Steve Patterson

“It was a tough day. We chose to bowl first, but the pitch probably offered a little bit less than we expected.

“It was very very slow, and we thought there’d be a bit more pace in it.

“It was just a tough day’s cricket, and they played well.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be a 150 pitch and we’d roll them out, but we felt if we bowled well and had a bit of luck on our side then we could bowl them out for 250 ish. It didn’t work.

“We bowled ok without being really good. It was a bit like last week (Weetwood).”

6.10pm Close. Notts have the better of day one by reaching 324-5 from 96 overs. Joe Clarke is unbeaten on 109. Steve Patterson and Duanne Olivier claim two wickets apiece.

5.54pm 165-ball century with 15×4s for Clarke. Notts 317-5 in the 92nd.

5.12pm Yorkshire have taken the new ball through Ben Coad and now Duanne Olivier. Notts 278-5. Clarke 74 and Moores 7.

4.56pm Notts have moved to 267-5 with Clarke and Tom Moores together. We have three overs until the new ball. Joe Root is bowling to save the likes of Olivier and Coad for the last hour of play.

4.10pm Mullaney gone! Lyth is left wringing his hands after clinging on to a sharp catch at second slip off Olivier’s bowling. Notts skipper goes for 31, and it’s 226-4.

Tea Matthew Waite and Duanne Olivier claimed a wicket apiece during the opening afternoon at Trent Bridge, but Nottinghamshire have the upper hand in the early stages of the Specsavers County Championship against Yorkshire.

Opener Ben Slater has top-scored so far with 76, but he feathered behind an attempted pull at Olivier, leaving Notts at 172-3 in the 50th over.

They have since reached tea at 222-3 from 64 overs.

Earlier, Waite’s seamers trapped Chris Nash lbw – 125-2 in the 34th over, the third of the afternoon.

Slater fell short of what would have been a third hundred in his last four innings against Yorkshire. He scored a one-day hundred for Derbyshire and a Championship ton for Notts against the White Rose last year.

Slater shared a half-century stand with new Notts signing Joe Clarke, who is unbeaten at tea and has since added an unbroken 50 with captain Steve Mullaney.

Clarke will begin the evening unbeaten on 40 and Mullaney on 31.

2.50pm Slater gone! He feathers an attempted hook at Olivier through to Jonny Tattersall and goes for 76. Notts 172-3.

2.37pm Notts are 165-2 after 46 overs. Ben Slater is on 73 as he chases his third hundred in his last four innings against Yorkshire.

2.06pm It’s been an encouraging start to the afternoon for Yorkshire, who have had success through Matthew Waite. Joe Clarke is in the early stages of his innings. He is unbeaten on 10. Notts 135-2.

Lunch Nottinghamshire enjoyed the better of the opening session of the Specsavers County Championship season, reaching lunch at 112-1 from 31 overs at Trent Bridge.

Steve Patterson opted for an uncontested toss, meaning Yorkshire bowled first, and the skipper has claimed the only wicket so far – Ben Duckett for 43.

Duckett was caught at long-leg by Matthew Waite following a top-top-edged pull, leaving the hosts at 75-1 in the 21st over.

Notts’ other opener, Ben Slater, is on the verge of reaching 50 having played confidently on a slow pitch with a short boundary towards the West Bridgford side of the ground.

He will begin the afternoon on 42 alongside Chris Nash, who has 16.

12.37pm Mixed fortunes for a couple of our former charges on the opening day of the Division Two campaign. Alex Lees is captaining Durham in the absence of Cam Bancroft at Derby, where the hosts are 55-4. They lost their first two wickets in the first three balls of the match. At Hove, however, Jason Gillespie’s Sussex are 92-5 against Leicestershire. Here, Notts are 80-1.

12.21pm Duckett goes, caught at long-leg by Waite off Patterson. The former Yorkshire target is furious with himself after a top edge. He looked in good order, but thankfully he falls for 43. Notts 75-1 after 21 overs. Chris Nash in to join Slater. Coad about to return to the attack from the Pavilion End.

12.16pm Duckett looks in particularly good touch. He has just punched Patterson through the covers off the back foot for four. He is unbeaten on 41. Notts 73-0 in the 21st over.

11.45am Notts have navigated the opening three quarters of an hour with few alarms. It looks to be a pretty slow pitch, with Duckett and Slater prospering. Notts 43-0 in the 13th, Slater 17 and Duckett 24. Patterson and Waite in tandem now after the opening bursts of Coad and Olivier.

11.02am Notts opener Ben Slater played out a maiden against Ben Coad to begin with. Ben Duckett facing Duanne Olivier, who is sharing the new ball from the Pavilion End.


Notts: Slater, Duckett, Nash, Clarke, Mullaney c, Patel, Moores w, Coughlin, Broad, Fletcher, Ball.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Brook, Ballance, Root, Kohler-Cadmore, Leaning, Tattersall w, Waite, Patterson c, Coad, Olivier.

10.33am Steve Patterson has opted for an uncontested toss, meaning Yorkshire will be bowling first.

Good morning from Trent Bridge, where it is a lovely sunny morning. What a way to start the summer.

There is a bit of a chill in the air, but nothing drastic ahead of an 11am start.

The players are warming up. Harry Brook is having a net as I type.

It seems like both Yorkshire and Notts have had productive pre-seasons. They played out a competitive two-day friendly in Potchefstroom and enjoyed productive University friendlies against Cambridge and Leeds/Bradford respectively.

Elsewhere in Division One, Hampshire host Essex and Somerset host Kent. In Division Two, Derbyshire face Durham, Northants host Middlesex and Leicestershire travel to Hove to tackle Sussex.

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