Lyth underlines his credentials
Adam Lyth continued his hugely impressive start to the LV= County Championship season as Yorkshire built a strong position against Somerset at Taunton.
The 22-year-old left-hander followed up his first-innings century with 93 off 170 balls, including nine fours, to help Yorkshire close day three on 154 for two - a lead of 182. That made Lyth the leading scorer in Division One with 622 runs at an average of 62.
Somerset had earlier been bowled out for 377, Arul Suppiah falling one short of a hundred and Jos Buttler scoring 52. Adil Rashid claimed 4-85 and David Wainwright 3-48.
However, while the pitch is offering some slow turn it will need to change significantly in nature for either side to force a win on the final day.
In the corresponding fixture last season Somerset successfully chased a target of 476, so Yorkshire captain Jacques Rudolph, who played in that game, is unlikely to be thinking in terms of a generous declaration.
Lyth was out in the last over of the day, lbw sweeping Murali Kartik, and was clearly frustrated at letting the opportunity of a second century in the match pass him by. But he had again demonstrated his emerging talent, albeit on a flat wicket.
Anthony McGrath was unbeaten on 38 and the only previous second-innings wicket to fall was that of Joe Sayers, also leg before for 12 playing across a full-length ball from Alfonso Thomas.
Somerset began the day on 226 for four in reply to 405, with Suppiah 78. He and Buttler batted sensibly for the first hour and the opener looked certain to reach three figures.
But with a hundred in sight Suppiah pushed forward to a ball from Wainwright that gripped and turned, and he edged a catch to Rudolph at slip. He had faced 210 balls and hit 14 fours.
Buttler followed up his maiden century at the Rose Bowl last week with another mature contribution. The 19-year-old reached his fifty off 69 balls, with seven fours, but then top-edged a short ball from Wainwright to Lyth at midwicket.
Rashid removed Ben Phillips, who looked unhappy with his lbw decision, and Thomas - caught behind off a leg-break - as Yorkshire pressed for a first-innings advantage.
It was as good as secured when Oliver Hannon-Dalby nipped a ball back at Peter Trego to trap him in front.
Although last man Charl Willoughby lofted a defiant six off Rashid, he was soon bowled by Wainwright, the ball just flicking the off bail.