ANDREW HODD praised team-mate Ryan Sidebottom after the Yorkshire bowler struck three times late in the day to give the visitors the upper-hand against Somerset at Taunton.
Yorkshire were skittled out cheaply for 202 – wicketkeeper Hodd top-scoring with 59 – before the Yorkshire veteran seamer produced a magic spell to leave the hosts in trouble on 41-3 in their reply.
“Ryan’s contribution was big again,” said Hodd. “He is amazing, on and off the field.
“He just has that ability to get the big players out and he has done it again today. Hopefully, he will do it again on Saturday.
“Everyone down here has said that the game might not go beyond three days, so we knew that every run was crucial.
“That was why it was important to go on the counter-attack.
Everyone down here has said that the game might not go beyond three days, so we knew that every run was crucial.Yorkshire’s Andrew Hogg
“It’s been quite a good start to the season for me and nice to get a few scores and a few contributions.
“To be fair, I didnt see my first ball. Jamie was bowling well and it was really quite hostile.”
Somerset’s batting will come under close scrutiny once again, on day two in what is proving a difficult summer with the bat for Tom Abell’s side.
Positions of promise have finished with disappointing losses as the county’s out-of-form batsman have failed to reach the mark and it happened again as they lost Dean Elgar, Marcus Trescothick and captain Abell in the final session thanks to the Sidebottom effect.
On a wicket being used for the third time this season, it proved to be a difficult day all round for the batsmen as the bowlers once again prospered.
Having chosen to bat first, Yorkshire found themselves in trouble from the moment Jamie Overton had former England opener Adam Lyth caught by Lewis Gregory in the gully, for 24.
Alex Lees (6) followed at 34-2, brilliantly caught by Abell at extra cover, before captain Gary Ballance and Australian Peter Handscomb settled in and took Yorkshire to 79-2 at lunch.
It was after the interval that Somerset took a firm grip on the game, courtesy of some fine bowling by Jamie Overton, brother Craig, fellow seamer Gregory and spinners Jack Leach and Dom Bess.
Leach bowled Ballance around his legs to make it 82-3 and, three overs later, Handscomb was trapped leg before for 25 by the impressive Jamie Overton.
On a wicket that will almost certainly take some real spin later in the game, it was the endeavour of Jamie Overton that was rewarded once again when Jack Leaning (3) top-edged a pull to Craig Overton at backward square.
Not to be outdone, left-armer Leach picked up Matthew Waite’s wicket at 95-6 and it was left to Hodd to guide Yorkshire towards 200.
He lost Azeem Rafiq and Steven Patterson cheaply, before posting his half century off 55 balls with nine fours and a six.
He finally departed for 59, brilliantly caught by Abell at mid off, off the bowling of Gregory, leaving Karl Carver and Sidebottom to add 31 for the 10th wicket.
Somerset’s batting frailty was exposed once more in the final session when Elgar (6) was sent back at 7-1 in the fifth over and both Abell and Trescothick followed shortly after.