A final day run chase was on the cards at Taunton had Yorkshire been given the opportunity.

Rain prevented both sides from chasing an LV= Insurance County Championship victory, with play abandoned shortly after 3pm, leaving Yorkshire with a sixth draw in nine games this season.

Somerset arrived at the ground leading by 373 in their second innings.

The likelihood is that they would have batted on had play started on time at 11am, but only to allow George Bartlett (88 not out) to reach his century.

In assessing his side’s overall performance in the West Country, coach Ottis Gibson admitted, “we haven’t played great”. But he was still hopeful of achieving something special.

“When you watch the way England have played recently, and the rhetoric coming out of the England camp, I said to our guys yesterday afternoon, ‘Go to sleep and wake up confident because we’re going to try and get the runs’,” said the former fast bowler.

“Of course, we haven’t played great, and we have to be honest about that. In that sense, yes we’re happy to get away with a draw.

“But, at the same time, the disappointment for me is that I didn’t get the chance to see how we would have approached today.

“In the last two games against Hampshire and Surrey, we posted big scores in the first innings, batted poorly in the second and lost. So this week, I wanted us to have a more positive mindset to see if we could approach the game differently.

“If we had to bat all day, I would have liked to see us have a real go at chasing those runs.

“You look at what the national team are doing and you think, ‘Can I replicate that, have I got the players to do that?’

“You have to have the personnel to do it. In this game, it would have been a fantastic opportunity to see Brooky playing at four or five and batting the way Jonny Bairstow batted in the Test series.

“Tom Kohler-Cadmore was busy in the first innings and scored quickly.

“I’ve always been a fan of positive cricket, and I always want to try and win.”

Yorkshire sit fifth in the table with six draws, though Gibson believes at least two of those should and could have been turned into victories, including at Northampton when Yorkshire declared too late and did not give themselves enough time to bowl the hosts out on the last day.

Reflecting on his side’s position, the coach added: “This is six draws, one win and two losses.

“At Northampton, that was our own doing. There was poor decision making on my part.

“At Headingley against Kent, we were very confident we’d have chased the runs down late on before bad light came in.

“We’ve then had two losses and an average draw here. Now we just have to find our way again.”

Yorkshire are next in action against second-placed Hampshire at Scarborough on Monday. Harry Brook will miss the game due to England T20 duty, while Ben Coad’s fitness will be assessed ahead of a potential first game of 2022 following his groin injury.

Captain Steve Patterson is likely to return having missed this game with a hamstring niggle.

Meanwhile, Gibson has confirmed that he has been appointed as the assistant coach of the Northern Superchargers to work alongside head coach James Foster in the Hundred.

His assistant Ali Maiden will lead Yorkshire during the Royal London Cup, with help from Kabir Ali, Tim Boon and James Lowe. Tom Smith is due to be working with the England Under 19s through that period.

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