Yorkshire v Somerset: Nick Compton hits ton as champions toil
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|LV= County Championship Division One, Headingley|
|Close, day two: Yorkshire 253, Somerset 319-3|
|Somerset 6 pts, Yorkshire 2 pts|
Nick Compton made 156 as Somerset continued to control proceedings against newly-crowned county champions Yorkshire on day two at Headingley.
After Peter Trego (4-69) took the final wicket of Jack Brooks (21) to see the hosts all out for 253, Johann Myburgh fell early on for just 14.
Compton and Marcus Trescothick (66) put on 118 for Somerset's second wicket.
Compton then shared a stand of 154 with Tom Abell (71 no) before Somerset closed on 319-3, with a lead of 66.
|Headingley not a happy hunting ground . . .|
|Somerset have only won twice in their last eight County Championship visits to Headingley - and have lost five of those matches.|
Compton was finally bowled by Steven Patterson (2-38) after a 232-ball stay which included 23 fours and a six, while youngster Abell made his third Championship half-century of the season.
Yorkshire used a total of seven bowlers, including opener Adam Lyth and stand-in captain Joe Root, who took the wicket of Trescothick, as the hosts could not find a crucial breakthrough.
BBC Radio Leeds' Dave Callaghan:
"Yorkshire have looked a little off the pace in this match. It is perhaps understandable after the intensity that goes with winning the Championship.
"Somerset had the better of conditions for batting and batted really well. Nick Compton was the star with a fine 156, while Steven Patterson was the most impressive of the bowlers with 2-38 from 19 overs.
"With Somerset already having a lead of 66, the champions may have to settle for a draw in this one, at best."
BBC Somerset's Anthony Gibson:
"This was a day for the cricket connoisseur. We witnessed some classic batsmanship, not only from the masterful Nick Compton, but also from young Tom Abell, who lost nothing by comparison with his senior partner.
"Nor should we forget an assured, determined 66 from Marcus Trescothick.
"That set Somerset on their way to what is already a dominant position against a tired-looking Yorkshire side and may yet prove a winning one."