Gloucestershire 190 (Bracey 71, Fisher 4-45) & 204 for 6 (Taylor 67*, Price 54*) lead Yorkshire 183 (Kohler-Cadmore 46, Lyth 44, Gohar 5-40) by 211 runs
He did have the decency to sound a little guilty afterwards. “How I got out today, it was annoying. I thought it was a bad ball, but I top-edged it and it went straight up,” he said. “I want to leave the club on a high and finish the season with a good positive result. It’s quite slow and hard to take wickets. We have should have put ourselves in a better position with the bat. It wasn’t a 180 or 190 pitch, or whatever we ended up with. It’s a decent surface.”
All this led the Yorkshire Post to carry a headline last week advising Yorkshire’s chair, Kamlesh Patel, to “Clear Your Desk”. That would rather assume he has filled his desk in the first place. Patel set the initial tone, and how, but since then he has been an occasional presence and he has hinted that he will stand down soon after Yorkshire finally get round to appointing a chief executive. Meanwhile, those in charge of day-to-day operations – supposedly bearers, however temporary, of the New Yorkshire flame – prefer to remain low key.
Gohar struck with his first ball of the second day, interrupting Kohler-Cadmore’s shoot-the-breeze approach when he mis-pulled a short ball to midwicket on the way to figures of five for 40 from 14 overs. Thirty-two runs had come in less than four overs, but that was the height of Yorkshire’s success.
At least Steve Patterson, a captain who has not been retained, got a deserved guard of honour from Gloucestershire for a career well lived when he came out at No.11. He is a competitive soul who has drawn every ounce of talent from himself and he had a right to pass through his honour-guard cursing.
Coad impressed more with the ball as Yorkshire again took control, removing Chris Dent and Miles Hammond with excellent deliveries. Briefly, Dom Bess’ offspin threatened to do for Yorkshire what Gohar had achieved for Gloucestershire – four wickets falling for 18 in six overs with Bess defeating Ben Charlesworth with turn and James Bracey with flight. But Taylor, in particular, hit Bess from the attack in the post-tea session as both he and Ollie Price reached what could turn out to be vital half-centuries.