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Olivier hails 'tremendous' day as White Rose battle hard

— 20 August 2019

Duanne Olivier hailed a fabulous team effort as Yorkshire grabbed their Specsavers County Championship clash with Nottinghamshire at Scarborough by the scruff of the neck on day two.

The South African fast bowler claimed 4-60 from 17 overs as Notts, replying to a first-innings 232, crumbled from 41-0 to 184 all out midway through the afternoon.

The White Rose then closed the day on 177-2, a lead of 225.

Olivier and new ball partner Ben Coad shared seven wickets.

Coad struck with the day’s first ball before left-handers Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance both scored half-centuries in Yorkshire’s second innings.

  • Olivier said: “I think that’s been a tremendous day.

    “If you look back at day one and that first hour when we were batting (38-5), it’s crazy to think about the position we are in now.

    “Every single guy fought hard, and Ben Coad with the first ball of the morning set us up. As a unit, we got stuck in and came out on top.

    “Then it was excellent batting from Will Fraine and Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance as well. It seems like this whole season he has been doing so well.

    “This morning, the ball was nipping around and there was a bit of swing. But the longer the sun was out, the more the wicket calmed down.”

    Olivier’s haul was his second best in the Championship this season, his debut campaign with the county.

    In the first innings of the opening round draw against Notts at Trent Bridge, he claimed 5-96.

    “I felt pretty good today,” he added.

    “Every game I play, I’m just trying to get better by working on certain things.

    “At the end of the day, I’m very happy with my performance and the bowling unit’s as a whole.”

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