Yorkshire v Somerset: Champions miss out on dramatic victory
|LV= County Championship Division One, Headingley|
|Yorkshire 253 & 365 drew with Somerset 437 & 151-9|
|Somerset 12 pts, Yorkshire 9pts|
Yorkshire came close to a remarkable victory but Somerset's last pair hang on for a dramatic draw at Headingley.
Gary Ballance (69) fell to Peter Trego (7-84), who took career-best figures, while Joe Root made 97 and Jonny Bairstow chipped in with 49.
Marcus Trescothick (44) looked set to lead the visitors to their victory target of 182 in 44 overs.
But Somerset slipped from 62-1 to 135-9, before Jamie Overton and Alfonso Thomas saw out the final 6.1 overs.
It was a remarkable final day and the opening session showed little sign of what was to come.
|Martyn Moxon on Jason Gillespie|
|"Jason Gillespie is also fantastic for us, because first and foremost he is a winner."|
Yorkshire resumed on 148-2, still trailing by 36 runs, and Ballance and Root put on 57 for the third wicket, before Root teamed up with Bairstow to score 110 for the fourth wicket in 17.4 overs.
But the hosts lost their last six wickets for 52 runs to leave Somerset, who were still chasing fourth place in Division One, a realistic run chase.
The visitors set about their task in positive fashion, led by nine fours in 48 balls by Trescothick, but the middle-order had a dramatic collapse as three wickets fell in four balls, with Jack Brooks taking 3-46.
The Headingley crowd had grown throughout the day with the promise of another presentation of the Championship trophy by former Test umpire and club president Dickie Bird.
They sensed a dramatic final-day victory but Somerset's last pair clung on for a dramatic draw.
Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon:
"I think today's performance epitomises our spirit and shows why we are the champions.
"To put in such a massive effort, with tired bowlers draining every ounce of effort, was an amazing end to a fantastic season.
"We have a squad which is not aiming to be just one-day wonders, but wants to go on repeating this success and I think that it is a squad which can only get better.
"The last few weeks have not been easy for Andrew Gale, but I think he has been outstanding as captain and all the lads in the team have played their part.
"Jason Gillespie is also fantastic for us, because first and foremost he is a winner.
"I have got close to it a couple of times but to win the Championship is really special for me and, even though I have played for England, this is one of the highlights of my career."
BBC Radio Leeds' Dave Callaghan:
"Yorkshire showed why they are champions as they drew a game they should have lost.
"Somerset paceman Peter Trego claimed career-best figures to instigate a number of problems for the Yorkshire battling line-up.
"At 62-1, Somerset were in control but there was then a middle-order demise, before the visitors just held out.
"A thrilling match and the trophy on display as Yorkshire a did a lap of honour."
BBC Somerset's Anthony Gibson:
"It was a draw but not the sort of draw we'd been expecting.
"What had looked like the dying embers of this match were suddenly flamed into life, as Yorkshire collapsed from 288-3 to 365 all out.
"Peter Trego was the fire-lighter, somehow managing to spark some life out of a tired wicket to finish with a career best.
"That left Somerset a distinctly manageable 182 to win in 44 overs, and at 62-1 in the 15th over, they were coasting.
"But then Trescothick went for one big hit too many, the middle-order crumbled and in the end it was left to Alfonso Thomas and Jamie Overton to see out the last six overs."