Mark Footitt claimed his first five-wicket haul of the season as Nottinghamshire Seconds dismissed their Yorkshire counterparts for 278 on the first day of their Second Eleven Championship match in Harrogate.

Just one day after suffering a heavy defeat to the same opponents in the Second XI Trophy, the Seconds put up a much-improved performance, led by Footitt’s figures of 5-51.

Yorkshire won the toss and chose to bat but lost opener Finlay Bean lbw to Footitt for 8 in the seventh over.

Thomas Loten, coming in considerably further up the order than in the previous day’s fixture, then built a solid platform with former Notts man Will Fraine.

Fraine edged a Jack Blatherwick delivery to keeper Sam Hall for 35, but Loten’s disciplined innings continued as he crafted an 89-run partnership with Jordan Thompson.

Thompson (32) was lbw to Luke Wood after the lunch interval, before Loten was dismissed in the same manner by Lyndon James.

His 75 took 120 balls, and was to prove crucial in allowing Yorkshire to set a competitive total.

Yorkshire wicketkeeper Ben Birkhead (18) became Blatherwick’s second victim, before Footitt embarked on the most destructive spell of the innings either side of the tea interval.

The left-arm quick mopped up the tail, removing Harry Duke (19), Ed Barnes (1), Jared Warner (0) and Karl Carver (11), with Luke Wood trapping Matt Fisher (31) shortly before Carver’s departure.

Rain and bad light were to disrupt the Nottinghamshire reply, but Yorkshire were able to make one breakthrough before stumps, Sol Budinger departing for a fourth-ball duck.

Nottinghamshire ended the day 0-1, with Chris Gibson and Liam Patterson-White yet to get off the mark.


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