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LIVE BLOG: YORKSHIRE V SOMERSET, CC, DAY ONE

— 29 August 2018

Jack Brooks

“We wanted to have a bowl first because there was plenty in it. We beat the bat quite a bit, but we were probably a bit short and wide for the second half of the first session.

“Second session, we were on it and didn’t get the luck we maybe deserved.

“At the end, Gregory’s come out and been really positive and put his foot down.

“It’s a bit frustrating not to bowl them out for a cheaper score really.

“We have to come back in the morning, knock them over early and get batting. It’s going to be a hard slog now, especially given we’re down to three bowlers.

“Matthew Fisher has hurt his toe. A couple of weeks ago, he cut his toe quite badly in a Lions game and had stitches in it. It appears to have gone again, and he’ll probably need more stitches.

“I haven’t had a problem with it (bowling against Somerset) because I’m still a Yorkshire player. If anything, it’s galvanised me a little bit more.

“I’m professional, and I have a lot of pride. I want to do my best for Yorkshire while I’m still here.”

Close Somerset have the advantage at 374-8 from 96 overs. Four half-centuries, Lewis Gregory’s 65 the best of them. Four wickets for Jack Brooks.

6.20pm C Overton gone! Caught behind off Josh Shaw. 369-8

5.52pm Davies caught low down at cover off Brooks, 80. 343-7. Two in the over.

5.05pm Lewis Gregory and Steve Davies are attacking now. Gregory has just hit Harry Brook for a straight four and six. Somerset looking good now at 286-5.

4.36pm Azhar Ali bowled by Shaw, playing around a straight one. Goes for 89. Somerset 229-5.

Tea Report

David Willey and Jack Brooks have struck again during the opening afternoon against Somerset at Emerald Headingley.

The start of this Specsavers County Championship match has been evenly contested, with the visitors reaching tea at 205-4 from 64 overs.

Willey and Brooks claimed a wicket apiece this morning after electing to bowl and have done so again in the afternoon.

James Hildreth (81) and Pakistani Azhar Ali, unbeaten on 82, have both posted fifties.

Hildreth fell when he was caught at first slip off Willey, leaving the score at 142-3 in the 41st and breaking a 137 partnership between Hildreth and Azhar as they recovered from 5-2.

Brooks then had captain Tom Abell caught behind for 12 – 170-4 in the 55th over.

Azhar reached a patient fifty off 118 balls in between the two wickets. He will have Steve Davies for company unbeaten on 15.

3.20pm Abell gone! Brooks gets him caught behind for 12, and Somerset are 170-4.

1.36pm

Division One

Yorkshire v Somerset 105-2, Emerald Headingley
Surrey 29-1 v Nottinghamshire, Kia Oval
Lancashire v Worcestershire 98-4, Southport
Essex v Hampshire, No play before lunch (rain), Chelmsford

Division Two

Middlesex 68-4 v Sussex, Lord’s
Gloucestershire 56-3 v Leicestershire, Bristol
Glamorgan 101-4 v Warwickshire, Colwyn Bay
Durham 102-7 v Northamptonshire, Emirates Riverside
Derbyshire v Kent 133-1, Derby

1.10pm Yorkshire’s under 15s boys and girls teams are currently doing a lap of honour around the ground having won their respective national titles this summer.

Lunch Report

Yorkshire had early success with the ball during the opening morning against Somerset at Emerald Headingley, but the visitors have hit back since.

Somerset, invited to bat, slipped to 5-2 inside eight overs before reaching lunch at 105-2 from 30.

Somerset opted to toss, lost it and were inserted.

Openers Ed Byrom and Marcus Trescothick both fell early – Byrom caught behind fending at a Jack Brooks short ball and Trescothick driving loosely to second slip off David Willey.

However, third-wicket pair James Hildreth and Pakistan overseas batsman Azhar Ali have ensured no further loss through to lunch, sharing 100. They have 55 and 41 respectively.

Hildreth led the way in a counter-attacking partnership and reached 50 off 56 balls, while Azhar will hope to follow him there in the early stages of the afternoon.

Yorkshire have made two changes to their team.

Andrew Hodd has come back in behind the stumps for injured Jonny Tattersall (back spasm), while Josh Shaw has come in for Josh Poysden.

12.48pm James Hildreth has reached a 56-ball fifty with nine fours. Somerset 90-2 in the 27th over.

12.14pm James Hildreth and Azhar Ali have shared 65 at a reasonable rate, taking the visitors to 70-2 in the 19th.

11.57am Decent recovery from Somerset, who are 50-2 early in the 15th over.

11.45am Somerset have advanced to 36-2 in the 12th over, with James Hildreth and Azhar Ali together. Hildreth has 18 of them.

11.17am Great start for Yorkshire as Ed Byrom fends a Jack Brooks short ball behind to Andrew Hodd. Somerset 5-1 in the fifth.

11.01am Somerset 4-0 after the first over from Jack Brooks, a Marcus Trescothick boundary to third-man. David Willey sharing the new ball.

10.40am Yorkshire: Lyth, Brook, Williamson, Ballance, Kohler-Cadmore, Leaning, Hodd w, Willey c, Fisher, Brooks, Shaw.

Somerset: Trescothick, Byrom, Azhar Ali, Hildreth, Abell c, Davies w, Gregory, C Overton, J Overton, Leach, Davey.

Andrew Hodd comes back in for Jonny Tattersall, who is laid low with a back spasm and hasn’t recovered well enough.

10.37am Yorkshire have won the toss and will bowl. Some interesting team news to follow.

Good morning from Emerald Headingley, where it is overcast but dry ahead of our latest Specsavers County Championship match with second-placed Somerset (11am).

This is the first Championship cricket at Headingley since the second week of the season when Nottinghamshire were beaten (April 20-23).

Yorkshire are aiming for a fourth win from 10 matches and to put last week’s defeat to Worcestershire at Scarborough behind them. It would also give them breathing space above the bottom two places in the division.

Those are occupied by bottom side Lancashire and Worcester, who face each other at Southport this week.

Mat Pillans is in the squad, but he may have to wait for his debut. There was an injury concern over Jack Brooks, who was complaining of a stiff back. But that has subsided, and he will face the county he will join ahead of next season.

Kane Williamson plays his last game before returning to New Zealand to prepare for their forthcoming run of internationals.

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