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Young Yorkshire side comes up just short against Somerset
Yorkshire’s young side came close to causing a major upset before slipping to a narrow three-wicket YB40 defeat to Group ‘C’ leaders Somerset at the County Ground.
Forced to field another inexperienced line-up with Tim Bresnan, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow absent on Ashes duty, while Gary Ballance and Liam Plunkett had already reported for duty with the England Lions, who play a two-day game against Australia at Northampton starting today, Yorkshire’s young side made a late fightback and almost snatched an unlikely win.
Having set a challenging 261-8, with Alex Lees and Adam Lyth both scoring half-centuries and York’s Jack Leaning hitting 60 off only 49 balls, Somerset appeared to be cruising to victory on 209-2 with eight overs and a power play remaining.
But despite a brilliant 140 off only 103 balls from Peter Trego, Somerset limped over the finishing line with only five balls remaining after losing five wickets in six overs, leaving the County Ground crowd anxious about the result.
“It is always disappointing to lose and we’ve had a really good chat and spoken about the difference between the two sides, which was someone getting 140 not out and we had three lads who scored 60-odd,” admitted Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire’s head coach.
Lees, playing his final innings for Yorkshire before also teaming up with the Lions against Australia, was instrumental in laying the foundations for a competitive total, teaming up with Lyth in a 118-run stand after openers Andrew Gale and Dan Hodgson both fell cheaply.
Their partnership was broken when Lees had his leg stump up-rooted by an Alfonso Thomas yorker for 62, while Lyth followed two overs later for 58 when he was caught at long on pulling a short ball from spinner Max Waller.
Lyth’s departure prompted Leaning to step up in only his eighth first team appearance, hitting six fours and a six in his aggressive innings, which followed only two days after claiming 5-22 during Yorkshire’s triumph over Unicorns at Headingley.
Needing an early breakthrough to calm the nerves of their raw bowling attack, Yorkshire got off to a flying start with Marcus Trescothick driving Iain Wardlaw to mid-off in the third over of their reply having pulled the previous ball for six.
Yorkshire failed to get another breakthrough for another 14 overs with all-rounder Ryan Gibson finally breaking a 103-run stand with Craig Kieswetter driving to mid-off for 40.
Trego continued to play aggressively and was given a reprieve on 70 when he advanced down the pitch to Leaning but wicketkeeper Dan Hodgson was unable to complete the stumping, and Somerset’s opener made them pay for failing to take their chance.
He forged a 96-run stand with Alviro Petersen spanning 16.1 overs, who became the first of two wickets off successive ball for Richard Pyrah when he was caught at mid-wicket for 51, while Jos Buttler was bowled off the next delivery.
James Hildreth blocked the hat-trick ball, but despite Yorkshire’s late fightback with Somerset losing late wickets, Trego continued his onslaught, finishing with 19 fours and two sixes, and secured the victory with his match-winning innings.
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