Sidebottom causes Somerset slide before late rally

LV County Championship Division One, Headingley
Close, day two: Somerset 265, Yorkshire 20-0
Yorkshire 3pts, Somerset 2pts
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Former England paceman Ryan Sidebottom produced a four-wicket burst before Yorkshire were frustrated by Somerset's last-wicket pair at Headingley.

Sidebottom reduced the visitors to 215-9 with a lively spell of 4-14 in eight overs on day two of this badly rain-hit County Championship match.

But Alfonso Thomas (49) helped Tykes old boy Steve Kirby add 50 for the last wicket as Somerset totalled 265.

Yorkshire closed on 20-0 in a game they must win to stay in the top flight.

For the second day running, the Tykes were frustrated as rain prevented any play during the morning session - and further interruptions for bad weather meant that a total of 52 overs in the day were lost.

It was after more heavy rain and an early tea interval that Sidebottom began to scythe his way through Somerset's batting.

He began by having Barrow superbly caught one-handed low to his right at first slip by Anthony McGrath for a steady 69 from 143 balls with eight fours and, in the same over, Craig Meschede was caught behind without scoring.

Sidebottom then gained lbw verdicts against Adam Dibble and Murali Kartik, before late resistance from Thomas and Kirby denied him a five-wicket haul.