Somerset’s title push is still on track after a superb ten wicket win over Yorkshire at Headingley on day three of this Specsavers County Championship First Division match.
The hero for Somerset was once again left-arm spinner Jack Leach who bowled superbly to finish with figures of six for 64.
When Yorkshire’s last wicket fell at 286 it left Somerset needing 42 to win which Marcus Trescothick and Tom Abell managed between them without fuss.
This victory pulls Somerset up to within one point of second-placed Yorkshire.
The home side were already staring down the barrel when they resumed on 57 for three this morning, still trailing by 188 runs, and it was not until Liam Plunkett joined Jake Lehmann in an eighth wicket stand of 101 that an innings defeat looked as though it could be avoided. Adam Lyth was 27 overnight and Lehmann 15 and they took the score to 99 before Lyth got a faint touch down the legside off Craig Overton and was caught behind by Ryan Davies for 49.
Leach, having earlier been given just one over, came back at the Football End and gained the first of his six consecutive victims as he drew Adil Rashid out of his crease with a cunningly flighted delivery which left him stranded and stumped. Lehmann completed his third half-century in as many matches but at 60 he enjoyed a life, Tom Abell putting down a bat-pad chance off the spinner. There was almost static support for Lehmann from Tim Bresnan whose only scoring shot off 51 deliveries was a boundary. He then played back to Leach and was bowled.
Leach continued to make inroads, Hodd being seventh out when the Yorkshire wicket-keeper was caught off bat and pad by Abell, and with Lehmann on 71 with a further 83 required for Somerset to bat again the end did not seem far away, particularly when Plunkett was dropped behind the wicket before he had scored. However, Plunkett defiantly on-drove Leach for six and Lehmann cantered to his maiden century for Yorkshire off 168 balls with 11 fours. Even the new ball had no effect, Plunkett going to his 50 shortly before tea when Yorkshire led by 11, but with the stand worth 101 Lehmann attempted a sweep at Leach and was lbw.
Leach soon snared Jack Brooks and rounded things off by getting Plunkett caught at slip by Trescothick for 73 off 146 balls with seven fours and two sixes, leaving Trescothick and Abell to knock off the runs for a thoroughly deserved victory.
After another fine performance Jack said: “Obviously, this was a great result and I am very proud of the boys. I have been here at Headingley three times before and it has always been tough but we played them off the park in this game to get a good win. I was really pleased with my own performance and it was nice to have done so well. I have taken wickets at Taunton, where it is nice to bowl, but it was really pleasing to get wickets here and to help the boys out.”