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LIVE BLOG: SOMERSET V YORKSHIRE, CC, DAY THREE

— 12 September 2019

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Steve Patterson

“It’s very disappointing,” he said.

“Realistically, when we won in the last round of fixtures against Notts at Scarborough and both Somerset and Essex also won, our (title) chances were gone then.

“But, that aside, we came here hoping to win the game and confident we could do it.

“We had them at 80-6 in the first innings, and I thought we were in a strong position driving the game.

“But their young captain Tom Abell played a fantastic innings (66 to get them to 199) and made the difference. That was a crucial stage of the game.

“We started our first innings well.

“But, as has happened on more than one occasion this year, unfortunately we had a nightmare hour. Any chance of realistically winning the game had gone.

“The frustration and disappointment is that we lost six wickets in 40 minutes, and it just kills you. It knocks the wind out of you.

“If you think back to Scarborough against Notts, we lost five wickets for 38 on the first morning and managed to claw our way back in thanks to Jonny Tattersall and Tim Bresnan against a side low on confidence.

“But there’s only so often you can get out of a position like that.

“Against a top team like these guys are, they just don’t let you back into the game.

“They know their conditions well and are a strong team.

“They’re top of the league for a reason.

“They’ve exploited the conditions well and did to us what we did to them at Headingley in our home conditions. They’ve done exactly the reverse.

“They outplayed us and thoroughly deserved to win.”

4.13pm Around the grounds courtesy of the Reporters Network….

Division One

Hampshire v Surrey (Ageas Bowl)

Kyle Abbott’s two put Hampshire on course to record their fourth win of the season as Surrey, who needed 424 to win, reached 100 for 4 at tea on day three.
Abbott dismissed Scott Borthwick and dangerman Ollie Pope, both caught behind.

Kent beat Nottinghamshire by 227 runs (Trent Bridge)

Kent completed their fourth victory of the season as they handed Nottinghamshire a sixth defeat in a row which virtually confirms their relegation to Division Two.
Darren Stevens took 5 for 53 as Notts showed little resistance after being set a nominal victory target of 440. They were dismissed for 212.

Somerset beat Yorkshire by 298 runs (Taunton)

Somerset’s hopes of a first ever County Championship title were given a massive boost by a crushing 298-run victory inside three days at Taunton.
Set an unlikely 426 to win, the visitors were bowled out for just 127, with Will Fraine forced to bat at seven with a runner because of a knee problem and Ben Coad absent ill. Seamer Josh Davey claimed 5 for 21 from 11.2 overs. Somerset had earlier been dismissed for 329. Keshav Maharaj returned 5 for 122 for match figures of 10 for 176 to become Yorkshire’s leading Championship wicket-taker with 38 in only five appearances.

Warwickshire v Essex (Edgbaston)

Tom Westley and Nick Browne compiled patient half-centuries as Essex got stuck into a big rearguard action. In reply to 517, the visitors went into tea on 205 for 3 with Westley unbeaten on 79 (167 balls, eight fours) and Browne having made 65 (206 balls, 12 fours).

Division Two

Gloucestershire v Sussex (Bristol)

Sussex took a first innings lead of 170 in a match they need to win to keep their promotion push alive. Gloucestershire are 131 for 4 in their second innings and trail by 39. Skipper Chris Dent was out for 72.

Lancashire v Derbyshire (Old Trafford)

Lancashire are closing in on an inevitable return to the top tier after building a first innings lead of 174. They were eventually bowled out for 418 and then reduced Derbyshire to 49 for 2 with Tom Bailey claiming the key wicket of Billy Godleman.

Leicestershire v Northamptonshire (Grace Road)

Leicestershire 308 Northants 201-4. Northants are closing in on another win in their promotion push. They took a first innings lead of 49 and have reduced Leicestershire to 134 for 6. The hosts lead by 85 with Colin Ackerman making 60.

Durham beat Middlesex by 44 runs (Lord’s)

Brydon Carse produced a career-best six-wicket haul as Durham beat Middlesex by 44 runs at Lord’s. The South-African born seamer took 6-26 including a match-winning post-lunch burst of 5-9 as Durham bowled out the hosts for 151.
Victory keeps alive Durham chances of promotion, while defeat for Middlesex means they will spend a third successive season in Division 2 in 2020.

Worcestershire v Glamorgan (New Road)

Glamorgan lost half their side for 54 after Worcestershire opener Daryl Mitchell’s 139 had helped set the visitors a 312 target.
Worcestershire club captain Joe Leach sent back Nick Selman and Tom Cullen and in between overseas signing Kraigg Brathwaite was run out before David Lloyd and Samit Patel fell to Ed Barnard to leave the visitors tottering. They are 69 for 5 at tea, still needing 243 to win. Mitchell almost carried his bat in making a six hour 139 with 17 fours before he was last out when run out.

3.17pm OUT! Olivier caught by Bess running back from point. Davey takes his fifth. 127 all out. Coad not batting. Yorkshire lose by 298 and can no longer win the title.

2.56pm Fraine has been caught and bowled by Davey. 103-8.

2.38pm Yorkshire are six wickets down – 94-6. Kohler-Cadmore has edged Davey to first slip. Make that seven, I’m afraid. Two in the over. Maharaj lbw.

2.34pm Bresnan gone! He’s been run out by a direct hit from Bess at striker’s end from backward point. TKC had been on strike. 94-5. Fraine in and Lyth as a runner.

1.57pm Ah….Yorkshire sliding towards defeat now as Brook goes, bowled playing back to van der Merwe. 71-4 in the 25th.

1.30pm Tattersall is caught at first slip by Hildreth off J Overton, looking to leave. Yorkshire are 54-3.

Ooops

Lunch Yorkshire have been set a victory target of 426 to beat Somerset at Taunton and keep their Specsavers County Championship title hopes alive, and they have reached lunch at 47-2 from 15.5 overs.

The White Rose struck five times with the ball during the first hour of day three to bowl Somerset out for 329 after they had resumed overnight on 269-5 in their second innings.

Keshav Maharaj claimed three of them to finish with 5-122 and 10-176 in the match.

The South African left-arm spinner, who departs for international duty after this game, is the county’s leading wicket-taker this season with 38 in five Division One games.

Tim Bresnan and Steve Patterson also added a wicket apiece.

Maharaj bowled Lewis Gregory (39), had George Bartlett (47) stumped and Roelof van der Merwe caught at mid-off, taking his tally of Championship wickets against Somerset to 31 in three games for Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Bresnan bowled Dom Bess and Patterson did likewise to Jamie Overton to wrap an the innings in which seven different batsmen hit at least a six.

Yorkshire lost Adam Lyth in the fourth over of their chase, caught low down at third slip by Overton off Josh Davey (7-1).

Locum opener Jonny Tattersall, standing in for injured Will Fraine (knee), and Gary Ballance then took the score to 47 before the latter edged the penultimate ball of the morning behind off Overton (19).

Tattersall will begin the afternoon on 14.

11.56am Lyth gone! He’s been caught low down at third slip by J Overton off Davey, 1. Yorkshire 7-1 chasing 426.

11.40am Jonny Tattersall is opening the batting for Yorkshire alongside Adam Lyth. We have 86 overs remaining today.

11.30am Yorkshire have been set a target of 426 to win. They have bowled Somerset out for 329, with Patterson bowling Jamie Overton. Maharaj finished with another five wickets, 10 in the match, and he is now the county’s leading wicket-taker this season with 38 wickets. Will Fraine will not open the batting for Yorkshire, but he is expected to bat.

11.16am OUT! Van der Merwe has reverse swept Maharaj for two sixes in three balls and then finds TKC at mid-off. 310-9.

10.44am Bess bowled by Bresnan, off-stump out of the ground and middle and leg disturbed. 273-7.

10.39am Gregory gone! He’s been bowled by Maharaj as he tries to hoist him over long-on. 272-6 – a lead of 368.

10.32am One over through day three, bowled by Maharaj. Somerset 271-5, a lead of 367. Bresnan sharing the bowling duties.

Good morning from Taunton. It is a lovely day to begin day three in the West Country. A bit of cloud around, yes. but the skies are bright.

We will get 104 overs today given the loss of last night’s final hour.

There’s no getting away from it, yesterday was a shocking day for Yorkshire as they relinquished control in this match.

Somerset will begin today on 269-5 in their second innings, leading by 365.

Will Fraine is likely to bat despite his knee injury, but he won’t open. With Ben Coad, the situation is unknown.

We start at 10.30am. Enjoy the day.

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