Yorkshire set unlikely victory target

Yorkshire tea update

Yorkshire tea update

First published in Sport by , Freelance reporter

Yorkshire were frustrated in their attempts to force victory on the final day against Nottinghamshire at Headingley and were set an unlikely target of 294 off a minimum of 39 overs.

Resuming the final morning with Nottinghamshire 60 runs ahead on 102-2, Yorkshire’s hopes of claiming victory were boosted after they claimed three wickets in the morning session.

But a 115-run partnership between James Taylor and Notts captain Chris Read ensured the hosts' victory hopes faded and the visitors eventually declared at tea on 335-8.

Steve Patterson had been the pick of Yorkshire’s attack during the morning session with an opening spell of 9-4-14-2, including two wickets in an over, dismissing former Yorkshire batsman Michael Lumb for 49 when he was caught behind and then Samit Patel clipped to short mid-wicket.

Tim Bresnan won an lbw decisioin against Riki Wessels but Read and Taylor combined in a partnership that all but ended Yorkshire’s hopes of facing a more manageable target.

Taylor fell four runs short of his first championship century of the season when he clipped Bresnan to square leg and Read became the England all-rounder’s fourth victim when he was caught in the deep after hitting 75 off 94 balls.

Nottinghamshire’s declaration may have been delayed because seamer Luke Fletcher has been struggling with a back spasm and is unlikely to bowl.

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