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Somerset in strong position on day two

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Jack Brooks took three wickets as Somerset gained the upper hand on the second day of this LV= Insurance County Championship Division One match with Yorkshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Facing his former club, the veteran seamer rolled back the years with three for 38 from ten overs to help restrict the visitors to 167 for four in their first innings, 257 runs behind.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore hit an unbeaten 68 against the team he will join next season, while Harry Brook was dismissed for 41.

Somerset had earlier extended their first innings score from 262 for five to 424 all out, skipper Tom Abell falling for 116, Lewis Gregory making 77 and Kasey Aldridge a career-best 41.

Former Somerset off-spinner Dom Bess finished with four for 68 and seamer Matthew Waite three for 64.

The hosts began the day with Abell, having added only two to his score, falling to the second new ball, lbw to a delivery from Waite that thumped into his back pad.

Floodlights were on under grey skies as Gregory and Aldridge progressed the innings to 298 for six before rain caused a 45 minute delay, with 11 overs overs lost. By lunch, the pair had added a further 26

Gregory reached his half-century with an edged four to third man off Jordan Thompson, having faced 87 balls and hit seven fours.

Aldridge grew in confidence and brought up 350 with an elegant back-foot boundary off Thompson. Gregory smacked Bess for a straight six, but perished trying to repeat the shot, caught at long-on by Adam Lyth with the total on 376.

Jack Leach dispatched Bess over long-off for six and cleared the ropes again with a reverse sweep off Jack Shutt, who gained revenge by having the England spinner stumped for 16.  Brooks was caught behind to give Bess his fourth wicket before Marchant de Lange took six and four off successive balls from Shannon Gabriel.

Aldridge was last man out, bowled attempting a big hit off Gabriel, having boosted his reputation with a composed contribution.

Adam Lyth began Yorkshire’s reply with two quick boundaries but he drove at Brooks and was picked up at gully by a tumbling Abell for 13.

Brooks almost had a second wicket with the total on 36, just failing to hold a low caught and bowled chance, offered by George Hill on 12.

Hill didn’t profit for long, advancing to Leach in only his second over and miscuing a running catch to Matt Renshaw at mid-off to make it 55 for two.

Kohler-Cadmore had already hit Leach for a straight six and repeated the dose as he and Brook built a half-century stand, off 92 balls.

Tall seamer Aldridge produced a tight six-over spell from the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion End but Brook pulled his replacement, de Lange, over the short leg side boundary as the South African went for 23 from three overs.

Leach switched to the same end, only to be dispatched for another six by Kohler-Cadmore. The Yorkshire pair looked in complete control when Brook clipped Brooks off his toes to mid-wicket where Aldridge took a diving catch.

The next ball saw Matthew Revis fall lbw on the back foot and suddenly Yorkshire were 129 for four, with Brooks rampant.

Kohler-Cadmore went to fifty off 86 balls, with four fours and four sixes, showing a relish for his future environment, but when bad light ended play two overs early, he faced more important work in the morning.

At the close of play, Brooks said: “We’ve fought well today and that was a long old session for us tonight. We’ll take the four wickets. Another one would have been great but we’re pretty happy with where we are at the end of the day. Hopefully, we can start well again tomorrow.

“The pitch is quite slow so you have to bowl really well. Patience is the key and it’s important to get the ball in the right areas because if you don’t then the runs come quickly.

“I think there can be a result here. We’ve got a more than decent seam attack and if we can get Tom out early, anything could happen. I think we’re just ahead at this point because we’ve got a decent score on the board.”

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