Yorkshire CCC: County Championship clash finely poised after solid late show from Notts

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Yorkshire’s LV= County Championship Division One clash with Nottinghamshire was finely poised at the end of day three at Headingley.

A solid evening stand between Notts pair Michael Lumb and James Taylor ensured the visitors were in a steady position.

The pair, Lumb apparently in England’s past and Taylor still fighting for a place in its future, added 72 in 25.3 wicketless overs to leave the visitors 60 ahead on 102 for two at stumps.

When they came together Nottinghamshire were still 12 in arrears with Yorkshire looking to ram home their advantage having earlier been dismissed for 247.

But an attack missing the pace of recalled England seamer Liam Plunkett could not part the third-wicket duo.

Yorkshire started on 76 for two but lost four wickets in the first 15 overs of the day.

They had added just seven runs when Luke Fletcher got the ball rolling by clean bowling Jack Leaning for 41.

The other overnight batsman, captain Andrew Gale, followed three overs later when Samit Patel took a sharp slip catch off Peter Siddle.

Jonny Bairstow and Aaron Finch both found the ropes as they looked to ease the building pressure but the out-of-favour England wicketkeeper was removed for 18 by Andre Adams to leave Yorkshire 116 for five.

Adams then got one to rise and clip Adil Rashid’s edge - Rikki Wessels holding a smart catch - before a stand of 56 between Finch and Tim Bresnan steadied things.

Bresnan’s knock of 25 was ended in the first over after lunch by his old Ashes rival Siddle, raising the visitors’ hopes of a first-innings lead.

But Yorkshire managed 63 from their last three wickets, Finch reaching 45 before being deceived by the spin of Patel and Richard Pyrah matching his score in a colourful 46-ball innings containing seven boundaries.

Patel, overlooked in favour of Moeen Ali for this week’s first Test against New Zealand, claimed the last two wickets to fall to finish with three for 13.

Yorkshire struck twice before Nottingamshire had cleared the 42-run deficit.

Bresnan trapped Alex Hales leg before as England’s Twenty20 opener offered no stroke and Steve Patterson had Phil Jaques caught at the wicket to leave the score 30 for two.

But Lumb and Taylor held firm, either side of a rain break, Lumb hitting three fours and a six - off Rashid - in his 43 not out and Taylor striking four boundaries in his unbeaten 27.