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York­shire opener Tom Kohler-Cad­more just about summed this match up when he said: “If I could take that pitch ev­ery­where with me, I would. I’d love to bat on that ev­ery week.”

No doubt about it, this was a match for the bats­men, with York­shire un­der early pres­sure cour­tesy of three Sur­rey cen­turies.

For Mark Stone­man and Ben Foakes, they were sig­nif­i­cant in­nings in terms of Ashes se­lec­tion.

But, un­doubt­edly, the pick of them was Ku­mar San­gakkara’s 164. This was his sev­enth Cham­pi­onship cen­tury in 12 in­nings this sea­son and his third in all com­pe­ti­tions against York­shire.

He has now scored tons against them fac­ing the white, pink and red ball.

In fair­ness to the strug­gling White Rose, they fought back well from con­ced­ing 592.

With the threat of rel­e­ga­tion hang­ing over them, open­ers KohlerCad­more and cen­tu­rion Shaun Marsh laid the plat­form with a stand of 171, both hit­ting 78, be­fore spin tested the vis­i­tors yes­ter­day.

Make no mis­take, York­shire are not out of the woods just yet. But they will be fairly con­fi­dent of win­ning one of their last two matches.

They face War­wick­shire at Head­in­g­ley next week and Es­sex at Chelms­ford the week af­ter.West Indies opener Kraigg Brath­waite will de­but against the Bears.

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