Cricket: Yorkshire tip Ballance in their favour as they eye up vital victory over Notts at Scarborough

Scarborough Cricket Festival  . Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire.Watching in the sunshine. pic Richard Ponter 163608h
Scarborough Cricket Festival . Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire.Watching in the sunshine. pic Richard Ponter 163608h
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Yorkshire could bat on until they have a lead of 500 in their County Championship clash against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough, captain Gary Ballance has revealed.

A stunning day yesterday saw Yorkshire bowl Notts out for 94 to secure a first innings lead of 188, and they advanced to 200-4 at the close - 388 ahead - with Ballance unbeaten on 75.

And the England international, standing in for injured skipper Andrew Gale, said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better day. We knew the pitch would help our bowlers this morning and they used it perfectly.

“They bowled great lines and lengths and ended up bowling them out for 94. Then for the batters to get stuck in and get us a big lead puts us in a great position.

“We thought with a lead of 190 and knowing the pitch is only going to get better, we don’t want to bat last on this wicket like we did against Middlesex a few weeks ago.

“There we got bowled out in a day and it was quite tough, so we thought if we could get a big lead and rest the bowlers up, then we could come out with the boys refreshed.

“It’s done a bit and normally the Scarborough wickets do deteriorate a bit so hopefully it does. If not, we’ve got a big lead already with six sessions to go, and there’s a lot of time left in the game.”

Ballance added: “We’re 388 ahead now and because there’s so much time left in the game we can look to get about 500 ahead, depending on the weather, then our bowlers will be raring to go.

“I knew Galey had a bad back, and I’ve done captaincy around the world before so I was happy to do it. I’m enjoying it and it’s good to captain when the bowlers are bowling like they are.”

Ballance – who hit 12 fours in his 139-ball innings – and Tim Bresnan saw the hosts through to close, though play was abandoned seven overs early due to bad light.

Nottinghamshire first-team coach, Wayne Noon, said: It’s been a disappointing effort second half with the ball and definitely first half with the bat.