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REPORT: DAY THREE NOTTINGHAMSHIRE VS YORKSHIRE

— 6 September 2018

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Tom Kohler-Cadmore moved towards his first Specsavers County Championship hundred for Yorkshire during a rain-affected third day against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Only 33 overs were possible, with no play beyond 1.20pm, and this match is now heading for a draw.

Yorkshire, replying to Notts’ first-innings 448, advanced from 258-4 overnight to 357-5 from 103 overs, with four batting bonus points secured and a fifth still available.

Kohler-Cadmore is unbeaten on 92 off 214 balls and just short of his fifth career Championship century, with the other four coming in a Worcestershire shirt.

The last of them came against Glamorgan at Cardiff in April last year.

This is only the 24-year-old’s sixth Championship appearance for Yorkshire since moving from New Road midway through last year, and this is his third time beyond 50.

In the first innings of last week’s defeat against Somerset at Emerald Headingley, he hit 81.

A regular in Yorkshire’s white ball teams, the tall right-hander has never hidden his desire to be a regular in Championship cricket as well.

Of those aforementioned six Championship appearances for the White Rose, this is only his third outing of 2018.

The likes of Durham bound Alex Lees and Jack Leaning were preferred at the start of the summer, while an England Lions one-day call in June meant he was unavailable for selection.

He was then left out against Surrey at Scarborough upon his return before winning a place to face Worcester at the same venue late last month.

He may have posted two ducks in five innings, but his two scores of 81 and 92 not out have proved he can be a valuable member of Yorkshire’s Championship team for the rest of this summer and beyond.

Kohler-Cadmore was particularly strong through cover and mid-wicket in advancing from 57 at the start of day three.

He completed a fifth-wicket partnership of 102 inside 37 overs with wicketkeeper Jonny Tattersall, who also backed up Gary Ballance’s day two century with 51, ended 10 minutes before lunch when he edged Harry Gurney behind (334-5 in the 98th over).

When play does begin at the start of day four, Yorkshire will have an immediate chase on for a fifth batting bonus point for reaching 400 in 110 overs.

They need 43 inside seven overs to secure a point which could make all the difference in their fight against relegation come the end of the month.

Given a full third day’s play, a Yorkshire victory was still a possibility had they batted up to or beyond the Notts total.

Now, with the loss of much of the afternoon and evening sessions, there is just not enough time for either side to achieve a result. Given that, Yorkshire will be able to chase that fifth point with very little risk.

If they achieve it, they would go into Monday’s Roses clash at Emerald Headingley just one point behind Lancashire, who are third bottom having played once more. Next week is their penultimate fixture, while Yorkshire have three remaining.

Meanwhile, Hampshire beat bottom side Worcestershire by 114 runs before lunch. They have 114 points, leaving them 20 clear of Yorkshire with all the latter’s points from this game still to be deducted from that.

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