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Defeat for Somerset on day four

Somerset suffered only their second defeat in 10 games this season as Yorkshire came out on top on day four of this Specsavers County Championship match at Emerald Headingley.

Replying to 520, Somerset were made to follow-on 324 runs behind at tea on day three and started day four on 159 for four, only to lose three wickets inside the first 45 minutes of play and falling to 192 for seven.

The visitors were eventually bowled out for 251 and therefore suffered defeat by an innings and 73-runs just before lunch.

Somerset lost nightwatchman Tim Groenewald, Tom Banton (63) and Dom Bess inside the first 45 minutes, with captain Steve Patterson striking twice in his first two overs of the day on the way to his 400th First Class wicket.

New ball seamer Matthew Fisher made the initial breakthrough in the second over of the day when Groenewald picked out Will Fraine at point, leaving the score at 167 for five in the 59th.

Patterson (four for 54 from 20.5 overs) then bowled Banton through the gate with a nip backer, the 35-year-old’s third ball of the morning to leave Somerset on 188 for six in the 67th.

In his next over, he bowled Bess and then, shortly before the clock ticked over to midday, Steve Davies chipped Patterson to Duanne Olivier, who took a low catch at mid-off at which point Somerset were 211 for eight in the 73rd.

South African Test spinner, Keshav Maharaj was hit for two straight sixes by Craig Overton, but he ousted Jamie Overton lbw to claim his 10th wicket in the match as Somerset slipped to 239 for nine in the 80th over.

Patterson then took the new ball and trapped Craig Overton lbw in the 83rd to finish the Somerset innings and also the match.

At the end of play Somerset Captain, Tom Abell said: “We were comprehensively outplayed in all three facets of the game by a good Yorkshire side. We weren’t good enough from day one, and we paid the price for that.

“We didn’t start as well as we’d have liked, and I thought they played well up top. They got a big first-innings score, and from that point on as a batting unit we’re always under pressure.

“We weren’t up to it in this game with the bat. We struggled to establish those partnerships. When we lost one wicket, we lost a cluster. You can’t afford to do that. We were better in the second innings, but still not good enough.

“We’re striving for those big scores, but we’re not quite achieving them at the minute.

“We had reasons for wanting to bowl on the first morning. We felt that if we could get a couple of inroads, we could put them under a lot of pressure. Hindsight’s a beautiful thing.

“Whatever you do first, you have to do it well, and we weren’t at our best on that first morning.

“The reality is that we’ve had a fantastic campaign up until now, and there’s still a huge amount to play for. It’s a blip. We lost at Essex and bounced back really well from that result. We’ll be looking to do the same again.”

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