6.55pm That’s close: A day in which 20 wickets fell has unfortunately gone the way of Somerset. They were bowled out for 216 before Yorkshire replied with 96. Hosts 6-0 after two overs of their second innings, leading by 126.

6.10pm Yorkshire are nine down as Ben Coad is bowled having a swish at Craig Overton for 8. 82-9 now with a little under 13 overs remaining in the day.

5.55pm Yorkshire have moved to 72-8 and have now avoided the follow-on. We have 16.5 overs remaining in the day.

5.40pm Nightmare 10 minutes for Yorkshire as they slip to 64-7, with Jack Leaning feathering Lewis Gregory behind….Oh no, Gregory then bowls Jack Brooks for a first baller. 64-8.

5.30pm And another one goes as Andrew Hodd falls for a golden duck. Like Waite, caught second slip by Trescothick off Groenewald. Yorkshire 64-6.

5.15pm All of a sudden, with the loss of two quick wickets, Yorkshire are under pressure at 53-4. Harry Brook has played on to Craig Overton for 32. May have also come off his pads on the way to hitting his stumps as he played forward.

5.05pm Third Yorkshire wicket as Ballance inside edges Groenewald behind for 11. 51-3

4.50pm The ball has been swinging all day and continues to keep Yorkshire’s top order honest. Ballance and Brook are eking out the runs as they reply to 216. It’s 45-2 with 32 overs remaining in the day.

4.03pm Yorkshire are 38-2 after 18 overs. Brook is on 26 and Ballance 2. Watchful progress against some testing Somerset bowling.

4.03pm Tea Report…

Yorkshire completed a fabulous fightback with the ball this afternoon to bowl Somerset out for 216 on day two of their Specsavers County Championship match at Taunton.

Matthew Renshaw was out for a superb 112 early in the afternoon at the Cooper Associates County Ground as the hosts slipped from 145-1 this morning, with Jack Brooks taking 5-57.

Yorkshire then reached tea at 31-2 from 16 overs in reply, losing Adam Lyth and Che Pujara.

Brooks had previously taken only one wicket in three Championship matches on this ground.

Somerset began the afternoon on 166-4, with Brooks having taken two morning wickets. Marcus Trescothick was caught behind and Tom Abell bowled.

He then had Renshaw and Dom Bess caught behind either side of Lewis Gregory lbw.

Ben Coad had Steven Davies caught behind for his third wicket, while Tim Bresnan wrapped up the innings with the wickets of tail-enders Josh Davey and Tim Groenewald.

Lyth was then run out at the non-striker’s end in the second over of Yorkshire’s innings before Pujara was trapped lbw by Gregory in the penultimate over of the session.

Opener Harry Brook reached 22 not out at tea with Gary Ballance yet to get off the mark.

3.57pm Just before tea, Lewis Gregory traps Pujara lbw for seven. It’s 30-2 in the 15th.

3.30pm Yorkshire have moved to 19-1 after eight overs, with Che Pujara on one and Harry Brook on 16.

3.10pm Adam Lyth has been run out at the non-striker’s end by combination of throw from Bartlett at mid-wicket and Overton at the stumps. 0-1

2.55pm Superb from Yorkshire as they bowl Somerset out for 216 having been 145-1. Tim Bresnan traps Tim Groenewald lbw, his second wicket. Jack Brooks finishes with figures of 5-57 from 15 overs. He left the field briefly towards the end of the innings, but he returned in time for the last wicket to fall. We have 54 overs remaining in the day.

2.48pm Ninth wicket goes to Tim Bresnan, who gets Josh Davey caught at deep mid-wicket by Alex Lees, who is on the field for Jack Brooks. Somerset are 210-9 after 46 overs.

A decent time to remind you of our preview….

Jack Brooks hopes he has found the secret to bowling success down at Taunton – and it has come from inside the Somerset dressing room.

The Yorkshire seamer made a flying start to the summer as the county beat Nottinghamshire at Emerald Headingley by 164 runs early on Monday’s fourth day.

He hit an unbeaten 30 with the bat as the White Rose scraped together 256 in their first innings having been 93-5.

The 33-year-old then struck three times in an excellent first-innings new ball burst as Notts slipped to 39-4 and failed to recover.

Brooks also took two wickets in the second innings as the White Rose comfortably defended a target of 403, finishing with match figures of 5-135.

“It was nice to get the old me back,” he admitted following a difficult 2017.

Yorkshire will be hoping to build on their win when they face Somerset at Taunton, or the Coopers Associate County Ground as it is now known, on Friday.

Brooks, however, hasn’t enjoyed much success there during his career, taking only one wicket in three Specsavers County Championship matches, all for Yorkshire.

“I’ve got a rubbish record,” admitted the former England Lions man.

“The length I bowl doesn’t quite work down there. You need to bowl a little bit shorter otherwise you’ll go for a lot of runs.

“I’ve spoken about it with the Overton twins (Craig and Jamie) when I’ve trained with them, and they say ‘You probably bowl a bit full’.

“Maybe with the new ball (you can be fuller), but once it’s older you have to come back a little bit.

“It’s just something to be aware of when I’m down there. Hopefully, if I get the nod, I can take some wickets.”

Brooks’ uncertainty over his place in the Yorkshire team for the trip to the West Country comes from being left out of last June’s fixture, which the visitors won in thrilling fashion by three runs.

“I missed it, but I was there on the sidelines,” he said. “That game, as it turned out, probably kept us up. It was such a close one.

“Going there on the back of a victory (against Notts) is great.

“It’s never easy going there, in fact it’s a horrible place to try and win. You never know what you’re getting with the wicket.

“They’re a good team at home.

“I’ve been going down there for 10 years, and last year was the first time I’ve been involved in a win with any team, Northants or Yorkshire. But we know it can be done after last year.”

Although the Notts’ win was Yorkshire’s first match action of 2018, they have now played two following their opening week abandoned draw against Essex at Headingley and sit top of the table.

Somerset, however, have played one and won one having beaten Worcestershire at Taunton in three days on Sunday.

It wasn’t a win built on their recent approach of preparing raging turners at Taunton, with England left-arm spinner Jack Leach only bowling 1.4 overs in the whole match.

Australian batsman Matthew Renshaw scored an unbeaten century on his debut as their overseas player.

Middlesbrough-born Renshaw was a childhood friend of Joe Root given their fathers Ian (Renshaw) and Matt (Root) played league cricket together at Sheffield Collegiate.

Renshaw’s mum Alison also used to teach Liam Plunkett maths.

2.16pm Jack “I’ve been speaking to the Overtons about how to bowl at Taunton” Brooks has just removed Craig Overton caught behind to pick up his fifth wicket. 182-8.

2.13pm Ben Coad gets his third wicket, Steve Davies is caught behind driving. 181-7.

2.07pm More success for Yorkshire and the Headband Warrior

1.57pm You can watch those highlights safe in the knowledge that Matt Renshaw can do no more damage as he’s chased a wide one from Jack Brooks and edged behind for 112. Somerset 171-5. Excellent fightback from Yorkshire either side of lunch. Somerset were 145-1.

1.53pm We’re up and running after lunch. Here’s some highlights from Renshaw’s ton.

1.20pm Around the grounds


Hampshire 125-1 v Essex at Southampton
Lancashire 94-3 v Surrey at Old Trafford
Worcestershire v Notts at Worcester, No Play


Leicestershire v Derbyshire at Grace Road, No Play
Middlesex 64-3 v Glamorgan at Lord’s, No Play before lunch
Northamptonshire v Durham at Wantage Road, No Play
Sussex 145 v Gloucestershire 1-0 at Hove

1.15pm Lunch report…..

Australian Test opener Matthew Renshaw scored a scintillating century before lunch on day two of the Specsavers County Championship match between Yorkshire and Somerset at Taunton, with the hosts reaching lunch at 166-4 from 31.5 overs.

The left-handed Queenslander, born in Middlesborough, flayed 14 fours and four sixes in reaching his second successive hundred for the county off 86 balls.

A replacement for compatriot Cameron Bancroft, banned for ball-tampering, Renshaw helped his side make a flying start to this clash before two late Ben Coad wickets and one for Jack Brooks brought the White Rose back into things.

The start of this match was delayed following yesterday’s abandonment, with Yorkshire opting for an uncontested toss and to bowl first.

Brooks struck early as he had Marcus Trescothick caught in the gully to leave the score at 5-1, the first of two catches for Harry Brook.

Renshaw then shared a stand of 140 with George Bartlett (39) before the latter was lbw to Coad, who then had James Hildreth caught at mid-wicket for a duck – 153-3.

Renshaw’s fifty came off 39 balls with 10 fours and two sixes, with his first single coming courtesy of his 53rd run.

Having hit a century on debut against Worcestershire last week, he follows compatriot Ricky Ponting in scoring two hundreds in his first two matches for the county.

He will begin the afternoon on 111, although he lost captain Tom Abell with the session’s penultimate ball – bowled by Brooks.

Yorkshire have replaced Alex Lees and Josh Shaw with Matthew Waite and Karl Carver from the team which beat Notts on Monday.

Second wicket for Ben Coad

11.55am Some half-century for Matt Renshaw, 39 balls and all his runs in boundaries or sixes – 10 fours and two sixes. His second six, off Tim Bresnan, was stand and deliver stuff, over Ballance’s head at mid-off. His first single came immediately after, his 53rd run. Somerset have moved to 79-1 in the 15th over.

11.42am Elsewhere, Lancashire’s early-season troubles continue. They are 23-3 at home against Surrey, while Hampshire are 62-1 against Essex. Start delayed up the M5 at Worcester, where they are hosting Notts.

11.30am Somerset have not just steadied from that early wicket, they have advanced in some style through their in-form Australian opener Renshaw, who has moved to 26 not out in a score of 44-1 in the 10th. Strong on the drive and through mid-wicket – his whipped six off Coad was a cracker.

11.06am Early success for Yorkshire and Jack Brooks, who gets Trescothick caught in the gully by Harry Brook as the left-hander slices a full ball waist high. 5-1 after two overs.

11am Early boundary for Marcus Trescothick off Ben Coad, 4-0 after one over. Jack Brooks to share the new ball.

10.40am Team news….

Somerset: Trescothick, Renshaw, Bartlett, Hildreth, Abell c, Davies w, Gregory, C Overton, Bess, Davey, Groenewald.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Waite, Pujara, Ballance c, Brook, Leaning, Bresnan, Hodd w, Brooks, Coad, Carver.

Matthew Waite will not necessarily open the batting. That is just a scorecard replacement.

Jack Leach is out for Somerset due to illness.

10.30am There has been an uncontested toss here, with Yorkshire bowling first.

10.25am Captains Ballance and Abell on their way out to the middle for the toss (or, most likely, the uncontested toss). Elsewhere, Pakistan begin their short tour of England with a four-day friendly against Kent at Canterbury today.

9.50am Word from the umps is that we will be starting on time at 11am. We will have lunch at 1.10pm and tea at 4pm. 104 overs to be bowled in the day.

9.40am Somerset are live streaming this match via Youtube, which I am sure will interest many of you. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/wezenygvSec

Good morning from Taunton, where it is overcast and dry ahead of the second day of Yorkshire’s County Championship against Somerset.

We look good for a start on time at 11am after yesterday’s washout.

The players are warming up in the nets, with Dickie watching his boys from the end of the bowlers’ run-ups.

It was a similar story weather wise around the grounds yesterday, with play only starting at Lord’s, Southampton and Hove. In those three games combined, there were only 52.1 overs bowled.

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