Jack Leaning helps Yorkshire seize the initiative against Nottinghamshire

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Jack Leaning’s maiden first class century, plus an inspired late salvo from their bowling unit, helped Yorkshire seize the initiative in their LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

The visitors’ were bowled out for 441, securing an advantage of 13, before the home side ran into difficulties at the start of their second innings and limped to stumps on 74/3.

21-year old Leaning scored 116, making his runs from 198 balls, with 12 fours and a six, before becoming one of Samit Patel’s four victims, when stumped by Chris Read for 116.

Patel finished with four for 102 and Harry Gurney took three for 90 as Notts toiled away for 147.5 overs before eventually being able to dismiss the reigning Champions just after tea.

Andrew Gale had fallen early in the day, nicking Gurney to Riki Wessels at first slip but Read’s side were then held up by a stand of 111 between Leaning and Rich Pyrah.

Vernon Philander, playing his first match at Trent Bridge as Nottinghamshire’s overseas quick bowler, revived fortunes for the home side by claiming two wickets in a lively burst in early afternoon.

Pyrah miscued the South African high to mid on for 37 and then Andrew Hodd chopped onto his stumps but an attractive innings of 34 by Tim Bresnan kept Notts at bay.

The all-rounder helped add 69 for the seventh wicket with Leaning and clearly enjoyed celebrating the youngster’s success as the hundred was brought up, from 156 deliveries together.

Patel, having picked up 5 wickets in the opening match o the season, against Middlesex at Lord’s, built on that success by removing both players in quick succession.

Bresnan was caught at first slip and Leaning was the victim of some smart glove work from the Notts’ captain.

Jack Brooks and Steven Patterson were left to steer their side past Nottinghamshire’s total of 428 and into a narrow advantage.

Building on that momentum, Yorkshire then snared three vital wickets before the close, to take a firm grip on proceedings.

Matthew Fisher, Yorkshire’s 17-year old debutant, grabbed the first by following up his solitary success on the opening day with the wicket of Steven Mullaney, given out lbw for 20.

Almost inevitably, having scored 236 in the first innings, Alex Hales went quickly second time around, undone by a sharp lifter which caught the edge from Bresnan and then Yorkshire’s day was completed by the sight of Brooks knocking over Brendan Taylor’s off pole.