Yorkshire’s survival hopes are hit by rain

First published in Yorkshire CCC Match Reports

It looks as though the weather might be the final nail in Yorkshire's coffin as they try to avoid relegation.

Amid blustery conditions at Headingley yesterday, just 41 overs were possible on day one of their must-win LV County Championship match with Somerset.

With more rain forecast for today, the Tykes' chances of picking up the win they need in order to have any chance of survival in Division One now look to have gone from remote to non-existent.

By the close Somerset had meandered to 140 for three.

It was hardly an afternoon's action that will live long in the memory though, after the conditions delayed the start of the match until 2.15.

When play did eventually begin, Ajmal Shahzad was quickly into his stride in front of the smallest home crowd of the season.

Just seven overs had been bowled when he removed Arul Suppiah for eight, to leave Somerset on 14 for one.

However, with youngsters Alex Barrow and Chris Jones then digging in, that was as good as it got for the Yorkshire attack until well after tea.

By this stage Somerset had battled to 56 for one, before the hardy few who were left inside Headingley finally got some entertainment to keep them warm.

Moin Ashraf was the catalyst, with two wickets in two balls to dismiss Jones (31) and James Hildreth for a first ball duck.

It was a just reward for a good spell of bowling from the 19 year-old, who has impressed since earning a recall to the first-team in the middle of August.

He said: "I am content with what happened. Hopefully I can now get a few more wickets during the rest of the match."

"The weather can be as frustrating as you want to make it."

"You can use it as an excuse or you can get on with it. I think that is up to the individual."

"The main thing now is to focus on day two because we need to bowl them out for as little as possible."

Ashraf's burst left Somerset on 88 for three, before Barrow and Jos Buttler then made sure it was the visitors who would just about be on top by the end of a truncated day.

Together, they added 52 runs for the fourth wicket by the close, with Barrow unbeaten on 55 and Buttler not-out on 43.

Buttlers innings, which came off 37 balls and contained nine boundaries was particularly enjoyable to watch, whilst Barrow's knock was his highest ever in the first class game to this point.

It meant by the end of proceedings only Yorkshire had picked up a bonus point from the first day's action though.

However, with Worcestershire and Sussex securing themselves two bonus points each in their game at New Road, the Tykes are now 15 points away from safety.

SCORECARD

Yorkshire v Somerset
At Headingley Carnegie. Yorkshire Won Toss

Somerset First Innings Close
A W Barrow not out 55
A V Suppiah b Shahzad 8
C R Jones b Ashraf 31
J C Hildreth b Ashraf 0
J C Buttler not out 43
Extras (lb3 pens 0) 3
Total 3 wkts (41 overs) 140
Fall: 1-14 2-86 3-88
To Bat: P D Trego, C A J Meschede, A C
Thomas, M Kartik, S P Kirby, A J Dibble
Bowling: Sidebottom 11-1-47-0. Shahzad
11-2-33-1. Pyrah 7-1-27-0. Ashraf 12-5-
30-2.

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