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Yorkshire 2nd XI v Nottinghamshire 2nd XI - Day 2 report

— 5 April 2017


Before play began, the coaches agreed that, to ensure each side batted for an equal amount of time over the two days, Nottinghamshire would bat until tea, and then Yorkshire would have the final session.

So Notts began their innings and lost a wicket almost immediately when Matthew Fisher surgically removed Wiffen`s off-stump which cartwheeled repeatedly towards keeper Jonathan Read. A very full pint, as David Lloyd would have it.

However, that was Yorkshire`s only success and Chris Gibson and first, Michael Lumb and then Alex Hales dug in. Will Rhodes removed Lumb (off-stump again) but Hales gradually found his range and eventually retired on 52.

As agreed, Notts declared at tea on 177/4 (Fisher 1/11 and Rhodes 2/18)

Yorkshire`s innings began after tea and Jonathan Tattersall was the first to depart after a sumptuous square-drive, as he edged behind next ball. Ben Ainsley and David Willey steadied the ship and then Ainsley and Ryan Gibson brought the target of 178 into range with a third wicket partnership of 103 in 21.2 overs.

But Ryan Gibson was eventually stumped for 78 (64 deliveries with nine fours and two sixes) and any thoughts of victory were duly shelved. Ben Ainsley finished unbeaten on 44.

So a very useful two-day work-out ended with all the main batters having got runs and the bowlers working up fine heads of steam.

Howard Clayton