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Yorkshire gain upper hand against Nottinghamshire
Yorkshire battled hard to gain the upper hand during the opening day of their LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
The Division One leaders showed their mettle after losing the toss and recovering from the odd sticky situation, most notably 137-4 in the early stages of the afternoon, to close on 327-8 from 96 overs.
Their total was built on scores of 95 off 168 balls by opener Adam Lyth and 78 off 157 by Adil Rashid, while Liam Plunkett chipped in with 41 and captain Andrew Gale 33.
By no means Yorkshire’s most fluent batting performance, it has still left them in a strong position given that England’s Jonny Bairstow is still at the crease and their attack could well bowl better than the home one has done.
Notts’ best bowler was seamer Luke Fletcher with career best figures of 5-66 from 24.4 overs, although he had to leave the field with cramp inside the last ten overs of the day. Harry Gurney also added 3-60 from 15.
“A score of 327-8 after losing the toss and getting put in is obviously not a bad day,” said Lyth, who narrowly missed out on his second hundred of the season.
“We’ve got Jonny Bairstow back from England duty, and hopefully he can get us some runs with Steve Patterson. If we can get 370, that would be a fantastic effort.”
The hosts have struggled with the ball all year, and yesterday was no different. They leaked 124 runs in the morning session, including 19 boundaries, but tightened up after lunch.
On another day, they could have had Yorkshire in plenty of strife had they taken advantage of obvious movement on offer. Lyth was also dropped in the slips on 33 yesterday morning, while the likes of Ajmal Shahzad and Andre Adams beat the bat.
But Yorkshire rode their luck and prospered. And they could end up looking back on this day as a key one if come late September they are celebrating their first Championship title since 2001.
There were three half-century stands between Lyth and Gale, Lyth and Rashid, and Rashid and Plunkett, who shared the highest of 79 in 26 overs for the sixth wicket.
New Zealander Kane Williamson, however, posted a golden duck on debut when he edged Fletcher to third slip as he played loosely outside off-stump just after lunch.
Bairstow, who arrived at Trent Bridge yesterday afternoon before starting his innings after tea, played aggressively on the way to 24 not out. He has Patterson for company.
“If they’d have got the ball in better areas, we could have already bowled 15 or 20 overs. Thankfully they didn’t often enough,” added Lyth.
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