Tom Moores top scores for Notts against Yorkshire

Notts batsman Tom Moores
Notts batsman Tom Moores

Yorkshire dominated the second day against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough as they chase a win which would maintain their outside title hopes in the Specsavers County Championship.

The county’s bid for a fifth win in eleven matches started with them in third place and 38 points behind leaders Essex.

And they look extremely well set to maintain the pressure on Essex and Somerset in second having impressed with ball during the first half of the day and then the bat.

Winless Notts, bottom of Division One, started the day on 41 without loss in reply to a first-innings 232.

They then lost all 10 wickets inside 44 overs to be bowled out for 184 before seeing Yorkshire strongly build on their lead of 48 either side of tea.

Opener Adam Lyth led the way with 81 off 143 balls in 177 for two from 50 overs, sharing 108 for the second wicket with Gary Ballance, who is 52 not out. Yorkshire lead by 225.

Former South Africa Test fast bowler Duanne Olivier returned four for 60 from 17 overs after new ball partner Ben Coad had claimed the first of his three wickets with the day’s first ball.

Coad had Ben Slater caught behind before removing Joe Clarke the same way as the visitors slipped to 94 for four after 28 overs.

Sandwiched in between, Olivier forced opener Jake Libby to play onto his leg stump before Notts captain Chris Nash (33) punched a return catch to fall.

Ben Duckett hit the first of four sixes conceded by overseas left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj over long-on and onto the pavilion roof.

But he fell shortly afterwards for only 13 when he played on to the same bowler off his pad in the final 20 minutes of the morning, leaving Notts at 125 for five in the 42nd.

Tom Moores got off the mark with a straight six against Maharaj before Liam Patterson-White edged Steve Patterson behind trying to leave the penultimate ball of the session alone, with Notts 131 for six in the 47th.

Moores top-scored with 48, including three sixes off Maharaj.

But the struggling visitors needed more substance from not just their wicketkeeper.

Paul Coughlin was the first to fall after lunch when he skied Maharaj to mid-on, where Harry Brook took a smart catch peddling backwards (132 for seven in the 50th).

Moores swiped two leg-side sixes in four balls off Maharaj - one out of the of the ground and the other caught in the crowd - as he dominated a 41-run stand for the eighth wicket with Luke Wood, who edged Coad to second slip in the 58th over.

Moores’ dismissal - caught behind off Olivier - came with the first ball back after a 10-minute rain delay as Notts slipped to 179 for nine in the 61st.

And, five balls later, Olivier had Luke Fletcher caught in the gully off a top-edge to leave Yorkshire with 18 overs to bat before tea, where they reached at 61 without loss thanks to a composed start from Lyth and Fraine.

The latter was the first wicket to fall when trapped lbw by Fletcher for 24 in the second over after tea (64 for one).

Lyth hoisted two sixes off Patterson-White’s left-arm spin either side of reaching 50 off 95 balls - one swept over mid-wicket and then other over long-on.

Ballance then reached his fifty off 81 balls on his way beyond 900 Championship runs for the season before Lyth was caught at short fine-leg sweeping at Patterson-White in the 49th.