first_img Barney Ronay Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Yorkshire Topics The Observer Somerset County cricket: Chanderpaul helps Lancashire batsmen dig in – as it happened … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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One consequence has been that Cameron Bancroft never made it to Somerset; he was hastily replaced by another Australian Matt Renshaw, whose visit to his grandmother in the north of England mid-April was suddenly overtaken by a significant career move.There are now those in Taunton who are quietly delighted by the shenanigans of Steve Smith and Warner against the South Africans, which eventually led to the acquisition of Renshaw. For it is highly unlikely that Bancroft, even if his life had not been thrown into turmoil, could have contributed quite as Renshaw has done in his first two games for Somerset. Support The Guardian County Championship Division One ECB should not tap its feet for four years before embracing Jofra Archercenter_img Read more Share on Facebook Share via Email Against Worcestershire last week he hit a vital century in the first innings. Here was something more spectacular. Renshaw thumped a hundred before lunch in 86 balls, including 14 fours and four sixes. He is supposed to be a bit of a blocker but take the Yorkshireman out of Yorkshire and then pitch him against Yorkshire and anything can happen.Renshaw got off the mark with a six; he reached his 50 with a six and on 94 he hooked another over the ropes. It is unlikely that any first-class batsman has ever done that before.Maybe Renshaw has worked out that on these early-season pitches there is no point in hanging around since there is a ball around the corner with your name on it. It is imperative to make the opposition bowl badly. Certainly he imposed himself with pulls, hooks and meaty bottom-handed drives that sailed over the heads of Yorkshire’s opening bowlers.As the day progressed, the value of Renshaw’s runs soared as if in a bull market. The wickets just kept falling after a surreal morning in which Renshaw caused havoc. At one point Somerset were 145 for one, George Bartlett having offered fine assistance to his new team-mate. Then they lost nine wickets for 71 (all out 216) with Jack Brooks, as ever, recognising the virtue of pitching the ball up and letting it swing. Only Craig Overton of the rest of the Somerset batsmen threatened much resistance as they all kept playing their shots.Yorkshire tried to go about things in a more traditional manner in reply but that did not work any better. They were bowled out for 96 despite facing more overs than Somerset. There was the handicap of losing Adam Lyth to a wanton run-out before a run had been scored. Then the Somerset seamers set to work. No matter the temperature was in single figures with stoic spectators huddled in their anoraks yet still spellbound by the rapid progress of the match. The wine-dark Duke ball kept swinging. Harry Brook countered impressively; Cheteshwar Pujara and Gary Ballance tried blocking but could make no progress. Share on Twitter match reports Share on Messenger Cricket Read more Then with Yorkshire on 64 for four there was mayhem. In consecutive overs Tim Groenewald and Lewis Gregory both found themselves on a hat-trick. Groenewald benefited from two slip catches by Marcus Trescothick, then Gregory, who was managing to swing the ball in both directions – though not with the same delivery – dispatched the Jacks, Leaning and Brooks: 64 for four had become 64 for eight, then 96 all out.If the wickets had been taken by spinners there would have been outrage and calls for points deductions. But heigh-ho, it is April. That is what happens. There was time for Renshaw to return to the crease for two overs and, to the home side’s delight, he was still there alongside Trescothick at the close. Since you’re here… Reuse this contentlast_img read more