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Yorkshire fight back against Nottinghamshire

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY THREE: Yorkshire 178 & 272-2, Nottinghamshire 545-7 dec
Notts 8pts, Yorks 2pts
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Jacques Rudolph
South African Jacques Rudolph hit 19 boundaries in his 141

Jacques Rudolph hit 141 to lead the Yorkshire fightback on day three of their top-of-the-table clash with Nottinghamshire at Headingley.

The Tykes began the day in the field as Notts finally declared their first innings closed on 545-7, a lead of 367, with David Hussey unbeaten on 251.

But a second-wicket stand of 211 between Rudolph and Anthony McGrath gave Yorkshire hope of saving the game.

They finally closed on 272-2, still 95 behind, with McGrath 78 not out.

Nottinghamshire's lead was 319 overnight but they took just 20 minutes to add another 48, with Paul Franks the only wicket to fall for 61 when he was caught on the boundary by Jonny Bairstow off Ajmal Shazad.

But Hussey remained unbeaten having hit three sixes and 29 fours in his 250-ball stay by the time captain Chris Read declared.

It was the second highest score of his career and a record knock by a visiting batsman in a Championship match at Headingley, beating the 235 made by both Allan Lamb for Northants in 1990 and Mark Ramprakash for Middlesex five years later.


Adam Lyth and Rudolph got Yorkshire's bid to save the game off to a flying start by putting on 58 for the first wicket in 14 overs.

And even though Lyth fell to a stunning catch at gully by Andre Adams, Rudolph and McGrath continued the fightback.

On the way to his century, which came off 155 balls with 17 fours, Rudolph became the third player this season to reach 1,000 first-class runs.

But after benefitting from a drop by Ali Brown off Samit Patel, his resistance was ended when he edged Darren Pattinson to Adams at gully soon after Notts had taken the second new ball.

Nightwatchman Steven Patterson saw it out to the close with McGrath, who needs 22 more runs for both his century and to reach 1,000 Championship runs for the season.

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see also
Notts seize control against Tykes
03 Aug 10 |  Counties
Yorkshire toil at hands of Hussey
04 Aug 10 |  Counties

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