Three for Jamie on day one

Jamie Overton claimed three wickets on the opening day of this Specsavers County Championship match against Yorkshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Having chosen to bat first on a wicket that was used against Hampshire two weeks previous, Yorkshire found themselves in trouble from the moment Jamie Overton had former England opener Adam Lyth caught by Lewis Gregory in the gully for 24.

Alex Lees (6) followed at 34 for two, brilliantly caught by Tom Abell at extra cover before captain Gary Ballance and Australian Peter Handscomb settled in and took Yorkshire to 79 for two at lunch.

It was after the interval that Somerset took a firm grip on the game courtesy of some fine bowling by Jamie Overton, brother Craig, fellow seamer Gregory and spinners Jack Leach and Dom Bess.

Leach bowled Ballance around his legs at 82 for three and three overs later Handscomb, who batted well for 25, was trapped leg before by the impressive Jamie Overton.

On a wicket that will almost certainly take some real spin later in the game, it was the endeavour of Jamie Overton that was rewarded once again when Jack Leaning (3) top-edged a pull to Craig Overton at backward square.

Not to be outdone, left-armer Leach picked up Matthew Waite’s wicket at 95 for six and from that juncture it was left to Andrew Hodd to guide Yorkshire towards 200.

He lost partners Azeem Rafiq (6) and Steven Patterson (1) at 134 and 152 respectively, before posting his half century off 55 balls with nine fours and a six.

He finally departed for 59, brilliantly caught by Abell at mid off from the bowling of Gregory, leaving Karl Carver and Ryan Sidebottom to add 31 for the 10thwicket.

In response to Yorkshire’s 202 all out, Somerset lost Dean Elgar, Marcus Trescothick and captain Abell in the final session, as Sidebottom reduced the host county to 41 for 3 at the close.

After the close of play Jamie said: “Obviously the way we ended wasn’t the way that we wanted but hopefully tomorrow Hildy and Davo can get a few more runs together and start us off in the right way. We know the batsmen are trying their hardest and we have all got full belief in what they can do and hopefully tomorrow’s the day when they can all cash in.”

Regarding his own bowling Jamie said: “It’s been coming out nicely for the last two or three weeks and it’s just about me trying to get my mentality right as to how I run in. I’m actually trying to run in and hit the crease hard which is working for me at the minute, so I’m sticking with it.

What’s the secret of bowling well on the pitch in this game? “It doesn’t offer much when you try to float it up there so you need to try to hit the pitch as hard as you can. You don’t want to be too short but there’s that back of the length that is just doing a bit, which was the plan and makes the batsmen work as hard as they can.

“We’ve bowled well as a unit and tried to bowl as many dot balls as we can and build pressure which is how we try to take wickets at Taunton. We’ve bowled dots and built pressure and made the batsmen make mistakes.”

Summing up Jamie said: “I would probably say Yorkshire are just about ahead with us three down. However, we’re not far behind and if we get a good partnership and end up at 120 for three in the morning then I would say we are in control. However, I think we are in a strong position and hopefully we can push on  tomorrow.”



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