Read hails 'extraordinary' victory
Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read admitted even he was stunned by his side’s remarkable LV= County Championship triumph over Yorkshire.
The reigning champions staged a courageous comeback on day three at Headingley Carnegie to secure a surprise 58-run success that maintains their 100% start to the season.
After resuming 18 runs in arrears on 175 for six, Notts battled to 337 all out in their second innings, thanks largely to knocks of 86 and 83 from Read and Steven Mullaney, to gain a lead of 144.
Yorkshire then suffered a dramatic collapse with the bat to be bowled out for just 86, despite an unbeaten 50 from Jonathan Bairstow, with Charlie Shreck, Paul Franks and Luke Fletcher each claiming three wickets.
“It’s one of the more extraordinary victories I’ve played in,” Read told ecb.co.uk.
“The position we were in overnight was obviously pretty perilous, but at the same time there was always an opportunity that one or two big partnerships from the lower order, which is not unheard of with us, would give us an opportunity for our bowlers to bowl at them.
“Personally, I felt 140, 150 was probably a little bit less (than we needed). Had we managed to get up to 200 I would have been a lot happier.
“But (it was) an extraordinary afternoon for the bowlers, I thought they all did superbly.”
Wicketkeeper-batsman Read successfully negotiated the morning session on day three alongside Mullaney to bring Notts back into the game.
“I can’t speak for how Steve approached it, but on a personal level it was just a case of batting for as many balls as I could, picking up the bad balls and trying to build a partnership,” Read explained.
"That’s what happens mostly in the championship and today was no different, you try to put the situation out of your head and get on with the business of batting.”
Yorkshire’s run-chase quickly hit the buffers, with Shreck picking up wickets with consecutive balls in his first over to leave the hosts on five for two.
However, Read added: “You can always dream, but not til the eighth wicket did I think we can actually do this.
“Obviously the total was a low one and Jonny Bairstow was playing very nicely at one end so we knew he was the danger man and we needed to maybe keep him off strike a bit and bowl at the other guys.
“Getting off to a flier, like we did with the ball, was important and that put Yorkshire on the back foot.”
Read expressed sympathy for opposite number Andrew Gale, who cracked a marvellous unbeaten 145 in the first innings.
Gale was the dominant partner in a 10th-wicket stand of 82 with Oliver Hannon-Dalby, yet his efforts proved in vain.
“Had Yorkshire won, that would have been the knock that would have buried us,” Read admitted.
“I thought we fought back well in the first innings and that 10th-wicket partnership with Hannon-Dalby, the way he (Gale) struck the ball to take the game beyond us was extraordinary really.”
Notts now lie second in the table, behind Lancashire, and face a Clydesdale Bank 40 match against last year’s runners-up Somerset tomorrow before resuming their championship campaign with a home game against Worcestershire.
“I think it’s important that we have a look at this game and work out what we did well and also what we did not so well. Obviously, our first innings batting was poor and put us on the back foot from the word go,” said Read.
“But we’ve won a game that we probably had no right to win, the boys are absolutely buzzing on that and will hopefully take that confidence and continue to play some even better cricket next week.”