The County Ground was gleaming in the April sunlight, and the Sunday supporters were all raring to go on the first day of what is predicted to be an emotionally packed season.
Tres won the toss and put Yorkshire into bat, Some Somerset supporters on Twitter were, posting comments such as ‘its always a bat first pitch at Taunton’.
However the calming words of newly appointed Yorkshire president Dickie Bird in the Press Box spoke the truth ‘Right decision to bowl first, there is always going to be moisture on this pitch. The pitch is only going to get better as the game goes on. If we were bowling they’d be 5 down by now, mind you that Trescothick bloke, if he gets in were in big trouble.”
So Somerset supporters there we are; we may well have been in a worse situation than we are now. I have to agree with Dickie after looking at the pitch during the intervals it has got a lot whiter (which means it is drying out) and has been easier to bat on as the day goes on.
Now to the match-
Lees was the first to go clean bowled by Craig Meschede for 34.
Chris Jones than took a really good low catch diving forward to dismiss New Zealand international Kane Williamson off Meschede for a duck.
Gale and Lyth then put on a partnership of 62 for the third wicket, but then Meschede got the 3rd breakthrough trapping skipper Gale in front for 24.
England player Gary Ballance came to the crease with things still really in the balance (see what I did there!) on 133 for 3.
But these two put 46 on until Lyth was brilliantly , extraordinarily , remarkably or what ever you want to call it caught by Gregory off the bowling Craig Overton for 85.
Adil Rashid then joined Ballance at the crease , these two really knuckled down until a wonder ball from Lewis Gregory trapped Ballance in front for 77.
With the score on 294 for 5 keeper Andrew Hodd joined Rashid at the crease, these two batted the overs out for the rest of the day.
So at Stumps Yorkshire are 342 for 5- Rashid 84* (167) and Hodd 22* (53) Meschede with 3-82.
Some have been critical of the bowlers today. I however think the bowlers, especially the younger ones, really put effort in today and had moments of brilliance.
Time will tell wether the selection was correct or not………..
From all the at the In-Cider have a good evening!