Thompson missed out on ton as Notts bowl out Yorkshire for 264

Jordan Thompson narrowly missed out on a maiden first-class hundred on the opening day of Yorkshire’s Bob Willis Trophy match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge

Saturday, 8th August 2020, 6:56 pm
Jordan Thompson made 98 in Yorkshire's first innings. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images)

The 23-year old left-hander was dismissed for 98 as his side made 264 before being bowled out towards the end of the day. Notts reached stumps on 13 for the loss of Chris Nash.

Thompson faced 103 deliveries and hit 11 fours and four sixes as he helped the side recover from an uncertain start to gain two batting bonus points. Harry Brook added 62, sharing in a fifth wicket stand of 92 with Jonny Tattersall.

Nottinghamshire’s bowlers shared the wickets around, with Nash, bowling for the first time in more than two years, taking three for 20.

Jake Ball’s only wicket came in just the third over of the day, when he pinned Adam Lyth in his crease for only four, after the visitors had won the toss and chosen to bat.

The home side had made two changes to their starting eleven from the side beaten by Derbyshire last week and both newcomers made an impressive early impact.

Zak Chappell, signed from Leicestershire at the end of 2018, had failed to pick up a single wicket for Notts in any of the six matches he played last season, across the three domestic competitions.

His run of bad luck was soon behind him as he removed two recent England Test batsmen in quick succession. Jonny Bairstow, playing his first red ball match for Yorkshire in ore than two years, took 18 deliveries to get off the mark and had only reached five when he cut the fast bowler into the hands of Samit Patel at point.

In his next over Chappell found the outside edge of Dawid Malan’s bat to have the left-hander caught behind for nine.

Off-spinner Matt Carter, recalled for a contest being played on the same strip as last week’s match, then had Tom Kohler-Cadmore caught at slip, having top-edged an attempted sweep whilst on 21.

Having taken lunch on 67 for four, the White Rose county accelerated out of the blocks at the start of the afternoon session. Each of Chappell’s first two overs leaked three boundaries, five of them coming from the bat of 21-year old Brook.

Runs continued to flow until midway through the session when Samit Patel joined Carter in the attack, to provide spin from both ends.

In sweltering conditions Patel made the breakthrough, firing one through the defences of Tattersall to pin him leg before wicket for 31.

Brook reached his fifty from 88 deliveries, with nine fours and celebrated by launching Patel over the ropes in front of the pavilion.

Joined by Jordan Thompson, the pair moved the total along to 176, ahead of the final over before the tea break. Steven Mullaney, the Nottinghamshire captain, unexpectedly tossed the ball to Nash, who hadn’t sent down a single delivery in 2019.

His first ball turned sharply between bat and pad to bowl Brook for 62.

Thompson, playing his fourth first-class match, passed his 50 from 70 balls faced but then kicked on aggressively, despite losing partners at regular intervals.

Carter, two for 44, and Patel, who finished with two for 72, removed Duanne Olivier and Jack Shutt cheaply, leaving Yorkshire nine wickets down.

Thompson had been on 66 when 19-year old debutant Dominic Leech came out to join him as the last man. Two sixes off Patel and two more heaved high over midwicket off Ball took the all-rounder to 98.

Nash, whose only previous wickets for Notts had been in a pink ball match against Worcestershire in 2018, had gained a second wicket when Steve Patterson had edged to slip and a carbon copy dismissal ended the innings with Thompson tantalisingly two short of his milestone.

In the time that remained Yorkshire bustled around to get an extra over before the close and were rewarded when they picked up the wicket of Nash, playing on to Patterson for eight.