Tom Kohler-Cadmore enjoyed a record-equalling day in the field as Yorkshire continued their fightback against Kent on day two of the Specsavers County Championship clash at Canterbury.
The White Rose restricted Kent to a first-innings lead of 86 midway through the afternoon as they were bowled out for 296 in reply to 210, with Kohler-Cadmore taking six catches in the innings.
Gary Ballance then hit 57 not out off 94 balls in the county’s solid start to their second innings either side of tea, closing on 166-3 from 46 overs with a lead of 80.
Ellis Robinson, against Leicestershire at Bradford in 1938, was the only previous Yorkshire outfielder to take six catches in a first-class innings.
Five of Kent-born Kohler-Cadmore’s catches came at first slip and the other at deep mid-on, with three in all coming on day two. He has taken 22 in all cricket for Yorkshire this summer.
Kent wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson, aged 20, anchored his side’s first innings with 103 off 181 balls – his second successive century.
But he was one of the last five wickets to fall for 35 as they failed to make the most of a position of strength on a pitch which looked easier for batting than it had on day one.
Duanne Olivier and Ben Coad claimed three wickets apiece and took two each in the afternoon as Kent slipped from 261-5.
Olivier was particularly effective. He had Alex Blake caught at first slip for 34, the ball after being dropped at short-leg, and Matt Milnes caught behind.
He had also struck Blake a nasty blow on the helmet with a bouncer, forcing a concussion test.
Robinson and Blake shared 104 for the sixth-wicket either side of lunch to put the visitors under pressure.
Kent started the day on 130-4 and lost only Zak Crawley before lunch, caught and bowled by Steve Patterson, for 81 as the score slipped to 157-5 in the 47th over.
Robinson battled hard and was off-side dominant, reaching three figures off 177 balls with eleven fours after lunch.
He had been dropped by Jonny Tattersall down the leg-side off Olivier on 71, while Harry Brook failed to hold a juggling effort at short-leg which would have removed Blake just a ball earlier than he departed as Kent slipped to 261-6 in the 75th over.
Harry Podmore chipped Dom Bess to Kohler-Cadmore at deep mid-on and Matt Milnes was caught behind off Olivier as Yorkshire struck twice (272-8 in the 79th over) more before taking the new ball.
Robinson then reached his century shortly before miscuing Coad to Patterson at deep mid-on.
The same bowler then had Fred Klaasen caught at first slip by Kohler-Cadmore to wrap up the innings and leave Yorkshire with 14 overs to bat before tea.
Brook and Adam Lyth, who made 44, fell before Yorkshire edged in front at 87-2 in the 24th over.
Brook feathered Podmore behind in the eleventh (33-1) and Lyth went the same way to Mitch Claydon as the White Rose slipped to 82-2 in the 23rd.
Later, with Yorkshire’s lead just beyond 50, Kohler-Cadmore was caught in the gully for his second score of 28 in the match off Daniel Bell-Drummond’s medium pacers (139-3).
Ballance then reached his fifty off 88 balls inside the day’s final 10 overs. Jack Leaning is unbeaten 11.
What they said
After his second hundred in successive championship innings, Robinson said:
“I think this hundred was a little better than my first at Edgbaston back in April. They bowled well today, particularly Duanne Olivier, who was pretty quick down the slope and put a lot of pressure on me and Alex Blake.
“It was a tough little spell to get through so in the end it felt really good to get my back-to-back tons. Blakey and I batted a lot together for Beckenham in the Kent League back in the day, we like batting together and it felt good to know and have trust in the guy down the other end.
“It was a battle out there, you go hard at each other out in the middle, but that’s the way it should be in the first division. Olivier is one of the quickest I’ve faced and I’ve got a few bruises and war wounds to show for it, but so has Blakey.
“I’d like to think this is just a start for me and if I can reach three figures every eight or nine games I’ll be doing all right.”
Yorkshire bowler Ben Coad, who excelled with three for 60, said:
“It’s been a good day. When they got through the first hour only losing one wicket, it looked like it could have been a long one. But after lunch, it was a proper bowling performance.
“The pitch is a little bit slower, and it’s not nipping as fast and bouncing as nicely as it was before.
“After the new ball, it’s a nice batting surface. But we showed that you can still get a bit out of it if you’re disciplined.
“At 260-5, they’re looking at a big total. But the way Duanne bowled there, it was fast and hostile.
“Tom took seven catches in the game at Hampshire and six in that first innings. It’s quite phenomenal to actually get that many balls going to a certain person. But he has fabulous hands in the slips, and I wouldn’t expect anything less.
“We know we have a great slip cordon, one, two, three and four when Brooky’s in there as well.
“Generally, if it gets edged and it’s carried, you know it’s going to be taken. It’s a great feeling.”