Somerset v Yorkshire, Taunton, 2nd day May 29, 2013

Lyth rekindles good memories

Yorkshire 341 for 5 (Lyth 105, Gale 75) v Somerset

Adam Lyth relishes his visits to Taunton. In 2010, that wonderful summer when he became the first batsman in the country to reach 1,000 runs, he made 142 and 93 off a stellar Somerset attack. Now, as if to prove he can perform just as well despite there being a more even balance between bat and ball these days, he struck his first century of the season. In quite acceptable time, too.

Lyth is overshadowed these days by Yorkshiremen who are making runs for England, but we should not forget him. Neither should the England selectors. And nor, given what he has achieved on this ground, will Somerset. Other than when he was dropped at third slip by Dean Elgar off Steve Kirby on 37, there was scarcely a mis-timed shot until he pulled Gemaal Hussain to mid-on.

By then, Lyth, one of no fewer than five left handers in Yorkshire's upper order, had made 105 off 158 balls with 15 fours. The square might have been tampered with in the wake of Phil Frost's departure as head groundsman, but there are still runs aplenty for any batsman who can survive the first hour of the match. As Joe Sayers, who edged to second slip in Kirby's first over, the ball swinging away from him, failed to do.

Yorkshire had decided to bat on the second day following a washout on Tuesday. Hussain was included for the first time this season as a result of Alfonso Thomas pulling a hamstring last weekend, Jamie Overton having "his workload managed" - in other words he was rested - and brother Craig suffering from a serious back injury which appears set to rule him out for the season. Hussain was to take two of the five wickets to fall.

He had Phil Jaques held by Alex Barrow in front of first slip but on occasion bowled too short at Lyth, who like other short left handers - he is five foot eight inches - cut and pulled prolifically.

After he was out, Andrew Gale and Gary Ballance added 80. The former, who has not made a century for two years, played on to Peter Trego having reached 75 off 188 balls with eight fours, and the latter was caught behind cutting at a widish ball from George Dockrell, for 48. It was still Yorkshire's day, one that most emphatically belonged to Lyth.

"I like batting at Taunton," Lyth said. "Here and at Scarborough, where the pitches are also firm tracks, are my two favourite grounds. You get value for your shots - Taunton is a small ground and the ball does not seam around, unlike at Headingley. But Somerset are a very good side and they won't be bottom of the championship table come the end of the season."

Somerset, quite apart from being under-strength in terms of their bowling, have no Jos Buttler, Craig Kieswetter - or Nick Compton, whom they would have liked to have included, given this fixture was starting a day late owing to rain.

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  • Samuel on May 30, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    From bad to worse, bad to worse. Genuinely struggling to see where we're going to pick up any wins from - even Derbyshire would fancy their chances at the moment - at least until Abdur Rehman arrives. Think Ivo is right about Lyth though - he's an attacking player at the top of the order, something of a luxury in England at the moment, especially in the longer format of the game, and therefore worth keeping an eye on; he'd balance out the top 3 nicely if he could find some consistency over this season and next. Does have a habit of getting in and throwing it away though - even here, he should probably have scored more than 105!

  • GeoffreysMother on May 30, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    and their is another forgotten about player on 47 not out who now averages over 200 this season. Now if we get a dry summer which suits leg spinners that could be really interesting.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    I'm a huge Somerset fan but I'm really pleased to see Rashid doing well. The lad is a big talent and it's good to see it coming through after a couple of fallow seasons. Although I hope Somerset made 600 and win by an innings!

  • Matthew on May 29, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    The team are playing with so much belief in the Championship

  • Mark on May 29, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    Somerset's season is going from bad to worse. Yorkshire are looking set for 400+ and that boy Adil Rashid is, once again, looking set for a big score. The Somerset attack looks pretty toothless and one gets the impression that it is going to take a big effort from the batsmen for Somerset to avoid staring defeat in the face by tomorrow night by conceeding a large first innings deficit. At this stage you feel that even with this being a three day match at best, Yorkshire are going to overpower Somerset.

    One small ray of hope is that Gemaal Hussain is back in the side and has the best bowling figures of a very poor set. An attack of Kirby, Trego, Dockrell, Meschede and Hussain is stronger, at least on paper, than some sides in Division 1 can offer, but is coming off second best. If Hussain can get the sort of form back that he showed for Gloucestershire at least it will offer more attacking options.