Yorkshire On Top Despite
Fletcher's Success

Featured News | 21st August 2013

A thoroughly entertaining first day ended with honours just about even as Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire battled for supremacy at Trent Bridge.

Put in, the visitors made 327 for eight, with Adam Lyth top-scoring with 95 and Adil Rashid adding 78.

The bowling honours went to Luke Fletcher (5-66) and Harry Gurney (3-60), who shared the wickets.

Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire’s Director of Cricket, felt his side got better as the day went on.

“I thought we were pretty poor in the first session,” he said.

"We restricted them to 84-3 during the afternoon and I was very pleased how we stuck at it then." Mick Newell

“But then probably it was even throughout the rest of the day. We restricted them to 84-3 during the afternoon and I was very pleased how we stuck at it then."

Fletcher’s haul was only the second 5-wicket collection of his career. “One of the key things I’ve mentioned for the second half of the season is players putting in good individual performances and for a bowler that includes 5-wicket hauls so I’m very pleased with his efforts. He picked up a bit of cramp but 25 overs was a good effort today and hopefully he’ll be OK tomorrow.”

With James Taylor absent on England Lions duty, Riki Wessels returned to the Notts starting eleven in the only change from the previous championship match, at Taunton.

Michael Lumb and Ajmal Shahzad were both included against the county where they began their careers, whilst Yorkshire included a former Trent Bridge player in Ryan Sidebottom.

The visitors were able to name Jonny Bairstow, omitted from the England Test squad, as well as handing a debut to the New Zealand international Kane Wiliamson.

The openers added twenty before Notts struck in the fourth over as Alex Lees (8) nicked Harry Gurney through to Chris Read.

Phil Jaques (19) was sent on his way by umpire Trevor Jesty as Luke Fletcher successfully appealed for a leg before wicket decision in the 13th over.

Andre Adams appeared to have Adam Lyth spilled by a difficult low chance to Samit Patel at slip and also had a confident lbw shout against Andrew Gale turned down.

Steven Mullaney was brought into the attack at the start of the 19th over. His medium-pacers, coupled with a tidy opening burst from Ajmal Shahzad, checked the run-rate as eight overs only yielded seven runs.

Lyth passed fifty (84 balls, 8x4) for the fifth time this season, as he cut loose in Mullaney’s fifth over, bagging three boundaries in a row to also post the fifty partnership between himself and Gale.

Fletcher altered the momentum in the fourth over of the afternoon by picking up two wickets in consecutive deliveries. Firstly Gale (33) received a brute of a delivery which he edged to Read and then Williamson (0) on debut steered straight into the waiting hands of Patel at third slip.

Lyth was partnered by Adil Rashid in a stand of 65 before Notts claimed their fifth wicket and it again followed Fletcher’s return to bowling duty.

On 95 Lyth fished at a ball just outside off stump and snicked it through to Read. Fletcher’s fifth wicket was that of Rashid (78) pinned back lbw by the second new ball.

Liam Plunkett (41) and Ryan Sidebottom (0) both went the same way, caught Read bowled Gurney – to enable the Notts’ keeper to go past Bruce French’s tally of 737 catches for the county.

Only Thomas Oates’ 744 stands ahead of Read now.

Jonny Bairstow (24 not out), omitted from England’s Test squad earlier the day, arrived on the ground at around 2.20pm but wasn’t required to bat for a further three hours, sufficient time for his kit to be brought down by family members from Headingley.

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