Gillespie highlights areas to work on as Yorkshire kick off with a draw at Somerset (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Jason Gillespie highlights areas to work on as Yorkshire kick off with a draw at Somerset
Jason Gillespie says there is room for improvement both batting and bowling-wise for his Yorkshire side after their opening-round LV= County Championship draw against Somerset at Taunton.
Gillespie’s troops claimed 11 points from a clash played out on a benign pitch suiting the batsmen.
There was an outside chance of a Somerset win during today’s fourth morning when they secured a first-innings lead of 103 thanks to their 553 all out in reply to 450.
But, despite losing four wickets tamely, Yorkshire encountered few difficulties as they closed on 193-4 declared, built around 57 not out for New Zealand overseas batsman Kane Williamson and 54 for opener Adam Lyth.
“I think there were a lot of positives, there’s no doubt about that,” said coach Gillespie.
“We put on a decent first-innings score, although we could have got more runs. I thought our efforts with the ball were fantastic, but there’s room for improvement there as well.
“We know with our bowling, if we’re completely honest, we can be a bit more disciplined at times. We showed signs of it by and large but there were occasions when we let it drag a little bit.
“With the bat, ideally we would have liked another 100 runs, which would have helped us create a bit more pressure on the Somerset batting line-up.”
The home side’s innings included six half-centurions, but nobody scored a hundred. It was the fifth highest innings total in the history of Championship cricket compiled without a century.
Somerset were hampered by the loss of injured seamers Alfonso Thomas and Craig Overton today.
Yorkshire return to Championship action on Sunday when they welcome Division One newcomers Northamptonshire to Headingley.
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