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REPORT: DAY TWO YORKSHIRE VS SOMERSET

— 30 August 2018

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Andrew Hodd and Tom Kohler-Cadmore shared in an entertaining, crucial and sixth-wicket stand of 173 to help Yorkshire recovery from early afternoon strife against Somerset on day two at Emerald Headingley.

Yorkshire, replying to a first-innings 399, lost three wickets for eight runs inside four overs to slip from 111-2 to 119-5, with the follow-on target of 250 looming on the horizon.

However, Hodd and Kohler-Cadmore, two men with little Specsavers County Championship cricket under their belts this season, ensured the hosts sailed beyond that target with some counter-attacking batting to put the title-chasing visitors under pressure. The hosts closed on 292 for seven from 85.4 overs.

Both played fluently on either side of the wicket, with Kohler-Cadmore twice hitting England fringe left-arm spinner Jack Leach over long-on for six in reaching 50 off 70 balls in the early stage of the evening.

He fell late on for 81 off 142 balls, but Hodd was unbeaten on 84 off 147.

Hodd had reached his fifty off 80 balls only minutes before as Yorkshire reached 221-5.

The 34-year-old wicketkeeper has not played a first-team fixture of any sort since late May, shortly before announcing his retirement at the end of the season.

But he was called back to Headingley on Tuesday from second-team duty at Somerset, ironically, when Jonny Tattersall suffered a back spasm.

Hodd hasn’t been the only departing face to shine during the first two days of a fixture against a Somerset side who sit second in Division One and remain hopeful of overhauling leaders Surrey, who they face at Taunton next month.

The day started with the visitors on 374-8 in their first innings.

Jack Brooks struck with the fifth ball to get Jamie Overton caught at third slip, finishing with 5-116 from 29 overs.

David Willey then got Leach brilliantly caught one-handed at the second attempt by Adam Lyth from second slip.

Like day one, there was still assistance on offer for the bowlers. But Lyth contributed significantly to a steady start to the Yorkshire reply with 45.

He helped take the score to 111-2 in the early stages of the afternoon, sharing 59 for the third wicket with Gary Ballance, who looked good for 37.

Harry Brook and Kane Williamson had fallen cheaply before lunch.

Lyth was then the first of those aforementioned three quick wickets to put Yorkshire on the back foot.

He was superbly caught at first slip one-handed by Marcus Trescothick off Scottish seamer Josh Davey, who also had Jack Leaning caught and bowled. In between, Ballance clipped Craig Overton to mid-wicket.

But from then on, Yorkshire fought back superbly to leave the game well poised.

Kohler-Cadmore is playing only his fifth Championship match since signing from Worcestershire midway through last season, and he had posted single-figure scores in each of his last four innings in Championship and T20 cricket.

His partnership with Hodd bore similarities to the sixth-wicket century stand between Somerset pair Steve Davies and Gregory on day one as they pushed their side towards 400.

Yorkshire will begin day three with a deficit of 107.

Somerset will begin with the new ball, which they took six overs before close. Davey had Kohler-Cadmore smartly caught behind by Davies three overs before close and Matthew Fisher lbw.

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