Nottinghamshire 213 & 146-2 Yorkshire 161: Shreck's decisive swing gives Notts platform for victory

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This was a dog day for the Tykes. Nothing seemed to go Yorkshire's way, not even when they took a wicket late in the day. Nottinghamshire in contrast found everything swinging in their favour.

The home attack, specifically Charlie Shreck, got the ball to swing through the muggy morning air to claim Yorkshire wickets with apparent ease, and when they were back at the crease they were able to swing the bat as well, turning a 52-run first innings advantage into a lead of 198.

The toiling Yorkshire bowlers just could not tune into the conditions and bend it like Shreck, who finished with 5 for 58, only his second such haul this season. The 6ft 7in Shreck appeared to have shortened his run-up and reduced his pace in order to generate swing. But the movement was nowhere near as exaggerated for Yorkshire, not even for Matthew Hoggard, who can usually be counted on to generate swing in the most unhelpful of conditions.

A century stand – the highest of this match so far – for the Nottinghamshire second-wicket pairing of Bilal Shafayat and Mark Wagh added to Yorkshire woes.

Hoggard had rocked Nottinghamshire by trapping opener Matthew Wood lbw early on but that simply brought Shafayat and Wagh together in a 103-run stand. By the time Hoggard removed Shafayat the batsman had scored his first Championship fifty of the summer.

Even that wicket hurt Yorkshire, or more accurately Hoggard. Shafayat drove a ball chest-high straight back at the bowler, Hoggard got his hands to it, but the ball, travelling like a rocket, struck his right hand a painful blow then ricocheted upwards, long enough for Rana Naved-ul-Hasan to dash from mid-on and take a catch behind the umpire.

Hoggard was given treatment for the blow, but a couple of overs later he left the field. It was typical of Yorkshire's luck. In the morning they lost four of their remaining five wickets for 42 runs, before last wicket pair Tim Bresnan and Deon Kruis salvaged a further 46 runs from the rubble of the Yorkshire first innings. But Nottinghamshire's grip looks terminally tight for Yorkshire.

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