Somerset beat Yorkshire taking second win in County Championship

Andrew Gale - The difference between the teams was our first innings batting
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Somerset won their second County Championship match of the season by beating Yorkshire by 118 runs in Taunton with the extraordinary batting of Matt Renshaw for Somerset, in their first innings, being the real difference between the two sides. Both sides bowled well in both innings and his innings was just outstanding.

Somerset 216 (Matt Renshaw 112) & 200 (Tom Abell 82, Ben Coad 4-61)

Yorkshire 96 & 202 (Jack Leaning 68)

Result and Points: Somerset (20 pts) beat Yorkshire (3 pts) by 118 runs

Andrew Gale, Yorkshire CCC Head Coach commented on their performance:

"The difference between the teams was our first innings batting. Our approach was poor. We could have put more pressure on the Somerset bowlers.

"Matt Renshaw has come out and played like it was a T20 game for them. He couldn't trust his defence on that pitch so he went on the attack. I can't remember seeing a Championship innings in April like it.

"There were positives for us in the way Ben Coad and Jack Brooks bowled us back into the game and Jack Leaning's batting, which should give him a lot of confidence. We look forward to having Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow back ahead of the game with Essex."

Director of Cricket at Somerset CCC, Andy Hurry commented on their win:

"The magic wand behind winning our first two games is all the hard work put in by the players and the coaching staff during the winter. They all deserve enormous credit.

"It would be wrong to single out any player for praise after this victory because they all contributed. It was a tougher game than our first win over Worcestershire and it took a real team effort to come out on top.

"We have made a good start and now the focus is fully on Lancashire at Old Trafford this weekend. We are going to take this season a game at a time and a session at a time."

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