The Yorkshire punters were given their first prolonged look at Morne Morkel here this morning. The lanky South African pace prospect is the county's overseas player until June, when he is expected to join up with his international colleagues ahead of the Test series against England, and Pakistan's Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, all being well, will be fit enough for county cricket after the serious injury he sustained last September.
They witnessed his first wicket, too, although he was understandably a little bashful about celebrating too vigorously after Adam Voges obligingly followed one down the leg side to be caught behind. Morkel's eight overs this morning were a bit of a mixed bag, although the 23-year-old will clearly need time to adjust to English conditions. There was evidence of his potential to bowl very fast, however, even on this slow pitch.
All round, it has been a decent morning for Yorkshire. The three overs Nottinghamshire faced last night suggested a difficult first session ahead for them and that forecast has proved as accurate as the local weather forecast, which quite correctly said that the clear blue sky of early morning would be deceptive. Now it is cloudy and decidedly cool.
Nottinghamshire will be disappointed. Mark Wagh has approached the bowling and the conditions in just the right way, applying himself firstly to the protection of his stumps and taking care with his more aggressive strokes. His colleagues, unfortunately, have been less disciplined.
Matthew Wood, after a sound start, rather got himself out with a waft outside off stump at Tim Bresnan, giving Gerard Brophy the first of his two catches. On the stroke of lunch, Samit Patel shouldered arms to Matthew Hoggard, clearly expecting the ball to drift wide of the stumps only for it to come back and hit them.Reuse content