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LIVE BLOG: SOMERSET V YORKSHIRE, CC, DAY FOUR

— 30 April 2018

Reaction from Andrew Gale

“I thought the difference between the two sides was the batting from us in the first innings.

“I was disappointed with the way we went about it.

“I thought we could have put a bit more pressure onto Somerset and were quite negative in the way we batted.

“It does feel a little bit like that (same old story with the batting), but it’s not all doom and gloom. I don’t want us to get too down about it.

“We know the areas we’ve got to improve.

“The top five has got to bat better, particularly under pressure.

“I’d just like us to have that one breakthrough knock where someone stands up and takes the game away from them.

“Fair play to Renshaw,” said Gale. “He came out and chanced his arm.

“The lads swear he nicked off early doors, which they thought was a poor decision.

“Had that gone our way, there were also a couple of chances which dropped short, it might have been a different game.

“He came out and batted more like it was a T20 rather than a four-day game.

“But we shouldn’t have been bowled out for 96.

“Had we got somewhere near their total, I’d have backed us to knock the runs off.

“I thought our bowling was outstanding, particularly Coad and Brooks. They got us back in the game and gave us a chance.

“For Jack Leaning to play like he did today was fantastic. Hopefully he’ll get a lot of confidence from that and our top order can start firing.”

3.50pm That’s it I’m afraid. Yorkshire lose by 118 runs as Leaning miscues a pull at Overton to square-leg. He falls for 68 in 202. Yorkshire take three points from this match to Somerset’s three.

3.31pm Somerset have taken the new ball and just brought back Craig Overton as they look to wrap up the win. Yorkshire 196-9 with Leaning on 64 and Karl Carver yet to get off the mark.

3.18pm Ninth wicket goes down in the form of Ben Coad caught at second slip by Trescothick off Abell. 191-9

2.55pm Breakthrough for Somerset comes via the part-time medium pace of their captain Tom Abell, who traps Tim Bresnan lbw for 21. Nipped back and ends a 56-run stand with Jack Leaning, who has 50 not out.

2.50pm Jack Leaning has his fifty off 128 balls, helping Yorkshire to 158-6.

2.40pm Yorkshire have started the afternoon in encouraging fashion, with Bresnan and Leaning sharing 54 for the seventh wicket. They have taken the score to 157-6, 164 more to win. Leaning on 49.

2.25pm Somerset have turned to Dom Bess as they search for wicket number seven. Bess bowled a one-ball spell as he replaced injured Josh Davey this morning and then a three-over spell shortly afterwards. Jack Leaning on strike with 45. 149-6.

2.05pm Partnership of 37 between Leaning and Bresnan, who have taken the score to 140-6. Leaning has 37 of them. 321 target.

1.47pm We’re in the second over of the afternoon and Leaning and Bresnan have already hit a boundary apiece off Overton and Groenewald. Yorkshire 126-6.

Lunch Report

Yorkshire have endured a disappointing final morning with the bat against Somerset at Taunton and are battling to avoid defeat.

The White Rose, chasing 321, started day four on 49-1 and reached lunch at 116-6.

They lost Che Pujara caught behind off Lewis Gregory with the first ball of the day and have failed to wrestle back the momentum since.

Conditions have favoured the bowlers, with Somerset not letting Yorkshire’s batsmen off the hook at any stage throughout this match.

Adam Lyth was caught at first slip off Tim Groenewald as the score fell to 67-3 before Gary Ballance edged a beauty from Gregory behind with 81 on the board.

Matthew Waite chipped a return catch to Craig Overton off the leading edge as the score fell to 98-5 before Andrew Hodd was lbw in the England seamer’s next over, the 45th – 103-6.

Jack Leaning is unbeaten on 23 and Tim Bresnan on eight.

12.30pm Dom Bess is replaced after just one ball by Lewis Gregory. 103-6.

12.27pm Sixth wicket falls…Andrew Hodd lbw to Craig Overton, who has taken a couple of quick wickets. 103-6.

12.22pm Josh Davey has pulled up after five balls of the 44th over and off-spinner Dom Bess will complete the over. There is every chance it could be his only ball in the match. Yorkshire 103-5.

12.13pm Matthew Waite has just offered up a return catch to Craig Overton off the leading edge as he looked to clip one through mid-on or mid-wicket. The young all-rounder has fallen for six and Yorkshire are in trouble at 99-5.

12.03pm Not the opening hour of the day Yorkshire would have wanted, leaving Jack Leaning and Matthew Waite with a rebuild job. They have taken the score to 95-4 in pursuit of 321.

11.34am Gary Ballance has gone having been caught behind off Lewis Gregory for four. Angled in and moved away. Not much he could have done about that. 81-4 now.

11.22am Second wicket of the morning, third of the innings, as Adam Lyth plays forward and edges Tim Groenewald’s fourth ball of the morning to James Hildreth at first slip. Lyth has gone for 34 and Yorkshire are 67-3.

11am Worst possible start for Yorkshire as they lose Che Pujara to the day’s first ball, caught behind off Lewis Gregory as he nibbles at an out-swinger and is caught low down by Steve Davies. Yorkshire 49-2.

Elsewhere around the grounds

DIV ONE

Hampshire 241-4 v Essex at the Ageas Bowl
Lancashire 439-9 dec v Surrey 231-9 at Old Trafford
Worcestershire 110 v Nottinghamshire 204-6 at New Road

DIV TWO

Leicestershire 267-5 v Derbyshire at Grace Road
Middlesex 194 v Glamorgan 38-4 at Lord’s
Northamptonshire v Durham Draw (Not a ball bowled) at Wantage Road
Sussex 145 and 204 v Gloucestershire 183 and 108-6 at Hove

Good morning from Taunton, where we are set for a cracker of a final day against Somerset.

Yorkshire, with nine wickets in hand, require another 272 to triumph at the Cooper Associates County Ground for the second season running.

If they do, they will maintain an unbeaten start to the season having won two and drawn one.

Adam Lyth and Che Pujara are unbeaten at the crease, with the White Rose having come through a tricky evening session (disrupted by bad light) to reach 49-1 in the face of a 321 target.

At last night’s press conference, both captains said there was still plenty of help for the seamers, although it was not impossible to score runs.

We have still not seen over of spin bowled between the two specialist spinners in this match, Karl Carver and Somerset’s Dom Bess. You get the feeling that if we see Bess bowl for an extended period today, things are going well for Yorkshire.

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