A combination of overnight rain and bad light delayed the resumption of play until 11.40am with 10 overs being lost from the days play. Being ahead by 461 Yorkshire declared leaving Nottinghamshire requiring 462 from 86 overs.
Matthew Fisher had joined on day three as a substitute for Ben Mike and he struck in the very first over bowling last seasons 2nd XI player of the year, Schadendorf for nought. We had played 19 minutes when there was another short interruption for bad light but only one further over was lost and shortly after the restart Fisher struck again having Harrison caught at square leg by Ben Cliff. Tom Loten joined Martindale and they added 30 before the latter was also caught at square leg, this time by Jack Shutt from Ben Cliff – he had made 38 from 44 and lunch was taken at 63-3.
Replicating the start to the morning a wicket fell in the first over of the afternoon session, Dominic Leech having Loten caught behind by Jonny Bairstow. Enter George Hill – who, in his first five overs, returned the figures of 4-27. He had King lbw, Stone brilliantly caught low in his follow through, McCann caught at point by Cliff and Ahmed taken behind by Bairstow. This reduced Nottinghamshire to 108-8.
Hayes joined Carter and by tea they had advanced their total to 200-8; Carter reached his 50 from only 41 balls with 7 fours and a six and at tea was 90 not out from 75 balls, Hayes was unbeaten on 19.
Carter reached his maiden century from 89 deliveries including a total of 12 fours and 4 sixes – he was finally dismissed for 102 when caught low at mid on by Harry Duke to give Hill “a five for” – 235-9.
Pettman and Hayes survived long enough for the latter to reach a maiden half century and it was he who became George Hills sixth victim to wrap up victory by 205 runs when he was well caught by substitute fielder Harvey Round. Hill finished with figures of 11.1-1-45-6.
Yorkshire 24 points Nottinghamshire 4 points
Yorkshire finished the Nottinghamshire innings in the seventh over of the morning with George Hill bowling Pettman for five – 331 all out, a deficit of 195. The follow on was not enforced and Yorkshire batted again.
Wharton and Bean added 81 in only 97 balls before Bean was well caught low down at second slip by Martindale off the bowling of Ahmed – he had made 40 from 48 with 6 fours. Wharton was bowled by Tom Loten for 35 from 55 (93-2) and lunch was taken with Hill unbeaten on 11.
Jonny Bairstow joined Hill after lunch and their partnership extended to 91 in only 99 balls before Bairstow was adjudged lbw having made 57 from 61 deliveries with 8 fours and a six. Hill reached his half century from 52 balls with 8 fours and a six and he took his personal tally to 88 from 76 balls before he was run out.
Harry Duke joined Will Fraine but made five from seven balls before being caught behind from the bowling of Olly Stone. Yash Vagadia came to the crease and struck 2 fours from his 10 deliveries before, at 3.31pm, bad light brought an end to proceedings – tea was taken.
After an inspection at 5pm play was abandoned for the day.
Resuming on 437-7 Vagadia and Leech took their partnership beyond the 100 mark as both played some pleasing shots. Vagadia posted his half century from 65 balls including 9 fours and Leech was approaching a first 2nd X1 Championship half century when he was trapped lbw for a well made 47. Their partnership had added 126 in only 160 balls and his 47 is Leech’s highest score.
At Leech’s departure we were 509-8. Vagadia went on to make 69 from 97 balls with 10 fours and a six when he skied a ball towards square leg and was well caught by Schadendorf the wicket keeper – 517-9. Shutt and Cliif had added nine more when at 12.30pm Yorkshire declared.
Five overs were possible before lunch and Nottinghamshire reached 24 without loss. The first over of the afternoon saw Leech take wickets with successive balls – Schadendorf caught at second slip by Bean and Harrison caught at third slip by Wharton; 24-2.
Martindale played well to post his half century from 48 deliveries with 8 fours and a six and had reached 66 when he was bowled by trialist, Ben Parker and he struck again in his next over repeating the dismissal to get rid of former Yorkshire player Tom Loten (30 from 45 balls). Bean took his second slip catch to give Ben Cliff his first wicket and King was out without scoring.
Olly Stone (27 no) and Freddy McCann (45 no) added 84 for the sixth wicket as our visitors reached tea at 187-5. They had taken their partnership 156 when the former was well caught at mid wicket by Ben Mike for 65 from 97 balls with 11 fours. McCann reached his 50 from 61 balls with 8 fours and he became Cliffs third victim being caught at first slip by Fraine – 260-7.
Matt Carter had made 32 from 41 balls when he was bowled by Ben Mike who followed this by having Ahmed caught at slip by Fraine for 16, 310-9. Pettman and Hayes negotiated the final few overs to close at 313-9.
On a sunny but cool morning Captain, Harry Duke won the toss and elected to bat first.
Finlay Bean and James Wharton opened the batting against an attack featuring Olly Stone and it was he that struck first having Wharton caught behind for 11 whilst the ball was appearing to move around.
Bean was joined by George Hill, and they had added 91 when, shortly before the lunch interval, Hill was caught at point by Martindale off Pettman – he made 34 from 59 deliveries with 5 fours. This brought to the crease the much-awaited return of Jonny Bairstow. At lunch Bean was unbeaten on 47 from 84 balls with 8 fours and Bairstow was 2 not out – lunch Yorkshire 116-2.
Shortly after lunch Bean reached his half century from 98 balls including 9 fours and he had added 73 with Bairstow for the third wicket when he was well caught behind down the leg side having made 70 from 128 balls with 12 fours.
Bairstow reached his half century from 47 balls with 8 fours and had added 84 with Will Fraine for the 4th wicket before he was caught low down at extra cover for 97 from only 88 balls with 13 fours and 2 sixes including some trademark Bairstow shots.
Fraine was bowled for 26 as we reached 280-5. Ben Mike had joined skipper, Harry Duke and at tea they had advanced the score to 305-5. In total this pair added exactly a 100 in 156 deliveries before Mike was caught at deepish mid on for 60 from 84 balls with 6 fours and a six. Three runs later Duke was adjudged lbw for 46 but Vagadia and Leech saw out the rest of the day adding 54 for the 8th wicket and Yorkshire closed on 437-7, in sight of maximum batting bonus points.