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Stalemate at Taunton

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Yorkshire's batsmen ensured they began their LV= County Championship Division One campaign with a tame draw against Somerset at Taunton.

After conceding a 103-run first-innings deficit, the White Rose were in some danger when they began their second knock with 89 overs still remaining on the final day.

But openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees ensured there would be no slip up by piecing together a 100-run stand. Yorkshire eventually declared at 193 for four at 5pm, when the draw was accepted by both sides.

Somerset's hopes of tearing into Yorkshire's batting was undermined by injuries to Alfonso Thomas and Craig Overton, which prevented both from bowling on the final day.

In their absence Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick was left short of front-line options, with part-timers Johann Myburgh and Alviro Petersen operating first change. 

With James Hildreth also employed to bowl, they accounted for 46 of the 71 overs Somerset sent down. 

The task for Lyth and Lees was, therefore, to see off the new ball and usher Yorkshire into relatively safe territory.

They did so without undue concern on a placid pitch that had seen Somerset eventually bowled out for a first-innings 553 at the start of the day.

Lyth passed 5,000 first-class runs as he and his opening partner reached lunch at 93 for none from 27 overs. 

Lees fell shortly after the interval when he was caught behind off Craig Meschede for 47 and Lyth followed after reaching his second half-century of the match when he mis-cued a pull shot off Hildreth to midwicket.

A slow middle session saw Yorkshire manage just 57 runs in 29 overs as they dug in for an 11-point match haul from their trip south. 

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson finished unbeaten on 57 and, while Andrew Gale and Gary Ballance both fell cheaply to Myburgh and Petersen respectively, the graft had already been completed to confirm the stalemate.

Somerset picked up nine points from the match while their first-innings total was the fifth-highest in championship cricket without a century.

The hosts' last-pairing had added 23 to their overnight score before Overton was lbw to Steven Patterson. Liam Plunkett's 4-117 was the best return for the Yorkshire bowlers.

Somerset travel to defending champions Durham for their second game of the season from Sunday, while Yorkshire host newly-promoted Northamptonshire.

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