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Saturday, 20 October, 2018

On-a-roll Yorkshire in fine shape to continue their charge

Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq should enjoy the Taunton pitch
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Division One & Two matches, start 11am Friday
Yorkshire's resounding ten-wicket win over Roses rivals Lancashire should have put a spring in their step and they can kick on with victory over Somerset at Taunton.

The White Rose have a great knack of unearthing young talent to compensate for international call-ups and this season’s rising star is Ben Coad, whose eight wickets against Lancashire took his tally to 31 in five matches.

Coad faces a fitness test on a sore shin and Tim Bresnan is absent due to the impending birth of his third child but Yorkshire have great bowling depth with Jack Brooks and Ryan Sidebottom leading the attack.

Rejuvenated spinner Azeem Rafiq could also play a big role at Taunton, where spin-friendly pitches helped Somerset to the brink of the title last summer.

The visitors’ batting is in good order with Adam Lyth scoring a century against Lancashire, new captain Gary Ballance in great nick and Australia Test player Peter Handscomb also in the top order.

Somerset’s new captain Tom Abell had been woefully short of runs before a second-innings 71 against Middlesex last time out and his side have lost three and drawn two of their first five matches.

The brilliance of Kumar Sangakkara helped Surrey to a draw in last month’s trip to Essex and the Brown Caps are 8-11 favourites for the reverse fixture in Guildford.

Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire are hot favourites for their visit to Gloucestershire and Sussex, with two innings victories in their last three games, are 3-5 for an away win at Leicestershire.

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Rejuvenated spinner Azeem Rafiq could also play a big role at Taunton, where spin-friendly pitches helped Somerset to the brink of the title last year
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