Leaning ton puts Yorkshire in charge

Yorkshire's Jack Leaninghit a  century. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Yorkshire's Jack Leaninghit a century. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
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Jack Leaning’s second century of the season led defending champions Yorkshire to 343 for eight on the first day of the Division One match against Somerset at Taunton.

After being asked to bat Yorkshire were indebted to a fine innings from 21-year-old Leaning, who struck 18 fours in his 243-ball innings before being bowled by Pete Trego in the penultimate over of the day.

Jonny Bairstow helped Leaning put on 93 for the third wicket before his fluent innings of 50, from 59 balls, ended with a slip catch by Marcus Trescothick off Craig Overton, while Tim Bresnan (54 not out) also gave the Yorkshire Academy product excellent support in a seventh-wicket stand that realised 117 runs.

Yorkshire will feel they had the better of an interesting and, at times, attritional, day’s play.

Openers Alex Lees and Will Rhodes were largely untroubled in a stand of 55 in 13 overs.

Lees struck six boundaries in moving to 34 before he played across the line to Trego and was leg before wicket.

Jamie Overton claimed the second Yorkshire wicket just before lunch when Rhodes, having made a patient 28, turned a ball off his hips to leg gully, where Tom Cooper held an excellent catch.

It became 118 for three hen Trego had Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale caught at first slip by Jim Allenby for 22.

Bairstow upped the tempo by taking four boundaries off an over from Trego then Leaning brought up his 112-ball half-century with a drive for four which was his eighth boundary.

Craig Overton hit Yorkshire with two wickets in the 61st over. Bairstow was dismissed the delivery after reaching his half-century, before Maxwell was caught at cover.

Somerset enjoyed further success when Adel Rashid played down the wrong line and was bowled by Alfonso Thomas for 9.

Thereafter, Yorkshire regained the initiative thanks to Leaning and Bresnan. A flurry of boundaries hurried Leaning into the 90s and he reached his 192-ball hundred with a single to midwicket.