Chris Nash’s first bowl in red ball cricket since 2018 heralded three wickets as Nottinghamshire dismissed Yorkshire for 264 on day one.

Notts reached stumps on 13 for the loss of Nash, after Matt Carter (2-44), Zak Chappell (2-64), Samit Patel (2-72) and Jake Ball (1-41) had helped the opener come off-spinner work through the visitors’ batting line-up in stifling conditions at Trent Bridge.

Jordan Thompson (98) narrowly missed out on a maiden First-Class hundred for Yorkshire.

Harry Brook added 62, sharing in a fifth wicket stand of 92 with Jonny Tattersall.

Jake Ball’s wicket arrived in just the third over of the day, when he pinned Adam Lyth in his crease for four, after the visitors had won the toss and chosen to bat.

The home side had made two changes to their starting eleven and both newcomers, Chappell and Carter, made an impressive early impact.

Chappell  followed-up Ball’s early breakthrough emphatically by removing two recent England Test batsmen in quick succession.

Jonny Bairstow, playing his first red ball match for Yorkshire in more than two years, took 18 deliveries to get off the mark and had only reached five when he cut the fast bowler into the hands of Samit Patel at point.

In his next over, Chappell found the outside edge of Dawid Malan’s bat to have the left-hander caught behind for nine.

Off-spinner Carter, recalled for a contest being played on the same strip as last week’s match, then had Tom Kohler-Cadmore caught at slip for 21.

Having taken lunch on 67 for four, the White Rose county recovered to 136-4 before Patel made a crucial breakthrough, firing one through the defences of Tattersall to pin him leg before wicket for 31.

Brook reached his fifty from 88 deliveries and celebrated by launching Patel over the ropes in front of the pavilion.

Joined by Thompson, the pair moved the total to 176 ahead of the final over before the tea break.

Steven Mullaney, the Nottinghamshire captain, unexpectedly tossed the ball to Nash, who hadn’t sent down a single delivery in 2019.

His first ball turned sharply between bat and pad to bowl Brook for 62.

Thompson, playing his fourth First-Class match, passed his fifty from 70 balls and then kicked on aggressively despite losing partners at regular intervals.

Carter and Patel removed Duanne Olivier and Jack Shutt respectively, leaving Yorkshire nine wickets down.

Thompson had been on 66 when 19-year old debutant Dominic Leech came out to join him as the last man. Two sixes off Patel and two more heaved high over midwicket off Ball took the all-rounder to 98.

Nash, whose only previous wickets for Notts had been in a pink ball match against Worcestershire in 2018, had gained a second wicket when Steve Patterson had edged to slip and a carbon copy dismissal ended the innings with Thompson tantalisingly two short of his milestone.

In the time that remained, Yorkshire bustled around to get an extra over before the close and were rewarded when they picked up the wicket of Nash, playing on to Patterson for eight.


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