Notts stun Yorkshire
Yorkshire suffered one of their most dramatic reversals in fortune when they slumped to defeat by 58 runs after being fired out for 86 on the third day of their LV= County Championship match against Division One title holders Nottinghamshire at Headingley Carnegie.
They began the day with every chance of clinching victory in the morning session when Notts resumed on 175 for six, still needing 18 to knock off the arrears.
But a fighting seventh wicket stand of 150 between captain Chris Read and Steven Mullaney helped the visitors recover to 337 all out, which left Yorkshire requiring a modest 145 to win.
The hosts were never able to take a grip of the situation on a pitch which had few terrors in it for batsmen and were sent packing in a mere 30.3 overs, the damage being done by the pace trio of Luke Fletcher, Charlie Shreck and Paul Franks who each captured three wickets.
There were 8.3 overs of the penultimate day remaining when the last wicket fell to a Notts attack which was without Andre Adams because of a groin strain.
Yorkshire hit trouble right from the start as they slumped to 15 for three, Adam Lyth and Anthony McGrath falling lbw to consecutive balls from Shreck and skipper Andrew Gale playing onto his stumps off Fletcher.
The only batsman who was capable of staying for any length of time was Jonathan Bairstow, who kept his cool while wickets fell around him and was unbeaten at the end with 50 from 77 balls featuring nine fours.
It briefly looked as if Joe Root and Bairstow might remedy the situation until Root was trapped in front by Franks and there was no comeback from 44 for four.
Gerard Brophy was lbw moving across his stumps to Shreck before Adil Rashid and Richard Pyrah were dismissed in consecutive overs from Franks.
Shreck, having bowled 13 overs for 29 runs, was rested and Samit Patel came on to have David Wainwright caught off bat and pad by Alex Hales.
Fletcher trapped Ryan Sidebottom lbw and then had his team-mates jumping with joy as last man Oliver Hannon-Dalby slanted a catch to Patel at second slip.
Notts came up against far fewer problems than they expected in the morning versus untidy bowling on a pitch which had flattened out, although one ball from Hannon-Dalby reared unexpectedly striking Mullaney on the left hand and he had to receive on-field treatment.
He recovered in time to hook Pyrah for six to complete his half-century off 93 balls with five other boundaries and Read’s fifty, which contained six fours, raised the century stand.
A sporting gesture by Gale came to Read’s aid after he had made 66. He thought he had edged Hannon-Dalby into Pyrah’s hands at first slip and began to walk off but the fielder had not taken the catch cleanly and Lyth removed a bail with Read heading for the pavilion. Gale immediately took the decision out of the umpires’ hands by deciding that Read should be recalled.
The stand went on to overtake Notts’ previous best for the seventh wicket against Yorkshire of 147 by David Hussey and Franks at Scarborough in 2009, but at 150 it was finally ended by Rashid who had Read lbw for 86 from 168 balls with 11 boundaries.
In his next over, Rashid bowled Adams with a big googly before the leg-spinner picked up a third wicket by trapping Fletcher lbw and Mullaney was last out for 83, pulling Sidebottom to deep square-leg.
It had been a fine unflappable innings by Mullaney who faced 170 deliveries and struck nine fours and a six, but even he could not have envisaged that he had done enough to turn almost certain defeat into victory.