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Somerset v Yorkshire: Day 2

— 14 April 2014

Adil Rashid’s eighth first-class century and his third in as many LV= County Championship matches against Somerset underpinned Yorkshire’s healthy lead.

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Somerset 166 for 3 (57 overs)
Yorkshire 450 all out (132.5 overs)
Yorkshire lead by 284 runs with 7 wickets remaining

Adil Rashid’s eighth first-class century and his third in as many LV= County Championship matches against Somerset underpinned Yorkshire’s healthy first-innings score of 450 before the White Rose bowlers worked tirelessly for three home wickets before close.

The 26-year-old, fresh from a Championship haul of 825 runs last year, started off this summer in the same manner with a 190-ball 108, confirmed before lunch today.

No doubt, Yorkshire will have been pleased with their first total of the summer having been invited to bat first. But there will be some frustration at not going on beyond 450 having been well placed at 402-5 with Rashid and Andrew Hodd going well this morning.

The sixth-wicket pair shared 108 inside 30 overs having united during yesterday’s evening session, with wicketkeeper Hodd becoming the fourth White Rose player to post a half-century on the way to a polished 55.

Still, Yorkshire hold sway in the clash because Somerset, at 166-3 from 57 overs in reply, are still not out of follow-on danger just yet. Opener Chris Jones made 75, but Somerset need 301 to make Yorkshire bat again.

Liam Plunkett took two wickets of the three wickets to fall.

Yorkshire started day two on 342-5, and were well placed to leave Somerset replying to a mammoth total beyond 500.

But Craig Overton and part-time spinner Johann Myburgh shared four of the five wickets to fall for 48 runs inside 23 overs to boost them before their batting effort during the afternoon and evening sessions.

Rashid brought up his ton off 167 balls with 17 fours and Hodd his fifty off 81 balls with ten in quick succession, the former wristily flicking Craig Meschede to the mid-on fence to reach his milestone.

Hodd was the first wicket to fall when he edged Overton to Marcus Trescothick at second slip in the 112th over, shortly after the White Rose had confirmed their fifth batting bonus for passing 400 within 110 overs.

And Rashid fell caught behind in Overton’s next, the 113th, to leave the score at 403-7.

Ryan Sidebottom nicked Myburgh to Trescothick at slip before Yorkshire went into lunch on 434-8. The innings was wrapped up not long afterwards when Steve Patterson chopped on to Alfonso Thomas and Jack Brooks was lbw to Myburgh.

Sidebottom picked up the first Somerset wicket when Trescothick lost his off-stump for 20 as he played down the wrong line – to 36-1 in the eleventh.

  • Jones reached his half-century off 103 balls after tea before Nick Compton, who scored his only boundary 86 balls into his innings, was bowled by Plunkett with a hint of an inside edge involved, leaving the score at 127-2 in the 41st.

    It brought a battling stand of 91 in 31 overs to an end. Compton made 32.

    Plunkett gave Jones a tough time in his post tea spell from the River End, with the right-hander hit flush on the badge of the helmet as he ducked into a short ball.

    And with the former Durham quick coming round the wicket with a deep leg slip in place, Jones fell into the trap and found Alex Lees as Somerset slipped to 136-3 in the 48th.

    James Hildreth and Alviro Petersen are the not out batsmen overnight.

  • Tea:

    Somerset 67 for 1 (25 overs)

    Yorkshire are on the hunt for wickets at Taunton, but have so far been frustrated by some sturdy Somerset resistance in reply to 450.

    The hosts have reached tea on day two at 67-1 from 25 overs, with Chris Jones and Nick Compton not out on 34 and 11.

    Ryan Sidebottom has been the only wicket-taker so far with the scalp of captain Marcus Trescothick, who lost his off-stump for 20 in the eleventh over of the innings with the score on 36.

    Yorkshire were bowled out in the early stages of the afternoon session having only added 16 more runs for the loss of two wickets to their total. Alfonso Thomas and Johann Myburgh removed Steve Patterson and Jack Brooks.

    LUNCH:

    Yorkshire 434 for 8 (126 overs)

    Rashid 108

    Lyth 85

    Ballance 77

  • Adil Rashid continued his stunning form with the bat in recent LV= County Championship matches against Somerset with a third hundred in as many fixtures today.

    The Yorkshire all-rounder reached a 190-ball 108 during the second morning at Taunton having scored tons in each of last season’s fixtures both here and at Headingley.

    Yorkshire have gone into lunch at 434-8 from 126 overs, also thanks to wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd’s polished 55. He and Rashid shared 108 for the sixth wicket inside 30 overs, an alliance which began yesterday.

    The visitors lost three wickets this morning, two of them to Craig Overton.

    He had Hodd caught at second slip and Rashid caught behind before part-time off-spinner Johann Myburgh then had Ryan Sidebottom caught at slip.

    Liam Plunkett, 16 not out, and Steve Patterson are the not out batsmen.

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