Somerset soar to victory

Yorkshire slump to four-wicket loss on final day

Last Updated: 14/06/09 6:32pm

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De Bruyn: led Somerset to first win

De Bruyn: led Somerset to first win

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LV County Championship - Division One
Headingley Carnegie
Yorkshire 277 (J J Sayers 60) & 248 (J M Bairstow 82 no) v Somerset 230 (C Kieswetter 83, A C Thomas 64 no, M J Hoggard 5-56) & 296-6 (M E Trescothick 78, Z de Bruyn 70 no)
Somerset (18pts) beat Yorkshire (5pts) by 4 wkts

Zander de Bruyn's unbeaten 70 guided Somerset to their first LV County Championship win of the season against Yorkshire.

The Cidermen produced a determined effort at Headingley Carnegie to chase down a target of 296 for a four-wicket success shortly before tea on the final day.

Resuming at 88-1 on the fourth morning, Marcus Trescothick and Justin Langer extended their second-wicket alliance to 95.

Trescothick's dismissal, somewhat fortuitously caught behind via pad-and-bat off left-arm spinner David Wainwright for 78 after missing with a sweep, was the start of a minor wobble.

James Hildreth (5) flicked a catch to Jacques Rudolph at mid-on to become Wainwright's second victim and Langer (46) edged a Naved-ul-Hasan (1-57) delivery to Jonathan Bairstow - deputising for the injured Gerard Brophy with the gloves - as the visitors slipped to 179-4.

But De Bruyn stood firm, sharing stands worth 42 with Craig Kieswetter (25) and 53 with Peter Trego (23) for the fifth and sixth wickets respectively.

And the South African, who struck five fours and a six from 101 balls, finished the job in the company of Alfonso Thomas (12no).

Yorkshire have now gone over a year since their last Championship win, while Somerset's triumph moves them out of the Division One relegation zone.

Day three

The stage is set for an exciting final day at Headingley Carnegie as Somerset will resume on 66-1 in pursuit of a victory target of 296 to beat Yorkshire.

The Cidermen lost Arul Suppiah, bowled for for 15 by Ajmal Shahzad (1-11), early in the run chase but Marcus Trescothick (58no) and Justin Langer (10no) shared an unbroken second-wicket stand of 52 to see the visitors through to the close of day three without further loss.

Yorkshire had earlier been indebted to Jonathan Bairstow as they extended their second innings from 26-1 to 248 all out.

The 19-year-old, making his first-class debut, finished unbeaten on 82 as his more experienced team-mates came and went around him.

Somerset left-arm seamer Charl Willoughby claimed figures of 3-46 to spearhead a disciplined effort from the visiting attack.

Bairstow, batting at number six, hit seven fours and a six from 149 balls and shared a 55-run stand with last man David Wainwright, runs that could be crucial on the day.

Wainwright's 23 was the third highest score on the Yorkshire card with Andrew Gale (30) the only other batsman to make any impression.

Leg-spinner Michael Munday (2-46) removed Wainwright to leave Bairstow stranded 18 shy of a debut century.

Day two

Yorkshire's Matthew Hoggard put his name back in the frame for an England recall with a devastating four-wicket burst at Headingley.

The Yorkshire seamer removed former England team-mate Marcus Trescothick and Somerset skipper Justin Langer on his way to a five-wicket haul against the Sabres.

Hoggard finished with final figures of 5-56 as Somerset were restricted to 230 in reply to Yorkshire's first innings score of 277.

Yorkshire added just eight more runs to their overnight total, however the home fans were soon on their feet when Hoggard produced an electrifying new-ball burst in front of England selector James Whitaker.

His fourth ball had Trescothick edging a loose drive to wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy, and the sixth ball was too good for the Langer and also ended up in Brophy's gloves.

James Hildreth was Hoggard's next victim when he edged to Anthony McGrath at slip after a breezy 20 which included five boundary fours.

And the popular Yorkshireman made it two wickets in two balls at the start of his next over when he trapped Zander de Bruyn lbw for his third duck in four dismissals.

Opener Arul Suppiah and wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter launched a mini-revival, but in the first over after lunch Suppiah was adjudged lbw to left-arm spinner David Wainwright for a gritty 20 from 61 deliveries.

Hoggard returned for a second spell and Kieswetter glanced him for four to complete his 50 from 61 balls. Undeterred, Hoggard struck back and completed his five-wicket haul when Peter Trego (3) pushed hard and was brilliantly caught by Andrew Gale at second slip.

The second half of Somerset's batting proved to be made of sterner stuff than the first and Kieswetter (83), Alfonso Thomas (64 not out) and former Yorkshire Colt, David Stiff (28) saw Somerset up to 230.

The only disappointment for the home fans on an otherwise dominant day came when Jacques Rudolph slashed at Charl Willoughby and was caught by Trego at point for 22, with Yorkshire closing on 26-1 with an overall lead of 73.

Day one

Yorkshire lost three late wickets as Somerset seized control of their LV County Championship match at Headingley on Thursday.

Winning the toss on an overcast and breezy morning, the hosts were given a steady start by Jacques Rudolph and Joe Sayers but with 35 added in 15 overs, Rudolph had his leg stump knocked back by Alfonso Thomas.

Anthony McGrath then top-edged a hook at former Yorkshire colt David Stiff, which wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter claimed, but opener Sayers went on to make his half-century soon after lunch as Yorkshire began to rebuild.

But once again, Yorkshire lost a wicket just when they were appearing to get on top, as Sayers (60) angled a good ball from Charl Willoughby to Justin Langer at first slip.

Nineteen-year-old debutant Jonathan Bairstow - son of the late Yorkshire captain David Bairstow - then came in as a replacement for the injured Michael Vaughan.

He received a warm reception and played some confident shots in a stand of 55 with Andrew Gale before the latter was trapped lbw to a full length ball from Peter Trego for 35.

It became 166 for five in the next over when Bairstow, who had reached 28, misjudged the latest of several full tosses from leg-spinner, Michael Munday, and the ball flicked the off-bail.

Tim Bresnan soon drove two loose deliveries from Munday for sixes and he and Gerard Brophy continued the recovery either side of tea.

Brophy drove Thomas to the cover boundary with precise timing as the stand reached 82 in 29 overs but he hit across the next ball and returned an easy catch to the bowler.

The game had been beginning to shift Yorkshire's way until Brophy's dismissal and Somerset struck again soon afterwards when Rana Naved-ul-Hasan gave Willoughby the charge and was bowled to make it 261 for seven.

Bresnan batted well until the penultimate over when he swept at Munday and was caught by Willoughby for 48 from 108 balls with four fours and two sixes.

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