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Frustration for Somerset bowlers on day one

Yorkshire’s batsmen secured the early advantage as the Somerset bowlers failed to get the rewards that they deserved on a hard fought opening day of this Specsavers County Championship match at Emerald Headingley.

A day played out on a good pitch started with Somerset captain Tom Abell opting for an uncontested toss and bowling first.

Yorkshire ended the day on 282 for three from 96 overs, with Gary Ballance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore batting from late morning until late evening as they shared 199 inside 62 overs.

Somerset are searching for their eighth win in 10 games this season and the bowlers went without luck against a Yorkshire side currently third in the Division One table. The hosts batted with great caution, especially Ballance and Kohler-Cadmore, who finished with 111 off 212 balls and 77 not out off 180.

Openers Adam Lyth (35) and Will Fraine shared a first-wicket partnership of 80 inside 28 overs, including a six apiece.

However, the pair both fell in the final 15 minutes of the morning, Somerset’s most successful period of the day.

Fraine was first to go when he flicked Jack Brooks to Dom Bess just in front of square-leg before Lyth miscued a cut at Bess to a diving Abell at cover in the 31st.

Brooks spent six seasons with Yorkshire and he received a warm hand from the home faithful upon taking the new ball. Ballance and Kohler-Cadmore, however, took the sting out of the situation after lunch following those quick wickets. They accrued 98 runs in 34 overs in the afternoon (181 for two at tea) and reached their respective fifties in the first two overs of the evening.

The evening saw the rate pick up, with Ballance the more aggressive as he moved to his century off 194 balls with 19 fours.

Ballance eventually fell to Tim Groenewald at 281 for three in the 93rd over, caught at second slip by Jamie Overton, the seamer’s 400th First Class wicket.

At the close of play Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It was a tough day for us. After inserting Yorkshire, we were hoping for better rewards. I thought they played outstandingly well, and we weren’t quite at the races today.

“It was a fresh wicket, and we had a bit of local knowledge in Brooksy. We felt there was something in the surface, and there was. We just didn’t get enough balls in the right areas and ask enough questions.

“We’ve got real depth in the squad, and we’ve seen that through the year. Lewis Gregory has missed games already. We’ve got Craig Overton back in this game. So it wasn’t a case of us missing Lewis. That wasn’t the reason why. It was just that the guys as a unit weren’t quite as clinical as they have been this season.”

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