Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire: James Taylor misses ton in draw

James Taylor
James Taylor has disappeared from England Test contention for the time being
LV= County Championship Division One, Headingley
Nottinghamshire 205 & 335-8 dec drew with Yorkshire 247 & 53-3
Yorkshire 9 pts, Notts 9 pts
Match scorecard

Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor narrowly missed out on a century at Headingley as their Championship game at Yorkshire petered out to a draw.

Taylor made 96, and shared a stand of 115 with Chris Read (75), while Peter Siddle hit an unbeaten 48 off 35 balls.

Tim Bresnan (4-112) and Steve Patterson (4-57) were the pick of Yorkshire's attack before Notts declared on 335-8.

The home side declined to chase a target of 294 in 39 overs and the game ended with their score on 53-3.

The nine points gained by Yorkshire were enough to lift them into second place in the Division One table, five points behind leaders Somerset, while Notts leapfrogged Sussex into fourth.

Resuming on 102-2, Notts lost Michael Lumb (49) and Samit Patel to Patterson in the space of four balls and Bresnan followed up by having Riki Wessels lbw for 18 to reduce them to 154-5.

At that point, the visitors were only 112 in front, but Taylor, who struck 12 boundaries, and Read saw off the threat of a collapse with some sensible batting, although the latter was dropped on 53 when Patterson failed to hold a sharp return chance.

Taylor eventually clipped a ball from Bresnan to Adil Rashid at square leg and the same combination also accounted for Read, who miscued a pull shot before the declaration came.

Having lost Alex Lees (13) in the ninth over, caught behind off Andre Adams, Yorkshire had a further double wobble when Jack Leaning (15) fell to the same bowler and Adam Lyth was caught at leg slip by Adams off Patel, but a halt was called with eight overs remaining.

BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle:

"Nottinghamshire enjoyed the better of the final day at Headingley but ran out of time as they pressed for an unlikely victory.

"James Taylor's quest for a first Championship ton of the season goes on, a near-flawless innings cruelly ending on 96.

"Chris Read is again back to his best with the bat and Peter Siddle enjoyed his best all-round match for the county.

"Still handily poised at the halfway stage of the season, do not rule out Notts just yet."

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