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Yorkshire close to shock at Somerset
Yorkshire’s young side came close to causing a major upset before slipping to a narrow three-wicket YB40 defeat to Group C leaders Somerset at Taunton today.
Forced to field another inexperienced line-up due to players on Ashes or England Lions duty, the visitors almost snatched an unlikely win.
Having been set a challenging 261-8, after Alex Lees and Adam Lyth both scored half-centuries and Jack Leaning hit 60 off only 49 balls, Somerset appeared to be cruising to victory on 209-2 with eight overs and a power play remaining.
But, despite a brilliant 140 off only 103 balls from Peter Trego, Somerset limped over the finishing line with only five balls left after losing five wickets in six overs.
Lees, playing his final innings for Yorkshire before teaming up with the Lions against Australia at Northampton today, partnered Lyth in a 118-run stand after openers Andrew Gale and Dan Hodgson both fell cheaply.
Once Lees and Lyth departed within two overs of each other, Leaning stepped up in only his eighth first team appearance, hitting six fours and a six.
His aggressive innings came only two days after claiming 5-22 during Yorkshire’s triumph over Unicorns at Headingley.
Yorkshire dismissed Marcus Trescothick in the third over of the Somerset res-ponse, driving Iain Wardlaw to mid-off in the third over having pulled the previous ball for six.
However, they were unable to dislodge Trego.
He was given a reprieve on 70 when he advanced down the pitch to Leaning but wicketkeeper Hodgson was unable to complete the stumping and Somerset’s opener made them pay for failing to take their chance.
But despite the late clatter of wickets, including Rich-ard Pyrah claiming wickets off successive balls, Trego continued his onslaught, finishing with 19 fours and two sixes to secure the victory with a match-winning knock.
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