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LIVE BLOG: YORKSHIRE V SOMERSET, CC, DAY THREE

— 31 August 2018

Andrew Hodd

“We’re coming second at the moment. It’s a big day tomorrow. I know it’s a cliche, but we just have to take each ball as it comes. If we can get through that new ball – it’s a new ball pitch as myself and Tom Kohler-Cadmore showed yesterday – hopefully it flattens out and we can get a couple of big partnerships and they’ll have to try something different.

“Tomorrow’s a similar situation to a T20 when you win defending a low score. If we can get out of it, it will give us a lot of momentum.

“There’s still a lot of cricket to play for, and everyone seems to be plucking results out of the air at the moment, like Lancashire at Southport, who have beaten Worcester. Essex and Hampshire also looks interesting.

“I didn’t expect a hundred if I’m honest. I was getting so many messages of ‘good luck, get another 16’, I just started thinking about it too much rather than just batting.”

6.23pm Close. Yorkshire, set a victory target of 419, have reached 8-2 from nine overs. Williamson and nightwatchman Shaw unbeaten.

6.13pm Lyth gone! He’s been caught behind off Gregory. 4-2.

6.02pm Brook gone! Bowled by Gregory without scoring. Yorkshire 3-1 in the fifth

5.37pm Yorkshire need 419 to win. There are nine overs remaining in the day. Somerset declare on 338-7 as Craig Overton is run out.

4.41pm Somerset 230-5, leading by 309. Tom Abell has 79 and Lewis Gregory 29.

Tea Report

Yorkshire have endured frustration during the third afternoon of their Specsavers County Championship match against Somerset at Emerald Headingley, taking only one wicket as the visitors bat towards a declaration.

Somerset have recovered from 29-3 before lunch thanks to fourth-wicket pair James Hildreth and Tom Abell, who shared 135.

They have reached tea at 183-4 and lead by 262.

Hildreth reached his second fifty off the match off 60 balls before Abell’s first came off 95.

Hildreth fell for 72 in the fourth over before tea when he edged Adam Lyth’s off-spin behind as he tried to cut, leaving the score at 164-4 – a lead of 243.

Abell benefitted from two four overthrows and will begin the evening on 64.

3.41pm Adam Lyth gets Hildreth caught behind for 72. 164-4, ending a 135 stand with Abell. Somerset lead by 243.

3.31pm Tom Abell has reached his fifty off 95 balls with four fours. Somerset 159-3, leading by 238. Given Surrey have beaten Notts and now lead by 48 points at the top, Somerset simply have to win this game, so it will be interesting to see how they play it after tea with declarations in mind.

3.20pm Tom Kohler-Cadmore is off the field with a migraine. Somerset are 141-3, leading by 218. Hildreth 63 and Abell 37.

2.45pm James Hildreth reaches his second fifty of the match off 60 balls with 10 fours.

2.30pm Three lbw appeals in three balls all turned down from David Willey and Josh Shaw. Somerset 101-3, leading by 180.

1.50pm Yorkshire searching for wicket number four in the early stages of the afternoon. Somerset are 50-3 in the 19th over, leading by 129. Hildreth 13, Abell 8.

Lunch Report

Yorkshire have taken three early wickets in Somerset’s second innings as they bid to fight their way back into the ongoing Specsavers County Championship match at Emerald Headingley.

Title-chasing Somerset secured a first-innings lead of 79 during the third morning, bowling Yorkshire out for 320 after they started on 292-7.

But they have been restricted to 41-3 second time around, a lead of 120.

Scotland seamer Josh Davey completed a maiden five-wicket haul, while Andrew Hodd was one of the three White Rose wickets to fall, departing for 85.

David Willey then bowled Ed Byrom before Azhar Ali drove Matthew Fisher, bowling with a toe injury, to cover as Somerset slipped to 28-2, a lead of 107.

It was soon 29-3 in the 13th when captain Willey forced Marcus Trescothick to edge to second slip.

12.52pm David Willey gets Marcus Trescothick caught at second slip. Somerset are 29-3, leading by 108.

12.31pm Azhar Ali clips Jack Brooks off his legs for four and takes Somerset’s lead to 102 at 23-1 after nine overs.

12.11pm Byrom has been bowled by David Willey, losing his off peg after an expansive drive. 8-1. Somerset lead by 87.

11.47am Brooks gone! He gets a leading edge to mid-on off Craig Overton. Yorkshire 320 all out, a deficit of 79.

11.40am Jack Brooks and Josh Shaw adding some useful runs here as Shaw drives Davey over the top of cover. 319-9.

11.08am Yorkshire have lost their eighth wicket, David Willey caught at first slip off Josh Davey. 296-8.

Division One

Yorkshire 292-7 v Somerset 399, Emerald Headingley
Surrey 375 v Nottinghamshire 101 and 83-2, Kia Oval
Lancashire 161 and 8-0 v Worcestershire 222 and 252, Southport
Essex 363-6 v Hampshire, Chelmsford

Division Two

Middlesex 169 and 210-5 v Sussex 171, Lord’s
Gloucestershire 202 and 152-1 v Leicestershire 111, Bristol
Glamorgan 203 v Warwickshire 445-8, Colwyn Bay
Durham lost to Northamptonshire, Emirates Riverside
Derbyshire 210-2 v Kent 561, Derby

Good morning from Emerald Headingley ahead of day three of our Specsavers County Championship match with Somerset.

If the warm-ups are anything to go by, it looks like there’s some early good news, with Matthew Fisher bowling unaffected by the toe injury he sustained on day one.

The indication was that Fisher may not bowl again in the match, but things are looking much more positive.

Yorkshire will begin the day on 292-7, trailing by 107 on first innings. Andrew Hodd has 84 and will have David Willey for company.

If they can get up towards Somerset’s 399, we should be set for a cracking finish.

The visitors simply have to win or their title chances are realistically over, bringing about a more aggressive attitude, which could open the door for Yorkshire.

An interesting day ahead. We begin at 11am.

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