It has taken them long enough this season, but Nottinghamshire finally began to look at home at Trent Bridge – at least their bowlers did. By the close Yorkshire were in tatters, with half their side out and still 141 runs behind.
Charlie Shreck began the rot, claiming openers Chris Taylor and Joe Sayers in a wicked early spell. Late on Mark Ealham got the ball to swing in to the left-handers Jacques Rudolph and Andrew Gale to trap them lbw and in between André Adams accounted for Adam Lyth. It left Yorkshire, who had arrived here on the back of two successive Championship defeats, looking in danger of turning that into an unwelcome hat-trick.
But this ground has not exactly been a comfort zone for Nottinghamshire this season. It is where they have suffered their only two defeats of the present campaign and the place is barely yielding any runs. So it should come as no surprise that only two batsmen have reached three figures here coming into this game. Samit Patel did so for Nottinghamshire in their previous match here against Surrey 12 days ago, while Matt Prior struck a hundred for Sussex in late May.
The ball tends to swing, as well as doing something off the seam, and concentration, technique and, above all, patience, are required if a batsman is to deliver. Nottinghamshire opener Matthew Wood displayed all three qualities and mastered the pitch, the conditions and the Yorkshire attack for almost two-and-a-half hours to help his side extract a bonus point as he reached an admirable half-century.
Yorkshire worked hard, with the bowlers sharing the wickets. Matthew Hoggard posed problems, especially early on, while Rana Naved, in only his second game back having recovered from a pulled hamstring, looked particularly sharp, getting the ball to swing and seam.
Nottinghamshire had looked to be getting on top at 170 for 4, but then Graeme Swann fell to Deon Kruis and sparked a crazy hour either side of tea when the home team lost their last six wickets for just 43 runs.