Mullaney’s day at Scarborough

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Frustration was etched on the faces of the Yorkshire players as they made their way out of North Marine Road on Thursday evening.

It was a torrid day for the Tykes who toiled in the field and then struggled with the willow as Nottinghamshire took full control on the second day of the LV County Championship encounter.

Yorkshires Pattinson bowls against Nottingham.Picture 132328b richard ponter

Yorkshires Pattinson bowls against Nottingham.Picture 132328b richard ponter

The early stages were promising for Yorkshire, with Notts resuming on 177-2, Michael Lumb added just 19 to his tally before falling to Steve Patterson for a score of 135.

The wickets continued to tumble as a buzz echoed around a packed and sultry Scarborough ground. Samit Patel and James Taylor both fell just before lunch and then Chris Read followed as Notts slipped to 275-6, but that brought Steven Mullaney and Paul Franks together at the crease.

The pair upped the run-rate, with Mullaney smashed two sixes and 11 fours in a rapid 79, while Franks added 70 in equally quick time.

When both had departed the score had ticked along to 409, with Yorkshire taking out the last two wickets for the cost of another 34 runs.

Yorkshires Pattinson bowl against Nottingham.Picture 132328a richard ponter

Yorkshires Pattinson bowl against Nottingham.Picture 132328a richard ponter

Having witnessed the majestic batting form of Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire were obviously keen to follow suit, but instead they crumbled in the early overs.

Openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees both fell before reaching double figures and nightwatchman Patterson failed to trouble the scorers, as he was the second victim for Luke Fletcher (2-4).

Yorkshire closed a disappointing day on 29-3, leaving a good deal of work to do when things restart early on Friday.