Yorkshire v Somerset: Ballance leads champions' fightback

Gary Ballance
Ballance has made three half-centuries in the Championship this season
LV= County Championship Division One, Headingley
Close, day three: Yorkshire 253 & 148-2 v Somerset 437
Somerset 7 pts, Yorkshire 4 pts
Match scorecard

Gary Ballance and Adam Lyth led a Yorkshire fightback against Somerset on day three at Headingley.

Tom Abell (75) added only four to his overnight score as Somerset - who resumed on 319-3 - were dismissed for 437, as Peter Trego made a rapid 41.

Steven Patterson took 4-56, while Adil Rashid (4-116) cleaned up the tail.

Ballance (50 not out) and Lyth (51) then helped the champions reduce a 184-run first-innings deficit to close on 148-2, only 36 runs behind.

Adam Lyth's winning feeling
"It feels great to have scored runs and taken catches this summer, but being part of the Championship-winning team means even more to me."

Lyth, celebrating his 27th birthday, is Division One's leading run-scorer and he took his season's final tally to 1,489 runs, at an average of 67.68.

Yorkshire, who still have work to do if they are to preserve their unbeaten home record, will be re-presented with the Championship trophy on Friday in front of their home supporters.

Earlier, Somerset all-rounder Trego had smashed two sixes and four fours in 30 balls at the crease to help Somerset past 400.

Yorkshire batsman Adam Lyth:

"I got a few hugs on the field this morning from team-mates who had still to wish me happy birthday!

"It felt good to end the season with another half-century, but it would have been an even better birthday present if I could have got an extra 11 runs to finish up with 1,500.

"I am very happy with how it has gone for me this season and hopefully the winter will turn out to be just as good, if not even better."

BBC Radio Leeds' Dave Callaghan:

"Yorkshire have enjoyed better fortunes on the third day and could now force a draw against Somerset at Headingley.

"The 2014 champions grabbed a cluster of wickets to dismiss Somerset for 437. Steve Patterson was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets.

"But Adil Rashid enjoyed a purple patch with four wickets for five runs in 14 balls either side of the lunch break.

"Adam Lyth ended the season in style with 51, to fall just short of 1,500 runs for the Championship season."

BBC Somerset's Anthony Gibson:

"This was rather a disappointing day for Somerset. There was no maiden first-class century for Tom Abell.

"A total of 437 was probably 50 short of what they'd had in mind, notwithstanding a typically pugnacious 41 from Peter Trego.

"Then, when Yorkshire batted, the bowlers failed to make an early breakthrough. Alfonso Thomas went off injured and Jamie Overton dropped a sitter."

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