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Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance

“That was a very good day. Getting put in this morning, we knew we had to bat well for the first session, and we did. Then we battled hard for the rest of the day and are in a good position.

“We knew that if we got stuck in for the first two sessions, we’d get our rewards later in the day.

“Tom (Kohler-Cadmore) played very well. He left a lot of balls and was patient. After tea, we upped the rate.

“We thought they bowled quite well, but we played nicely.

“We needed to be disciplined after last week (defeat at Essex), and we were.

“There were definitely discussions about having a bowl first. With the overheads, we thought there might be a bit in it. But it turned out that batting was alright for us.

“I felt good today. The first hour of my innings I battled hard. I didn’t get many runs last week and wanted to put that right. It’s just nice to kick on when you get a start and contribute to a big total.”

6.01pm Close. Excellent first day for Yorkshire, who are 282-3 from 96 overs. Kohler-Cadmore 77 and Shaw 0. Ballance fell earlier for fine 111.

5.48pm Ballance gone! He’s been caught at second slip by Jamie Overton off Groenewald for a superb 111. 281-3 in the 93rd, ending a partnership of 199 with TKC.

5.42pm Ballance dropped at first slip by Hildreth on 110 off Jamie Overton. It’s 276-2 in the 92nd over.

5.27pm HUNDRED: Ballance gets his fifth of the season off 194 balls with 19 fours. Superb effort. 263-2 after 88 overs.

4.04pm Ballance reaches a 135-ball fifty with nine fours in the first over of the evening. Now Kohler-Cadmore follows him there off 100 balls with eight fours. It’s 188-2.

Tea Gary Ballance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore have batted through the opening afternoon to put Yorkshire in a dominant position against leaders Somerset at Emerald Headingley.

Yorkshire have advanced from 83-2 at lunch to 181-2 from 66 overs at tea on what looks to be a good batting surface.

The pair have batted in controlled fashion, sharing a third-wicket stand of 99 unbroken.

Ballance lofted Dom Bess over mid-on for four on the way to 47, while Kohler-Cadmore later pulled the same bowler to the fence in reaching 48.

3.33pm Around the grounds courtesy of the ECB Reporters Network…..

Division One

Essex v Warwickshire (Chelmsford)

Alastair Cook (87) and Dan Lawrence (59) have put on 116 for the third wicket for second-placed Essex after Warwickshire seamer Henry Brookes took two wickets.

Hampshire v Kent (Ageas Bowl)

Ian Holland followed his maiden Championship hundred last week with 60 after Hants elected to bat first. They are 145 for 2 with fellow opener Felix Organ 50 not out

Nottinghamshire v Surrey (Trent Bridge)

In the bottom of the table battle, Ravi Ashwin has taken four wickets to help reduce Surrey to 163 for 5. The Indian off-spinner’s victims included Dean Elgar for 60.

Yorkshire v Somerset (Emerald Headingley)

Yorkshire have reached 167 for 2 on a tough day so far for the leaders’ bowling attack. Adam Lyth and Will Fraine put on 80 for the first wicket and Gary Balance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore have put on 87 for the third wicket.

Division Two

Durham v Worcestershire (Chester le Street)

Durham’s top order was filleted after they were put in. They slumped to 47 for 6 before rain arrived at lunch. Joe Leach and Charlie Morris have taken two wickets apiece.

Lancashire v Sussex (Emirates Old Trafford)

Lancashire’s spinners have relished a used pitch, bowling Sussex out for 127 after openers Phil Salt and Varun Chopra put on 77. Leg-spinner Matt Parkinson took 6 for 23 and Glenn Maxwell, two days after playing in the World Cup semi-final for Australia, picked up 4 for 41. Lancashire are 21 for 0 in response.

Glamorgan v Middlesex (Sophia Gardens)

Middlesex skipper Dawid Malan has held their innings together with an unbeaten 73 in a total of 173 for 6 after they elected to bat. Paceman Mick Hogan has taken three wickets the day after signing a new contract.

3.17pm Yorkshire are going strongly at 170-2 after 59 overs. Ballance has 43 and Kohler-Cadmore 41. Somerset captain Abell has introduced himself and will bowl his medium pacers looking for the breakthrough.

2.32pm A partnership of 53 between Ballance and Kohler-Cadmore takes Yorkshire to 135-2 in the 46th over.

2.10pm Yorkshire have steadied in the early stages of the afternoon. 111-2 with Ballance on 12 and Kohler-Cadmore 18.

1.43pm Yorkshire 85-2 after one over of the afternoon. Tim Groenewald and Craig Overton in operation against Gary Ballance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore.

Lunch Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth and Will Fraine both fell inside the final stages of the morning after a productive start against leaders Somerset at Emerald Headingley.

The White Rose have reached lunch on day one of this Specsavers County Championship clash at 83-2 from 32 overs following Somerset’s decision to bowl this morning.

Both men hit sixes; Lyth pulled against Jamie Overton and Fraine’s lofted straight, into the new Emerald Stand, against Dom Bess. Lyth hit 35 and Fraine 45.

Fraine was the first wicket to fall, caught just in front of square-leg by Bess off former Tyke Jack Brooks – 80-1 in the 28th.

Bess then struck in the 31st when Lyth miscued a cut to Tom Abell at cover – 82-2.

Yorkshire have included Josh Shaw having returned from taking 21 wickets on loan for Gloucestershire, while Ben Coad (calf) and David Willey (hamstring) are unavailable.

Fraine had offered a sharp chance to sub fielder Roelof van der Merwe at short mid-wicket off Tim Groenewald on 31.

12.56pm Lyth tries to cut Bess and can only pick out diving cover (Abell), 35. 82-2.

12.47pm Fraine gone! He flicks Brooks to Bess just in front of square-leg, 45. 80-1 in the 28th. He got a decent piece of that shot too. It wasn’t a false stroke by any stretch.

12.20pm Looks like Fraine has been handed a life on 31 by sub fielder van der Merwe at short mid-wicket off Groenewald. Sharp chance. 63-0 in the 21st.

12.08pm SIX! Lyth has just pulled Jamie Overton for six, moving to 29. Yorkshire 55-0 in the 18th over.

11.07am Yorkshire are 3-0 in the third over, bowled by Craig Overton. He is sharing the new ball with Jack Brooks, who was given a warm hand by the home faithful.

10.44am News of the teams. Coad and Willey miss out with calf and hamstring problems.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Fraine, Ballance, Kohler-Cadmore, Brook, Tattersall w, Fisher, Maharaj, Patterson c, Shaw, Olivier.

Somerset: Abell c, Ali, Hildreth, Banton, Bartlett, Davies w, Bess, C Overton, J Overton, Groenewald, Brooks.

10.34am Yorkshire will be batting first after an uncontested toss.

9.34am Here’s a preview of this round of fixtures courtesy of the ECB’s Reporters Network….

Essex v Warwickshire (Chelmsford)

Fast bowler Jamie Porter is on England Lions duty for second-placed Essex.
Warwickshire’s squad includes 18-year-old left-hander Dan Mousley, who could make his first-class debut with Dominic Sibley and Sam Hain with the Lions.

Hampshire v Kent (Ageas Bowl)

Skipper Sam Northeast is with England Lions and Ajinkya Rahane plays his last game for Hampshire as overseas player. Zac Crawley is on Lions’ duty so Jordan Cox, an 18-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, could make his debut for Kent.

Nottinghamshire v Surrey (Trent Bridge)

After five wickets at Taunton earlier in the week, Liam Patterson-White is poised to make his home debut for bottom of the table Notts for whom this is a must-win game as they are 38 points adrift at the bottom of the table and 40 behind opponents Surrey.
Surrey bring in spinners Amar Virdi and Freddie van den Bergh with Ben Foakes and Sam Curran away with England Lions and Mark Stoneman missing for family reasons.

Yorkshire v Somerset (Emerald Headingley)

After taking 21 wickets in six games on loan for Gloucestershire, fast bowler Josh Shaw is included in Yorkshire’s squad and David Willey is also back in contention. Keshav Maharaj makes the final appearance of his short-term stint as overseas player.
Leaders Somerset are without Lewis Gregory and Jack Leach, who are on England Lions duty. Dom Bess will play against the county with whom he had a loan spell at earlier in the season and who returns to Headingley next week for the Vitality Blast.

Division Two

Durham v Worcestershire (Emirates Riverside)

Durham are likely to name the side which beat Leicestershire in midweek to stretch their unbeaten run to five games. Wayne Parnell is still missing for Worcestershire who haven’t won in their last six after victories in their first two games.

Lancashire v Sussex (Emirates Old Trafford)

James Anderson (calf), Liam Livingstone (intercostal) and Tom Bailey (knee) are absent for Lancashire who have recalled Toby Lester from his loan spell at Warwickshire.
Sussex are without Ollie Robinson, who is with England Lions, but Mir Hamza, the Pakistan left-armer plays the last game of his spell as overseas player.

Glamorgan v Middlesex (Sophia Gardens)

Club captain Chris Cooke returns for the hosts after recovering from an ankle injury and Marchant de Lange and Chris Hemphrey also return for second-placed Glamorgan. Steve Finn (calf) is missing for the visitors but James Harris returns to the squad after recovering from a broken thumb.?

Good morning from Emerald Headingley, where it is dry but overcast ahead of our clash with Division One leaders Somerset.

The players are warming up ahead of an 11am start. It is a touch gloomy overhead, and the covers are on. But it doesn’t look to be anything more than a precaution.

There’s plenty of handshaking going in with Jack Brooks out in the middle.

It looks like David Willey will come back into the team in place of Ben Coad (calf), while Dom Bess will play against the side he is about to join for T20.

If you are coming tomorrow, the World Cup final will be shown on all TVs around the ground.

Today, the new Emerald Stand will be open to members.

Enjoy the day.

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