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A Cliffhanger In Taunton!

By Gary Watton
June 9 2017

How will Yorkshire ever cope when Ryan Sidebottom retires and Gary Ballance receives a test recall? Mind you, the Tykes have demonstrated once again that even with a cruelly depleted squad they can still just about prevail. This nail biter was one of those prime occasions when every moment of fielding brilliance or incompetence actually did determine the eventual result. Somerset, mysteriously struggling this summer, always appear to be a much tougher proposition for the white rose than Warwickshire. This renders our astonishing conquest of them all the more satisfying. The visitors looked well on track for victory going into the final day, but a fine fifth wicket partnership between Davies and debutant Hose all but slammed the door on an away win. However two quick wickets breathed life into the contest, but even at lunch, the home team looked poised for a narrow win. Nevertheless, at the eleventh hour, along comes the unlikely bowling combination of Lyth and Siddy to achieve a stunning triumph. Credit must go to the captain for persevering with them, when the new ball was available, while young Carver also took two catches in the final hour - each of which must be worth about eight points.

The gallant Tykes can now go boldly forth into major fixtures against Surrey tomorrow and Middlesex next week with renewed confidence. Not everyone is pulling their weight admittedly, but Yorkshire are still proving to be formidable, even in the enforced absence of several England players. Whether we can continue to cope and progress towards silverware in 2017 remains to be seen.....

Somerset versus YORKSHIRE; in Taunton; Friday the ninth to Monday the twelfth of June. YORKSHIRE chose to bat first.


YORKSHIRE first innings: 202 (Hodd 59; Overton.J 3-30)

Somerset first innings: 224 (Sidebottom 5-56)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 283 (Ballance 98*, Handscomb 70; Bess 5-80, Leach 3-53)

Somerset second innings: 258 (Hose 68, Davies 59; Patterson 3-28, Sidebottom 3-59)

YORKSHIRE win by three runs. Somerset four points, YORKSHIRE twenty points.


Lyth - He made a frenetic start to the proceedings with four fours and a six, but it was another brief cameo. His second innings of ten was even more inadequate.

Lees - His knack of scoring more runs in the second innings reared its head again. He spent an hour amassing six runs. His second knock of 38 was a bit better.

Handscomb - A match return of 95 runs in such a low-scoring contest was invaluable. Peter's two efforts featured a total of fifteen boundaries.

Ballance - Cruelly left two runs short of a remarkable century, Ballance must surely be on the cusp of an England recall. His big knock included two sixes.

Leaning - He's becoming a passenger again. Jack spent a total of forty-six minutes at the crease, painstakingly accumulating a mere three runs in each innings.

Waite - The young debutant took three wickets, costing seventy runs, and hit eighteen in the second innings. He will get better than this. He will have to!

Hodd - Andy helped himself to several catches, but more importantly rescued the first innings with a typically belligerent fifty. His second effort was not so hot.

Rafiq - He underperformed with bat and ball, scoring only thirteen runs from two innings and his bowling amounted to one wicket from 27 overs, costing 103 runs.

Patterson - SP completely failed with the bat but made amends when he bowled. His removal of their top three batsmen in the second innings was really massive.

Carver - This lucky charm contributed two wickets, two catches, and thirty-three priceless runs. Hopefully Karl will bowl a bit better the next time.

Sidebottom - This guy is a legend. He dismissed their three top order batsmen on day one and then took three of the last four wickets on the final afternoon.


BATSMEN 'CHART' (minimum requirement: one hundred runs and average in excess of forty):

Brooks: average - 127; 127 runs; highest score - 109*

Ballance: average - 103.86; 727 runs; highest score - 203*

Rashid: average - fifty-two; 104 runs; highest score - 65

Handscomb: average - 44.78; 403 runs; highest score - 101*


BOWLERS' 'CHART' (minimum requirement: ten wickets):

Coad: average - 14.03; 31 wickets; best bowling - six for 25

Sidebottom: average - 15.19; sixteen wickets; best bowling - five for fifty-six

Bresnan: average - 26.67; fifteen wickets; best bowling - four for fifty-three

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