Wagh and company give Notts hope
Leaders Nottinghamshire produced a valiant fightback against Yorkshire at Trent Bridge but still face an uphill task to avoid a defeat that will throw the LV= County Championship title race wide open.
After Andre Adams completed his third five-wicket haul in consecutive matches to bowl out Yorkshire for 264, half-centuries from Mark Wagh, Paul Franks and Adam Voges helped the hosts - bowled out for 59 in the first innings - to reach 357 for six in their second.
Makeshift opener Franks combined with Alex Hales to post Nottinghamshire’s first opening stand of 50 for the season on the way to 79, while Wagh hit 90, including 14 fours and two sixes, before falling to Adil Rashid.
Ajmal Shahzad removed Samit Patel and Ali Brown cheaply and the late wicket of Voges, caught behind off Oliver Hannon-Dalby for 72, could prove crucial, with Notts 152 ahead at the close.
After 18 wickets had fallen on day one, it only took 13 balls for Adams to wrap up the Yorkshire innings, trapping Hannon-Dalby lbw with the fourth delivery of the day and finding the edge of Moin Ashraf’s bat to be caught at third slip. He finished with 6-82, leaving Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale unbeaten on 151.
That left Nottinghamshire trailing by 205 but gutsy application from the top order meant they moved into the lead for the loss of only two wickets.
While conditions did not offer the prodigious swing of day one, batting was far from easy in the early stages and both Hales and Franks had to dig deep to survive until lunch.
Hales was eventually undone by the away-swing of Ashraf, offering a thin edge to wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy to depart for 24.
Franks and Wagh added 131 in 36 overs before the arrival of Rashid’s leg-spin saw Franks caught at slip by Jacques Rudolph just before tea.
With the pitch flattening out, Wagh and Voges pushed Nottinghamshire ahead with some excellent shots either side of the wicket until Wagh, in sight of his third hundred of the season, miscued a drive off Rashid to mid-on, much to his disgust.
Shahzad produced a fiery spell to send back Patel and Brown, although both batsmen played loose shots outside off.
When Voges fell four overs before the close to the new ball, Nottinghamshire had seen four wickets fall for 51 runs, but Yorkshire may yet rue dropping Read on seven, with Brophy shelling the most straightforward of chances off Shahzad.
Read will resume tomorrow morning on 24, with nightwatchman Darren Pattinson 20 not out.