Twenty-one wickets fell in a day when ball ruled bat in spades. The Umpires commented at tea-time that the ball was going through the top and “doing a bit” If the game goes into its third scheduled day on Thursday, I will believe in the Man in the Moon.
Somerset won the toss and immediately elected to bowl first on a strip, the colour of which made it almost impossible to distinguish it from the rest of the square. Yorkshire wickets began to fall almost immediately and then incessantly with only Ryan Gibson (33 from 32 from deliveries with six fours and one six) and James Wainman, who made 17, reaching double figures.
Yorkshire were dismissed in just 24.4 overs for a mere 77 runs. The innings lasted just 108 minutes and Somerset, incredibly, were batting before lunch on the first day.
And they immediately found the ball moving just as much as in the Yorkshire innings but adopted a more belligerent attitude. Max Waller, the Somerset captain, hit 61 from just 38 balls (12 fours) but every batsman knew that a delivery with his name on it would arrive sooner or later.
The bowlers plugged away and it was Ryan Gibson who made a couple of early breakthroughs. He was getting a few overs after Moin Ashraf had been hit on the wrist by a ball that misbehaved. He went to hospital for a precautionary X-ray which fortunately showed no damage.
Karl Carver was introduced, the first over of spin at 3.28 pm. And he at least removed the pace from the ball but could not achieve vicious amounts of turn. But, as always, he persevered and eventually was rewarded with four wickets to finish with 4/66 from 16 overs as Somerset`s last four wickets fell in just six overs.
Ryan Gibson had 2/20 and James Wainman 2/26. Josh Shaw and Jared Warner, thanks to a splendid catch by Will Rhodes at third slip, each had one success.
Somerset`s lead had stretched to 158 by the time they were
dismissed with 10 overs remaining for Yorkshire to negotiate. And, sadly, they were not able to do so without losing a wicket as Eliot Callis drove loosely at a wide delivery and was taken at third slip.
Andrew Hodd (24*) and Dan Hodgson (3*) saw out the rest of the day so tomorrow will begin with Yorkshire trailing still by 122 runs.