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Day 4 of 4
Yorkshire won by 40 runs.

Somerset vs Yorks

Yorkshire win to go top

De Bruyn's century not enough for Somerset

Bresnan: sealed the result by bowling Caddick

LV County Championship - Division One
Yorkshire 372 (J A Rudolph 155, G L Brophy 70, A W Gale 61, C M Willoughby 4-65) & 208 (A W Gale 58, R M Pyrah 51, A C Thomas 5-46) v Somerset 258 (C Kieswetter 67 no, M E Trescothick 51) & 282 (Z de Bruyn 103, I D Blackwell 64)
Yorkshire (21pts) beat Somerset (5pts) by 40 runs

Yorkshire are top of the County Championship after claiming a 40-run victory over previous leaders Somerset at Taunton.

The Cidermen, led by Zander de Bruyn's 103, made a spirited effort to chase a target of 323 before being bowled out for 282 late in the evening session of a high-quality match.

Yorkshire looked set to be celebrating much earlier after four wickets in the morning left Somerset struggling at 54-4, having resumed on 12-0 at the start of the final day.

Tim Bresnan removed both openers - Marcus Trescothick (12) and Neil Edwards (18) - in similar fashion, caught by David Wainwright on the leg-side boundary from mis-hit pull shots.

James Hildreth (2) followed lbw to Matthew Hoggard, and skipper Justin Langer (10) edged Steven Patterson to slip to leave his side in deep trouble.

But de Bruyn and Ian Blackwell revived the hosts with an 88-run fifth wicket stand either side of lunch and, after Hoggard had Blackwell caught behind for a 72-ball 64, Craig Kieswetter helped de Bruyn add exactly 100 for the sixth wicket.

Just when they looked to have swung things Somerset's way, Kieswetter was pinned lbw by Patterson (2-56) on the back foot for 41.

When Hoggard (3-48) took the second new ball the target was down to 73 with 21 overs left in the match and he quickly bowled Ben Phillips middle stump for seven.

De Bruyn went on to his first century for Somerset, made off 214 balls, with just five fours, and a draw looked favourite when Alfonso Thomas shut up shop while batting for 12 overs.

Adil Rashid broke through Thomas' (5) defence with six overs left and 46 still needed. By that point Somerset's chance had gone and de Bruyn's near five-and-a-half hour innings ended with a perfectly pitched leg-break from Rashid (2-60) with 24 balls remaining.

Bresnan (3-25) sealed the triumph by bowling Andy Caddick (0) via his pads, sparking wild celebrations among his colleagues.

The result lifts Yorkshire two points above Somerset at the head of the Division One standings, both sides having played six games.

Day three

Somerset need a further 311 for an unlikely victory on the final day after skittling Yorkshire out for 208.

Alfonso Thomas bagged a championship-best five for 46 to offer the hosts a chance at victory after Somerset's last wicket pair kept them in the game.

Craig Kieswetter and last man Charl Willoughby needed three runs to avoid the follow-on but added 38 in just 4.3 overs and the momentum was clearly with the hosts as Jacques Rudolph and Adam Lyth fell without a run on the board.

Anthony McGrath and top scorer Andrew Gale (58) did a sound job taking the score to 76-2 at lunch, but in the second over after the interval Thomas found a gap between McGrath's bat and pad to bowl him for 21.

Gale went three runs later, lbw playing back to Thomas, and when Tim Bresnan and Gerard Brophy fell the visitors were 104-6.

Adil Rashid and Richard Pyrah extended the lead with the latter reaching his half-century before a Thomas yorker ended his vigil, and the South African completed his five-wicket haul by bowling Matthew Hoggard.

Somerset openers Marcus Trescothick and Neil Edwards saw the hosts through to the close to set up what should be an enthralling final day.

Day two

Yorkshire lead by 152 runs after 13 wickets fell on day two of their visit to Division One leaders Somerset.

Somerset closed at 220-9 in reply to Yorkshire's first-innings effort of 372, although that represented something of a recovery after being 143-7 at one stage.

Marcus Trescothick's 51 looked to have laid the platform for a solid response by the Cidermen.

But from a position of 98-2, the collapsed to some fine seam bowling from Steven Patterson (3-19) and Tim Bresnan (3-75).

It took an unbeaten 53 from wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter for the home side to close on 220-9, still three runs from saving the follow-on.

Earlier, the visitors added only 33 to their overnight total of 339-6 as left-arm seamer Charl Willoughby claimed three wickets for figures of 4-65.

Day one

Jacques Rudolph hit a century to put LV County Championship Division One leaders Somerset on the back foot on day one of their match against Yorkshire at Taunton.

Having been promoted to opener, the former South Africa Test batsman was the star of the opening day with an innings of 155 - including a six and 15 fours, before edging behind off the bowling of Ian Blackwell.

With Adam Lyth and stand-in skipper Anthony McGrath falling by the wayside, Rudolph carved out century stands with both Andrew Gale (61) and Gerard Brophy (70) to guide the visitors to 315-3.

Nevertheless, three late wickets helped Somerset limit Yorkshire to 339-6 at the close, Blackwell being the pick of their bowlers with figures of 3-68.

It was a tough day for Andrew Caddick on his first appearance of the season following a shoulder problem, the former England seamer ending with figures of 0-70.

Match Details

6th Jun 2008
St James Street, Taunton
B Dudleston and T E Jesty


Batsman R
Trescothick c Wainwright b Bresnan 12
Edwards c Wainwright b Bresnan 18
Langer c Rudolph b Patterson 10
Hildreth lbw b Hoggard 2
de Bruyn b Rashid 103
Blackwell c Brophy b Hoggard 64
Kieswetter lbw b Patterson 41
Phillips b Hoggard 7
Thomas b Rashid 5
Caddick b Bresnan 0
Extras 2nb, 2w, 8b, 8lb 20
Total 97.1 Overs 282
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Hoggard 20 2 48 3
Bresnan 19.1 5 25 3
Rashid 22 3 60 2
Patterson 16 1 56 2
Wainwright 10 1 36 0
Pyrah 10 0 41 0
Full Bowling Card