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September 7, 2010
Yorkshire 260 for 8 v Nottinghamshire 59
Nottinghamshire's County Championship aspirations took a hammer blow after being bowled out by challengers Yorkshire in their first innings for 59 - their lowest total in 22 years. England seamer Ajmal Shahzad picked up the first two wickets on his way to 4 for 21 while Oliver Hannon-Dalby ripped out the tail with 4 for 18 as Nottinghamshire collapsed in just 33.2 overs.
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale then hit an unbeaten 147 not out to deepen their misery as the visitors racked up 260 for 8 in reply, giving them a lead of 201 and putting them right back in the race for their first Championship pennant since 2001.
Andre Adams added to his career-best season haul of 58 wickets with 4 for 82 but Nottinghamshire already face a massive challenge to rescue anything from the game and stay ahead of second-placed Somerset.
With heavy overnight rain leaving the pitch looking extremely green, it was an easy decision for Gale to insert Nottinghamshire after winning the toss and Trent Bridge once again proved to be a seam bowler's paradise. Shahzad struck in the opening over as makeshift opener Paul Franks chased a ball outside off and edged to third slip, while Alex Hales also hung his bat out six overs later to offer Adil Rashid an excellent diving catch at fourth slip.
Academy bowler Moin Ashraf, making his Championship debut at 18, showed excellent control to claim two notable scalps in removing Adam Voges and Samit Patel in consecutive overs. Hannon-Dalby then had Ali Brown, Chris Read and Steven Mullaney lbw in the space of seven balls either side of lunch, with Shahzad returning to dismiss top-scorer Mark Wagh for 22 and the tail subsiding swiftly.
Needing to pick up early wickets to stay in the game, Nottinghamshire instead offered up easy runs, with Darren Pattinson particularly culpable. He was hauled off after three overs for 19 and his replacement Adams struck twice in two balls, Jacques Rudolph and Adam Lyth edging to gully and second slip respectively.
But Gale rode his luck in the early stages before punishing width with increasing confidence to post his third century of the season from just 85 balls, slowing down in the final session.
He was the only batsman to truly master the conditions all day, dominating a partnership of 111 for the fourth wicket with Jonathan Bairstow (36), who was the third of Adams' victims, with Franks picking up three and Patel one.
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