Somerset turn the screw on day three
Somerset will look to wrap up victory tomorrow after a strong day three put the Club in a very healthy position against Yorkshire in this LV= Insurance County Championship match at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
George Bartlett’s first Championship half-century of the season was one of many highlights on a dramatic day.
Having seen hopes of a big summer hit by an early shoulder injury, the 24-year-old top-scored with 88 not out as his side ran up 225 for six in their second innings to lead by 373. Tom Lammonby also looked in good form as he made 46.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore had earlier been dismissed for 100 in a Yorkshire first innings total of 276, replying to Somerset’s 424. Jonathan Tattersall contributed 43, while Kasey Aldridge claimed three for 23 and Jack Brooks three for 73.
Much depended on Kohler-Cadmore, unbeaten on 68 against the county he will join next season, when Yorkshire began the day on 167 for four in their first innings, 257 runs behind. Matthew Waite again offered solid support as the pair extended their fifth-wicket stand to 65.
It was broken with the total on 194 when Waite, on 21, was caught at short mid-wicket by the shrewdly-placed Bartlett off Aldridge.
Kohler-Cadmore was becalmed in the nineties, partly by Jack Leach’s miserly spell from the River End, but reached his hundred off 199 balls. The 27-year-old, who had struck four sixes and nine fours, received warm applause from the Somerset Members and supporters, as well as those from Yorkshire, their appetites whetted for next summer.
It took the introduction of part-time off-spinner Matt Renshaw shortly before lunch to undo Kohler-Cadmore, beaten by a ball that turned and trapped him lbw on the back foot.
At the interval, the scoreboard read 228 for six. With six runs added, the second new ball became available.
Tattersall’s important 108-ball innings ended when he edged Marchant de Lange to wicketkeeper James Rew, who claimed his maiden First Class catch for Somerset.
Dom Bess drove a catch to cover off Aldridge and when Jordan Thompson was bowled be de Lange, Yorkshire still required one run to avoid the possibility of following on.
A Shannon Gabriel single averted that danger, although Somerset may well have batted again anyway, and the deficit was 148 when he was last man out, skying a catch off de Lange.
Openers Renshaw and Lammonby wasted no time building on Somerset’s advantage, taking their second innings score to 57 by tea, Lammonby lofting sixes off Thompson and Waite.
Their stand had extended to 65 when Renshaw attempted a reverse sweep off Jack Shutt, and Kohler-Cadmore held the chance at slip.
Undeterred, Lammonby soon cleared the ropes again, dispatching Bess over long-on. Another six followed off Shutt, but the next ball saw the left-hander get a leading edge to cover where Harry Brook pouched the catch.
Lammonby had made his runs from just 47 balls and Somerset led by 236. Bartlett joined the sixes spree, lifting Shutt over wide long-on.
First innings centurion Tom Abell made only ten before falling to another Kohler-Cadmore slip catch, attempting to cut a ball from Bess, but Lewis Goldsworthy helped Bartlett add 48 in sensible fashion before a lapse in concentration on 18 saw him slog-sweep a catch to square leg off Bess. At 162 for four, Somerset led by 310.
Bartlett went to fifty off 86 balls, with two sixes and four fours, a timely reminder of the form that saw him first establish a regular place in Somerset’s red ball side in 2019.
Rew and Gregory fell cheaply, but two more Bartlett sixes off Matthew Revis left the hosts well placed for a final day declaration.
At the close of play, Somerset Head Coach Jason Kerr said: “I thought we were excellent today. Kasey Aldridge in particular was outstanding with the ball. He showed great discipline and asked questions. Marchant de Lange was brilliant as well. To bowl them out for 276 was a great effort on that surface and obviously puts us in a strong position.
“With the bat, Renshaw and Lammonby played well to set the game up nicely. George Bartlett played really well too, just like he did at Southport. In the first innings he set a platform and was frustrated not to kick on from there. To see him kick on today is great for him.
“There is an opportunity to win the game and we have to capitalise on that. We need to give our selves time to do that.”
George Bartlett added: “It felt good today ad it was good to be able to contribute to the team. Lammers and Renners played really well up front which laid a nice foundation for myself and the middle order. I’ve been out for awhile, so it’s been nice to be back in the group and to try and take this opportunity.
“I think we can go on and win it tomorrow. We’re going to approach it with the right attitude and we’ve got some very good bowlers. We’ll have a chat overnight and in the morning and then hopefully we can bowl them out.”
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