LV County Championship - Division One
Headingley Carnegie - Day Four
Yorkshire 299 (J A Rudolph 104 no, G L Brophy 63, G P Swann 4-25)& 187-8 v Nottinghamshire 422 (C M W Read 142, G P Swann 68, M A Wagh 56, S C J Broad 53, T T Bresnan 4-51)
Yorkshire (9pts) drew with Nottinghamshire (12pts)
Yorkshire laboured to 187-8 in their second innings to secure a hard-fought draw against Nottinghamshire at Headingley.
The clash of two of the Division One heavyweights looked set to have a thrilling finish as the visitors pushed for an unlikely victory on the final afternoon.
Skipper Chris Read had hit a superb 142 before Notts were finally bowled out for 422 in their first innings, giving them a useful lead of 123.
With no chance of winning themselves the home side were left to bat out time, something they looked like doing comfortably midway through the afternoon.
They coasted along to 78-1 before suffering a dramatic collapse that started when Anthony McGrath became one of two wickets for Stuart Broad.
England skipper Michael Vaughan was then bowled for 34 trying to cut spinner Graeme Swann and Yorkshire quickly slipped to 111-5.
With the final hour approaching, Andrew Gale pushed at Swann and was caught at slip by Mark Ealham and then Gerard Brophy hit Broad straight to mid-on.
It was left to skipper Darren Gough to combine with Tim Bresnan, who had picked up three wickets with the ball in the morning, to save the day for the Tykes, Nottinghamshire eventually giving up with six overs remaining.
Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read struck an unbeaten 115 as the visitors amassed a 57-run lead at stumps on day three at Headingley Carnegie.
After slumping to 115-5, Read rallied his troops and with significant contributions from Graeme Swann (68) and Stuart Broad (52no) Yorkshire quickly relinquished their strong grip on proceedings.
Starting the day precariously positioned at 0-1, opener Matthew Wood (20) and Mark Wagh quickly rebuilt the Notts innings as they took the score to 43-1 before the former perished to Tim Bresnan.
Australian Adam Voges joined Wagh at the crease, but his stay in the middle was a brief one as he was dismissed by Morne Morkel for six to hand the South African paceman his first wicket for the Tykes.
And after Samit Patel was clean bowled by Matthew Hoggard for 10 and Wagh (56) was removed by Darren Gough the visitors were in serious danger of collapsing for under 200 as they slumped to 115-5.
However, Read and Swann bravely fought back against Yorkshire's strong attack and soon took the score past 200. The pair showed their international class with a stand of 136 before Anthony McGrath trapped Swann in front to end a fine innings which included three sixes.
Broad strolled out to the middle and soon took a likening to the hosts attack as he and his skipper played an array of shots either side of the wicket to take the score past 300.
Both Broad and Read will resume play on Saturday looking to quickly add to their lead and have a crack at the Yorkshire batsmen in an attempt to secure what at one point was looking the most unlikely of victories.
Jacques Rudolph's unbeaten 104 allowed Yorkshire to recover from the depths of 111-5 to reach a respectable first-innings score of 299 against Nottinghamshire.
Resuming at 51-1 on the second morning, the Tykes quickly lost four wickets, including that of England captain Michael Vaughan, caught on the square-leg boundary off the bowling of international colleague Stuart Broad for a 121-ball innings of 42.
Broad (3-95) followed up with the wickets of Andrew Gale (4) and Adil Rashid (4) to leave the hosts floundering, before Rudolph led a spirited recovery.
The South African, who faced 252 balls and struck eight fours, found willing lower-order allies in Gerard Brophy (63) and Tim Bresnan (18). Nottinghamshire off-spinner Graeme Swann eventually ran through the tail to finish with 4-25.
Yorkshire's day finished on a high note when Matthew Hoggard trapped Will Jefferson lbw for a 10-ball duck to leave Nottinghamshire at 0-1 in reply.
Mark Ealham took the only wicket of the opening day as Yorkshire battled to 51-1 on another day of cricket marred by the elements.
England captain Michael Vaughan remains unbeaten on 25 and he will resume at the crease with Anthony McGrath (14no) as the Yorkshire top order were given a stern working over by the visitors strong pace attack.
Ryan Sidebottom returned to lead the Nottinghamshire attack and he was ably supported by fellow England international Stuart Broad who made his first County Championship appearance for the club.
Sidebottom (8.2-7-9-0) made the Yorkshire batsmen work for every run - the former Tykes seamer bowled his opening seven overs without conceding a single run.
Vaughan made steady progress as he played a couple of trademark strokes either side of the wicket off Charlie Shreck to move into double figures. Earlham, Shreck's replacement, got the breakthrough after he dismissed the painfully slow Joe Sayers after he had mustered nine runs from 84 deliveries.
The Notts all-rounder found the Yorkshireman's inside edge and as the ball cannoned back onto the stumps Sayers was forced to make his way back to the pavilion.
An elegant square drive from McGrath took Yorkshire past 50, but without addition to the score the umpires brought the players off due to a mixture of bad light and heavy rain.