Yorkshire eye first innings lead as Aaron Finch and Tim Bresnan forge alliance against Nottinghamshire

Yorkshire batsman Jack Leaning

Yorkshire batsman Jack Leaning

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Aaron Finch and Tim Bresnan forged a crucial half-century stand to help Yorkshire set their sights on a first innings lead in their weather-hit championship match against Nottinghamshire at Headingley.

The pair forged an unbroken 55-run stand to help Yorkshire reach 183-6 on the third day after rain washed out all but 9.3 overs of the previous day, when they reached 76-2.

Their seventh wicket partnership ensured Yorkshire, who trail by just 22 runs at lunch, did not concede a big first innings deficit after losing four wickets for just 45 runs in just 11 overs.

Resuming on time, Yorkshire lost their first wicket after only three overs with Jack Leaning falling for a promising 41, bowled by a Luke Fletcher outswinger, and was quickly followed three overs later by captain Andrew Gale, who edged Peter Siddle to Samit Patel at second slip, who took a sharp catch to his left.

Jonny Bairstow became the first victim for Andre Adams, who replaced Siddle from the Kirkstall Lane End and struck with his fourth ball when he was clipped to short mid-wicket.

Adams claimed his second wicket when Rashid edged to Rikki Wessels at first slip, who claimed the catch at the second attempt, only for Finch and Bresnan to steady the innings until lunch.

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