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Four for Josh on day two

Josh Davey took four wickets but a sixth-wicket partnership of 173 between retiring Andrew Hodd and Tom Kohler-Cadmore helped Yorkshire, replying to 399 against Somerset at Emerald Headingley, recover from 119 for five on day two.

The relegation-threatened White Rose were in danger of being asked to follow-on (a target of 250) having lost three wickets for eight runs shortly after lunch in this Specsavers County Championship fixture.

Although they still have work to do prevent second-placed Somerset from taking a first-innings lead, the hosts will be reasonably satisfied with their position at 292 for seven from 85.4 overs.

Hodd posted 84 not out off 147 balls, while Kohler-Cadmore almost matched him with 81 off 142 but he did fall late on.

The day started with Yorkshire wrapping up Somerset’s first innings  inside eight overs.

Jack Brooks, leaving Yorkshire alongside Hodd this winter, had Jamie Overton caught at third slip with the fifth ball of the day, finishing with figures of five for 116.

Captain David Willey then had Jack Leach brilliantly caught one-handed at the second attempt by Adam Lyth running back from second slip after a gloved short ball looped over his head.

Yorkshire advanced their reply steadily until the early stages of the afternoon, led by opener Lyth with 45. He saw Harry Brook bowled off his pad by Lewis Gregory 13 balls into the innings and then Kane Williamson loop a simple catch to gully off Craig Overton as the score reached 56 for two at lunch.

Lyth shared 59 for the third wicket with Gary Ballance, who made 37, but he was one of three quick wickets that strengthened Somerset’s advantage, with the score slipping from 111 for two in the 34th over to 119 for five in the 38th.

Scottish seamer Josh Davey had Lyth superbly caught at second slip one-handed by Marcus Trescothick, diving in front of first before getting Jack Leaning caught and bowled. Sandwiched in between, Ballance clipped Craig Overton to mid-wicket.

However, the second half of the afternoon belonged to Yorkshire courtesy of Hodd and Kohler-Cadmore, who took the score to 195 for five at tea with some positive stroke play.

Hodd reached his fifty first off 80 balls before Kohler-Cadmore’s came off 70 only a few minutes later. The latter went on to post his best First Class score for the county.

There is still help on offer for the bowlers, with Somerset’s seamers regularly beating the bat and Leach getting some turn.

Davey (four for 53) had Kohler-Cadmore caught behind and Matthew Fisher lbw late on.

At the close of play Josh said: “Those last two wickets have got the momentum back in our favour, which is very pleasing. If we’re being hyper-critical, we didn’t bowl as well as we know we can as a unit. There were areas in which we did bowl well, but we didn’t keep the pressure on them. We’re still in a good position, nearly 120 ahead.

“There was a little bit of turn for Jack Leach, which is encouraging on day two. Hopefully he’ll come more into the game as the pitch gets older.

“There’s a long way to go. We know what we’ve got to do. If we perform to the best of our ability, hopefully we’ll get the win.”

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