Somerset v Yorkshire LVCC Day 4 Wednesday 16 April 2014
Yorkshire 450 all out (Rashid 108, Lyth 85, C Overton 3-72, Meschede 3-105) and 193-4 declared (Williamson 57 not out, Lyth 54); Somerset 553 all out (Myburgh 91, Jones 75, Gregory 69, Hildreth 67, Kieswetter 73, Meschede 59 not out, Plunkett 4-117). Somerset 9pts, Yorkshire 11pts
With hopes of an unlikely Somerset victory fading quickly this morning, this match settled into a slow, drawn out final day. Even the most ardent cricket fan would have been hoping the game could have been put out of its misery long before the eventual Yorkshire declaration just before 5pm.
The day had started promisingly. Craig Meschede quickly brought up his 50 – the sixth half-century of the Somerset innings – and took the Somerset score past 550. When Overton fell for 15, we had a first innings lead of 102, a distant prospect after day one.
But Somerset were denied the chance of having a real crack at Yorkshire as Alfonso
Thomas joined Craig Overton on the injury list and Somerset were reduced to just two front-line bowlers in Meschede and Gregory, plus the part-time spin of Myburgh and Petersen.
The two young Somerset all-rounders – Gregory in particular – managed to find some swing on a warm, but windy day, but Yorkshire went to lunch largely untroubled on 72-0, just 31 runs behind.
Trescothick called on Myburgh, Petersen and Hildreth to take some of the load off Meschede and Gregory and with such a second string attack and a flat pitch, one might have expected Yorkshire’s batsmen to take full advantage and fill their boots.
Instead they seemed content to merely see out the day like an extended net, just 50 runs coming between lunch and tea. Only Kane Williamson showed any kind of intent.
The few moments of excitement that there were, were mostly generated by Somerset.
Kiteswetter took a superb one-handed catch, diving to his left in front of a vacant first slip area to dismiss Alex Lees for 47 off the bowling of Meschede. Craig will have been glad that stuck after dropping a much more straightforward chance shortly before off Myburgh.
There was then a collectors’ item for those present – a rare wicket for James Hildreth. Hildy’s medium pace was pressed into action and he picked up only his sixth first class
wicket when Adam Lyth was caught by substitute Josh Davey for 54 (the Yorkshireman’s second 50 of the match).
Then on the stroke of tea, Petersen got one to turn across Gale to catch the edge and Kieswetter took a catch down the leg side.
Yorkshire continued to move the scoreboard along at a snail’s pace after tea, only Balance’s wicket (caught sub Dockerell, bowled Myburgh) providing any interest. It was with some relief from all concerned when the captains shook hands at 4.55pm.