Yorkshire’s batsmen avoided any final day slip-ups to help secure eleven points from their LV= County Championship draw against Somerset at Taunton today.
Despite making the early running in the contest with a first-innings score of 450, they ended up conceding a lead of 103 in the early stages of day four as Somerset posted 553 all out in reply.
The visitors started their second innings with 89 overs left in the day and match, and the scoreboard suggested they were still in some danger of losing the contest.
In reality, with pitch conditions heavily favouring the batsmen, they were in no danger whatsoever. And opening pair Adam Lyth and Alex Lees wasted little time in proving that by reaching lunch at 93-0 from 27 overs.
The final two sessions reasonably went smoothly, although four wickets fell tamely. Yorkshire closed on 193-4 declared from 71 overs. Lyth notched 54 off 145 balls, while Williamson finished unbeaten on 57 from 105 balls.
Somerset were hampered by the injury absence of seamers Alfonso Thomas and Craig Overton, and by the 14th over Marcus Trescothick had employed part-time off-spinners Johann Myburgh and Alviro Petersen together.
They bowled 40 overs between them in the innings.
Lees hit Myburgh for a straight six before lunch, but he fell for 47 early in the afternoon when he edged behind off Craig Meschede for 47, leaving the score at 100-1.
Lyth brought up a 120-ball fifty, his second in the match, shortly afterwards as the visitors moved into a lead during a quiet afternoon, which only yielded 57 runs inside 29 overs.
Lyth, who mis-timed at pull at a James Hildreth short ball to mid-wicket, was the second wicket of the afternoon as Yorkshire were reduced to 120-2 in the 44th over.
Andrew Gale was the third when he feathered behind down leg to Petersen in the afternoon’s final over, leaving Yorkshire at 150-3 in the 56th over.
Gary Ballance fell for five in the early stages of the evening session, caught at one of two short covers employed off Myburgh – 163-4 in the 61st – before Williamson reached 50 off 96 balls, including seven fours, shortly before the players shook hands.
Earlier, Steve Patterson claimed the final wicket to fall in Somerset’s first innings as they advanced their score from 530-9. Patterson had Craig Overton lbw as Meschede finished 59 not out.
Somerset’s total was the fifth highest ever score in a Championship innings made without a century. The hosts finished with nine points.
Yorkshire’s next Championship outing is against Northamptonshire at Headingley, starting on Sunday.
Yorkshire navigated a tight afternoon of bowling from Somerset to move to the verge of an LV= County Championship draw at Taunton.
Beginning the afternoon on 93-0 from 27 overs, they advanced to tea at 150-3 in the 56th over at tea. They lead by 47 runs.
Alex Lees (47), Adam Lyth for 54 and Andrew Gale were the three wickets to fall during the afternoon, with Lees caught behind off Craig Meschede, Lyth caught at mid-wicket after top-eding a pull at James Hildreth and Gale caught behind down leg by Alviro Petersen.
Part-time medium pacer Hildreth claimed only his sixth first-class wicket, while Gale fell to the South African batsman in the final over of the session.
Kane Williamson will begin the evening session on 31 not out.
Yorkshire will claim an eleven-point draw from their opening LV= County Championship match of the new season against Somerset at Taunton after a strong start to their second innings before lunch on day four.
Alex Lees and Adam Lyth, faced with a deficit of 103 after the hosts made 553 in their first innings, have reached lunch on 93-0 from 27 overs. They trail by just ten runs.
Lyth is 45 not out having passed 5,000 career runs in the process, while Lees is 43, including a straight six off Johann Myburgh’s off-spin.
Somerset have been hampered by the absence of pace bowlers Alfonso Thomas and Craig Overton from the field for Yorkshire’s second innings.
Earlier, Somerset advanced their first-innings score from 530-9 before Steve Patterson trapped Craig Overton lbw. Craig Meschede finished with 59.