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Yorkshire v Somerset: Day Two

Somerset are facing an up-hill battle after day two of this Specsavers County Championship match against Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Harry Brook posted their first Championship centuries of the season as the White Rose advanced from 282 for three overnight to reach 520 at tea. Dom Bess was the pick of the visiting bowlers with four for 130 from 42 overs.

Maharaj led a partnership of 105 for the eighth wicket with Brook through the afternoon as they advanced the score from 398 for seven.

Brook came in at number six, behind nightwatchman Josh Shaw, and reached his century off 127 balls with 11 fours shortly before being last man out on the cusp of tea as he holed out to long-off against Tom Abell.

The day started with Tim Groenewald bowling Shaw off the inside-edge, the first of three morning wickets as Yorkshire reached lunch at 386 for six.

Kohler-Cadmore reached his century off 204 balls with 16 fours and fell two balls later, caught at second slip by Jamie Overton off twin brother Craig.

Jonny Tattersall was then caught at second slip having gloved a sharply rising delivery from Jack Brooks.

Matthew Fisher was caught at short-leg off Bess shortly after lunch, bringing Brook and Maharaj together for their entertaining 20-over alliance as Yorkshire topped 500.

Maharaj holed out to wide long-on against Bess, who then had Steve Patterson caught behind (506 for nine in the 152nd over). At that stage, Brook was on 91 with only last man Duanne Olivier for company.

What followed was a near 10-over period of him turning down singles and farming the strike as he edged through the nineties.

Somerset started their reply immediately after tea and were soon under significantly more pressure at 49 for four in the 19th over.

Fisher had Abell caught at third slip by Brook in the fifth before Lyth held on at second to get rid of Azhar Ali eight overs later against Olivier, who also had Bartlett caught at mid-on by Patterson.

Sandwiched in between Olivier’s wickets, fellow South African Maharaj struck with only his fourth ball when he had Tom Banton caught behind.

James Hildreth finished the day unbeaten on 36 with Steve Davies on 12.

At the close of play Dom Bess said: “Yorkshire have batted very well. You go back to yesterday, it was a slow wicket, but they dug in and have built partnerships. If we want to be top, we’ll have to show some fight tomorrow and the next day. But why can’t we?

“We had to bowl 160 overs there, and they’ve ground us down. We had to graft really hard. Then their fresh legs have come in with the ball, but Steve Davies and James Hildreth did really well at the end there.

“We’re up against it, but if we want to win the Championship it’s days like tomorrow and the day after that we’ll have to show a bit of courage.

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