Jake Ball continued his impressive start to the new season with three early wickets on the second morning of Nottinghamshire’s Specsavers County Championship match against Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.
Responding to the home side’s all out total of 261, the defending champions reached lunch on 122 for four, with Alex Lees unbeaten on 69.
Yorkshire were rocked from the very first ball of the day when Adam Lyth was given out lbw to Ball. Umpire Michael Gough deliberated long and hard before raising the finger.
The England Lions’ bowler followed up his opening success by then removing two more Test batsmen from consecutive deliveries in his fourth over. Gary Ballance edged behind for 7 to boost home hopes and barely had the applause died down before the members were on their feet again.
Joe Root, in his first outing of the season nicked Ball low to first slip, where Riki Wessels took the sharpest of catches, reducing the White Rose to 24 for three.
Ball nearly added the wicket of Jonny Bairstow to his impressive haul, with the right-hander inside-edging past his stumps and out of reach of the diving Chris Read.
Bairstow helped Lees add 83 for the fourth wicket before he was sent on his way to another lbw decision, falling for 29.
Lees’ 50 came from 64 balls, with nine fours and by the interval he and Andrew Gale, who has six, had reduced the overall deficit to 139.