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June 10 2017, 5:13 PM 

I do like Handscomb at 3 as both openers do frequently get bogged down (one normally gets out) and he brings a bit of impetus to the innings. Just as I write this, Lees gets out as well sad.gif

 
 
Alibor
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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 10 2017, 5:51 PM 

Pretty decent end of the day (assuming light does not improve) and hopefully we can continue building big lead tomorrow.

 
 
Brian
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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 10 2017, 5:53 PM 

Looking much better for us now. I must agree about Carver not being bowled earlier - seems bizarre.

 
 
Geoff B
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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 10 2017, 6:09 PM 

That looks like it for the day.

I think we have had slightly the better of things and the first session tomorrow could be crucial.

Once again plenty of experts wanting to make the bowling changes.

Gary Ballance seemed to have more control using Siddy and Patto and I think he didn't want to bowl his more inexperienced bowlers in tandem more than he had to.

Keeping Carver under wraps until he is hopefully really going to reach his maximum effectiveness in the 2nd innings might be a master stroke.

 
 
Loiner
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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 10 2017, 6:24 PM 

We're in a great position, doubt they​ could get 230 in the 4th

 
 
Brian
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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 10 2017, 6:35 PM 

"We're in a great position, doubt they​ could get 230 in the 4th"

agreed

 
 

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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 10 2017, 6:35 PM 

Been to todays play.
Been an excellent day of County Cricket, lovely setting and a couple pints of cider.
Thought we lost control a couple of times and if being harsh we could have had a first innings lead but overall pleased with where we are now.
Would say we should win 2 out of 3 times from here.
Lead of 200 I would say would make it an even game and we should be looking for more.

Hightlights of the day were Sidebottoms 5fer and Handscombe batting against spin. Some of his shots were top class.

 
 
LUTyke
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Re: Somerset vs Yorkshire (Day 2)

June 10 2017, 7:01 PM 

Just going off the one innings but might Carver and Waite actually be better options than Rafiq and Patterson at this point. Getting a little feeling that Patterson is now past his peak and will find himself retiring soon.

 
 
Joe
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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 10 2017, 7:09 PM 

Good recovery by Yorkshire, we're in the driving seat.

Can I echo the sentiment that Sidebottom is too good to retire. As a 4 day specialist the ECB rule changes reducing the number of matches might tempt him back happy.gif

Would love to hold on to him for another year.

 
 
Geoff B
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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 10 2017, 7:32 PM 

Ref the question whether Carver and Waite are a better option than Rafiq and Patterson.

I should imagine Patto will be a bit part player this season and hopefully next before hanging up his boots.

Hope to see him retained to be called upon as and when his experience and a safe pair of hands are needed, especially with Siddy retiring.

Carver has his chance here so lets see if he can grab it. I'm sure he will get plenty of overs in during their second innings.

I like the enthusiasm of Rafiq in all forms of cricket but I think his bowling and batting is more effective in white ball.

A lot depends on how much we see of Rashid in a Yorkshire shirt for the rest of the season.

Still can't see England picking both Rashid and Ali for test matches in England.

 
 
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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 10 2017, 8:49 PM 

Enjoyed another days cricket here Handscombe really is quality. Well done to Ryan please consider another year at the club you are the man.

 
 
WS55
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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 10 2017, 10:39 PM 

Yes, this was another excellent day's cricket. Two evenly matched teams -- Somerset with many out of form players, and us with a bit of an experimental side, plus some players whose form is, what shall we say, less than assured.

Even with this side, I felt we had the edge in terms of talent, commitment and focus. But Jamie Overton's bowling, and the obvious confidence of their spinners Leach and Bess (on this pitch) evened things up.

I agree with the post above that we missed a chance to get a first innings lead -- Ryan was straying on to the batsmen's legs when he got tired, Patto offered a few looser balls (as he has tended to this season), and Rafiq and Waite gave easy pickings from time to time. This accounted for Somerset's bursts of brisk run rate this morning. A couple of times it looked as if it would really get away from us, but then the bowlers struck, keeping us well in it. And I'm afraid our best chance of a lead went when Adam dropped/missed (another!) not-quite-regulation catch at second slip--the fifth or sixth such miss I've seen this season.

Our batting looked much better. Their bowling was good (see above) and for an hour or more the light was poor. But we got bat solidly on ball -- especially Alex Lees, who looked good, and played a proper opener's innings. Solid defence, sensible leaves, and taking his opportunities for the occasional imperious thump of the ball to the boundary. Not to take anything away from Handscomb, who added a bit of Aussie aggression and flair, but it was Lees' innings that was the best bit of the day for me. The end of his innings was the best for Somerset supporters, as his middle stump cartwheeled half the way to the wicketkeeper. A humiliating end for a good knock. Adam might have been unlucky with his LBW. I thought he was just cross with himself as he stomped off in a huff, after gritty occupation of the crease, but the Cricinfo report says he was implying that he'd hit it.

Evenly matched, and all to play for tomorrow. Somerset supporters around me were saying we'll win even if we're only 150 ahead, and that 200 would guarantee it. I take that as the normal grumpy pessimism (hoping to be proved wrong) of loyal cricket supporters. An attitude not unknown on this forum.

I'll be unhappy and tense in the 4th innings if we're less than 250 ahead, uncomfortable at less than 280, and only confident if we're well north of 300. Either Overton (or both of them) could hit a chancy 70 off 9 or 10 overs from Rafiq, Waite and Patto. So someone needs to score some hefty runs for us tomorrow.

 
 
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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 10 2017, 10:51 PM 

Good summary. I also think we need to be North of 300 to be absolutely certain of the win. Anything less, will be very twitchy for us.

 
 
Loiner
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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 11 2017, 2:08 AM 

Get ready to be tense and twitchy then

 
 
Seadog73
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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 11 2017, 7:31 AM 

Our lead will be nearer 200 than 300 but I reckon it'll be enough.

 
 
WS55
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Re: Championship | Somerset vs Yorkshire at Taunton (Day Two)

June 11 2017, 2:13 PM 

Very near 200 by the look of it 😕

 
 
 
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