Luke Wood claimed his first Specsavers County Championship five-wicket haul for Nottinghamshire on the opening day of the match against Yorkshire at Scarborough.

Wood finished with figures of five for 67 as the home county were bundled out for 232, with the left-arm quick bowler having reduced the hosts to 38 for five by midday.

At the back end of the first day, Ben Slater and Jake Libby withstood the home attack for 17 overs, reaching stumps on 41 without loss.

The Nottinghamshire eleven showed five changes from the side that played in the last championship match, five weeks ago. In came Chris Nash, Ben Duckett, Paul Coughlin, Jake Ball and Luke Fletcher, replacing, for assorted reasons, Stuart Broad, Ravi Ashwin, Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel and Zak Chappell.

Wood struck twice in his first over to leave the home county reeling on 5-2.

The 10th ball of the morning found the outside edge of Adam Lyth’s bat and Tom Moores gobbled up the catch to send back the opener for four.

Gary Ballance has a fine record against Notts, averaging 70 in first-class action, but his second delivery popped up off the shoulder of his bat and looped to Libby at point.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore was yorked for just a single and Harry Brook was caught behind, leaving the White Rose 13-4 midway through the sixth over.

It could have been worse for Yorkshire. Jonny Tattersall, on four, nicked Ball between ‘keeper and slip and then miscued Wood over Ball at midwicket on 11.

Notts reduced the hosts to 38 for five in the 14th over and again it was Wood striking, as Will Fraine edged to Nash at third slip for 11.

Wood’s figures as he left the attack were 9-0-28-5.

Tattersall and Bresnan hung around during the second half of the morning and by lunch had added 46 together.

The 50-stand between the pair was brought up in the first over of the afternoon, bowled by Coughlin.

Yorkshire made the most of the bright, sunny conditions to dominate much of the middle session, but Notts turned it around again with two quick strikes.

Bresnan’s innings was ended after 121 had been scored for the sixth wicket. Liam Patterson-White's left-arm spin found a thin edge, which was snapped up by Moores.

Keshav Maharaj pulled a short ball from Fletcher away for the first six of the match, but the big fast bowler responded by knocking over the South African's stumps soon afterwards.

Patterson-White took the final three wickets to fall, as 278-7 became 232 all out. 

Tattersall replicated Bresnan’s dismissal, feathering the spinner behind. Steven Patterson, the home skipper, made four but was given out lbw thrusting bat and pad together.

The last pair put on 20 before Duanne Olivier played all around a straight ball, leaving Ben Coad unbeaten on 16.

Slater and Libby had the luxury of leaving several deliveries as the home county failed to make the most of the new ball.

Slater played with fluency and struck four boundaries on his way to an unbeaten overnight tally of 29. Libby, meanwhile, was content to play for stumps and will return to the crease on 12, having blunted the new-ball for 55 deliveries.

The openers will begin the second day with Notts 191 runs behind and able to reflect on one of their most productive opening days of the season.


There are two further opportunities to catch the Outlaws in T20 action at Trent Bridge this summer, with the next opportunity coming as part of a double-header on Sunday 25 August. The Outlaws' clash against Yorkshire Vikings will be preceded by Loughborough Lightning v Lancashire Thunder in the Kia Super League.

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