Bairstow puts Notts to the sword

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Jonny Bairstow moves towards three figures at Trent Bridge. The Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman went on to make a superb 205

Jonny Bairstow converted his maiden first-class century into a superb double hundred as Yorkshire took control of their LV= County Championship clash with leaders Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

The 21-year-old England Lions batsman, who had previously passed 50 17 times without reaching three figures in 34 first-class matches, hit five sixes and 24 fours in his 292-ball innings before he was bowled for 205.

He was assisted by former Notts seamer Ryan Sidebottom, who hit an unbeaten 45, while Notts all-rounder Paul Franks picked up four wickets.

Bairstow’s dismissal prompted Yorkshire to declare on an intimidating 534 for nine, but they could only bowl 8.2 overs at Notts openers Mark Wagh and Neil Edwards before bad light ended play an hour early, with the hosts 491 behind on 43 without loss.

After Yorkshire had batted through the first day in glorious sunshine and with the traditionally seamer-friendly Trent Bridge wicket offering little assistance to the Notts attack, the arrival of cloud cover at the start of the day prompted an early clatter of wickets.

Having begun the day on 291 for three, the visitors lost four wickets for 40 runs, with Joe Root nibbling at an away-swinger from Paul Franks to be caught behind by wicketkeeper Chris Read five short of a maiden first-class hundred.

Gerard Brophy was bowled by Luke Fletcher in the next over and Franks found some bounce in the pitch to account for Adil Rashid and Richard Pyrah soon after.

But with the hosts missing leading wicket-taker Andre Adams, unable to bowl due to an elbow problem, Bairstow proved an immovable presence and passed three figures nervelessly, accelerating as batting conditions eased during the day.

Ajmal Shahzad made 18 before a rush of blood saw the England paceman attempt to hit Samit Patel’s left-arm spin for six, only to slice in the air to mid-off.

That brought Sidebottom to the crease and he helped Bairstow add 151 in 39 overs for the ninth wicket, breaking a club record against Notts that had stood since 1899.

Bairstow went from 100 to 150 in only 49 balls as he unveiled a powerful slog-sweep to put a dent in Patel’s bowling figures, including a six that helped him pass 200.

He was then yorked by medium-pacer Steven Mullaney off the next ball he faced, making room to hit through the off-side.

Although Notts survived a testing mini-spell from Shahzad and Sidebottom unscathed, they still require another 342 to avoid the follow-on.

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