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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Yorks vs Somerset

Somerset held at Scarborough

Yorkshire fail to make significant inroads on final day

Hildreth: Stubborn 63

LV County Championship - Division One
Scarborough
Somerset 380 (I D Blackwell 127 no, A V Suppiah 61, J L Langer 55, P D Trego 51, M J Hoggard 4-42) & 317-8 dec (J C Hildreth 63, I D Blackwell 55) v Yorkshire 414 (A McGrath 128, J A Rudolph 98, A Lyth 65, A C Thomas 5-84)
Yorkshire (12pts) drew with Somerset (11pts)

Somerset and Yorkshire settled for a share of the spoils at Scarborough to take their battles at opposite ends of the LV County Championship to the wire.

With both sides having too much to lose from trying to contrive a result, the game ended in a tame draw after title hopefuls Somerset batted out the final day.

James Hildreth and Ian Blackwell struck 63 and 55 respectively as Somerset ran up 317-8 and declared with a lead of 283 to allow stumps to be drawn an hour before the scheduled close.

The draw leaves Somerset eight points behind Nottinghamshire and one ahead of Durham in a three-way battle for the title heading into the final round of matches.

Yorkshire remain firmly in the relegation mire, but with their next opponents Sussex also drawing at Durham, the fight to avoid joining Surrey in Division Two is just as tight with five points separating four teams.

Day Three

Just nine runs separate the sides after Yorkshire replied in positive fashion to their hosts' first innings score.

Anthony McGrath and Jacques Rudolph led the way with a third wicket partnership of 141 before the Somerset bowlers hit back to bowl them out for 414 - a lead of 34.

However, their plucky efforts appear to be in vain as relegation rivals Lancashire pulled off a stunning win over Kent earlier in the day.

McGrath and Adam Lyth moved their partnership to 121 for the second wicket before the latter lobbed a catch to Andy Caddick having made 65 - the first of five wickets for Alfonso Thomas.

But McGrath and Rudolph punished anything short or wayward and three times in four balls Rudolph pulled former South Africa team-mate Willoughby to the boundary.

Caddick and Ian Blackwell kept the scoring in check but McGrath was able to reach his second century of the season off 173 balls, but after lunching at 236 for two Yorkshire let things slip.

Thomas sent McGrath's off stump spinning with the new ball having made 128 and in the next over had Richard Pyrah caught behind.

Zander de Bruyn had Tim Bresnan in similar fashion and Rudolph, two short of his sixth century of the season, was picked up by Justin Langer at slip off the gloves of 'keeper Craig Kieswetter.

Having lost much of their momentum Thomas then continued his success after tea, Gerard Brophy dragging onto his stumps and Darrn Gough falling lbw.

But the tail wagged - Adil Rashid got to 28 before stepping out of his crease to Blackwell and being smartly stumped by Kieswetter, before Matthew Hoggard took Yorkshire into the lead with a splendid drive through extra cover off Caddick.

Deon Kruis also went on the attack, striking Blackwell for a big six over mid-wicket, and the last wicket pair had put on 39 when de Bruyn had Hoggard caught at second slip.

Craig Kieswetter opened the Somerset second innings with Arul Suppiah after Marcus Trescothick injured a shoulder, and they put on 25 in six overs to the close.

Day Two

Ian Blackwell's 127 not out helped Somerset post a total of 380 before Yorkshire responded by reaching the close on 121-1 - despite another batting failure by Michael Vaughan.

The former England captain struck three fours to reach 14 only to mis-hit a pull off Charl Willoughby straight to mid-on.

His latest low score follows on from efforts of 10, 0 and 19 since he stepped down from his position with the national team, though he proved the only wicket to go down for the Tykes.

Unbeaten half centuries from Adam Lyth and Anthony McGrath helped Yorkshire recover on a day that had started with Adil Rashid and Andrew Gale, who was not playing because of injury, being handed their first-team caps by Yorkshire captain Darren Gough.

Starting on 160-3 after weather meant only 44 overs were possible on day one, Somerset suffered an early blow when Arul Suppiah fell for 61.

The opener was the second victim of the match for Matthew Hoggard, who went on to bowl Peter Trego for 51 and then trap Alfonso Thomas without scoring to finish with figures of 4-42.

Tim Bresnan and Rashid shared the other six wickets between them, though no bowler was able to get the better of Blackwell. The all-rounder smashed 14 fours and a six in his innings before eventually running out of partners.

Day One

Somerset reached 160-3 during the 44 overs possible on the opening day of their penultimate LV County Championship fixture against Yorkshire at Scarborough.

Opening batsman Arul Suppiah led the way with 58 not out before the second stoppage for bad light brought a premature halt to proceedings.

Suppiah shared an 87-run, second-wicket stand with Justin Langer to settle the Cidermen's nerves after Marcus Trescothick had been caught behind off former England colleague Matthew Hoggard (1-13) for a first-ball duck when play got under way half-an-hour late due to a wet outfield.

Tykes leg-spinner Adil Rashid (2-21) removed Langer (55) and Zander de Bruyn (0) in quick succession to reduce Somerset to 91-3 during the afternoon session.

But Suppiah, who faced 119 balls and hit 10 fours, added 69 in the company of James Hildreth (29no) before it became too dark to continue.

Hildreth survived a stumping chance on 26 when he charged down the pitch at Rashid and failed to connect.

Yorkshire were forced to make late changes to their line-up when Andrew Gale's elbow locked during the warm-up, Richard Pyrah taking his place, and Naved-ul-Hasan could not be considered because of a knee injury.

Captain Darren Gough included himself for his last home appearance before retirement, while Somerset brought back Gough's former England fast-bowling colleague Andy Caddick who was recently given a new one-year county contract.

Somerset have never won the County Championship but started this round of matches one point behind leaders Hampshire, who have played a game more.

Match Details

Date
17th Sep 2008
Toss
Venue
Scarborough
Umpires
P J Hartley and B Leadbeater