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Yorkshire win to close on Nottinghamshire

Yorkshire 264 & 209-5 beat Nottinghamshire 59 & 413 by five wickets
Yorks 21pts, Notts 3pts
Match scorecard

Samit Patel (l) watches Jonny Bairstow celebrate
Nottinghamshire's Samit Patel can only watch as Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow celebrates after scoring the winning run at Trent Bridge

Yorkshire closed to within seven points of County Championship leaders Nottinghamshire after wrapping up a five-wicket win inside three days.

Notts added 56 to their overnight 357-6 to be bowled out for 413, setting Yorkshire 209 to win at Trent Bridge.

Darren Pattinson struck three times to leave the Tykes wobbling at 95-4.

But Jonny Bairstow (63no) and Gerard Brophy (41) took the game away from Notts in a fifth-wicket stand of 97 to take the title race to the last game.

Notts were always chasing the game after being bowled out for 59 on the opening day.

But their second-day fightback had given them hope of completing a dramatic rescue.

Realistically, they needed their tail to wag. And, ultimately, it did not wag enough as Steven Patterson and Ajmal Shahzad each took two wickets.

Shahzad ended with 4-100 in Notts' second innings for match figures of 8-121.

Nightwatchman Pattinson helped Chris Read take the score to 373 before shouldering arms to a Patterson delivery to be trapped leg before.

Notts then lost their last three wickets in the space of 12 balls as Steven Mullaney was bowled by Patterson with one that kept low and Read was castled by a Shahzad off-cutter, before the England paceman bowled Luke Fletcher with a slower ball.

The home side needed early wickets, but Adam Lyth and Jacques Rudolph put on 65 in 12 overs before lunch.

Pattinson then appeared to bowl Notts back into the game as he struck three times in three overs either side of a rain break.

Rudolph edged to gully, Anthony McGrath gloved one to Read and Lyth edged to first slip, before Andre Adams got in on the act by bowling Andrew Gale through the gate.


But Bairstow and Brophy attacked to take the game back away from Notts.

And, although Brophy edged Adams to slip with 17 still needed, Bairstow soon took the winning single to square leg.

Nottinghamshire go into next week's final round of games at the top of the table knowing that a maximum points win over Lancashire at Old Trafford will hand them the title.

Yorkshire, meanwhile, will need to beat Kent at Headingley and hope that will be enough to overhaul both Notts and second-placed Somerset if they are to win their first title since 2001.

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see also
Yorkshire hit by Notts fightback
08 Sep 10 |  Counties
Gale stars as Notts self-destruct
07 Sep 10 |  Counties

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