Yorkshire will head north this evening with a healthy eleven-point haul from their latest LV= County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton, which finished in a draw today.
Andrew Gale’s men, having posted 450-5 declared in their first innings, were not able to force their fourth victory of the season because the hosts avoided the follow-on by passing 301 in the last half hour of the morning session.
James Hildreth’s first hundred of the summer – 115 off 174 balls – was key for Somerset, while Craig Meschede and George Dockrell also added to Yorkshire’s frustrations with 32 and 14 respectively.
Yorkshire, having been 21-3 in their second innings, then closed the match on 104-4 declared from 42 overs of their second innings at 4.50pm. Adam Lyth finished 57 not out off 134 balls.
Former England Lions captain Hildreth and Meschede shared 100 for the seventh wicket after coming together during yesterday’s evening session before Hildreth and Dockrell shared 26 for the eighth wicket.
Moin Ashraf took the last three wickets to fall in the Somerset innings as they were bowled out for 310, a deficit of 140 runs.
He yorked Hildreth, forced Dockrell to play on and had Steve Kirby caught by Gary Ballance at first slip to finish with 3-60 from 15.3 overs.
Steve Patterson also finished with three wickets. His third was the first of the morning.
Yorkshire had to wait until the 14th over of the morning to make the breakthrough, with Meschede caught at short cover by Rich Pyrah, leaving the score at 272-7.
Dockrell faced 59 balls for his 14, and played a crucial hand in ensuring Yorkshire had to start their second innings after lunch.
After Ashraf had bowled Hildreth to leave the score at 298-8 in the 97th over, he picked up a boundary off Adil Rashid to ensure the follow-on was saved.
Ashraf then removed Dockrell to clinch Yorkshire’s third bowling bonus point and Kirby. These were his first three Championship wickets of the season.
When Yorkshire started their second innings with a lead of 140, Somerset enjoyed their best period of the match as they took three wickets in the first eleven overs – two for Kirby and one for Trego.
Kirby had Joe Sayers caught at second slip by captain Marcus Trescothick and Phil Jaques out lbw for a duck two balls later before Trego trapped Gale lbw.
But Lyth, who scored a first-innings century, and Ballance steadied the ship either side of tea without any notable alarms.
Lyth brought up his fifty off 106 balls before Ballance fell to Dockrell’s left-arm as he miscued to Kirby running back towards the mid-on boundary for 31, thus ending a stand of 70 inside 26 overs and leaving the score at 91-4. Rashid then finished on five not out. Lyth hit six fours in his innings.
Yorkshire’s next Championship outing is against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough, starting on Wednesday.
Yorkshire will pick up eleven points for their second draw of the season so far against Somerset at Taunton.
Both sets of players are expected to shake hands after another 50 minutes of play after the reverse fixture at Headingley was also drawn earlier this month.
Somerset enjoyed the better of the afternoon session after reducing the visitors to 21-3 in their second innings, which started with a Yorkshire lead of 140.
Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance, however, have added an unbroken 44 for the fourth wicket to take the score to 65-3 from 27 overs at tea. Lyth will resume this evening unbeaten on 37 and Ballance on 19 not out.
Steve Kirby had Joe Sayers caught at second slip by Marcus Trescothick and trapped Phil Jaques lbw for a second ball duck as he offered shot. Peter Trego then removed Andrew Gale lbw.
James Hildreth’s first hundred of the season has gone a long way to helping Somerset save their LV= County Championship match against Yorkshire at Taunton today.
The White Rose county picked up four wickets this morning, but they only claimed two of them before Somerset reached 301 in their first innings to avoid the follow-on in response to 450-5 declared.
They were bowled out for 310 in the 105th over. With only two sessions left in the match, Yorkshire lead by 140 runs. They could search for quick runs this afternoon and feasibly have a bowl at Somerset after tea.
Hildreth, who brought up three figures off 150 balls, was helped out by Craig Meschede (32) and George Dockrell.
The former England Lions captain shared 100 for the seventh wicket with Meschede, a partnership that started last night, and added 26 for the eighth with Irishman Dockrell.
Hildreth was bowled by a Moin Ashraf for 115 to leave the score at 298-8 in the 97th over, but the visitors were left with too much to do.
Steve Patterson had struck first in the 14th over of the morning when he had Meschede caught at short cover by Rich Pyrah at short cover to leave the score at 272-7. Somerset had started the day at 232-6.
Ashraf later forced Dockrell to chop on for 14 to pick up the third bowling point and had Steve Kirby caught at first slip by Gary Ballance to wrap up the innings.