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Tom Abell’s crisp innings puts Somerset in driving seat against Yorkshire

• Somerset 216 & 200, Yorkshire 96 & 49-1
• Captain strikes 82 to open up healthy advantage going into final day

A hint of normality returned to the ground that was once the haven of out?of-form batsmen. Just 11 wickets fell in the day, albeit one truncated by bad light, which means that a tantalising finale awaits. At the close Yorkshire, needing an unlikely 321 for victory, were battling away on 49 for one.

Batting was still a challenge in icy conditions and under a blanket of cloud. Somerset, starting the day on six without loss, were bowled out for 200, which represented quite a recovery from 24 for four. The captain, Tom Abell, produced the innings of the day to enable his side to set such a challenging target. His was a timely intervention for two reasons: it maintained Somerset’s dominance in a fast-moving match and it eased concerns about his own form.

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