25th July 2021

Yorkshire have the edge on first day against Somerset

Yorkshire edged the honours on the opening day of their LV=Championship match where they had reached 343 for eight by the close after being put in to bat first by the close.

Things were was evenly balanced until the final session when a century from Jack Leaning and an unbeaten half century from Tim Bresnan added 117 for the seventh wicket to put the visitors ahead.

In the final overs however Pete Trego and Alfonso Thomas took a wicket apiece to claw Somerset back into the game.

Pete Trego who bowled a miserly spell three for 46 from his 15 overs six of which were maidens said afterwards:

“We knew that after the opening spell that it was going to be an attritional wicket and my job was going to be to bowl dry and not go searching for wickets.

“I was lucky to strike early which gives you a little bit of confidence but as very often happens in the attack my role is to contain, but I was delighted to nip a few out as well.

“My last wicket near the end of the day was my least celebrated because I was feeling a little bit grumpy at the time.”

Summing up Pete said:

“I thought that we had a great day as a team other than the partnership of 100 runs which was disappointing, because we maybe could have stepped on them a little bit there. If they had been all out sub 350 that would have been a phenomenal day, but as it stands they probably scored a few too many runs unfortunately.”

“All of our bowlers are in good form and when Craig O took his two wickets in three balls they went from 211 for three to 211 for five and at 250ish for six we were in a prime position. However I thought we let it slip a little bit in that last hour of the day but picking up two wickets at the end papers that over.”

At the start of the day after being asked to bat first in overcast conditions on a greenish looking wicket openers Alex Lees and Will Rhodes took the total onto 55 when Trego who had replaced Jamie Overton at the River End had Lees LBW for 34.

Trego made runs very hard to come by and in his first spell sent down seven overs, four of which were maidens and took one for seven.

Jamie Overton switched ends and shortly before the interval had Rhodes, fending the ball off his hip, well caught at leg gully by Tom Cooper diving to his left for 28 and by lunch Yorkshire had moved onto 87 for two off 29 overs.

In the 10th over after the break Gale hit Thomas to the square cover boundary to bring up the Yorkshire 100, but after moving onto 22 the Yorkshire skipper was caught by Allenby off Trego at first slip after Trescothick at second had knocked the ball into the air.

New batsman Jonny Bairstow joined Leaning and between them the two upped the tempo. Bairstow was particularly harsh on Trego when he took four boundaries off the 52nd over.

Next over Leaning went to his half century when he drove Jamie Overton to the boundary. Not long after the same batsman took a single off Allenby to square leg to see up the 200.

Bairstow had raced the score along and when he took a single off Allenby to backward square he brought up his 50 off 58 balls with nine 4s. Next ball however he played back to Craig Overton and was caught at second slip by Trescothick which made Yorkshire 211 for four.

Two balls later Overton struck again when new batsman Jim Maxwell pushed a catch to cover where Tom Abell took the chance.

By tea Yorkshire had moved onto 215 for five off 64 overs, Leaning on 68 and Adil Rashid 1.

The players returned to the pitch for 11 balls after tea when the rain started to fall and the game was halted with the score on 216 for five.

The game started again half an hour later without any loss of overs and after helping to add nine to the total Rashid was bowled by Thomas to make Yorkshire 225 for six.

Leaning was joined by Tim Bresnan and it was the former who hit Jamie Overton to mid wicket to see up the 250 in the 75th over.

Not long after Leaning went to his second century of the season when he took a single off Cooper into the onside, his runs coming off 192 balls with 15 fours.

Bresnan was hitting the ball hard and quickly moved to his half century when he drove Thomas to the cover boundary, his runs coming off 73 balls with seven 4s and one six.

Bresnan’s maximum struck a spectator who was sitting on the front row of the temporary stand next to the Andy Caddick Pavilion. Thankfully however after receiving medical attention the unfortunate spectator’s injury did not appear serious.

Off the last ball of the penultimate over Trego bowled Leaning pushing forward for 123, and Yorkshire were 342 for seven. Leaning’s partnership with Bresnan added 117 runs.

Thomas grabbed another wicket for Somerset when he claimed Liam Plunkett LBW with the second ball of the final over as Yorkshire ended on 343 for 8 off 95.2 overs, Bresnan unbeaten on 54.

In addition to Trego’s three, Thomas ended with two for 69 off 21.2 overs with seven maidens and Craig Overton two for 63 from 18 of which four were maidens.