Yorkshire CCC and Joe Root struggle before Ben Coad strikes back to stifle Glamorgan

Joe Root was dismissed for an unconvincing 59-ball 16 as one of 16 wickets to fall during an exhilarating second day between Yorkshire and Glamorgan at Headingley.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 7:22 pm
Yorkshire's Joe Root hits out and gets caught at Headingley on day two, dismissed for 16. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

This opening round County Championship fixture was firmly in Glamorgan’s hands having posted 330 in their first innings during the opening half hour of play before bowling their hosts out for 193.

Yorkshire narrowly avoided the follow-on yet conceded a 137 lead at tea.

But Ben Coad, who claimed 4-94 in the first innings, then struck three times with the new ball under overcast skies to reduce the Welshman to 29-4 second time around. Glamorgan later closed on 68-4 from 29 overs, a lead of 205.

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Yorkshire's Dom Bess hits out against Glamorgan, helping the hosts avoid the follow-on at Headingley. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

Test captain Root miscued a full toss from 22-year-old off-spinner Callum Taylor to mid-off shortly after lunch. He’d already offered a sharp return catch on 12 to Taylor shortly before his dismissal, which left Yorkshire 79-4.

An unbeaten 38 from Dom Bess was key in helping the hosts reach the follow-on target of 181 just before tea after the score had slipped to 175-9.

Taylor was joined in taking two wickets by seam trio Michael Hogan, Dan Douthwaite and David Lloyd.

Australian Hogan, aged 39, was a central figure in the morning session - with bat and ball. He moved from 40 overnight to 52 with three boundaries in the day’s first over from Coad as Glamorgan advanced from 310-8.

STRIKE BACK: Yorkshire's Ben Coad celebrates the wicket of Glamorgan's Kiran Carlson. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

Coad claimed one of the two morning Glamorgan wickets, while unbeaten Timm van der Gugten advanced from 80 to 85, adding to Hogan’s 54.

Hogan then reduced Yorkshire’s reply to 31-2 by getting Tom Kohler-Cadmore caught behind and Tom Loten bowled. Yorkshire lost their last eight wickets during the afternoon. Adam Lyth was the first for an innings-high 52, followed by Root and Harry Brook for 40. Root was only Taylor’s third first-class wicket.

At tea, Glamorgan’s victory hopes would have been sky high. But Coad’s post tea burst of 3-18 from six overs will have eroded that belief. He removed Nick Selman and Kiran Carlson caught behind and David Lloyd caught at third slip.

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