Yorkshire overcome poor start to take control against Nottinghamshire

ILKESTON Rutland  CC round-up.

ILKESTON Rutland CC round-up.

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Yorkshire overcame a disappointing start to take the spoils on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

The defending champions exercised their right to bowl first but under-performed in the opening hour of the day, before bouncing back to dismiss Notts for only 261 in 69.2 overs.

Steven Mullaney continued his productive start to the season with a fluent 78 for the home side and Michael Lumb added 49 against his first county but too many of their team-mates failed to capitalise on promising starts and the last eight wickets fell for only 129.

Jack Brooks was the most productive wicket-taker, claiming four for 74, with Adil Rashid weighing in with three for 29.

Brooks’ day didn’t get off to the best of the starts, as he was hauled out of the attack after conceding 20 runs from his first two overs as both Mullaney and Alex Hales flew out of the starting blocks with a succession of crisp drives.

Hales’ first five scoring shots were all boundaries and he caressed three more in his 36 before being undone by some astute field placing.

Joe Root was positioned in at short extra cover as Brooks returned to the attack and Hales obliged by driving the ball straight to him.

Greg Smith chopped on for nought, leaving Mullaney to lead the fight by lifting both David Willey and Liam Plunkett over the ropes on his way to a 52-ball 50.

If Andrew Gale’s side were in need of a lift they got it on the stroke of lunch when Alex Lees clung on, at the second attempt, to remove Mullaney off Steven Patterson.

From then on, despite a dogged innings from Lumb, his highest of the season so far, and some tail-end resistance from Stuart Broad, who matched Hales’ 36, there was a steady procession back to the pavilion.

Plunkett had Riki Wessels caught at slip but the rest of the wickets were shared between the wily leg spinner and the aggressive Brooks.

Rashid sent Samit Patel and Jackson Bird back, both to lbw decisions, either side of enticing Jake Ball to sky the ball into the safe hands of Brooks, who then concluded the innings by firing in an accurate return to run out Broad.

With gloomy overhead conditions and the floodlights burning brightly the light then deteriorated to such an extent that the umpires decided that Yorkshire wouldn’t be able to begin their reply until the second morning.