26th May 2020

Half centuries from Hildreth, Trescothick, Abell and Cooper bring Somerset back in the game

Half centuries from James Hildreth, Marcus Trescothick, Tom Abell and Tom Cooper brought Somerset right back into their game against Yorkshire at Taunton where by the end of day they trailed by 129 runs with six first innings.

In the morning session Yorkshire added 95 to their overnight total before they were bowled out for 438, Pete Trego ending with four for 73 while Craig Overton took three for 74.

When Somerset replied good partnerships for the first, second and fourth wickets saw Somerset reach 309 for four by the close.

After the close Tom said:

“It was great to get a bit of time out in the middle. I have been a little bit short of runs so far this season and had a few starts, but it was certainly nice to get a few partnerships going at the top of the order.

“It was great that the others played around so that I could establish myself and being at the other end to ‘Tres’ and ‘Myb’ was top drawer. It was awesome batting out there and I found it a really good challenge against some quality bowlers

Talking about his opening partner Tom said:

“It is obviously a good batting wicket and over years we have seen that Tres is class and he showed it once again today. He looked in great touch which was great to see and it was just a shame that he couldn’t go on, but it was good to watch him play from the other end.

He went on:

“I found it quite tough going out there but then Hildy came out and blazed it to all parts. Clearly he is in the form of his life at the moment and hopefully that can continue on, but it was quite nice to have that much support.

“It was good that a few others were able to stand up today and back Hildy up. The way that he is playing at the moment is quite incredible and I’m just grateful that he is on our side.”

Talking about the state of the game Tom said:

“After our two late wickets yesterday I thought that we were right in the game, but then they played well pretty well this morning. However I think we are happy with the position that we are in.”

He added:

“We have got six wickets left now and if we can establish some more partnerships and try to get a solid lead then pressure does funny things. If we can take a few half chances in the filed we are in a good position in this game so hopefully we can try to keep the pressure on them as much as possible.”

At the start of the day resuming on 347 for eight Bresnan who began the day on 56 hit Trego to the mid wicket boundary to see up the 350.

Bresnan and new batsman Steve Patterson both looked untroubled and scored their runs freely. The former drove Alfonso Thomas through mid-wicket to see up the 400 in the 105th over and the fifth batting bonus point and when he took three off Trego to long on he went to his century, his third in the championship and first since 2007.

Bresnan’s runs came off 136 balls and included 12 fours and a six.

In the same over Trego had Patterson caught by ‘keeper Barrow for 42 with the total on 437, the ninth wicket adding 92 runs in 19 overs.

Next over Craig Overton accounted for last man Jack Brooks caught by Barrow without scoring and Yorkshire were all out for 438 in the 115th overs, leaving Bresnan unbeaten on 100.

Trego ended with four for 73 off 19 overs, while Craig Overton finished with three for 74 off 22.2.

When Somerset replied Marcus Trescothick gave a clear sign of his intentions to the Yorkshire bowlers when he took two cover drives to the boundary off Liam Plunkett’s first over.

His opening partner Tom Abell also scored two boundaries off Brooks’ first over from the other end and by lunch he had moved onto 14 and Trescothick 24 with Somerset 38 without loss off 10 overs.

Shortly after the break Trescothick saw up the Somerset 50 when he drove Bresnan to he cover boundary in the 13th over.

The Somerset skipper was in vintage form and when he took two down to third man off Plunkett he went to his 50 which came from 59 balls with 10 fours.

However six runs later Trescothick was caught by ‘keeper Bairstow pushing forward to Patterson.

Abell at the other end was flourishing, playing the better ball sensibly, while punishing anything that wasn’t as he did when he pulled Brooks to the mid wicket boundary.

New batsman Myburgh soon settled in and it was the all rounder who saw up the Somerset 100 when he hit Bresnan through mid wicket in the 32nd over.

Abell went to his first half century of the season when he drove Brooks to the cover boundary, his runs coming from 101 balls with eight fours and by tea along with Myburgh he had helped to see Somerset to 151 for one off 43 overs, by which time he was on 59 and Myburgh had moved onto 31.

Abell and Myburgh added a further 12 runs to the total but in the fifth over after tea Abell on 62 was caught at slip by Bresnan as he pushed forward to leg spinner Rashid. Abell and Myburgh added 79 runs together for the second wicket partnership.

Next over Myburgh was LBW to Patterson for 41 which made Somerset 165 for three.

Hildreth smote two big sixes off successive balls from Rashid in the 52nd over, one straight and the other over long on, before Cooper at the other end edged a wider delivery from Plunkett to the boundary to see up the Somerset 200.

When Hildreth played an exquisite cover drive off Brooks to the last ball of the 58th over he saw up his 50 off just 30 balls with six 4s and two 6s.

Hildreth continued to flourish and took his score onto 82 when he drove a delivery from Rashid straight back to the bowler who held on to the catch.

The fourth wicket partnership between Cooper and Hildreth added 129 runs in 22 overs.

For the first time this season Cooper started to look at ease at the wicket and when he square drove Bresnan to the boundary he went to his maiden 50 for Somerset, which came off 86 balls and included eight 4s.

Thomas came in as night watchman and remained with Cooper until the close by which time Somerset had moved onto 309 for four off 75 overs, still 129 runs behind.

Cooper ended the day unbeaten on 55 and Thomas not out 4.