|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence (day two)|
|Yorkshire 210 & 166-3: Ballance 57*|
|Kent 296: Robinson 103, Crawley 81; Coad 3-66|
|Yorkshire (4 pts) lead Kent (5 pts) by 80 runs|
Kent’s Ollie Robinson scored a second century in two County Championship games but Yorkshire fought back on day two to leave the match finely poised.
Resuming on 130-4, Kent lost Zak Crawley (81) but Alex Blake (34) added 104 with Robinson for the sixth wicket.
Yorkshire made inroads after lunch but Robinson (103) helped Kent reached 296 all out for a handy lead of 86.
With Adam Lyth (44) caught behind, Gary Ballance dug deep to reach close unbeaten on 57 with Yorkshire 166-3.
The White Rose were building a useful advantage with Ballance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore at the crease, but the latter was caught at gully for 28 after wafting at a Daniel Bell-Drummond delivery – with Jack Leaning finishing the day in the middle on 11 not out.
Robinson’s ton came in only a seventh first-class match for the 20-year-old wicketkeeper, though he was perhaps fortunate to survive a tight run-out decision when he was on 98.
Yorkshire’s Kohler-Cadmore took six catches – equalling the county’s record for the most in an innings – including five at first slip, while Dom Bess took his first wicket for Yorkshire since joining on loan from Somerset.
Ben Coad and Duanne Olivier took three Kent wickets apiece as Yorkshire were the better side after lunch, but Ballance remains key to their chances of victory as they go into day three at Canterbury with an 80-run advantage.