Bowlers put Tykes on top at Headingley

Ryan Sidebottom, left
Ryan Sidebottom, left
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Yorkshire sent Nottinghamshire reeling to 169-8 in 47.3 overs before a second stoppage for bad light prevented any further play on a rain-hit opening day to the LV= County Championship match at Headingley.

Ryan Sidebottom, back in action with the champions for the first time since his early-season calf injury, claimed two wickets along with Steven Patterson, Jack Brooks and Tim Bresnan.

Nottinghamshire were 139-7 in 41.5 overs 50 minutes after lunch when a downpour interrupted play until 6.00pm after which Stuart Broad, in a rare appearance for his county, reached his side’s top score of 36 before being dismissed.

Yorkshire included neither one of their Australian pair, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell.

Finch played for the second XI against Worcestershire at Barnt Green in a bid to improve his form while it was decided to give Maxwell a few days break after a constant period of cricket since joining the county.

But it turned into an unhappy day for Finch who pulled a ball from seamer Chris Russell into his rib cage. He retired hurt on 19 and went to hospital for an X-ray. He will take no further part in the game.

With Jonny Bairstow added to England’s Twenty20 squad, Yorkshire included wicketkeeper-batsman Andy Hodd – although Bairstow will return tomorrow. Put in to bat, there was little sign of the things to come for Nottinghamshire as Steve Mullaney and Brendan Taylor made largely untroubled progress against the new ball.

But when Patterson and Bresnan took over in a double bowling change, wickets began to topple.

Brendan Taylor, having strung together five boundaries in his 29, pushed forward at Patterson and Alex Lees bent low at first slip to scoop up the catch.

Former Yorkshire batsman, Michael Lumb, who was out first ball in the T20 match between the sides on the ground last Friday, fared little better this time, reaching seven before being lbw to a Bresnan yorker which hit him on the boot.

In the next over from Patterson, captain James Taylor was caught behind off his first ball but he appeared unhappy with the decision and waved his bat in apparent frustration when leaving the field.

Nottinghamshire had lost three wickets for 10 runs in 22 balls and Mullaney also departed shortly before lunch when he was unable to avoid edging a lifting delivery from Sidebottom into Hodd’s gloves.

There was no respite for Nottinghamshire after the interval and, in the first over Samit Patel, stepping forward, was lbw to a full ball from Brooks who then gained an lbw verdict against Will Gidman.

Broad had a fortunate moment after making only a single. He edged Patterson to third slip where Jack Leaning dived far to his left and got his hand to the ball but could not make it stick.

Sidebottom’s first ball back for a new spell pinned Riki Wessels lbw for 33 and Broad and Luke Wood managed to hold out until the rain came.

On the resumption, Broad reached 36, the top score of the day, before he could not keep down a probing ball from Bresnan and Leaning took him cleanly at third slip.

A short break for bad light lopped a further three overs off and on the return only nine balls were sent down before it became too dark to continue.

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon said: “I think we stuck to our task well. There was some help from the pitch and also from the overhead conditions but you still have to put it in the right places.

Moxon was pleased with the way Sidebottom bowled on his return from his calf injury.

“With such an injury you have to see he is ready before pitching him into the first team again,” he added. “You have to be 100 per cent sure and, hopefully, he will now serve us well for the rest of the summer.”

Of the decision not to play either Finch or Maxwell, Moxon said: “Andrew Gale (captain) and Jason Gillespie (coach) gave it a lot of thought but both Gary Ballance and Adam Lyth were available and Jack Leaning has been one of the best players of the season.

“We couldn’t really leave Alex Lees out and we hadn’t too many options.

“Finch has not played a lot of cricket since joining us after his injury and Dizzy discussed it with him and it was felt it would be better for him to play for the second team and get him ready for Durham next week.”