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50 for Adam as Somerset battle back on day one

Tim Groenewald and Craig Overton starred with bat and ball on day one of this Specsavers County Championship match against Yorkshire at Scarborough.

Groenewald hit 41 not out off 24 balls and Overton 35 off 43 before the pair shared all three wickets as Yorkshire closed on 42 for three from 18 overs in reply to Somerset’s 268 all out.

Yorkshire were initially on top thanks to Liam Plunkett’s first four-wicket haul in almost two years of Championship cricket as Somerset struggled after winning the toss.

Plunkett took advantage of a typical Scarborough pitch with plenty of pace to claim four for 73 from 21 overs. He picked up two of four wickets to fall before lunch, one in the afternoon and the other with the first ball after tea.

The 32-year-old did an excellent job of leading an attack which lost Ryan Sidebottom to a muscle injury in his lower back midway through his fifth over. Sidebottom left the field and is unlikely to bowl again in the match.

Adam Hose top-scored for Somerset with 62 off 128 balls whilst Groenewald hit three sixes and two fours off Rashid in the 72nd over and hit four sixes in all off the England leg-spinner.

Overton, who hit one six, was bowled by Coad to wrap up the innings in the 76th over.

Tim Bresnan had a pretty good day as he struck twice himself, including the first wicket to fall, and claimed two catches. He had Marcus Trescothick (15) caught at first slip in the eleventh over, leaving the score at 20 for one. Plunkett then had Tim Rouse, making his Championship debut, caught at second slip by Bresnan at the end of the 16th before bowling opener Ed Byrom in his next as the score slipped to 30 for three.

James Hildreth played nicely for 32, but there was little he could do with a Bresnan snorter that took off from just short of a length and caught the edge. At that stage, Somerset were 67 for four in the 26th.

Plunkett had Steve Davies lbw for 16 before Ben Coad bowled Jim Allenby through the gate for 19 during the afternoon, leaving Somerset at 141 for six after 44 overs.

Hose reached his fifty off 98 balls with nine fours and played nicely on both sides of the wicket. But he fell to Rashid shortly before the tea break at 180 for seven in the 60th.

Plunkett struck with the first ball of the evening session when he bowled Somerset skipper Lewis Gregory around his legs for 21 with 200 on the board. 200 for eight soon became 207 for nine as Rashid had fellow spinner Jack Leach caught at mid-wicket having chipped a full toss to Bresnan. Overton was the last man out with the scoreboard showing 268.

Overton then had Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees caught at first and second slip before Groenewald had Peter Handscomb caught at second as the score slipped to 21 for three after eleven overs. By the close Yorkshire were 42 for three.

After the close of play Tim Groenewald said: “It was a good turn around here for us today and we are now in a half decent position which is nice after winning the toss and batting.

“I think we knew the seamers were bowling well and there was always a good ball just around the corner. Rashid was on one end so it was a case of trying to go after him a little bit as Plunkett was bowling well at the other and getting the ball to move round a little bit.

“The guys then bowled well tonight and got the ball in the right areas and made it tough for their batters which is all you can ask for as a team. We have done that all season and bowled well as a group and got our rewards, so hopefully more of the same tomorrow.

“The wicket has got a little bit in it and one ball bounces while another one doesn’t and it is swinging a little bit. You have just got to get the ball in the right places and then hopefully it does something for you!”

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