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Newman helps Notts to narrow lead

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Yorkshire 256, Nottinghamshire 301-7
(Notts 6pts, Yorks 4pts)
3-6 September 2009

Scott Newman
Scott Newman claimed his first Championship fifty in eight innings

Nottinghamshire kept up their dogged pursuit of County Championship leaders Durham as they claimed a narrow lead over Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.

After bowling out the visitors for 256, Notts then reached 301-7 at the close to lead by 45 thanks to half-centuries from Scott Newman and Bilal Shafayat.

On-loan Surrey opener Newman returned to form with 79, having made ducks in his last three Championship matches.

Shafayat made 66, backed by Paul Franks (46no) and skipper Chris Read (42).

Resuming from their overnight 220-8, David Wainwright and Matthew Hoggard helped relegation-threatened Yorkshire eke out another 35 runs to claim a potentially crucial second batting bonus point.

But, after Wainwright edged a rising ball from Franks to Ali Brown at first slip on 37, the innings was ended in the very next over by veteran Mark Ealham, who found the edge of Deon Kruis's bat.

With conditions still looking good for swing bowling and Nottinghamshire's top order having had a nightmare season, the visitors would have been confident of making early inroads into the batting.

But, with none of the Yorkshire bowlers able to consistently put the ball in the right spot, Newman and fellow opener Alex Hales posted 76 for the opening partnership.


That was ended when a mistimed drive from Hales offered a simple return catch to Richard Pyrah.

And that was the signal for a Yorkshire comeback as Mark Wagh edged Pyrah to wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy in his next over before Samit Patel's attempted drive off Ajmal Shahzad ended in the hands of Jonathan Bairstow at third slip.

Newman added 51 for the fourth wicket with Shafayat before pulling a Hoggard long hop to the square leg boundary, before Ali Brown was bowled by an arm ball from Wainwright in the next over.

With Notts wobbling on 153-5, skipper Read then combined with Shafayat to take the hosts within touching distance of the Yorkshire total.

Wicketkeeper Read hit eight fours in his 42, edging to within 57 of his 1,000 runs before being out-thought by left-arm spinner Wainwright, who responded to being hit over the top with a quicker, wider ball to have him stumped.

Shafayat then lost his middle stump to a full swinging delivery from Hoggard.

But Franks maintained the momentum with some pleasing drives and clips off his hips and will resume in the morning looking to push Notts into a winning position.

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