TIM BRESNAN scored his first hundred for eight years and then sportingly gave the signed match ball to a spectator whom he hit on the head during the course of his innings.
Bresnan hit 100 not out in Yorkshire’s first innings total of 438 – his first century since he struck an unbeaten 101 against Warwickshire at Scarborough in 2007.
But rather than keep the match ball for the private collection, Bresnan handed it to Mel Pillar, a middle-aged gentleman from Cardiff, whom he hit with a six over mid-wicket off the Somerset pace bowler Craig Overton on the first evening.
Mr Pillar, who was sitting in a temporary stand to the right of the players’ pavilion, tried in vain to duck out of the way and needed four stitches at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital.
Heavily bandaged, although heartily cheerful, he returned to the ground yesterday and was delighted with the gesture of the Yorkshireman, who converted his overnight 56 into his fourth first-class hundred, and third for Yorkshire.
Bresnan, whose total was adjusted from 54 prior to play following a scoring error, made his runs from 136 balls with 12 fours and a six.
It helped Yorkshire from their overnight 345-8 – readjusted from 343-8 – to a fifth and final batting point, secured when they reached 400 with five overs of the 110-over cut-off point to spare.
Bresnan was ably assisted by Steve Patterson, with whom he added 92 for the ninth-wicket in 19 overs before Patterson (42) was caught behind off Peter Trego.
Jack Brooks, the No 11, was caught behind in the next over for a duck off Craig Overton, and Bresnan did not face a delivery after reaching his hundred.
Somerset’s batsmen found an easing wicket equally to their taste as they reached 309-4 in reply. James Hildreth led the way with 82, made from 61 balls with 10 fours and two sixes, while Tom Abell (62), Marcus Trescothick (56) and Tom Cooper (55 not out) also cashed in.
Trescothick was caught behind off Patterson, Abell edged Adil Rashid to Bresnan at slip, Johann Myburgh went lbw to Patterson, and Hildreth was caught-and-bowled by Rashid.