Yorkshire v Somerset, Headingley, 2nd day September 8, 2011

Sidebottom impresses but rain frustrates Yorkshire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yorkshire 20 for 0 v Somerset 265

Ryan Sidebottom produced a four-wicket burst before Yorkshire were frustrated by Somerset's 10th-wicket pair on day two of the rain-hit County Championship match at Headingley.

Former England paceman Sidebottom reduced the visitors to 215 for 9 with a lively spell of four for 14 in eight overs, but Alfonso Thomas and Steve Kirby then added 50 for the last wicket as Somerset were all out for 265. The partnership would not have got going if Thomas' edge off Ajmal Shahzad had been taken by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, but neither he nor Adam Lyth at first slip moved, the ball bisecting them on its way to the boundary.

Somerset were finally all out in 74 overs, leaving lowly Yorkshire to negotiate nine overs. They reached the close on 20 without loss. For the second day running, rain prevented any play during the morning session and it was 1.45pm before Somerset were able to resume their first innings on 140 for three. Further interruptions for bad weather meant that a total of 52 overs in the day were lost.

Alex Barrow was on 55 overnight and Jos Buttler 43, and Buttler showed the same aggressive intent of the first day by slamming two balls in Moin Ashraf's opening over to the cover boundary to complete his half-century from 42 deliveries with 11 boundaries. But Buttler had added only one more run, reaching 52, when his middle stump was lifted out of the ground by Richard Pyrah to end a 63-run stand in 11 overs with opener Barrow.

It was after more heavy rain and an early tea interval that Sidebottom began to scythe his way through Somerset's batting. He began by having Barrow superbly caught one-handed low to his right at first slip by Anthony McGrath for a steady 69 from 143 balls with eight fours, and in the same over Craig Meschede was caught behind without scoring.

Peter Trego batted aggressively and leaned back to hammer Shahzad through the covers to bring Somerset a first batting bonus point at 202 for six, but the next ball was a perfect yorker which removed his middle stump.

Wickets continued to tumble as Sidebottom gained lbw verdicts against Adam Dibble and Murali Kartik, but the late resistance from Thomas and Kirby denied him a five-wicket haul. Yorkshire lost some of their poise after Thomas' escape and both batsmen appeared to survive low chances to Lyth at first slip before Adil Rashid came on for the first time to bowl Thomas round his legs for 49 off 68 balls with six fours, Kirby being quite content to survive on 15 against his former county.

Kirby and Thomas were in action again with the new ball but Joe Root and Yorkshire captain Joe Sayers played out the remaining overs without any cause for alarm.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Interesting comments JOTA. As a Yorkshire fan they have an eerily familiar feel given what I felt about our team at the end of last season and now we stand on the very precipice of relegation. In this game we are fielding 10 Yorkshiremen and Gary Ballance who has been with the club for three seasons since the age of 18. We have dismally under performed this season and I hope that a short spell in Division Two might aid the development of some of these lads as well as restore the confidence of some of the senior players such as Shahzad and Rashid and Lyth. I genuinely hope you progress next season better than we have this year, as well as wishing you all the best for the CB40 Final against Slurrey.

  • James on September 8, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    @Juiceoftheapple Good point. Also, 10 of Yorkshire's 11 were born in Yorkshire. Sayers, Root, Lyth, Gale and Bairstow have all played for England Lions in the past couple of seasons, while Shahzad and Rashid have played for the full England side relatively recently, while only Ballance and Sidebottom have played for other counties. Yorkshire's extremely disappointing season notwithstanding, surely a good advertisement for young England talent? And yet Yorkshire are never given as much credit for producing young local talent as, say, Durham, whose batting has been carried by Michael di Venuto and Dale Benkenstein over the past couple of seasons. The likes of Warwickshire and Surrey should bear this in mind next time they try poaching players produced by other counties.

  • Simon on September 8, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    For me as a Somerset fan this game is important not because it signals the end of our title charge (probably), nor because of who we have missing, tresco, compo, kies. But because of the fact that 5 lads of 20 years and under who have all come through the Somerset academy are playing, and with the exception of Meschede (our obligutary hijacked saffer) one is from Devon, one is from Dorset and two are from Somerset, and that is a VERY good thing. Also, most of them made scores against an international quality attack on a difficult pitch. And Dibble has kept Hussain out the side so he could turn out to be a proper accurate tall line and length seamer. Whats more, theres about 4 other academy guys of the same age pushing for first team honours as well. Happy days in cider land...

  • No featured comments at the moment.