Myburgh stiffens Somerset resistance

Myburgh stiffens Somerset resistance


Somerset 530 for 9 (Myburgh 91, Jones 75, Gregory 69, Plunkett 4-108) lead Yorkshire 450 (Lyth 85, Rashid 108) by 80 runs

Johann Myburgh tip scored for Somerset, Somerset v Yorkshire, County Championship Division One, Taunton, 3rd day, Apr 15, 2014

Johann Myburgh has been around a cricketing houses. He has played in South Africa and in New Zealand, where, with Canterbury, he was coached by Dave Nosworthy, and has had stints with Hampshire and Durham.

At a age of 33, he does not paint Somerset’s future. He could also be pronounced to be gripping George Dockrell and Max Waller, a county’s immature and earnest spinners, out of a side.

In fairness, this is not indispensably a like for like selection, in that Myburgh is effectively a batsman who bowls – rather prosaic off breaks. And it is tough to oppose with his preference – by a aforementioned Nosworthy as good as Marcus Trescothick – for this match.

He done 91 on what, even after all a winter rain, is an unmarked and rather routine pitch, in further to carrying bowled 21 overs and taken a integrate of wickets in Yorkshire’s initial innings. There was a small spin on this, a third day, so we should see some-more of him when Yorkshire bat again.

Somerset responded to Yorkshire’s sum of 450 by holding a initial innings lead of 80, that was no meant feat given that Trescothick and Nick Compton contributed small with a bat. Instead, James Hildreth done 67, Craig Kieswetter 63 and Lewis Gregory, who flung a bat from a initial round he faced, 69, his career-best score. Myburgh, however, came adult with a innings of a day.

He is a hunker man, has a decent first-class normal (43.10) and is discerning to mark a opening in a field. This being Taunton, he will find a round comes onto a bat and can disappear quickly off it. While Kieswetter was penetrating to go for a some-more expanded shots – a pulled 6 off Jack Brooks and a lofted expostulate into a Ian Botham Stand – Myburgh, a elder brother, incidentally, of Stephan Myburgh of Netherlands fame, was some-more circumspect.

It was his top measure in England, done with 10 fours. “I am not too most of a stats man though it is always unsatisfactory not to measure a century,” he admitted. “I never felt finished with a diversion after we left Hampshire and Durham – we had usually a brief agreement with one, primarily in white round cricket, and during Southampton things only didn’t work out. But we have always believed in a ability we was given.”

Before all that, Alviro Petersen had left in Kane Williamson’s initial over, held behind off what looked to be an arm ball, and Hildreth had reached 11,000 runs in first-class cricket before he was leg before aiming to appropriate Brooks to leg. Kieswetter, who combined 112 with Myburgh and who struck 7 fours and dual sixes, was looking set for a initial century of a deteriorate – a riposte to those who feel Somerset should have defended Jos Buttler – when he was taken during trip off Williamson.

On a boundary, Dickie Bird, now Yorkshire’s president, was attracting as most seductiveness as a cricket. He did not spin down a ask for an designation or an talk even after one had been technologically bungled. Not that Botham would have thanked him for not remembering, station as he was in a Botham Stand, a temperament of England’s heading wicket taker. There is a boyish unrestrained for a game, and for a people he encounters all day, that stays pleasant to observe.

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