Somerset v Yorkshire, Taunton, 3rd day May 30, 2013

Trescothick offers Somerset a glimmer

Somerset 232 for 6 (Hildreth 76*, Trescothick 74) trail Yorkshire 450 for 5 dec (Lyth 105, Rashid 103*) by 218 runs

Marcus Trescothick has never known a season like this one. Not, personally, with the bat and neither, collectively, as a team. He was averaging 27.72 before taking guard against Yorkshire, with the little matter of 301 runs required to save the follow-on and, maybe, Somerset's season. This is a plight that the captain has not experienced at the County Ground before now.

Trescothick responded manfully, all his know-how and expertise to the fore - and a degree of his familiar sublime timing. It is not hard to ascertain when he is feeling his way back into form. The body weight is swiftly transferred onto the front foot, the ball is struck with the minimum of follow through and is sent scudding to the boundary. It is what the West Indians would call 'a not a man move' shot. The inner ring give up any pretence at a chase.

He had made 74, with 12 fours, his highest score of the season, when he played outside the line of a straight ball from Richard Pyrah and was palpably leg before. That one misjudgement indicated he is not yet back to his best: a few more such innings are necessary before we can state that. Or, much more to the point, he will start to feel this himself.

Still, May is not yet out. Two drives in one over from Steven Patterson, one uppish and the other along the ground, both straight, were indicative that, although he will be 38 later this year, the runs will keep flowing for quite a while yet. Of rather more concern to him will be the two slip catches he missed, both off Steve Kirby, when Andrew Hodd was in at the start of the day.

Otherwise, Somerset's batting lacked consistency, which has been the case all summer. Arul Suppiah, whose average for the season remains in single figures, was leg before to Patterson, similarly playing down the wrong line. Lewis Gregory, surprisingly given the chance to come in first wicket down, went the same way, although in his case padding up.

Dean Elgar tucked the ball off his legs in a manner which suggested his five-week stay might well prove fruitful, but he, too, got himself out. A short ball from Ryan Sidebottom was slapped straight to the fielder at point. There were others, too, who needed to play a long innings. James Hildreth, for one. There were signs here, as well, of a return to some sort of form as he reached a half century off 78 balls.

These batsmen are too good to be out of touch for long. The same cannot necessarily be said of Alex Barrow and Peter Trego, who went to Adam Lyth's little used offspin - the light was poor at this stage - in two balls.

At the other end of the run-making spectrum is Adil Rashid, who is averaging more than 200 this season. In six innings he has compiled three centuries and a half-century. Having made a considerable start overnight, he progressed immediately to 50 off 59 balls and, wristily finding the gaps against an attack which appeared jaded on a pitch offering little by way of succour, reached 100 from 119 balls with 14 fours.

Yorkshire could well have batted on, but chose to declare now. Hodd, having survived those two dropped slip catches when on 41 and 50, achieved his highest score for Yorkshire, his 68 coming off 99 balls with eight fours. Against an opposition of scant achievement this season, they would consider that a total of 450 would be sufficient; Yorkshire's prime obstacle, though, is the weather.

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  • Martin on May 31, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    A sure sign of a struggling team when the the thinking gets muddled and they try strange things. Like batting Lewis Gregory - a promising bowler who has yet to score a half century in 54 first team games - at number 3 ahead of Elgar, an international batsman. And not bowling Gregory at all in the 116 overs of the Yorkshire innings. And batting Meschede, who has actually been scoring runs for the second team, at number 8. @Juiceoftheapple - I'm not so sure Nosworthy is playing the hand he's been dealt, more that he's throwing his cards in the air and seeing where they land.

  • Ohhhh on May 30, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    Adil "Bradman + Warne" Rashid!

  • John on May 30, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Nice to see Hildreth going on from the starts he's had but I'm still disappointed Tres hasn't gone one to get one of those big daddy 100s a la 2011.

    Whay was Gregory batting at 3?

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    @njr, you'll find few Yorks fans who agree with you, Rashid's been well off the boil for the last 2 seasons and whilst his batting is top notch at the moment, his bowling is still short, he needs at least this year and another season of consistent county cricket to be considered again for England

  • Nicholas on May 30, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    I'm a Lancastrian, but even I want to know how long England are going to ignore a bowling all-rounder, who just happens to be averaging 252 with the bat!! ...i.e. Adil Rashid...he is clearly a man whose time has come!

  • Mark on May 30, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Nothing seemed more certain last night than that Adil Rashid would go on to a big score. However, mind that average: he has only batted six times this season and four of those innings have ended not out, so to quote an average really is a bit meaningless. Yorkshire batted on quickly, reached the fifth batting point with one ball to spare and then got on with the job of hitting quick runs for a declaration. The Somerset attack seemed almost irrelevant in this plan... the batsmen just did what they wanted.

    It seemed just as inevitable, as I said last night, that Somerset would close the day in trouble. The seventh wicket partership has raised hopes of saving the follow-on and taken time out of the game. Had Somerset been bowled out before the close it is not impossible that Yorkshire might have batted again. Even if they fail to save the follow on, they have made the Yorkshire bowlers work hard enough that it will take a huge effort for tired bowlers to bowl Somerset out a second time.

  • Mark on May 30, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Sorry but you have been saved from defeat by the weather yet again. It happened at Headingley and it will happen again tomorrow. I don't know what's happened to Somerset but with players missing you clearly lack strength in depth. Yorkshire too are missing six or seven players and if all were available at the start of the season then Rashid and Hodd might not be picked. The county game is more reliant on some depth to your squad to cover for injury and international absences and Somersets reserves look poor.