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Shan Masood with the bat and Matthew Revis with the ball shone as Yorkshire strengthened their grip on the ongoing LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Glamorgan at Cardiff, dominating again on day two.

Captain Masood advanced his unbeaten 113 overnight into a superb 192 off 256 balls as Yorkshire were bowled out for an imposing 500 midway through the afternoon session.

Then – after tea – Revis claimed three wickets in his first four overs as Glamorgan slumped to 100-6. Revis added to earlier wickets for Ben Coad, Jordan Thompson and Dom Bess with a highly impressive spell of hit the pitch seamers. 

And Glamorgan later closed the day on 150-6 from 50 overs. They will need 351 to avoid the follow-on. Kiran Carlson will be key to their hopes of achieving that having closed the day unbeaten on 53.

Shan Masood

Picture by John Heald. Shan Masood drives on day two.

This is the first time since the Championship title-winning season of 2014 that Yorkshire have posted at least four totals of 500 or more. 

Yorkshire started the day on 330-3 – half an hour late at 11am due to rain – with Masood on 113 and George Hill 51.

Hill was the first of the seven wickets to fall, lbw to seamer James Harris, who later ousted Thompson via the same method.

Hill’s departure in the 10th over of the day was the first of three morning wickets, and left Yorkshire at 372-4 after 88.

Jonny Tattersall was then caught behind down leg off Andy Gorvin’s seam for six before Revis fell for 28 when he was bowled reverse sweeping at Carlson’s off-spin. Yorkshire went to lunch at 448-6 from 107.

Carlson did an admirable job for the hosts, who lost off-spinner Ben Kellaway to concussion yesterday. He was subbed out of the game this morning for seam bowling all-rounder Dan Douthwaite. Given he is not a like for like replacement, Douthwaite is only able to bat in this fixture.

Carlson finished with 3-147 from 34 overs, later getting Coad caught at slip as Yorkshire’s innings ended midway through the afternoon session.

Masood, having reached his 150 off 191 balls before lunch, was the first of four afternoon wickets to fall when he chipped Harris to cover – 482-7 in the 117th over.

Yorkshire had earlier claimed the maximum five batting points for reaching 450 inside 110 overs – they achieved that feat in the first over of the afternoon. 

Thompson fell the ball after Masood had departed to a nip-backer which kept low. 

Coad then fell to Carlson before debutant seamer Ben Cliff was run out for one to end an innings which included an unbeaten 28 for Bess. Like Carlson, Harris finished with three wickets – 3-131 from 28 overs.

Yorkshire started the defence of their imposing talent in fine style, with Glamorgan falling to 19-2 after eight overs.

Coad and Thompson took the new ball and shared the first two wickets.

Coad bowled opener Zain ul Hassan before Thompson did likewise to ex-South Africa limited overs international Colin Ingram, uprooting his off-stump. 

Unfortunately, Adam Lyth wasn’t able to hold onto a sharp chance at slip off Coad as Sam Northeast survived on eight just before the tea break, which Somerset reached at 53-2 from 18 overs.

Thankfully, Yorkshire enjoyed more success after tea, with Bess and Revis continuing the good work.

Bess had Northeast, half-heartedly cutting, bowled for 16 before Revis – three overs later – struck with his sixth ball when opener Eddie Byrom miscued a drive to Fin Bean at gully, leaving the score at 82-4 after 28 overs.

Dom Bess

Picture by John Heald. Dom Bess celebrates the wicket of Sam Northeast.

Revis, who finished with 3-20 from five overs, is enjoying a fine season, and this performance highlighted that fact. 

In eight Championship matches, the 21-year-old has scored 416 runs at an average of 41.6, while he has added 11 wickets.

Two of those wickets came in the space of four balls in the 34th over as Glamorgan slipped to 100-6.

Billy Root was surprised by a short ball and feathered behind before Chris Cooke was pinned lbw on the back foot with one that kept low. 

Matthew Revis

Picture by John Heald. Matthew Revis celebrates as Billy Root departs.

Carlson and Douthwaite then navigated the remaining overs to ensure there was no further loss, sharing an unbroken 50.

Douthwaite, 17 not out, offered a tough chance to Lyth at slip off Bess on three as an edge ricocheted off Tattersall’s pad and wrong footed the fielder.

Carlson reached his fifty off 57 balls inside the final 15 minutes of a day which saw Cliff bowl his first eight overs in first-class cricket for 41 runs. His first was a maiden.

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