-fors', but I thought to myself when am I going to get a 'six-for'. I've had a one-day 'six-for', but I've never had a four-day Championship six or seven. Maybe it's because I've been sort of a stock bowler in the middle of the innings picking up three and four every now and then.

"But it was nice for me and I suppose if you keep going for as long as you can it's got to happen for you some day."

The only resistance Worcestershire experienced came from Anurag Singh and Trevor Penney who both scored battling half centuries.

Singh eventually fell to rookie paceman Chris Liptrot for a top score of 79.

For Singh, who hit one six and 15 fours off 93 balls, it was his highest score for Warwickshire, eclipsing the 69 he cracked off the Worcestershire attack at Edgbaston last year.

His scalp was a well-earned prize for Liptrot who took a career-best 6-44 during Warwickshire's first innings.

Penney fell to David Leatherdale for 51 which included seven fours off 124 deliveries.

Apart from defiant Singh and Penney, Warwickshire had little answer to the eager County attack, particularly with Lampitt in such lively form.

Twice he grabbed two wickets with successive deliveries to hasten the County to a welcome win with a day to spare.

Worcestershire's only casualty during their modest victory chase was young James Pipe who was given the opportunity to open his side's innings on his Championship debut.

He was trapped leg before by Mike Powell before Philip Weston and skipper Graeme Hick safely secured the County's win in 5.3 overs.