Yorkshire well on top, as bowlers shine once again

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Yorkshire will be looking to capitalise on a fine bowling performance today, after having the better of day one of their LV= County Championship Division One match against Nottinghamshire at Headingley.

The hosts had their opponents 139 for eight at one point before some impressive late hitting from Peter Siddle and Luke Fletcher guided Notts to 205 all out.

Siddle then removed both Yorkshire openers in an impressive opening spell but when rain caused an early halt to proceedings, the Tykes were 52 for two, a first-innings deficit of 153.

Tim Bresnan finished with three for 43 off 16 overs while Jack Brooks was slightly more expensive in taking three for 74.

Nottinghamshire won the toss and elected to bat and former Yorkshire batsman Phil Jaques was given a life off just the third ball of the day as Adil Rashid dropped him at slip off Bresnan.

With Liam Plunkett away with England and Ryan Sidebottom injured, Steven Patterson will be expected to step up for Yorkshire and the tall paceman had a wicket with just his second ball of the day as he bowled Alex Hales (12) on the drive.

Bresnan then got in on the act with the first ball of the next over when Adam Lyth did well to claim a low catch at second slip to remove Jaques (20) and Nottinghamshire were all of a sudden 36 for two after a seemingly solid start.

The umpires changed the ball after 12 overs but that did not stop Brooks, who came into this match as the top wicket-taker in the top flight, taking two more in the 19th.

First he trapped James Taylor lbw for just three and then removed dangerman Samit Patel, Division One’s top run-scorer, for a duck as the all-rounder cut to Rashid at backward point.

The former Northants man was at it again just after lunch when Riki Wessels edged him to Lyth at second slip for 24 before Richard Pyrah put Michael Lumb down at extra cover.

The former Yorkshire batsman was gone for 45 soon after, though, as wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow caught him down the leg side off Bresnan.

Chris Read went for 30 in the next over as he was run out by Jack Leaning at mid-on and, when Bresnan trapped another Yorkshire old boy in Ajmal Shahzad lbw for a duck, Notts were 139 for eight.

Siddle and Fletcher then put on 65 for the ninth wicket before Bresnan caught the latter (29) at long-on off Rashid.

The same combination removed Andre Adams for a duck two balls later to hand Yorkshire all three bowling points and leave Siddle unbeaten on 39 off just 35 balls including two sixes.

The Australian had clearly got his tail up from that late hit and had Lyth with just the second ball of the reply as the opener nicked one through to Read.

The Yorkshire batsmen continued to struggle to score off the veteran and he had his second victim when he tempted Alex Lees into an edge on just nine.

Leaning (23 not out) and Andrew Gale (16 not out) then steadied the ship before the players were brought off in the 17th over and persistent rain meant they would not return.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka had to settle for a draw in a rain-affected match against Northamptonshire as the tourists put the finishing touches to their preparations ahead of the first Test against England on Thursday.

Yorkshire’s Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Liam Plunkett are in the England squad.