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Late haul gives Somerset the edge

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Headingley
Yorkshire v Somerset

11-14 June (Play starts 1100 BST)
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Yorkshire 269-8 (Yorks 2pts, Somerset 2pts)


Joe Sayers
Sayers top scored for Yorkshire with 60 on day one at Headingley

Somerset took three late wickets to snatch the advantage after day one of their County Championship clash with Yorkshire at Headingley.

After being restricted to 166-5 by mid afternoon, Tim Bresnan (48) and Gerard Brophy (33) led a recovery by adding 82 for the sixth wicket.

But once Brophy was dismissed, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Bresnan soon followed as Yorkshire closed on 269-8.

Opener Joe Sayers had earlier hit 60 and Andrew Gale 35 for the Tykes.

Thomas, Charl Willoughby and Michael Munday all took two wickets for Somerset.

The match marked the surprise debut of 19-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Jonathan Bairstow as he replaced Michael Vaughan who was having treatment on his right knee.

Yorkshire won the toss and got off to a good start as Jacques Rudolph and Sayers made 35 from 15 overs before Alfonso Thomas took out Rudolph's leg stump.

Tykes skipper Anthony McGrath looked in good form before he top-edged a hook at former Yorkshire colt David Stiff during his second spell of bowling and was caught by Craig Kieswetter.

Sayers continued well and completed his half-century, from 81 balls, just after lunch.

But he lost his wicket just as the home side appeared to be in the ascendency when he edged a Willoughby delivery to Justin Langer at slip.

Bairstow, the son of former Yorkshire captain David, was welcomed with warm applause and set about cementing a good fourth-wicket partnership with Gale.

The pair reached 55 together before Gale went leg before to Peter Trego on 35.

In the very next over Bairstow, on 28, fell to a full toss from Michael Munday as Yorkshire slipped to 166-5.

Bresnan seized the initiative with two sixes off loose deliveries from Munday and along with Gerard Brophy they carried the home team to 233-5 when Somerset took the new ball.

It proved crucial as Brophy coughed up an easy caught-and-bowled to Thomas, Naved was bowled and Munday had Bresnan caught by Willoughby sweeping.



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