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Yorkshire were beaten by Somerset during the fourth day of their Specsavers County Championship match at Taunton as they fell short of a 321 target, losing by 118 runs.

The White Rose county were bowled out for 202 during the latter stages of the afternoon as Craig Overton led the way with three wickets.

Jack Leaning top-scored with 68 for Yorkshire, who head into Friday’s clash with champions Essex at Chelmsford when Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root are available with a drawn one, won one and lost one record from their opening three matches.

Yorkshire’s batting was an obvious issue in this fixture after being bowled out for 96 in the first innings, but Somerset’s seamers bowled superbly in helpful conditions.

They have now won their first two matches of a season for the first time since 1993 and knocked Yorkshire off top spot in Division One.

Nottinghamshire, however, are the new leaders after beating Worcestershire at New Road.

The visitors, who claimed three points from this match, started day four on 49-1, only to lose India overseas batsman Che Pujara caught behind off Lewis Gregory for six with the first ball of the day.

A little over five overs later, in the 30th, Adam Lyth was caught at first slip for 34 off Tim Groenewald as the score fell to 67-3.

Gary Ballance (19) also fell caught behind off a beauty from Gregory as the score fell to 81-4 in the 33rd over before Matthew Waite chipped a return catch to Overton off the leading edge with another 17 runs added to the total.

When Overton trapped Andrew Hodd lbw to secure his second wicket in as many overs, Yorkshire were 103-6 in the 45th.

Then came the visitors’ best partnership of the match as, either side of lunch, seventh-wicket pair Leaning and Tim Bresnan shared 56 inside 29 overs.

Leaning drove particularly well on the way to a 128-ball fifty with seven boundaries.

But their resistance was broken by home captain Tom Abell, who bowls part-time seamers and struck at the end of his second over by trapping Bresnan lbw for 21 with a nip backer as the score fell to 159-7 after 73.

Jack Brooks hit four fours in 21 off 16 balls, but he fell caught and bowled one-handed by Groenewald in the 78th as the score fell to 188-8.

Wicket number nine followed in the next over when Abell had Ben Coad caught at second slip with 191 on the board. Leaning was last to go when he miscued a pull at Overton to square-leg in the 87th over.

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