Mark Ealham took the crucial wicket of Stephen Snell to help Notts Outlaws earn a win over Gloucestershire.

Ealham took 3-10 in four overs to edge Notts ahead by nine runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method when rain stopped play 19 overs into Gloucestershire’s innings.

A solid batting display laid the foundations for a third successive win to keep Notts top of Division One of NatWest Pro40.

Bilal Shafayat and Samit Patel put on 62 for the fifth wicket after Chris Read won the toss and elected to bat. Read’s 33 and a useful 28 from Mark Wagh easing the Outlaws to 208-8.

“It was always close but Mark Ealham produced an excellent spell at a crucial time to tip it in our favour,” said Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

“The wicket wasn’t as dry as we expected. It suited the quicker bowlers and Mark bowled straight and took important wickets.

“We’re in a good position but we need to maintain the same level of performance from here on in. 

“Samit, Bilal and Chris Read batted very well and we’re pleased with the outcome.”