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Yorkshire’s Keshav Maharaj

“Coming out from doing nothing besides fitness in our off-season back home, I think I’ve surprised myself.
“But the wickets have assisted me and the dividends are paying out now.
“My game plan is simple. I’m trying to stop the game. If I pick up wickets as well, so be it.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here. They are a very welcoming county. I will most likely be coming back in the latter part to hopefully finish off the season.
“We’re in a good position in the game. Hopefully we can finish it off tomorrow and claim the win.”

6pm Close. Somerset reach 159-4 from 57 overs of their second innings, 165 runs behind. Banton 58 not out. That was Maharaj’s day. He claimed eight wickets across two innings.

5.42pm Bartlett gone! He’s been caught at slip by Lyth off Maharaj for five. Somerset are 148-4 now.

4.25pm OUT! Hildreth caught mid-off by Patterson off Maharaj for one. 94-2. Eventful few minutes!

4.23pm Shortly after the wicket, Abell reaches his fifty off 88 balls with 11×4s.

4.19pm Ali gone! He’s been trapped lbw by Fisher for 41. It’s 89-1.

4.13pm Around the grounds courtesy of the ECB’s Reporters Network………

Division One

Essex v Warwickshire (Chelmsford)

Alastair Cook made 83 as second-placed Essex stretched their lead to 315. They are 235 for 7, Will Rhodes has taken three wickets including Cook and he now has eight in the match.

Hampshire v Kent (Ageas Bowl)

Ashes hopeful Joe Denly made 154 and Heino Kuhn 95 but on a flat pitch Kent now have a lead of 102 on 511 for 8. Fidel Edwards has taken 5 for 108.

Nottinghamshire v Surrey (Trent Bridge)

Ravi Ashwin took 6 for 75 before Surrey declared on 224 for 9 and set Notts 349 to win. They are on the verge of defeat of 134 for 8 with Amar Virdi taking five wickets to add to his eight in the first innings. Ashwin is 37 not out.

Yorkshire v Somerset (Emerald Headingley)

Leaders Somerset were forced to follow on after being dismissed for 196 in reply to Yorkshire’s 520. Keshav Maharaj took 7 for 52 as Somerset lost six wickets in the morning session despite Jamie Overton’s 52 not out. They are 24 for 0 in their second innings.

Division Two

Durham v Worcestershire (Chester le Street)

Durham’s lead is now past 200 on 151 for 5. Captain Cameron Bancroft, who could be called into Australia’s Test squad, made 28 on what could be his final appearance for Durham.

Lancashire v Sussex (Emirates Old Trafford)

Second-placed Lancashire are on course for victory with Sussex 269 for 7 in their second innings still 99 behind. Delray Rawlins (100) made his maiden Championship century off 100 balls and David Wiese 77 while Matt Parkinson has taken three more wickets and now has nine in the match.

Glamorgan v Middlesex (Sophia Gardens)

Middlesex opener Sam Robson carried his bat for 140 before they were dismissed for 342, setting Glamorgan 556 to win. They are 50 for 1.

Derbyshire v Northamptonshire (Chesterfield, day 2)

Derbyshire collapsed from 43 for 1 to 95 for 7 before being dismissed by Northants for 146 with the in-form Ben Sanderson taking 5 for 46. The wickets have continued to tumble with Northants 39 for 5 in their second innings, with Fynn Hudson-Prentice taking two wickets and running out Ricardo Vasconcelos.

Gloucestershire v Leicestershire (Cheltenham, day 1)

Leicestershire elected to bat on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival and have reached 142 for 4 with Neil Dexter 51 not out.

Tea Keshav Maharaj completed a superb seven-wicket haul to make Somerset follow-on after lunch on day three, but Yorkshire are being forced to work harder for success second time around at Emerald Headingley.

The South African Test left-arm spinner completed a haul of 7-52 as the Division One leaders slipped from 164-8 at lunch to 196 all out in reply to 520.

Jamie Overton posted an unbeaten 52, only to lose Tim Groenewald lbw and Jack Brooks caught at second slip by Tom Kohler-Cadmore off Maharaj.

But Somerset, starting their second innings 324 runs behind, have reached tea second time around at 79-0 from 25 overs.

Tom Abell has 43 and Azhar Ali 36.

Maharaj has bowled five cheap overs so far in the innings.

3.06pm Maharaj has entered the attack with Somerset at 44-0 after 15 overs of their second innings.

2.53pm We’re 12 overs through the Somerset second innings, and they are 34-0 with Ali and Abell resisting. Maharaj has yet to enter the attack.

2.02pm Yorkshire have enforced the follow-on.

1.58pm Brooks gone! He’s been caught at second slip by TKC for 9. Maharaj finishes with 26.3-9-52-7. 196 all out. We await confirmation of the follow-on.

1.47pm Groenewald has been trapped lbw by Maharaj, 15. 182-9.

Lunch Keshav Maharaj has secured his first five-wicket haul in the last of his initial three-game spell for Yorkshire to leave Somerset on the ropes at Emerald Headingley.

The Specsavers County Championship leaders will almost certainly follow-on in reply to 520 during the third afternoon having reached lunch on 164-8.

Somerset stumbled from 76-4 overnight, with South African Test spinner Maharaj claiming all four morning wickets.

He started by trapping James Hildreth (37) lbw in the day’s fifth over as Somerset fell to 85-5 in the 36th. In the 40th, he removed Dom Bess via the same method.

Craig Overton was bowled in his next over – 103-7 in the 42nd – before Steve Davies (37) and Jamie Overton held the hosts up by adding 35 inside 14 overs.

Overton hit Maharaj for two sixes down the ground into the new Emerald Stand, but Davies edged to Adam Lyth at slip as the spinner claimed his fifth wicket – 138-8 in the 56th over.

Jamie Overton will begin the afternoon on 37 with Tim Groenewald on 11.

12.30pm OUT! Davies pushes forwards and edges to slip off Maharaj for 37. Maharaj claims his fifth wicket. It’s 138-8. Lyth with the catch.

12.21pm Somerset are 138-7 after 53 overs of their reply to 520. Steve Davies 37 and Jamie Overton 23, the latter hitting two sixes off Maharaj, have shared 35.

11.39am And there’s another wicket. Maharaj bowls Craig Overton. It’s 103-7!

11.35am Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur, an MCC member, was at Lord’s yesterday and has been speaking in depth about the day and more besides. You will be able to read it on the Yorkshire site over the next day or so. But here’s brief snapshot.

“If a fiction writer had written that script, the twists and turns in the last half an hour, you’d know it was fiction. In fact, you couldn’t write that.

“I remember where I was in 1966, I remember where I was in 2003 for the Rugby World Cup win – watching my lad play Saturday morning football. I’ll certainly remember where I was for this one. It was the greatest sporting moment I’ve witnessed live.

“We know Kane very well here. He’s a very humble and modest man, a phenomenal talent who’s prepared to help other people.

“To conduct himself with such modesty and humility and masses of generosity towards the England team when he must have felt absolutely terrible, it’s testament to the strength of character of the man.

“You have to respect his parents for the way they brought him up.

“He is everything that Yorkshire Cricket embodies.

“If you’d told me that he’s a Yorkshireman rather than an adopted one, I’d say, ‘Yes of course he is. He’s a fantastic cricketer and human being’.

“We’re very proud of Joe, Jonny and Adil and also of Liam Plunkett and David Willey. David was on that journey for a very long time.

“It was only through the emergence of Jofra Archer that David lost his place in the squad. But he was a significant part of getting the squad to where it was as world number one. Those five guys have done extraordinarily well for their country.

“The four who picked up a winners’ medal will be deservedly lauded for the rest of their lives.”

11.33am Bess gone! He’s been bowled by Maharaj for 7. Somerset are 101-6.

11.15am Early breakthrough for Yorkshire as Maharaj traps Hildreth lbw for 37. Somerset are 85-5.

11am We’re underway at Emerald Headingley. Maharaj bowling to Davies. Somerset 76-4.

Good morning from Emerald Headingley, where it is a lovely sunny morning ahead of day three against Somerset.

But there’s only one place to start – at Lord’s. Wow! Unbelievable.

What a stunning effort that was from England, and congratulations must go to Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid and Joe Root in particular, also to Liam Plunkett, who left us in the winter.

And not forgetting congratulations and commiserations for Kane Williamson, the player of the tournament and the captain of a fabulous New Zealand side.

Here at Headingley, Somerset will resume on 76-4 in reply to 520, and Yorkshire are in a great position.

We will start at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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