Charlie Shreck took three wickets to put pressure on a fading Yorkshire batting effort on the opening day of the LV County Championship match at Trent Bridge.
All four Notts seamers took wickets after Chris Read won the toss and elected to put Yorkshire into bat on a green wicket. Visiting openers Sayers and Rudolph made it to lunch intact but Notts gained ascendancy in the afternoon session.
Rudolph left Darren Pattinson’s in-swinger alone but misjudged it’s path to go bowled for 42 and Shreck’s haul of 3-44 accounted for McGrath who was caught by Ealham at gully for nought. Lower order pair Ajmal Shahzad and Richard Pyrah were Shreck’s other victims, caught behind and lbw respectively.
Jonathan Bairstow’s 49 was the highlight of Yorkshire’s middle order batting effort but their score of 220-8 will leave Notts the happier side.
“It was certainly one of our best bowling performances of the season and Charlie bowled with sustained accuracy and got the wickets that he deserved,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“We wanted to take wickets in the morning session but even when we couldn’t find a a breakthrough they struggled to exert aggression and scored slowly which is a sign that we were in control and needed to be patient.
“Yorkshire never threatened to run away with it and we were able to take wickets regularly in the afternoon and evening sessions.
“I think that the pitch will get better for batting on and our first target on Friday is to end their innings for less than 250 runs.”
The Trent Bridge outfield showed no signs of the rain which had prevented a finish in the postponed NatWest Pro40 game on Wednesday and play resumed quickly after three minor showers.