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Close of play report: Nottinghamshire vs Yorkshire (Day 2)

Photos: John Heald photography
— 6 April 2019

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Adam Lyth and Joe Root scored half-centuries as Yorkshire responded to Nottinghamshire’s 408 with 206-5 from 59 overs on day two at Trent Bridge.

Notts started the second day of this season opening Specsavers County Championship match on 324-5, but Duanne Olivier completed a debut five-wicket haul to restrict the damage.

Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson backed Olivier (5-96) up with four wickets before seeing Lyth and Root prosper, only for Notts to strike three times after tea.

Lyth reached 50 off 87 balls and top-scored with 81 off 129.

Root drove particularly handsomely through the covers and down the ground on his way an unbeaten 56 off 110 balls before bad light ended play 10 overs early.

Third-wicket pair Lyth and Root had put on 67 at tea, helping the score to 137-2, and took their partnership to 83 on a pitch which is more mid-summer than early April.

Unfortunately, after tea, Yorkshire lost Lyth and later Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Jack Leaning in the space of five balls, as the score fell from 194-3 to 195-5, putting a dampener on the day.

Harry Brook and Gary Ballance were the two afternoon wickets to fall, for a fluent 30 and seven respectively, as the score fell to 70-2 in the 22nd over.

Brook fell lbw to Stuart Broad before Ballance lost his off-stump to Luke Fletcher.

Root was dropped on eight at third slip by a diving Chris Nash off Paul Coughlin, but he settled quickly nonetheless.

Since scoring 213 against Surrey at Emerald Headingley in May 2016, Root’s form in Championship cricket has been below his high standards.

In nine innings between that and this knock, he had scored only 119 runs with a top score of 35 (in the second innings against Essex at Chelmsford last year).

He faced Broad after tea and was definitely challenged as his Test colleague bowled an improved second spell, with a miscued pull landing just short of deep square-leg on 44.

Unfortunately, 19 short of three figures, Lyth chipped a drive at Jake Ball to mid-off as Yorkshire fell to 153-3 after 42 overs.

Kohler-Cadmore then holed out to deep mid-wicket off Broad before Fletcher bowled Leaning, offering no stroke, for a three-ball duck.

Shortly afterwards, Root posted a 99-ball fifty to coincide with Yorkshire reaching 200-5 and securing a first batting bonus point.

Jonny Tattersall will begin day three unbeaten on four.

Earlier, Yorkshire enjoyed a productive morning led by Olivier, who claimed three of his five wickets, including centurion Joe Clarke for 112 in the early stages of play.

Clarke fell in the fourth over of the day, as Olivier uprooted the centurion’s middle stump, leaving the score at 329-6 in the 100th.

Tom Moores miscued a drive at Olivier to cover shortly afterwards as the South African took the first of two wickets in the 106th over. He also trapped Broad lbw for a two-ball duck – 358-7.

Captain Patterson had Fletcher caught at slip by Kohler-Cadmore in the 117th over with 375 on the board before Coughlin’s 46 helped his side beyond 400.

However, he edged Patterson behind shortly before lunch to leave the White Rose with two overs to bat before the break.

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