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Nottinghamshire go top with Yorkshire draw

Yorkshire 178 & 406-8 drew with Nottinghamshire 545-7 dec
Notts 11pts, Yorks 5pts
Match scorecard

Adil Rashid
Rashid hit five fours during his unbeaten 69-ball innings

Nottinghamshire climbed to the top of the County Championship despite being held to a draw by Yorkshire.

The home side, and previous leaders, resumed on the final morning at Headingley on 272-2, still 95 short of making Notts bat again.

But after losing Anthony McGrath early on, Yorkshire dug in with Gerard Brophy (37) and Adil Rashid (34 not out) leading the resistance.

And they had reached 406-8 when rain forced a premature close.

The result saw Notts go five points clear of Yorkshire at the top of the table, having played a game less than their immediate rivals for the title.

Yorkshire still had plenty of work to do to save the game at the start of the day and they were not helped when McGrath could only add two to his overnight 78 before edging Darren Pattinson behind to Chris Read.


But nightwatchman Steven Patterson did an excellent job, frustrating the visitors' attack until 10 minutes after lunch when he gave a bat-pad catch to Mark Wagh off Samit Patel's bowling.

By that time the hosts had also lost captain Andrew Gale caught and bowled to Ryan Sidebottom, and when Jonny Bairstow was bowled driving down the wrong line at Pattinson, Yorkshire were 336-6 and in trouble.

But Brophy and Rashid eased the pressure with a stand of 62 in 21 overs to take Yorkshire into the lead.

And although Sidebottom stuck twice more to remove Brophy caught behind and Ajmal Shahzad caught at third slip, Notts were then left frustrated by the weather as the rain arrived to make a draw inevitable.

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"We've come away with 11 points which is a pretty good return on a drawn match.

"The fact that Yorkshire weren't able to get many bonus points is good for us, but it doesn't leave us with much of a lead.

"As I keep saying, Somerset and Lancashire and possibly other teams as well, will still fancy their chances of getting into the top couple."

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