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