Hartley faces up to polished Shine

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Somerset 309 and 395

Yorkshire 292 and 215

Somerset won by 197 runs

The Championship leaders cheated Scarborough of a day's entertainment yesterday, in the week that Yorkshire decided to concentrate all their home matches outside Leeds on this friendly ground at North Marine Road. But more people turned up to witness the last knockings of the game than most county treasurers can reckon on for a full day's cricket, such is the resort's enthusiasm for the game.

Yorkshire's attention will now be directed towards Grace Road, where a home win over Sussex, Yorkshire's opponents in Tuesday's NatWest quarter final, would give Leicestershire a one-point lead at the top of the table. Surrey and Kent, too, are within finger-tip reach of the White Rose County, who must recover quickly from this setback administered by an inconsistent but often inspired club.

Inspiration in particular came from batsmen Shane Lee and Mark Lathwell, bowlers Kevin Shine and Andrew Caddick. Lee, who will surely have a successful international career when his bowling discovers an extra element of venom, has been hovering around the top of the domestic batting averages all season, and it was his masterful second-innings 134 that turned Somerset from danger at 121 for five to a point where they could ask Yorkshire to exceed their record last-innings winning total by 82, a daunting 413 in all. He was supported by solid late-order contributions but above all by opener and anchorman Lathwell, happily restored to form.

Caddick, when his legs work properly and that Hadlee-like approach to the wicket is smooth and subconscious, is a fast bowler of the highest class. He may not have taken a hatful of wickets in this game but Yorkshire could never feel easy against him.

The hatful belonged to a less celebrated quickie, now christened "Shoiner" by the Taunton crowd. Shine failed to establish himself at either Hampshire, where his record included eight wickets in 38 balls, or Middlesex, and his first-class career must have seemed over before Somerset signed him as cover for the injury-prone Caddick and Andre Van Troost.

The Dutchman's star has faded but the engaging Shine, who has a slingshot bowling action, has taken this last chance gratefully. There may have been a little luck involved in his three first-innings scalps, but you don't add another five second time around without skill as well. They cost a mean 40 runs, hustled Yorkshire to 46 for five at one stage, and completed Lee's winning work.

For Yorkshire, the match consolidated the reputation of their impressive young fast bowler Chris Silverwood and continued the rehabilitation of Darren Gough, who was first out yesterday but added 47 to his first-innings 51. Like Caddick, he is looking for an international recall, and both must be winter touring candidates.

As for yesterday's play, it was a late-order cabaret orchestrated by Peter Hartley, who threw his bat at Caddick and Shine for 45 minutes and deserved his defiant half-century.

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