Yorkshire and Northamptonshire played out a frantic first day of their LV= County Championship match at Wantage Road today, which saw the visitors bowled out for 136 before fighting back with the ball.
Stephen Peters’ decision to bowl first upon winning the toss was vindicated as New Zealand overseas seamer Ian Butler returned 4-41 to bundle the White Rose out in 40.3 overs.
Jack Brooks then enjoyed his first competitive return to his former home as he returned 4-45, but Northants will be the happier of the two camps having reached close at 191-7 in the 43rd.
Ten overs and four balls went unbowled due to bad light, for which there were two breaks. Ben Duckett and Butler will resume in the morning with the hosts leading by 55.
Only Aaron Finch, batting at number six, and Liam Plunkett made it beyond 20 with 34 and 25 respectively for Yorkshire.
Yorkshire lost five wickets in the morning and afternoon sessions against a Northants attack who expertly made use of a bit of nibble in the pitch and swing through the air. There was the odd questionable shot as well.
Tim Bresnan, released from England’s one-day squad this morning to play, also added two wickets when the visitors came to bowl and Plunkett one.
Former Yorkshire player James Middlebrook top-scored for Northants with 70 off 95 balls, the day’s highest score. His innings included 12 fours.
Yorkshire’s innings saw Adam Lyth, captain Andrew Gale and Bresnan all make ducks as Azharullah returned 3-41.
Finch and Adil Rashid (11) shared an innings-high partnership of 42 inside 12 overs for the sixth wicket, with the latter looking in good order. A cut shot for six off Butler early in his innings was particularly eye-catching.
Finch fell to Azharullah when he chopped on as he tried to force through the off-side off the back foot.
The wickets continued to tumble in the Northants innings as Brooks moved to the top of the Division One’s wicket-takers’ list by taking his 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th wickets.
He had opener Peters caught at third slip by Alex Lees in the 13th over before forcing David Sales to chop on in the 17th. His third wicket came at the end of the 19th over when he trapped left-hander Matt Spriegel lbw with an in-swinger.
He then held onto a sharp return catch to get rid of Rob Keogh early in the 21st over to signal tea.
Bresnan struck twice in the evening to trap Rob Newton lbw and get Middlebrook caught at first slip by Finch. Middlebrook had been dropped twice in the slips on ten and 59 by Finch and Lyth off Bresnan.
After a near half-hour break for bad light, Plunkett had Andrew Hall lbw, but Northants went beyond a lead of 50 with 45 runs in 44 balls after coming back on the field after the first break for bad light.
Nine wickets have fallen during today’s frantic opening afternoon session at Wantage Road, with Yorkshire being bowled out for 136 by Northamptonshire before reducing the hosts to 90-4.
The visitors slipped from 78-5 at lunch, with New Zealand fast bowler Ian Butler finishing with 4-41 from eleven overs. Aaron Finch top-scored for Yorkshire from number six with 34 off 52 balls.
Jack Brooks has since struck four times to leave the hosts in bother inside 21 overs at tea.
Yorkshire lost three wickets in the first three overs after lunch. Adil Rashid was caught behind playing expansively outside off stump against Butler befire Finch chopped on to Azharullah in the next.
When Tim Bresnan shouldered arms to Butler and found his off stump rocked back, Yorkshire were 95-8.
Steve Patterson was next to go, caught behind off Azharullah (3-41), before Liam Plunkett was caught behind trying to pull Maurice Chambers after hitting a run-a-ball 25, including a legside six.
Brooks had home captain Stephen Peters caught at third slip in the 13th over before forcing David Sales to chop on in the 17th. His third wicket came at the end of the 19th over when he trapped left-hander Matt Spriegel lbw with an in-swinger.He then had Rob Keogh caught and bowled early in the 21st over to signal tea.
Yorkshire have lost five wickets to slip into a spot of bother during the opening morning of their LV= County Championship clash with Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Australian overseas star Aaron Finch is at the crease havng come in at number six after the White Rose slipped to 41-4 in the 18th over following home captain Stephen Peters’ decision to bowl first.
New Zealander Ian Butler has two wickets, and Yorkshire have reached lunch at 78-5 from 29 overs.
Adam Lyth was trapped by Maurice Chambers for a duck in the seventh over before Halifax-based Azharullah seamer had Alex Lees caught behind in the 14th, leaving the score at 28-2.
Andrew Gale also fell without scoring three balls into the 15th when he was caught at first slip off Butler before Jack Leaning fell the same way to Andrew Hall as Yorkshire fell to 41-4.
Jonny Bairstow then became Butler’s second victim when he was bowled before Finch cut the same man for six on the way to 27 not out. Adil Rashid is unbeaten on 6.