Cricket: Gough double-take sees off Somerset

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Yorkshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .244 and 209

Somerset. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .235 and 170

Yorkshire win by 48 runs

SOMERSET, who appeared to have been counting trouble overnight rather than sheep, soon ran into it and went quietly to the slaughter here when Darren Gough struck with three wickets in five balls in the seventh over of the morning. But then Yorkshire's 21-pointer should come as no surprise, bearing in mind that they have not lost a Championship match on this ground in 22 years.

Yesterday's fourth success of the season was a formality for them once Gough was fired up. Warned for running on the pitch, the 22-year-old's next delivery found the edge of Graham Rose's bat, and 168 for 7 became 168 for 9 when he clean bowled Andy Caddick and Neil Mallender with subtler, slower deliveries for a career-best of 7 for 42.

Gough also took 10 wickets in a match for the first time and the Barnsley-born seamer is perhaps someone the England selectors might care to consider for this winter's A tour to South Africa. Certainly here he has bowled fast and straight on a strip that has given encouragement to seam and spin, while offering rewards for some batsmen.

Wickets, though, have tended to go down in handfuls which suggested that a good sighting was necessary before it became possible to make runs. Somerset needed 77 of them at the start, the difference between success and failure resting with Rose and Mushtaq Ahmed, and for a short while the seventh-wicket pair frustrated Yorkshire.

Rose had made 41 first time around and a fine extra-cover drive to the boundary off Jeremy Batty raised Somerset's spirits. Mushtaq also indulged himself against the off-spinner and the 50 partnership was warmly applauded by a crowd who would have put attendance figures for a Monday at The Oval to shame.

It could not last, however, and once Gough had seen off Rose cutting for 43 the end was nigh. There had been 40 minutes of action when Peter Hartley, who had recently been introduced to the attack in place of Batty, had Mushtaq taken at first slip by Richard Stemp for 41, to leave Yorkshire looking to complete a hat-trick of successes in the Championship when they pull into Trent Bridge on Thursday.


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