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Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire (Day Three): CLOSE

— 10 June 2014

Yorkshire demonstrated their determination to claim a positive result against Nottinghamshire as both sides battled for supremacy on another rain-reduced day at Headingley.

  • Scorecard

    When rain stopped play shortly after tea on the third day with 20.3 overs remaining, Nottinghamshire were struggling on 59 for two, leading by just 17 runs after Yorkshire had fought back with bat and ball.

    But once play resumed for the final 12.3 overs of the day after the rain cleared, Nottinghamshire took back Yorkshire’s advantage and finished 60 runs ahead on 102 for two.

    Resuming on 76 for two after showers wiped out all but 9.3 overs on the second day, Yorkshire had threatened to concede a first deficit after losing four for 45 in 11 overs to slump to 128 for six.

    But important innings of 45 from Aaron Finch and Richard Pyrah, playing his first championship match in nearly a year, helped Yorkshire recover to claim a 42-run first innings lead.

    They took the momentum from that recovery into the bowling when Nottinghamshire began their reply with Tim Bresnan striking with the new ball in the seventh over, winning an lbw against Alex Hales after he mistakenly shouldered arms.

    That breakthrough was followed up by Steve Patterson removing former Yorkshire batsman Phil Jaques for 20, surprising him with extra bounce from the Rugby Stand End and induced an edge behind.

    Yorkshire would probably have preferred to continue with their seamers but shortly after tea, the clouds closed in and forced captain Andrew Gale to turn to Adil Rashid’s leg spin and the left-arm spin of Finch to ensure they remained on the field.

    It was a tactic that prolonged play for 6.3 overs until umpires Alex Wharf and Martin Saggers deemed the light to be too dark to continue and took the sides off shortly after 5.00pm, which was quickly followed by a prolonged shower.

    Yorkshire’s hopes of building a substantial lead was quickly undermined after losing Jack Leaning in the third over of the day, bowled by Luke Fletcher, and captain Andrew Gale followed soon after when he provided a sharp catch to Samit Patel at second slip off Peter Siddle.

    Jonny Bairstow continued the sudden burst of wickets by clipping Andre Adams to short mid-wicket, who also dismissed Rashid when he edged to Riki Wessels at first slip.

    The collapse was halted by a useful 56-run seventh wicket stand between Finch and Bresnan, but Yorkshire’s impressive work was almost undermined by the loss of two quick wickets after tea.

    Bresnan became Siddle’s fourth victim of the innings edging to first slip and Finch’s two hours at the crease came to an end five overs later when he was bowled by Samit pushing forward.

    Pyrah successfully extended Yorkshire’s lead by hitting seven fours in his innings before sweeping to deep backward square and the innings was ended when Patterson fell lbw three balls later.

  • TEA

    Yorkshire fought back with bat and ball on the third day of their championship match against Nottinghamshire at Headingley.

    Resuming on 76 for two still trailing by 129 runs after rain washed out all but 9.3 overs of the second day, Yorkshire battled to claim a 42-run first innings lead despite losing four for 45 in 11 overs.

    They then struck with the new ball with Tim Bresnan and Steve Patterson claiming a wicket apiece to leave Nottinghamshire on 30 for two at tea, just 12 runs behind.

    Yorkshire were thankful for a 56-run seventh wicket stand between Aaron Finch and Tim Bresnan, who halted a mini-collapse that began with Jack Leaning being bowled by Luke Fletcher in the third over of the day.

    But after slipping to 128 for six, they were rescued by Finch scoring 45 and Richard Pyrah matching his total to help Yorkshire into a narrow lead, which they quickly built on when Nottinghamshire began their reply.

    Bresnan made the first breakthrough in the seventh over, winning an lbw decision against Hales when he unwisely shouldered arms and former Yorkshire batsman Jaques was beaten by Patterson’s extra bounce from the Rugby Stand End and edged behind.

  • LUNCH

    Yorkshire were battling to try and claim a vital first innings lead after the weather cleared on the third day of their championship match against Nottinghamshire at Headingley.

    Resuming 129 runs adrift on 76 for two after rain washed out all but 9.3 overs of the second day’s play, Yorkshire lost four wickets for 45 runs in just 11 overs as Nottinghamshire’s seam attack bounced back strongly.

    But after their mini-collapse, Yorkshire successfully battled to lunch without any further loss with Aaron Finch and Tim Bresnan guiding them to 183 for six, still trailing by 22 runs.

    Jack Leaning fell in the third over of the day after progressing to 41, bowled by Luke Fletcher and was quickly followed three overs later by captain Andrew Gale, who edged Peter Siddle to Samit Patel at second slip, who took a sharp catch to his left.

    Jonny Bairstow became the first victim for Andre Adams, who replaced Siddle from the Kirkstall Lane End and struck with his fourth ball when he was clipped to short mid-wicket.

    Adams claimed his second wicket when Rashid edged to Rikki Wessels at first slip, who claimed the catch at the second attempt, only for Finch and Bresnan to forge an unbroken 55-run stand until lunch.

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