Director of Cricket Mick Newell was full ofpraise after another all-round team effort helped Notts claim back-to-backChampionship wins.

Notts 399 (Patel 89, Shafayat 79, Wagh 71)
Gloucestershire 328 (Franks 3-53,Sidebottom 3-72)
Notts 333-5 declared (Patel 176, Hussey 77,Read 43*)
Gloucestershire 353 (Franks 3-89)

Notts won by 51 runs
Notts 21 points, Gloucestershire 6 points


After setting Gloucestershire a hefty 405to win on the final day, it appeared as though Notts would have to settle for adraw when the home side went into tea only three wickets down.

But the team stuck to their task and emergedwith an early 10-point lead at the top of the Division Two table, and Newellsaid: "That was a very satisfying win.

"We knew the match was always likely to behard work as the pitch got flatter with each day and Gloucestershire were in agood position at tea.

"I always find it particularly pleasingwhen we win after a match goes the distance. On this occasion we not only hadto take 20 wickets, but with the opposition making big totals we also had tooutscore them - and we managed to do that."

After losing the toss, Bilal Shafayat andMark Wagh put Notts in a great position with a second wicket partnership of 162before both fell in the 70s.

Samit Patel made 89 but couldn't quite takethe first innings total past 400 for maximum batting points on the secondmorning.

Former New Zealand international CraigSpearman proved a thorn in their side with a rapid century but the Nottsbowling attack then rattled through the rest of the Gloucestershire line-up.

Patel then made a career-best 176, leadingthe way in heavy partnership with David Hussey and Chris Read, before theexcitement of the final day.

While it looked as though Gloucestershiremight escape with the draw at tea, Notts cranked up the pressure when RyanSidebottom bowled Marcus North straight after the break.

Graeme Swann and Paul Franks picked up twowickets each before Franks went down with cramp at the end of a long spell,with Mark Ealham stepping in to remove the final two Gloucestershire batsmen inconsecutive balls.

Jon Lewis cut Ealham's first ball to thewaiting Bilal at gully then Steve Kirby edged the next to Read.

Newell added: "Samit certainly had someluck - he was dropped four times - but he made them pay and once he got intothe 90s, he was hitting the ball very cleanly.

"It's not often batsmen like Hussey andRead are left to play second fiddle but that was the case with his innings.Huss was very happy to sit back and let him take charge."