Phillips helps Notts avoid follow-on against Yorkshire

LV County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge
Close, day three: Yorkshire 534-9 dec & 17-0, Nottinghamshire 428
Nottinghamshire 7pts, Yorkshire 6pts
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Alex Hales is hit by an Ajmal Shahzad bouncer
Alex Hales was hit by an Ajmal Shahzad bouncer

Tail ender Ben Phillips made 71 to help Nottinghamshire avoid the follow-on against Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.

Neil Edwards (64) and Alex Hales (59) gave Notts a solid start before Ajmal Shahzad, Adil Rashid and Rich Pyrah pegged the home side back to 291-8.

Notts were then 94 shy of avoiding the follow-on, but Phillips and Andre Adams (54) put on 114 for the ninth wicket, a new record against Yorkshire.

After Notts were 428 all out Yorkshire closed on 17-0, 123 runs ahead.

The hosts began the day still needing another 342 to avoid the follow-on and looked in no danger early on as Edwards reached his half century in only 47 balls.

Edwards put on 88 with Mark Wagh for the first wicket, the county's highest opening stand since August 2008.

Pyrah (3-120) got rid of both openers before accounting for Samit Patel.

Notts were scoring at five an over but were pegged back when Hales was forced off after being hit on the jaw by a Shahzad (3-99) bouncer.

Shazad then trapped Adam Voges lbw but Steven Mullaney (49) and Chris Read (30) put on 64 for the fifth wicket to give Notts hope of avoiding the follow-on.

Rashid (3-44) turned the game towards the visitors when Read fell to a reflex catch from Joe Root at short leg.

But, when Hales returned, he pulled a long hop to deep square leg off Rashid, who Mullaney edged to slip.

When Franks was bowled by Root, Notts were in major trouble on 291-8.

But that brought in Adams to join former Kent, Northants and Somerset fast bowler Phillips, Notts' winter signing, on his county debut - and together they had some fun.

Phillips smashed three sixes and eight fours, while Adams who hit three sixes and seven fours as they passed the previous ninth-wicket best against Yorkshire of 77, set by Sam Staples and Bill Voce at Bradford Park Avenue in 1930.

The partnership was broken when Adams skied Shahzad to Jonny Bairstow but last man Luke Fletcher (20) hit five fours in nine balls before being caught at deep midwicket.

Adam Lyth and Joe Sayers saw off seven overs to the close to give Yorkshire a lead of 123 going into the final day.


BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle:

"Without realising it, the defending four-day champions have become one-day specialists - the trouble is that day is Friday.

"Two weeks ago at Headingley, they turned around a seemingly inevitable defeat to beat Yorkshire.

"A week ago they somehow scraped over the line to chase down 260 to beat Worcestershire and now - in many ways - they've perhaps surpassed themselves.

"Ben Phillips and Andre Adams, the brutally destructive Kiwi, produced one of the most belligerent, bullish, exhibitions of stroke-play to transform this match."