London: Australia's Adam Voges and New Zealand's Andre Adams both had starring roles as Nottinghamshire won English cricket's County Championship on Thursday.
A dramatic final day in the domestic first-class competition saw Nottinghamshire hold off Somerset who drew their last game at Durham. The bonus points Nottinghamshire secured in their drawn match away to Lancashire at Old Trafford were enough to see the Midlands club win their sixth Championship title and first since 2005.
Somerset's second-placed finish left the west country county -- whose past players have included Ian Botham, Vivian Richards and Joel Garner -- still searching for the first Championship pennant in the club's 135-year history.
Nottinghamshire spent the bulk of the first three-days of their four-day match in Manchester off the field as rain threatened to ruin their title hopes. But they clawed back Somerset's six points advantage on Thursday by securing maximum batting bonus points, thanks mainly to a hundred from Voges.
They then took the three wickets for the bowling bonus points they needed to finish top of the table, with New Zealand seamer Adams taking two for three in 10 balls and giving Nottinghamshire the title when he had West Indies star Shivnarine Chanderpaul caught for a duck at slip by Samit Patel.
Yorkshire, who were also in content_cnion heading into the final round of matches, finished third after losing to Kent, who still ended up being relegated, by four wickets at Headingley.
Both Nottinghamshire and Somerset finished on 214 points but Nottinghamshire took the First Division title after winning seven matches to their rivals' six.
It was the second time this season that Somerset had lost out on a trophy in a tight finish after they were beaten by Hampshire in the Twenty20 final on wickets lost after the scores were tied.
Somerset have one last chance to win a trophy in 2010 when they face Warwickshire in the 40-over final at Lord's on Saturday.