County Championship: Leaning century puts Yorkshire ahead

Jack Leaning
Leaning has made 871 runs for Yorkshire in 26 first-class innings
LV= County Championship Division One, Taunton
Yorkshire 343-8: Leaning 123, Bresnan 54 not out, Trego 3-46
Somerset: Yet to bat
Yorkshire 3 pts, Somerset 2 pts
Match scorecard

Jack Leaning's second century of 2015 helped Yorkshire strengthen their position over Somerset at Taunton.

Promoted to number three, Leaning (123) was well supported by Jonny Bairstow (50) and Tim Bresnan (54 not out)

Somerset seamer Craig Overton (2-63) starred with the ball for the hosts, dismissing Australian Glenn Maxwell for a second-ball duck.

Leaning was bowled by Peter Trego shortly before the close to leave Yorkshire 343-8 at the close of play.

Asked to bat by Somerset, Alex Lees (34) began strongly for Yorkshire before he was trapped lbw by Trego (3-46).

Leaning: one for the future
Leaning, who made a three-ball duck on his debut, has now made two Championship centuries for Yorkshire. His first was against Nottinghamshire in April, where he made 116.

Will Rhodes (28) fell shortly after, fending Jamie Overton to leg slip before Andrew Gale edged Trego to Jim Allenby at second slip.

Bairstow made an aggressive half-century, including nine boundaries, before driving Craig Overton to Marcus Trescothick in the slips.

Maxwell's Championship debut for Yorkshire lasted two balls as he slapped Craig Overton to cover, before Adil Rashid was bowled by Alfonso Thomas.

Leaning was dismissed shortly before stumps, as was Liam Plunkett for a duck, but Bresnan's aggressive half-century leaves Yorkshire in a commanding position.

Yorkshire batsman Jack Leaning:

"We're full of confidence at the moment and I feel we might just have nicked the better of the day's play.

"It's always nice to get a hundred, but it was a bit of a shame we lost two wickets at the end."

On speculation surrounding the future of coach Jason Gillespie, who has held talks with England: "Jason's our coach until we hear otherwise in the future.

"'Dizzy' never changes. He's such a strong, confident character."

Somerset all-rounder Peter Trego:

"It was quite an attritional wicket and it was my job to try to contain runs, rather than go searching for wickets.

"Obviously, it was nice to nip a few batsmen out as well, so that was a bonus.

"I think we had a great day as a team, although the partnership of over 100 (between Leaning and Bresnan) was a bit disappointing. We did let it slip a bit in the last hour, until we struck late in the day."

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