Matthew Fisher claimed career-best figures before Harry Brook’s superb unbeaten 79 gave Yorkshire the edge in their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Somerset in Scarborough.
Fisher bowled brilliantly to take five for 41, his second career five-wicket haul, and wrap up Somerset’s innings for 134.
Brook’s elegant innings guided Yorkshire to 159-6 at the close and a first-innings lead of 25 heading into day two.
Yorkshire enjoyed a dream morning having lost the toss and been asked to bowl first.
Fisher delivered the perfect start. The Trafalgar Road End yielded plenty of bounce and movement and a rising delivery caught the edge of Tom Abell’s bat and he departed for two.
Tom Lammonby produced a pair of glorious straight drives but fell to David Willey for eight when an attempted cover drive took a thick edge to Brook at third slip.
After their thumping innings defeat to Nottinghamshire at Taunton last week, Somerset’s batsmen were under pressure again as Azhar Ali and James Hildreth attempted to rebuild.
The pair took Somerset past 50 in the 18th over but a flurry of wickets before lunch put Yorkshire in the ascendancy.
George Hill struck twice in quick succession as a big Hildreth drive on 24 was brilliantly caught by Adam Lyth at second slip before George Bartlett edged behind for four.
Jordan Thompson then claimed two in two balls, with Azhar bowled off an inside edge for 24 and Tom Banton caught behind by Duke for a first-ball duck.
Yorkshire had taken four wickets for four runs in just 21 balls in a spell which put them firmly in the driving seat.
Somerset walked off for lunch at 77-6 and Fisher hammered home Yorkshire’s advantage after the break.
After a couple of boundaries for Davies, the left-hander paid the price for flashing at one outside his off stump and edged Fisher to Tom Kohler-Cadmore for 15.
Fisher then claimed the wicket of Jack Leach for four thanks to another fantastic grab by Lyth, who grasped onto the ball at throat height.
Josh Davey came and went lbw, also for four, to hand Fisher a fourth wicket before Somerset’s number 11 Marchant De Lange launched a counter-attack.
The right-hander smashed Fisher for two fours and a six in the 42nd over, but Fisher responded brilliantly by cleaning up his stumps to claim a second career five-wicket haul.
Somerset were all out for 134 and Yorkshire could be very pleased with their bowling effort.
The reply did not start as Yorkshire would have hoped as Lyth fell for a duck and there was cause for further concern when Kohler-Cadmore was forced to retire on one after being struck by a delivery from Davey.
Gary Ballance came in and, alongside opener Hill, guided Yorkshire to 47-1 at tea.
Hill fell for a patient 29 when he edged to first slip shortly after the interval but there was good news for Yorkshire as Kohler-Cadmore returned.
But he unfortunately lasted only three balls as Davey struck again.
Ballance and Brook were positive with an elegant 39-run stand before Davey claimed his fourth, dismissing Ballance for 32 to make it 89-3.
But Brook played a magnificent innings, hitting nine fours and six in reaching 50 from 51 balls and guiding Yorkshire into a first-innings lead, despite the loss of Bess – stumped off the bowling of Leach for 10.
He made batting look easy with an array of well-timed strokes and will resume on 79 in the morning.