General News | 19th September 2007

Notts return to Division One

Nottinghamshire have confirmed their promotion to Division One of LV County Championship - although there were still a few nervous moments to deal with.

Needing just one more point to guarantee finishing ahead of Middlesex in the second promotion place, Notts had the perfect opportunity to reach the target when captain Stephen Fleming won the toss at Taunton against Somerset.

But after choosing to bat, Notts crashed to 158 all out, missing out on the batting point for passing 200 and leaving supporters chewing their nails.

Instead the players did the job with the ball by picking up three Somerset wickets, as New Zealand all-rounder Andre Adams claiming the vital third victim as James Hildreth was caught behind by wicketkeeper and next year’s captain Chris Read.

Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell said: “It’s been hard work and a slog at times this season but we have achieved our objective by getting promotion.

“That was the only measure of success for us. It’s a case of job done and not much more than that, as we will need to step up our performances if we’re to be successful in Division One.

“We will need to be tougher to beat and batting performances like today will have to be eradicated. That process will begin in the autumn and I know how much the squad are looking forward to the challenge.”

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