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Stunning performance by Yorkshire's Steve Patterson
Steve Patterson epitomised Yorkshire’s dominance with bat and ball after Yorkshire shrugged off a two-week lay-off from championship cricket to produce one of their best performances of the season against Nottinghamshire.
Having resumed on 327-8 after being put into bat, Patterson contributed a useful 40 towards a 91-run ninth-wicket stand with York’s Jonny Bairstow that guided Yorkshire to their fourth batting point and a competitive first innings total of 407 in their first championship outing since the start of the month.
After gaining the early momentum, Patterson then struck with the ball to claim a career-best 5-43 to help dismiss Nottinghamshire for just 150, allowing Yorkshire to enforce the follow-on 257 runs ahead. By the time bad light ended play seven overs prematurely, they had slipped to 118-4 second time around still trailing by 139 runs.
Yorkshire could even have enjoyed a better day having reduced Nottinghamshire to 65-8 after they lost six wickets for 40 runs after lunch, only for Andre Adams and Ajmal Shahzad to enjoy a 50-run stand off only 39 balls to add 85 for the final two wickets.
“If we’re being honest we were probably more consistent with the ball than they were and they were probably looser with their shots and we’ve probably earned the right to be in the position we’re in,” said Hull-born Patterson.
There was no hint that this would be a day when 14 wickets fell at the start with Bairstow, playing his first innings since being overlooked by England for the final Ashes Test, teaming up well with Patterson to frustrate Nottinghamshire for more than an hour. It took the introduction of all-rounder Adams to dismiss them both, Patterson edging behind and Bairstow losing his leg stump trying to score quick runs after hitting a useful 62 off 70 balls.
“When I was batting my focus was staying out there as long as I could for Jonny,” admitted Patterson. “The poor lad has travelled up from London and wants to have a good bat and I just wanted to stay there as long as I could for him. It was good to see him score 60-odd and we took that forward into our bowling.”
Facing nine tricky overs before lunch, Nottinghamshire could not withstand Ryan Sidebottom’s new-ball burst from the Pavilion End that induced Alex Hales into edging behind and won an lbw against ex-Yorkshire batsman Michael Lumb.
But it was Patterson who started the post-lunch collapse with Steven Mullaney edging the sixth ball of the afternoon session behind to spark the loss of six wickets in eight overs.
Yorkshire could even have secured a bigger first innings advantage but Adams, then on 13, was caught by Adil Rashid off Liam Plunkett after he had stepped over the boundary.
It was fitting then that Plunkett returned to claim two wickets when Nottinghamshire followed on, including removing danger-man Samit Patel, who was brilliantly caught at deep mid-wicket, one-handed and above his head, by Richard Pyrah during a brief appearance as substitute fielder.
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