Somerset County Championship hopes boosted by victory over Yorkshire

Credit: Somerset County Cricket Club

Somerset kept their Championship title hopes alive as they beat Yorkshire in their penultimate match of the season at Headingley.

The result means Somerset remain third in the table but are now just one point behind second placed Yorkshire and five behind leaders Middlesex.

The odds are still against Somerset as Middlesex will go a further 16 points ahead if they can win their ongoing match with Lancashire.

If they can achieve that they will need only four more from their final match against Yorkshire at Lords on September 20th.

The hero for Somerset was left-arm spinner Jack Leach who bowled superbly to finish with figures of six for 64.

Leach said of the result, “I am very proud of the boys. I have been here at Headingley three times before and it has always been tough but we played them off the park in this game to get a good win.

"I was really pleased with my own performance and it was nice to have done so well. I have taken wickets at Taunton, where it is nice to bowl, but it was really pleasing to get wickets here and to help the boys out.”