Adam Lyth scored a typically fluent half-century to help Yorkshire make a positive start to their LV= County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton.

Despite the loss of two wickets in successive Craig Meschede overs midway through the opening session, the White Rose side will have been satisfied with their morning’s work after losing the toss.

They went in to lunch on the first day of their season at 127-2 from 33 overs.

Lyth and fellow left-hander Alex Lees punished a rusty home attack early on as they brought up their 50 partnership in the 13th over.

Lees hit three fours in an over twice during his 34, once off Lewis Gregory and then off Meschede. But he lost his off stump to Meschede at the start of the 15th over to leave the score at 69-1.

It was soon 71-2 when Kane Williamson punched the same bowler to mid-off at the start of the 17th.

But Lyth reached his half-century off 71 balls with nine fours shortly afterwards and took lunch on 66.

After the Williamson dismissal, Lyth and Andrew Gale (20 not out) shared 56 unbroken for the third wicket.