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Notts seize control at Scarborough

Nottinghamshire built on a healthy batting performance with a trio of late wickets on day two of their LV= County Championship Division One meeting with Yorkshire at Scarborough.

After using up almost 153 overs in reaching 443 all out, Notts removed both home openers and nightwatchman Steven Patterson to leave Yorkshire in trouble on 29 for three in reply.

Adam Lyth edged Harry Gurney to second slip, while the recalled Alex Lees was trapped lbw by Luke Fletcher, who then had Patterson caught behind off a snorter in the day’s penultimate over.

Following Michael Lumb’s opening-day hundred, Nottinghamshire were indebted to respective scores of 79 and 70 from Steven Mullaney and Paul Franks, pictured below, as they moved to a substantial total.

James Taylor, who resumed with 12 of 177 for two, survived an early scare when Lees failed to take a sharp chance at short-leg off Adil Rashid.

Lumb subsequently departed for 135 to the second new ball, Patterson extracting extra bounce to induce an edge to second slip.

The left-hander had been able to score relatively freely with the aid of 14 boundaries, yet Taylor progressed with less fluency, taking 110 deliveries to register his first four.

Nottinghamshire appeared quite content to settle for three batting bonus points with survival being their chief consideration.

However, Samit Patel had contributed only 17 in 14 overs when he was unable to control a good ball from Moin Ashraf which ended up in Lyth's hands at second slip and Taylor's vigil ended in the over before lunch as he fell lbw to Patterson for 38 off 148 deliveries.

The visitors were 262 for five after 110 overs and then lost Read to a fine diving catch from fellow wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd off Ryan Sidebottom.

However, Mullaney injected some much-needed life into the innings by thrashing five fours off nine balls from Richard Pyrah.

The all-rounder rushed to his half-century from 68 balls with nine fours, before striking a brace of sixes off Rashid.

Franks joined the spree with three successive fours at the expense of Ashraf, before Mullaney played Rashid on to his boot to be caught at short-leg.

That dismissal failed to unnerve Franks, who brought up his fifty in style by striking Pyrah over square-leg for six.

The veteran was eventually ousted for 70 when slapping Rashid to mid-on and the same bowler brought the innings to a close by having Gurney caught and bowled for a duck following Lyth’s dismissal of Ajmal Shahzad.

Yorkshire were left with 12 overs to negotiate but soon hit trouble as both Fletcher and Gurney bowled with real menace.

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