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Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire: MATCH DRAWN

— 11 June 2014

Yorkshire were set an unlikely victory target of 294 off a minimum 39 overs on the final day of their championship match against Nottinghamshire at Headingley.

  • SCORECARD

    Victory on the final day would have returned Yorkshire to the top of the table, leapfrogging over current leaders Somerset, but instead they had to settle for a draw after being set an unlikely victory target of 294 off a minimum of 39 overs.

    Resuming the final morning on 102 for two, leading by 60 runs, Nottinghamshire lost three wickets before lunch only for James Taylor and captain Chris Read to forge a 115-run sixth wicket stand and effectively kill Yorkshire’s victory hopes.

    Facing a daunting target against a Nottinghamshire attack without seamer Luke Fletcher, who was suffering with a back spasm, Yorkshire chose not to attempt it knowing they needed seven and a half an over and finished on 53 for three after 31 overs.

    Frustrated at their inability not to claim a bigger first innings lead than 42 runs on the previous day, Yorkshire quickly made amends with Steve Patterson leading the way with an opening spell of 9-4-14-2, including two wickets in an over.

    Former Yorkshire batsman Michael Lumb became Patterson’s first victim, falling one run short of his half-century after edging behind and Samit Patel fell three balls later when he clipped to short mid-wicket to receive a pair in the match – his second successive such disappointment at Headingley.

    Yorkshire made further inroads with Tim Bresnan winning an lbw decision against Riki Wessels, but Read and Taylor’s partnership proved difficult to break.

    Their only real chance came when Read had reached 53 and Nottinghamshire had extended their lead to 195 on 237 for five, drilling Patterson back down the pitch and he was unable to hold on to the sharp return catch.

    There was also an opportunity to claim a run out with the ball diverting to Bresnan at mid-on with both batsmen at the non-striker’s end, but the chance was lost when he threw down the stumps at that end.

    Their stand was finally broken when he clipped Bresnan off his legs straight to Adil Rashid at square leg, needing only four for his first championship century of the season.

    Bresnan claimed his fourth wicket of the innings when Read’s aggressive innings finally came to an end, picking out Rashid in the deep after hitting nine fours and a six in his 75.

    By the time Read fell, he had extended Nottinghamshire’s lead beyond Yorkshire’s reach and with Peter Siddle hitting an equally aggressive 48 off 35 balls, they were able to declare at 335 for eight at tea.

    Yorkshire made a solid start to their reply but had a suffered a slightly nervious spell when they lost three wickets in nine overs to slip to 43 for three before captain Andrew Gale and Jonny Bairstow guided them to the close without further loss.

    Lees edged Andre Adams behind, who then increased Yorkshire’s anxiety with Jack Leaning mis-timing an attempted pull to mid-on while Adam Lyth was caught at leg-slip off Samit Patel.

  • TEA

    Yorkshire were set an unlikely victory target of 294 off a minimum 39 overs on the final day of their championship match against Nottinghamshire at Headingley.

    They began the final morning hoping to make inroads into Nottinghamshire’s line-up after they resumed 60 runs ahead on 102 for two, but despite claiming three wickets in the morning session, James Taylor’s 96 and Chris Read’s 75 led their side to 335 for eight before declaring.

    Nottinghamshire had frustrated Yorkshire for 11 overs this morning before they made the first breakthrough with Steve Patterson, the pick of Yorkshire’s attack with an opening spell of 9-4-14-2, halted their progress.

    Patterson claimed two wickets in an over, denying former Yorkshire batsman Michael Lumb his half-century by having him caught behind for 49 and was followed three balls later by Samit Patel, who clipped low to Adil Rashid at short mid-wicket for a pair – his second at Headingley in successive matches.

    Tim Bresnan, bowling from the Kirkstall Lane End, also struck to win an lbw decision against Riki Wessels, but Read and Taylor combined in a 115-run partnership which effectively ended Yorkshire’s hopes of facing a more manageable victory target.

    Taylor fell four runs short of his first championship century of the season when he clipped Bresnan to square leg and Read became the England all-rounder’s fourth victim when he was caught in the deep after hitting 75 off 94 balls.

    Nottinghamshire’s declaration may have been delayed because seamer Luke Fletcher has been struggling with a back spasm and is unlikely to bowl.

  • Yorkshire continued to make inroads into Nottinghamshire’s batting line-up as they pushed for victory on the final day of their championship match at Headingley.

    Resuming the final morning leading by 60 on 102 for two, Nottinghamshire frustrated Yorkshire’s attack for 11 overs but lost three wickets in nine overs before recovering to reach 215 for five at lunch, leading by 173 runs .

    Steve Patterson was the pick of Yorkshire’s attack from the Rugby Stand End, delivering an opening spell of 9-4-14-2, including two wickets in an over, to lift their hopes of bowling out Nottinghamshire quickly enough to try and force victory.

    Former Yorkshire batsman Michael Lumb was his first victim, who became the latest batsman to fall short of their half-century after reaching 40 in this match, pushing outside off-stump and edging behind for 49.

    He had batted for 163 minutes and was in the 40s for 48 minutes, but was followed just four balls later by Samit Patel, who clipped low to Adil Rashid at short mid-wicket for a pair – his second at Headingley in successive matches.

    Tim Bresnan, bowling from the Kirkstall Lane End, also struck to win an lbw decision against Riki Wessels, but James Taylor remained defiant with an unbeaten 73 but the impetus was provided by captain Chris Read, who hit 43 off 41 balls including six fours and a six.

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