Yorkshire 371/7 after 106.5 overs (1st Innings)
A Lyth c †Buttler b Trego 0
JJ Sayers c †Buttler b Trego 1
PA Jaques c Trescothick b Kirby 49
AW Gale: c †Buttler b Thomas 17
GS Ballance lbw b Kirby 107
AU Rashid not out 138,
AJ Hodd† c †Buttler b Kirby 27
TT Bresnan lbw b Trego 0
Record breaking fifth-wicket pair Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid led a Yorkshire fightback with stunning centuries during day one against Somerset at Headingley today.
The White Rose county, fresh from successive LV= County Championship wins over Durham and Derbyshire, were put under the cosh this morning having elected to bat first, slipping to 75-4 inside 24 overs just before lunch.
But Ballance and Rashid shared the 207 inside 62 overs, the county’s highest ever fifth-wicket stand in first-class cricket against Somerset, ironically beating a 167-stand between Ballance and Jonny Bairstow at Taunton two seasons ago.
And it is also the county’s highest ever fifth-wicket stand at Headingley having come together in the latter stages of the morning.
Yorkshire closed on 332-5 from 96 overs. Ballance finished with 107 off 197 balls, including 13 fours, while Rashid finished with 120 off 209 balls, including 20 fours. He and Andrew Hodd (13 not out) will resume their unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 50 tomorrow.
Two wickets with the new ball from Peter Trego boosted the winless visitors, including the scalp of Adam Lyth for a duck just four balls into the match.
He had Lyth superbly caught behind one-handed by Jos Buttler diving away to his left before getting Joe Sayers the same way, albeit courtesy of a more straight-forward effort, as Yorkshire slipped to 17-2 in the eleventh.
Phil Jaques (49) and Andrew Gale then added 54 for the third-wicket to steady the ship, with the left-handed Australian playing fluently as he hit five fours in two overs from Jamie Overton, including three successively.
They united for 12 overs, but fell in the space of eight balls within the last half hour of the morning.
Gale was caught behind off Alfonso Thomas, a second diving effort from Buttler, before Marcus Trescothick made up for an earlier miss at second slip (Jaques on 22) to hand Steve Kirby the scalp of Jaques.
Rashid and Ballance then made batting look remarkably easy, hardly offering a chance aside from the odd play and miss.
Ballance played well off front foot and back foot, with a couple of shots through the off-side off the back foot particularly eye-catching, as he converted his third fifty of the Championship summer into his first hundred.
Fresh from a 40-over half-century on Sunday to boot, the 23-year-old brought up his ton against the second new ball off 187 balls with 12 fours.
And Rashid was at his fluent best too, incorporating some wristy flicks with some punishing drives and cuts, as he secured his first Championship ton since 2009 off 187 balls with 17 fours.
We have seen a few mammoth partnerships at Headingley in the last week in Championship cricket, but this one was up there with the best of them. When Ballance fell lbw to former Tyke Steve Kirby, Yorkshire were 282-5 in the 86th over.
Yorkshire had started the day by naming Rich Pyrah in their side as a late replacement for Ryan Sidebottom, who missed out due to sickness.
In-form duo Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid have led a strong Yorkshire recovery during the afternoon session of today’s opening day against Somerset at Headingley.
Having resumed after lunch on 84-4, they have taken the score to 194-4 from 64 overs at tea with some entertaining strokeplay against both spin and seam.
They have made batting look pretty easy by playing confidently on both sides of the wicket in good batting conditions.
Ballance reached his third LV= County Championship fifty of the summer off 104 balls, including seven fours, while Rashid will hope to complete his first early in the evening. He is only five runs shy after some valuable contributions already this campaign.
Ballance will begin the evening session on 62. The pair have gone through the afternoon without giving any hint of a chance.
Yorkshire have endured a difficult first morning against Somerset at Headingley, reaching 84-4 from 30 overs at lunch.
Former Australia Test batsman Phil Jaques posted a fluent 49 despite being dropped on 22. But the White Rose, who elected to bat, have struggled against some probing bowling from the winless visitors.
Left-handers Jaques and captain Andrew Gale were able to loosen the shackles during a third-wicket stand of 54, which included three successive boundaries for Jaques off the pace of Jamie Overton in the 20th over. Jaques also hit two more in Overton’s next over.
But Yorkshire have been undone by the loss of Adam Lyth for a duck with only the fourth ball of the match, caught behind by Jos Buttler off Peter Trego, who also had Joe Sayers the same way to leave the score at 17-2 in the eleventh over.
Jaques and Gale steadied the ship, but the pair fell in successive overs during the last half our of the session to leave the score at 71-4.
Gale was caught behind off Alfonso Thomas, a second diving effort from Buttler, before Marcus Trescothick made up for an earlier miss at second slip to hand Steve Kirby the scalp of Jaques, leaving the score at 71-4.
Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid will resume this afternoon on five and four respectively.