Rain ensures Trent Bridge stalemate
England Lions opener Adam Lyth hit his third half-century of the season as Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire played out an LV= County Championship Division One draw on a rain-affected final day at Trent Bridge.
With Yorkshire 17 without loss in their second innings and 123 ahead at the start of the day, heavy showers wiped out the morning session and ended any hopes that either side might be able to force victory.
Play began at 1.20pm and, with little riding on the day’s play, Lyth took the opportunity to hit 52 with six fours before pulling Steven Mullaney straight to Mark Wagh at deep square-leg.
Lyth’s opening partner Joe Sayers had reached 45 when he was bowled by one from Samit Patel that turned, and, in soporific batting conditions, Yorkshire declared soon after tea on 113 for two.
Notts theoretically had 24 overs to chase a target of 220 but chose to take the 10 points for the draw.
Yorkshire, facing a points deduction because of their slow over-rate, opened the bowling with the spin of Adil Rashid and Joe Root to get that back on par.
They managed to do so in the 13 overs that were bowled before stumps were drawn at 5pm, Mark Wagh finishing 25 not out and Neil Edwards undefeated on six in a total of 31 without loss.
The result leaves Notts second in Division One on 73 points, one behind leaders Lancashire, while Yorkshire are sixth with 46.
Given the position of the match midway through Notts’ first innings and with many of their bowlers hit by injury, the hosts will be pleased to have avoided defeat.
They were dealt a further blow overnight by the news that talented batsman Alex Hales had suffered a broken jaw when he was hit by an Ajmal Shahzad bouncer, which will put the 22-year-old out until at least June.
But they will head to Hove next week to take on Sussex boosted by the availability of England bowlers Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann.