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LIVE BLOG: YORKSHIRE V NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, CC, DAY TWO

— 21 April 2018

7pm Reaction from Ben Coad

“It was a great day for us. You look back to the start of the first day and we weren’t in a great position. But the way we’ve fought back, we’ve put ourselves in a position. It’s really pleasing to see.

“It’s tough against the new ball, but it gets easier once you get through that. We showed that last night when we got a few wickets.

“To get them finished off this morning was really good for us. Then to get the start of a really big partnership between Gary and Jack, likewise.

“You always want to get off the mark as soon as possible as a bowler, so I was pleased to do that last night. It’s good for the confidence.

“To get a few under my belt first innings sets me up for the season, and hopefully it can carry on like this.

“Lythy’s catch was one of the best I’ve ever seen. That low to the ground as well, it wasn’t a nice height. To somehow get down there that quickly was an incredible effort.

“Our catching was outstanding. No slip catch is easy, and we know how good our lads are there.

“Gary’s first-innings dismissal, 99 times out of 100 he hits it for four. It’s just one of those things. It was unfortunate.

“We know how good he is, and it was a proper captain’s knock today.

“The batsmen have been in really good shape over the winter, and they have put that into practice out in the middle. Hopefully we can push on to a really big lead.”

6.32pm Close: Super day for Yorkshire, who are 189-4 from 68 overs, leading by 257. Ballance 76 and Leaning 37. Stand of 94 unbroken.

5.50pm At 64 (and counting), this stand between balance and Leaning is the highest of the match, beating the 61 between taylor and Wessels in the Notts innings. Yorkshire are 159-4, leading by 227. Ballance has 58 and Leaning 26.


2.42pm Run out. Pujara run out having been sent back by Lyth, who had dropped the ball at his feet. Long way down and the Indian is well short having tried to get back. 28-2 now.

2.30pm After that wicket of Lees and the Pujara drop, things have quietened down significantly, which is good news for Yorkshire. We are 22-1, leading by 90, with Adam Lyth on 10 and Che Pujara on 12.

2pm Let off for Pujara as he’s dropped on nought at first slip by Wessels off Ball. It went for four to third-man to boot. Yorkshire 9-1 in their second innings, leading by 77.

1.51pm Oh no, Alex Lees has left alone an in-ducker from Jake Ball and been trapped lbw. Yorkshire are now 5-1, leading by 73. Che Pujara has come to the crease, joining Adam Lyth.

Lunch report as Notts are bowled out for 188

A second morning that swung this way and that saw Nottinghamshire bowled out for 188 on the stroke of lunch as they replied to Yorkshire’s first-innings 256 at Emerald Headingley.

The White Rose have a 68-run advantage in this Specsavers County Championship match.

New Zealand’s Ross Taylor advanced from 34 overnight to 57 as the visitors started the day in solid fashion, getting through the first 45 minutes unscathed.

But he was the first of four quick wickets to fall as they slipped from 100 for four to 130 for eight.

Ben Coad, who finished with four for 49, and Tim Bresnan equally shared the wickets, including two in two for the latter, while Jack Leaning took three catches at third slip and Adam Lyth a beauty at second.

The Lyth catch, one-handed diving low to his right, helped Bresnan get rid of Luke Wood.

Watch Lyth’s stunning catch…


But just when you thought Yorkshire were on for a three-figures plus lead, Jake Ball hit six fours in two overs, including four in four off Jack Brooks.

Luke Fletcher was run out and Harry Gurney caught at cover following a miscue off Coad to wrap up the innings. Ball finished unbeaten on 44, short of a maiden career half-century.

12.22pm Another wicket for Bresnan, second in two balls across a couple of overs. Another catch for Leaning at third slip as Wessels goes for 43. 130-8. After a frustrating start, this is turning into a pretty good morning.

12.17pm Stunning one-handed catch low to his right at second slip from Adam Lyth, who helps Tim Bresnan get amongst the wickets. Luke Wood falls for 17 and Notts are 128-7. Lyth’s taken some belters during his career, and this was another to add to the collection.

11.50am Excellent start to Ben Coad’s morning. Having removed Taylor, he has enticed Tom Moores, son of Peter, to edge another catch to Jack Leaning at third slip, this time low down. Notts are 102-6.

11.20am Some early morning frustration for Yorkshire as Ross Taylor and Riki Wessels ensure a solid start for Notts with little alarm aside from a run out chance against a stranded Wessels in mid-pitch as Jack Brooks threw at the non-striker’s end. Notts have moved to 81-4.

11.03am Josh Shaw and Jack Brooks will share the early morning bowling duties. Shaw’s first over of the innings from the old Football Stand End produced an lbw shout against Ross Taylor with the first ball of the day, although it was sliding down leg. Notts are 55-4, trailing by 201.

Dickie’s title tip

What’s it like to face Josh Shaw?

Good morning

We have another glorious sunny day at Emerald Headingley, where morning wickets would be very much appreciated.

After a bit of a sticky start to day one, the White Rose were boosted either side of tea by Jack Brooks and Andrew Hodd with valuable contributions from Josh Shaw and Ben Coad.

It means that Notts will start the day 53-4 in reply to 256.

The obvious danger comes in the form of New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, who is 34 not out overnight and hoping to continue the good form he showed against England recently.

It was certainly a bowling day around the circuit yesterday, with 127 wickets falling in line matches. Seven of the nine games are into the second innings and one more into the third – at Durham, where Kent hold sway.

Enjoy the day.

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