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LIVE BLOG: SOMERSET v YORKSHIRE, CC, DAY ONE

— 10 September 2019

Rich Pyrah, Yorkshire’s bowling coach

“All in all, it has been a good day.

“It was disappointing to lose Gary at the end there. If we’d have gone in two down, it would have been a really good day. But keeping them to just over 2.5 runs per over on there is quite good. It’s a quick-scoring ground.

“I thought we controlled it really well. All in all, pretty happy.

“We spoke this morning about there potentially being a bit in the pitch.

“We went with Patto opening the bowling to give us that control with a bit of nibble.

“It also suited Duanne as well, him coming on with a bit less pressure on him and being able to just run in and bowl quick.

“The (full) lengths he bowled today were probably as good as he has done all year.

“As a collective, I think it’s right up there with the best we’ve bowled.

“Kesh has been brilliant.

“It’s such a big advantage having a spinner who can go from one end and you can rotate your seamers from the other.

“He has control, he spins the ball, and the way he changes his pace is a delight to watch. Five-for again, he’s world-class.”

5.32pm Close. Yorkshire are 70-3 from 21 overs replying to Somerset’s 199. Hard fought day with Maharaj the star with 5-54. TKC and Patterson unbeaten at close.

5.28pm Ballance gone! He’s been trapped lbw by Bess for 35. Yorkshire are 70-3 in the penultimate over of the day, the 19th.

5.17pm Five overs left in the day, and Yorkshire are in a healthy state at 69-2 – 130 behind.

4.52pm Around the grounds on day one courtesy of the ECB Reporters Network…..

Division One

Hampshire v Surrey

Hampshire 149, Surrey 40 for 3. Rikki Clarke took his 500th first-class wicket and finished with 5 for 21 as Surrey steamrolled Hampshire for 149 in seam-friendly conditions at the Ageas Bowl.

Nottinghamshire v Kent

Kent 211 for 6. A half century from South African Heino Kuhn has been the major contribution for Kent. 43-year-old Darren Stevens is 43 not out.

Somerset v Yorkshire

Keshav Maharaj, in his final appearance for Yorkshire, took 5 for 54 as second-placed Somerset were dismissed for 199 and failed to pick up any batting bonus points. Skipper Tom Abell was ninth out for 66.

Warwickshire v Essex

Warwickshire 171 for 3. Essex spinner Simon Harmer led the way with three wickets as the Division One leaders made Warwickshire, who are not safe from the threat of relegation, work hard for runs at Edgbaston.

Division Two

Gloucestershire v Sussex

Gloucestershire 165 for 6. Chris Jordan and David Wiese took two wickets each as Gloucestershire subsided from 97 for 2 to 133 for 6 despite James Bracey’s 61.

Lancashire v Derbyshire

Derbyshire 202 for 6. Billy Godleman’s 20th first-class hundred – 104 off 197 balls – revived Derbyshire after Richard Gleeson had taken four for 15.

Leicestershire v Northamptonshire

Leicestershire 210-5. Luke Procter picked up two wickets in two balls as promotion-chasing Northamptonshire bowled themselves back into contention. Procter bowled Hassan Azad off the inside edge after the Leicestershire opener had reached 86, passing 1,000 Championship runs for the season in the process, and with his next delivery had the experienced Neil Dexter leg before.

Middlesex v Durham

Durham 147 all out. Steven Finn led the charge for wickets as Middlesex bowled out Durham in less than two sessions. The former England paceman returned figures of 4 for 41 to bundle the visitors out for 147. Peter Hanscomb provided the only resistance with a fluent half century before becoming one of three victims for Tim Murtagh (3-32).

Worcestershire v Glamorgan

Worcestershire 186 for 8. Promotion-chasing Glamorgan took six wickets in the afternoon session with only Rikki Wessels (45) offering much resistance. Moeen Ali made 18.

4.34pm OUT! Lyth caught behind off Davey, 21. 27-2 in the sixth.

4.30pm Fraine gone! Caught behind off Gregory for 6. 27-1 in the fifth.

4.25pm SIX! What a way to go to 10,000 first-class career runs for Yorkshire, Lyth pulls Davey for a second six in three balls. Congratulations. 25-0 after four.

4pm Davey gone! He’s been trapped lbw Maharaj. 199 all out. 5-54 for for the South African left-armer.

3.53pm Somerset are closing in on a first batting bonus point, something which looked unlikely at 85-6. They are now 194-8, with Abell 65 and Jamie Overton 36.

Tea Yorkshire have built on their healthy start to the Specsavers County Championship clash with Somerset at Taunton, adding four afternoon wickets to the quartet they took took before lunch.

Somerset have reached tea on day one at 173-8 from 64 overs on a pitch which is turning.

While they are on the back foot, it could have been much worse for the hosts, who were 85-6 in the early stages of the afternoon. But captain Tom Abell has at least held firm with 59 not out.

South African Test spinner Keshav Maharaj claimed three of the four wickets to fall after lunch, taking his tally of wickets to 31 in four and a bit Championship matches for Yorkshire this season.

Amazingly, Maharaj has also taken 24 wickets and counting in only his third Championship appearance against Somerset, dating back to the end of last season when he was playing on a short-term deal for Lancashire.

The left-armer had George Bartlett caught at slip by Adam Lyth two balls into the afternoon, with the Somerset man top-edging a reverse sweep (70-5 in the 31st over).

Ben Coad then had Lewis Gregory caught behind by Jonny Tattersall, standing up to the stumps, in the 38th over as the score fell to 85-6.

Abell has been Somerset’s lone survivor so far and has looked in very little trouble.

He shared 45 for the seventh wicket with ex-Yorkshire loanee Dom Bess, who chipped Maharaj to Tim Bresnan at short cover as the score fell to 130-7 after 51 overs. Bess fell for 15.

Abell had reached his fifty off 124 balls, but he lost another partner in the 59th when Roelof van der Merwe was lbw to compatriot Maharaj – 148-8.

Jamie Overton, capped by his county at lunch, will begin the evening on 21.

2.53pm Van der Merwe gone! He’s been trapped lbw pushing forwards at Maharaj, who has three-for. It’s 148-8. Maharaj has now taken 24 wickets in two and a bit Championship matches against Somerset, both for Yorkshire and Lancashire.

2.17pm Abell 50 off 124 balls with 7×4s. Somerset 116-6 in the 49th over.

2.04pm Whilst this pitch has turned, it hasn’t really done a great deal else. There have been a few giveaway wickets, none more so than the fifth when George Bartlett reverse swept the second ball of the afternoon to slip off Maharaj. Somerset 104-6 in the 46th. Abell has 38 and Bess 1.

1.14pm Great start to the afternoon for Yorkshire….Maharaj gets Bartlett caught at slip by Lyth off a top-edged reverse sweep. 70-5 two balls after lunch.

Lunch Duanne Olivier struck twice in five balls during a productive opening morning for Yorkshire against Somerset at Taunton, with the hosts reaching lunch at 70-4 from 30 overs.

The South African quick claimed the key wickets of Indian overseas batsman Murali Vijay and James Hildreth, caught behind and bowled through the gate in the 16th and 18th overs.

Steve Patterson had made the initial breakthrough in the 10th over when he forced Steve Davies into a loose drive to point, leaving the score at 18-1 following an uncontested toss.

Olivier then claimed his wickets in his first two overs (37-3) before Tim Bresnan had Tom Banton caught by Adam Lyth diving forwards at second slip off a combination of inside edge and pad – 46-4 in the 23rd.

Somerset openers Vijay, on debut, and Davies had looked fairly comfortable during the opening 45 minutes of play, but it has been anything but since for the second-placed side in Division One.

Keshav Maharaj bowled two overs before lunch, with signs of turn on offer from a pitch which is green but bare at both ends.

12.06pm Banton gone! Caught at second slip diving forwards by Lyth off Bresnan – inside edge onto pad and it looped up. 46-4.

11.43am Olivier bowls Hildreth, maybe off inside edge, 1. 37-3 in the 18th.

11.32am Bresnan and Olivier into the attack. Olivier’s first ball took off and thudded into the gloves of Tattersall. Somerset 30-1 in the 16th. Make that 30-2. Olivier gets Vijay caught behind.

11.05am Breakthrough. Steve Davies is caught at point by Will Fraine off Steve Patterson following a loose drive. Somerset 18-1 in the 10th over.

10.34am Ben Coad and Steve Patterson sharing the new ball. Somerset 4-0 early in the second over.

10.04am There has not been a toss, and Yorkshire are bowling first.

Somerset: Abell c, Vijay, Hildreth, Banton, Bartlett, Davies w, Bess, Gregory, van der Merwe, J Overton, Davey.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Fraine, Ballance, Kohler-Cadmore, Brook, Tattersall w, Bresnan, Maharaj, Patterson c, Coad, Olivier.

Good morning from Taunton, where it is an overcast start to the day ahead of our Specsavers County Championship clash with Somerset.

Don’t forget, we start at 10.30am given we’re into September.

Yorkshire begin the week looking for their sixth win of the season and are 35 points behind Somerset in second and 37 behind leaders Essex with three rounds to play.

It looks an interesting pitch. Green but bare at both ends. Team selection will be fascinating in the next 45 minutes.

This week will see Yorkshire led by the coaching duo of Paul Grayson and Rich Pyrah, with Andrew Gale not travelling to the West Country for personal reasons.

It sounds like Jack Brooks will miss out for the hosts due to a heel injury.

Enjoy the week.

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