Somerset vs Yorkshire

Match info: County Championship Division 1 at The County Ground, Taunton

Date: 16th Apr 2014 Status: Day 4 of 4 Umpires: N G C Cowley and M J Saggers

Home team and score Away team score

Somerset

553 All out (157.5 Overs)

Result

Yorkshire

450 All out (132.5 Overs)
193/4 Dec (71.0 Overs)

Match Drawn

  • Last Updated: April 17 2014, 10:46 BST

Yorkshire's batsmen ensured they began their LV= County Championship campaign with a tame draw against Somerset at Taunton.

Adam Lyth: Passed 5,000 first-class runs
Adam Lyth: Passed 5,000 first-class runs

After conceding a 103-run first-innings advantage, the White Rose were in some danger when they began their second innings with 89 overs still remaining on the final day.

But openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees ensured their would be no slip by piecing together a 100-run stand. Yorkshire eventually declared at 193 for four at 5pm, when the draw was accepted by both sides.

Somerset's hopes of tearing into Yorkshire's batting was undermined by injuries to Alfonso Thomas and Craig Overton, which prevented both from bowling on the final day.

In their absence Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick was left short of front-line options, with part-timers Johann Myburgh and Alviro Petersen bowling first change.

With James Hildreth also employed to bowl they accounted for 46 of the 71 overs Somerset sent down.

The task for Lyth and Lees was, therefore, to see off the new ball and usher Yorkshire into relatively safe territory.

They did so without undue concern on a placid pitch that had seen Somerset eventually bowled out for 553 in their first innings at the start of the day.

Lyth passed 5,000 first-class runs as he and his opening partner reached lunch at 93 for none from 27 overs.

Lees fell shortly after the interval when he was caught behind off Craig Meschede for 47 and Lyth followed after reaching his second half-century of the match when he mis-cued a pull shot off Hildreth to mid-wicket.

A slow middle session saw Yorkshire manage just 57 runs in 29 overs as they dug in for an 11-point match haul from their trip south.

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson finished unbeaten on 57 and, while Andrew Gale and Gary Ballance both fell cheaply to Myburgh and Petersen, the graft had already been completed to confirm the stalemate.

Somerset picked up nine points from the match while their first-innings total was the fifth highest in Championship cricket without a century.

The hosts' last-pairing had added 23 to their overnight score before Overton was lbw to Steven Patterson. Liam Plunkett's four for 117 was the best return for the Yorkshire bowlers.

Somerset travel to defending champions Durham for their second game of the season from Sunday, while Yorkshire are at home to newly-promoted Northamptonshire.


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