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