County Championship: Adil Rashid 99 steers Yorkshire to draw

Adil Rashid
Yorkshire's Adil Rashid fell one run short of a 10th first-class century
LV= County Championship Division One, Taunton (day four)
Yorkshire 438 & 419: Rashid 99, Bairstow 66; Myburgh 3-57, C Overton 3-73
Somerset 485 & 6-1
Match drawn
Somerset 12 pts, Yorkshire 13 pts
Match scorecard

England hopeful Adil Rashid scored 99 as Yorkshire drew with Somerset in their County Championship Division One match at Taunton.

Yorkshire, the defending champions, began the final day 124 runs ahead with five second-innings wickets in hand.

Rashid added 117 for the sixth wicket with Jonny Bairstow (66) and a further 89 with Tim Bresnan, who made 29.

The visitors were bowled out for 419, leaving Somerset 373 to win. They reached 6-1 before agreeing to a draw.

Rashid went on England's tour of the West Indies earlier this year but did not play in the three-Test series.

In his only previous Championship appearance of the season, against Hampshire, the 27-year-old all-rounder made a duck but took eight wickets in the match to help seal victory at Headingley.

Rashid's superb record against Somerset
Three of Adil Rashid's nine first-class centuries have been scored against Somerset, including a career-best 180 in May 2013

The draw maintained Yorkshire's unbeaten start to the season, which had been under threat when Somerset - chasing a second win of the summer - reduced them to 117-5 on the third day.

Bairstow reached his second half-century of the match off 110 balls and departed only after Somerset took the second new ball, caught behind off Alfonso Thomas.

Rashid misjudged a sweep off Johann Myburgh (3-57), lobbing a simple catch to Thomas at short fine leg to fall one run short of a 10th first-class hundred, but by then Yorkshire's lead was almost 300 and any hopes of a victory for either side had faded.

Australia international Glenn Maxwell had Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick caught at mid-wicket in the two overs bowled before the close.

Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick: "We performed pretty well throughout the game and, in particular, our bowling pleased me on that sort of pitch, so there is a lot to take from it.

"When the Overtons get together with the bat it is generally entertaining. Jamie can smack it to all parts and Craig plays positively.

"They have also bowled well in partnerships and we are fully aware of what prospects they are with bat and ball."

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie: "To come away with a draw is a pass mark. However, we were well below par with the ball, barring Steven Patterson, who was outstanding, and we need to be more ruthless with our batting.

"A lot of players are getting starts without going on. Jack Leaning got a great hundred and Tim Bresnan did the same down the order, but it is our top six who need to be doing the business and we didn't quite nail that.

"We can play a lot better, but I was delighted with the attitude shown in saving the game. We had a good chat in the dressing room at the end of play and know we have work to do."