Nottinghamshire on high

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Nottinghamshire needed only four runs on the third morning yesterdayfor victory over the champions, Warwickshire. Fleming can depart to lead New Zealand on their controversial tour of Zimbabwe with the expectation that Nottinghamshire will continue their bold attempt to become the first county since the split to two divisions to follow up promotion with a Championship title.

Their 10-wicket victory over injury-depleted Warwickshire was rubber-stamped when Darren Bicknell edged Dewald Pretorius' fourth ball for the boundary needed. David Hussey's 77 and a six-wicket haul for the off-spinner Graeme Swann on a helpful pitch had carried Nottinghamshire close to finishing the game in two days.

Fleming was delighted with the success to confirm his team as title challengers. He will return for the final two matches of the summer away to two other contenders, Kent and Hampshire. "I leave knowing we will have a lead at the top - but we have some big games coming up," he said. "It is disappointing to be going in one respect, but I am pretty confident the team will continue to play well."