Suppiah builds on Kartik's work

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Murali Kartik returned figures of 3-106 on his Somerset debut, but he was required to bowl 35 overs as Yorkshire reached 405

Murali Kartik opened his account for Somerset as they fought hard to keep Yorkshire in check on the second day of the LV= County Championship Division One match at Taunton.

The Indian left-arm spinner marked his debut as overseas player by helping bowl Yorkshire out for 405 after they resumed on 296 for four.

He finished with 3-106 from 35.5 overs, while Ben Phillips returned 4-76 from 36.

Only David Wainwright, with 39, offered much resistance as Yorkshire failed to build substantially on their first-day efforts. It took a last-wicket stand of 46 between Wainwright and Oliver Hannon-Dalby to get them past 400.

By the close Somerset had reached 226 for four, with Arul Suppiah unbeaten on 78 and Zander de Bruyn having made 47.

Hannon-Dalby claimed the prize wicket of Marcus Trescothick, who eased his way to 39 before he was trapped lbw playing across a slower delivery.

Nick Compton had made only five when he caught behind via an inside edge to give Steven Patterson a deserved wicket.

But Suppiah and de Bruyn then added exactly 100 for the third wicket before the latter played on to an Adil Rashid googly.

James Hildreth breezed to 31, only to perish aiming a lifting drive at the leg-spinner, yet Suppiah held firm, having reached a patient half-century off 134 balls, with seven fours.

Earlier, Yorkshire lost Anthony McGrath without adding to his overnight 73. He was undone by extra bounce from the tall Phillips and gave a catch to Peter Trego at gully.

Patterson, with 25, saw Yorkshire to a third batting point, but Somerset had to settle for a single bowling point as the scoreboard read 322 for five after 110 overs.

The home side made up for lost time by taking four wickets for just 20 runs as Yorkshire slipped to 359 for nine.

Patterson was caught in the slips off Alfonso Thomas, who then knocked back Rashid’s off stump. Kartik claimed his first wicket for his new club when Jonathan Bairstow, on 17, drove to Compton at short extra-cover.

Arul Suppiah

Arul Suppiah batted for 59 overs to reach the close on 78, steering Somerset to 226 for four. However, they trail by 179

Kartik pinned Tino Best lbw for 15, but he was kept waiting until after lunch for his third wicket as Wainwright hit five fours in his 41-ball innings and last man Hannon-Dalby survived 39 deliveries to score two.

The innings finally ended in the afternoon when Wainwright lifted Kartik to mid-on, where Phillips took a stunning catch left-handed at full stretch above his head.

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