Rashid falls short as Yorkshire draw with Somerset

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Adil Rashid fell one short of a fourth first class century against Somerset as Yorkshire comfortably batted out for a draw on a disappointingly low key final day of the LV=County Championship match at Taunton.

All results seemed possible when the visitors set out on 171 for five in their second innings, leading by only 124. But Rashid, unbeaten on 23 overnight, batted through the morning session, receiving good support from Jonny Bairstow (66) before solid contributions from the later order made the outcome inevitable.

Yorkshire were eventually bowled out for 419 after a delayed tea and Somerset only had time to make six for one before the players shook hands. The hosts took 12 points from the game and Yorkshire 13.

Rashid had already made three of his nine first class hundreds against the Cider county and looked sure to notch another after he and Bairstow had extended their sixth-wicket stand to 117.

The latter had also looked untroubled in making his second half-century of the match and had faced 138 balls, hitting 11 fours, when caught behind chasing a wide delivery from Alfonso Thomas with the second new ball.

By then Bairstow and Rashid had doubled the score, taking it to 234, and Yorkshire were well on course to avoid defeat. At lunch they had reached 275 for six and led by 228.

Tim Bresnan added 29 to his first innings century, helping to advance the score to 323 before falling lbw to Myburgh looking to work the ball into the leg side.

Rashid had barely played a false shot in batting for four hours and ten minutes when a rare lapse in concentration saw him flick a catch to Alfonso Thomas at backward square-leg off the occasional off-spin of Johann Myburgh.

Having faced 198 balls and hit 12 fours, Rashid stood transfixed at his mistake before dragging himself off to the pavilion with the scoreboard reading 331 for eight.

The next wicket was a run-out as Liam Plunkett (21) failed to beat Jamie Overton’s throw to the bowler’s end from mid-on after he had been sent back by partner Steven Patterson attempting a quick single.

By then the Yorkshire lead was over 300 and the outcome beyond doubt. Tea was delayed with nine wickets down, but Patterson and Jack Brooks still batted through to the interval which came with the total 408 for nine.

The short final session saw 21-year-old Abell collect a maiden first class wicket when Brooks was caught behind for 24, leaving Patterson 44 not out, and Glenn Maxwell earn the distinction of dismissing Marcus Trescothick when the home skipper carelessly lofted a catch to mid-wicket..

Not for the first time, Somerset’s senior seamers could get little response from a final day pitch at the County Ground and both teams appeared happy enough with the outcome.