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LIVE BLOG: SOMERSET V YORKSHIRE, CC, DAY THREE

— 29 April 2018

6.20pm Play has been abandoned for the day due to the light. Yorkshire head into day four on 49-1 chasing 321. 272 more to win. Adam Lyth has 25 and Che Pujara 6.

Not quite sure how we didn’t play in the last 45 minutes. From the naked eye, it looked considerably lighter than when play was halted.

5.51pm We are off for bad light, and it is pretty gloomy now. Yorkshire 49-1 after 24 overs. The White Rose need 272 more runs to win.

5.36pm Good news is that we are back underway at Taunton. We have 18 overs remaining in the day, with Yorkshire now 46-1 chasing 321. The light hasn’t changed much throughout the Yorkshire innings. It’s overcast, but certainly good enough for play.

5.10pm Bad light has stopped play with Yorkshire at 44-1 from 20 overs. We have 25 overs left in the day. It’s only marginally darker – if at all – than it has been over the last half hour or so.

4.38pm Breakthrough for Somerset comes via Josh Davey, who had enticed Harry Brook into a drive outside off only to edge it to second slip, where Marcus Trescothick takes the catch. He falls for 15, and it’s 26-1.

4.26pm Yorkshire’s target is now below 300. They have advanced to 22-0 in the 10th over without too much discomfort. The first ball after tea from Lewis Gregory was a beauty to Harry Brook, cut him in half and we weren’t quite sure how it had missed up in the press box. Aside from that, it’s been pretty quiet so far.

Tea Report

Yorkshire are chasing 321 to beat Somerset in their Specsavers County Championship match at Taunton and have reached tea at 13-0 from 6.1 overs.

Home captain Tom Abell hit a fine 82 to underpin his side’s second innings total of 200 all out, with them recovering from 129-7.

They advanced from 113-6 at lunch, with Ben Coad finishing with 4-61 and Jack Brooks 3-44. Matthew Waite chipped in with two wickets and Tim Bresnan one.

Adam Lyth and Harry Brook hit a boundary apiece in the opening over of the chase from Lewis Gregory, although bad light brought about an early tea.

3.42pm We’re four overs through Yorkshire’s pursuit of 321. They are 13-0.

3.20pm Yorkshire require 321 to win after Ben Coad bowls Tom Abell for 82. Coad finished with 4-61.

3.16pm Ninth wicket goes down as Josh Davey chips Tim Bresnan to Gary Ballance at mid-off. Somerset are now 200-9 with a lead of 320.

3pm Another chance goes begging, the third of varying difficulty. Unfortunately this was the easiest of them, Leaning in the gully hands Abell a life on 69 off Bresnan. 175-8.

2.55pm Second wicket for Matthew Waite, and it’s Dom Bess, who edges an attempted drive to second slip, where Adam Lyth takes a catch around stomach height. Somerset 171-8 now. That lead is creeping towards 300 – currently 291.

2.25pm Tom Abell has reached an important fifty off 103 balls, with Somerset moving 142-7, a lead of 262.

2.10pm Brooks strikes for the third time in the innings, bowling Craig Overton with an out-swinger. Just did enough, leaving the score at 129-7 – 249 lead.

2.04pm Early chance for Yorkshire goes begging as Jack Leaning can’t cling on at third slip diving to his right as Craig Overton on 16 edges Ben Coad. 126-6 now and a lead of 246.

Around the grounds

DIV ONE

Worcestershire 110 v Nottinghamshire, New Road
Lancashire 439-9 dec v Surrey 49-1, Old Trafford
Hampshire 223-2 v Essex, Ageas Bowl

DIV TWO

Sussex 145 and 154-6 v Gloucestershire 183, Bristol
Northamptonshire v Durham No Play, Wantage Road
Middlesex 193-8 v Glamorgan, Lord’s
Leicestershire 3-0 v Derbyshire, Grace Road

1.46pm Some good news as we await the resumption of play here. Steve Patterson has been out fielding in the middle, taking some high catches, as he closes in on a first-team return following his broken finger.

1.12pm Lunch Report

Yorkshire claimed six wickets during the third morning at Taunton, but Somerset remain on top in this Specsavers County Championship match as they lead by 233.

Somerset started day three on 6-0 in their second innings, leading by 126.

But they slipped to 24-4, with Jack Brooks and Ben Coad claiming two wickets apiece. They have since reached lunch at 113-6 from 35 overs.

Steve Davies and captain Tom Abell shared an important fifth-wicket stand of 66 to put the White Rose back under pressure before Coad had the former caught behind for 33, leaving the score at 90-5 – a lead of 210.

Swing has provided a constant threat to batsmen throughout this game, and Matthew Waite claimed the sixth wicket when Lewis Gregory was lbw shouldering arms as the score slipped to 107-6 just before lunch.

Abell will begin the afternoon on 36 with Craig Overton on five.

1.04pm Wicket for Matthew Waite comes courtesy of Lewis Gregory shouldering arms only to find one thudding into his front pad. Gone for 14. Somerset are 107-6, leading by 227. Another one before lunch would be fantastic.

12.46pm Yorkshire get their fifth wicket of the morning, with Ben Coad breaking a stand of 66 between Steve Davies and Tom Abell. He gets the former caught at first slip by Che Pujara for 33. At 90-5, Somerset lead by 210.

12.27pm A very tough chance has gone begging, Tom Abell edging Ben Coad low to Andrew Hodd’s right on 24. He gets a glove on it but can’t cling on. Somerset 71-4.

11.55am Double change for Yorkshire sees Tim Bresnan and Matthew Waite come into the attack. 41-4.

11.35am Crikey. Coad has another and Yorkshire are dragging themselves back into this game. He has George Bartlett caught behind by a tumbling Andrew Hodd. 24-4 now, a home lead of 144.

11.30am You can’t take your eye off this game for a second. Brooks has his second of the morning as James Hildreth plays down the wrong line and loses his off peg. 20-3!!

11.19am Big booming drive from Renshaw against Brooks, and he loses his off-stump for 8. Somerset 10-2 now.

11.10am Just the job for Yorkshire as Ben Coad has Marcus Trescothick caught at second slip ankle high by Adam Lyth for two. Somerset are 6-1, leading by 126. Good ball from around the wicket and Trescothick prods forward at it. More needed – and quickly.

11am Ben Coad to open the bowling for Yorkshire. Somerset 6-0, leading by 126.

Good morning from Taunton, where it is a bright and dry day. A few patches of blue sky knocking around ahead of day three.

Well, what a day yesterday. Unfortunately, after a decent start, Yorkshire ended it on the back foot having been bowled out for 96 in reply to 216.

The performance of the day went to Matthew Renshaw, who hit a stunning 112 off 99 balls. A bit out of character for the Australian, but he didn’t half hit it hard.

Yorkshire bowled well, but perhaps they strived for wickets a bit too much too early, allowing Renshaw to get ahead.

In terms of the batting, you can always look at shot selection when bowled out for 96. And there were some they’d rather forget. But Somerset bowled well in helpful conditions. It swung all day, and they made the most of it.

It means Yorkshire face an uphill battle to get back into this match. They begin today with Somerset at 6-0 in their second innings, 126 runs ahead.

We’re set for an 11am start.

Here’s a recap of Jack Brooks’ post day two thoughts