Day 4

Somerset started the day 82 ahead and had extended this to 136 before Rew was taken at deep mid wicket by Bess off Ben Cliff for 38 from 40 balls with 7 fours. Umeed had advanced to 176 from 224 balls when he was trapped lbw by Bess. The same bowler then had Roberts dismissed in similar fashion and Somerset were all out for 489, a lead of 139.

There were 85 overs remaining – James Wharton was lbw first ball to Leonard but the skipper, Will Luxton and Yash Vagadia scored at a healthy rate when in the 10th over with the score at 73 Luxton was also adjudged lbw for 24 from 25 balls. Harry Duke and Vagadia reached lunch, Yorkshire 95-2, trailing by 44 – Vagadia 45 no from 54 and Duke 15 no from 25.

Rain arrived during the luncheon interval and continued to fall – the game being called off as a draw at 3.08pm.

Yorkshire   13 points                           Somerset    15 points

Next action is a 4 day Second Eleven Championship game against Leicestershire at Scarborough starting 22nd April.

Day 3

Resuming on 50-1, Somerset made steady progress. Vaughan and Leonard reached their 50 partnership from 96 deliveries. They each reached personal half centuries from 105 and 87 balls respectively. They reached a hundred partnership from 176 balls but shortly after, Louie Owens, having his first bowl in 2nd X1 red ball cricket, dismissed Leonard, caught in the gully by Kelly for 54 from 105 balls including 10 fours.

Umeed joined Vaughan and at lunch Somerset were 158-2.

The 3rd ball after lunch saw Vaughan trapped lbw by Mickey Edwards for 61 made from 124 balls with 8 fours. Skipper, Ben Green joined Umeed and they added 50 in 77 balls proceeding to a hundred partnership from 143. Umeed reached his half century first from 74 balls and Green shortly after from 72 balls. However with the total at 305 Dom Bess bowled Green with the last ball of the session.

A shower at tea resulted in a delayed restart and 4 overs were lost. George Thomas was bowled by Leech for 6 and he was replaced by his brother. Umeed completed his century from 151 balls with 13 fours and he added 77 with Thomas before the latter was caught and bowled by Bess for 29 – 405-6.

Hill was stumped by Duke off Bess for 3 but Umeed continued and at the close he was unbeaten on 154 from 199 balls and Somerset closed on 432-7, a lead of 82.

Day 2

After another Day 1 washout play got under way on time thanks again to the great work by the Groundstaff.

Will Luxton, again, won the toss and elected to bat first – however he was unable to follow up his 188 of last week being bowled without scoring in the first over. Yash Vagadia was caught behind, also without scoring and we were reduced to 10-2.

Harry Duke joined James Wharton and they “steadied the ship” adding 50 from 77 balls and remaining unbeaten at lunch – Yorkshire 129-2. Duke and Wharton each reached 50 from 71 balls with 10 fours and at lunch were 60 and 65 respectively – the hundred partnership had arrived from 136 balls.

Post lunch the partnership went past 150 from 205 balls and had reached 154 when Duke was adjudged lbw for 87 from 129 balls with 15 fours and a six. Dom Bess joined Wharton and they took the total past 200 before Wharton was bowled for 96 from 124 balls with 18 fours, the score 202-4.

Archie Vaughan, son of Michael, joined the attack and in his first over had Bess caught at mid wicket by Jack Leach (playing only as a batter) for 27 and Noah Kelly and Will Bennison saw us through to tea at 243-5 with 38 overs remaining in the day.

The not out pair advanced the total, their 50 partnership coming from96 balls, but with the score at 295, Bennison was bowled for 26 from 65 balls. Kelly reached his half century from 99 balls with 10 fours. Dominic Leech made 23 from 37 before being bowled by Ogborne Mickey Edwards 1 and Ben Cliff 0. Yorkshire declared upon reaching their 3rd batting bonus point at 350-9, Kelly unbeaten on 71 from 119 balls with 13 fours.

Twelve overs remained in the day – Ben Cliff and Mickey Edwards bowled 2 each without success however the light deteriorated and slow bowlers were introduced: Dom Bess and Will Bennison bowling 4 each with Will dismissing Jack Leach bowled. Somerset 50-1


By John Virr – 2nd XI Scorer

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