By Gary Watton
July 3 2017
Just when we thought that Yorkshire's batting couldn't get worse, well they've just exceeded our expectations with yet another miserable performance with bat temporarily in hand. It's true that the absence of the England trio severly compromises our chances, and we were not helped by the misfortune of both Plunkett and Sidebottom becoming injured during this 'contest'. However, when all excuses are said and done, the Tykes are a team of skittles at present, and a return to the Second Division is becoming a realistic possibility for this increasingly mediocre outfit.
It could and should have all been so different, but the hosts demonstrated their knack of letting opponents off the hook. First we reduced Somerset on day one to 110 for five, and then 207 for nine, but a combination of dropped catches and loose bowling, not to mention enterprising batting from Groenewald partially lifted the visitors out of their hole. They now had the momentum arising out of their wagging tail, and lo and behold Yorkshire staggered along, looking every inch a batting unit short on confidence. The away team were then able to enjoy a useful first innings lead of fifty-five on what appeared to be a low-scoring match, whilst Yorkshire would also have to bat last. To literally add insult to injury, the home team were without the assistance of first Sidebottom and then Plunkett for the Somerset second innings. Weather permitting, there could only be one winner.
So it came to pass on the final day. The Yorkshire resistance was akin to a set of bowling alley skittles. How ironic it was that elsewhere Joe Root succeeded in scoring more runs for England than the Yorkshire team could amass against struggling Somerset. This first win of the County Championship may rejuvenate Somerset. The vanquished by contrast could conceivably be joining them in a basement battle in August and September.
YORKSHIRE versus Somerset; in Scarborough; Monday the third to Thursday the sixth of June; Somerset chose to bat.
Somerset first innings: 268 (Hose 62; Plunkett 4-73)
YORKSHIRE first innings: 213 (Overton.C 5-87, Groenewald 3-43)
Somerset second innings: 281 for four declared (Hildreth 101*, Rouse 69)
YORKSHIRE second innings: 157 (Overton.C 4-47, Leach 4-51)
Somerset win by 179 runs. YORKSHIRE four points, Somerset 21 points.
Lyth - A four in the first innings was followed by an improved 37 second time around. He also chipped in with two catches. However, his efforts are still inadequate.
Lees - Leesy would struggle to get into a minor counties first eleven on current form. His first innings amounted to twelve runs. His second effort was twelve less.
Brook - Playing in his first CC outing at Scarborough, Harry at least compiled a 31 in the first innings. Second time around, he failed to trouble the scorer again.
Handscomb - Fast becoming a flop, the Australian mustered scores of two and a duck egg from a combined total of six balls faced. He's not earning his salary.
Kohler-Cadmore - The Yorkshire debutant contributed 31 and then thirteen, which was above average, when compared with some of his colleagues' figures.
Bresnan - The new captain took three wickets, expensively costing 140 runs, but dropped a catch and batted painfully slowly for eleven in the first innings.
Rashid - He was our top scorer, with forty-nine and then eleven. However, his bowling was awful again. His 23 overs produced two wickets, but cost 121 runs.
Hodd - Andy managed one solitary catch and then recorded scores of 28 followed by a five. He too was another who twice fell under the 'spell' of Craig Overton.
Plunkett - Big Liam helped himself to scores of nineteen and 39. He also was among the wickets on day one, but injury curtailed his bowling later in the match.
Coad - Ben was one of our better performers, recording efforts of fifteen and then seventeen runs. He also took four wickets, costing 114 runs from 36 overs.
Sidebottom - Unbeaten on two not out and zero not out, Ryan is on the shortlist for Yorkshire's player of the match. He was only able to bowl 4.4 overs regrettably.
BATSMEN 'CHART' (minimum requirement: one hundred runs and average in excess of forty):
Ballance: average - 101.88; 815 runs; highest score - 203*
Brooks: average - 46.33; 139 runs; highest score - 109*
BOWLERS' 'CHART' (minimum requirement: ten wickets and average less than forty):
Sidebottom: average - 16.68; nineteen wickets; best bowling - five for fifty-six
Coad: average - 18.67; 39 wickets; best bowling - six for 25
Bresnan: average - 31.55; twenty wickets; best bowling - four for fifty-three
Patterson: average - 39.36; eleven wickets; best bowling - three for 28pqs: qs:
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