Notts Establish First Innings Lead

Featured News | 4th September 2009

Bilal Shafayat and Paul Franks made solid contributions as Nottinghamshire established a first innings lead over Yorkshire.

Notts closed on 301-7 after having Yorkshire all out for 256 with opening batsmen Scott Newman and Alex Hales sharing a 76-run partnership for the first wicket.

Hales scored 36 before finding a leading edge to give Richard Pyrah a routine return catch but Newman reached 79 alongside Shafayat after watching Samit Patel (7) and Mark Wagh (0) dismissed in quick succession.

Read was stumped by Brophy having hit 8 fours in his 42 and Franks (46) and Ealham (10) were unbeaten at stumps.

“We needed partnerships and the middle order did well to take us past 300 and hopefully we can extend that,” said Nottinghamshire batsman Bilal Shafayat.

“We lost a few wickets in quick succession after a decent start and my role was to go out and steady the ship.

“Five down was a crucial time but Ready played nicely and Franksy was superb. It’s important that we extend the lead now and look to bowl them out again. Ending their first innings for 250 has given us a chance and hopefully we can capitalise on that.

“We’ll keep pushing hard and try our best to catch Durham. Winning the Championship is out of our hands now but we’ll push hard to the end.”

Notts needed 16 overs in the morning session to end Yorkshire’s first innings. 

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Bilal Shafayat

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