Yorks v Notts, day 3: Rudolph leads fightback

YORKSHIRE staged a stirring fightback in their attempt to stave off defeat by Nottinghamshire in the top-of-the-table clash at Headingley in Division One of the County Championship.

They set out needing to make 367 to avoid an innings defeat and at the close of the third day they were 272-2 and trailing by 95, after a second-wicket stand of 211 between the imperious Jacques Rudolph, who was eventually dismissed for 141, and Anthony McGrath, who remained unbeaten on 78.

Not content with an overnight lead of 319, Nottinghamshire decided to bat on for a while in the morning and they added 48 in just over 20 minutes before declaring on 545-7.

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The only wicket to fall during this period was that of Paul Franks, who was athletically held on the boundary edge by Jonny Bairstow off Ajmal Shahzad for 61.

But there was no shifting Australian David Hussey, who finished unbeaten on a superb 251 from 250 balls with 29 fours and three sixes.

With wet weather forecast for the final day on Friday, a draw seems to be the most likely result.

More updates later.