Tom Kohler-Cadmore is confident his time at Yorkshire can end successfully, despite a frustrating second day against Gloucestershire.
Kohler-Cadmore top-scored with 46 in Yorkshire’s first innings, which saw them slip from 80-3 overnight to 183 all out in reply to 190.
Gloucestershire then reached 204-6 at close in their second innings, a lead of 211.
Yorkshire will have to score the highest total in the match to win this game, but in doing so they would secure their top-flight future in the LV= Insurance County Championship for 2023.
This week, Somerset-bound Kohler-Cadmore will bring the curtain down on a Yorkshire career which started in 2017, one he assesses as a success and believes it has pushed his game forwards following a move North from Worcestershire.
“I want to leave the club on a high and finish the season with a good positive result,” he said.
“I just want to leave the lads in the best place possible – I want to leave them playing Division One cricket next year.
“I look back on my time very fondly. There are highs and lows in every career, but I think the timing’s right for me to leave.
“Since I’ve been here, I’ve loved every minute. It’s helped me push on. It’s developed my white and red ball cricket.
“My ambition coming here was to play for England, and I got one step closer playing for the Lions. I still think I’ve got the opportunity to push on further.”
On today’s play and Yorkshire’s prospects for the rest of the game, he said: “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.
“The lads today bowled really well in tough conditions. It’s quite slow and hard to take wickets.
“We should have put ourselves in a better position with the bat, and we didn’t do that. Luckily, the bowlers have taken six wickets. If we have a good morning, we can be right in the game.
“It wasn’t a 180 or 190 pitch, or whatever we ended up with. It’s a decent surface.
“The start myself and Tatts got off to, we had them under pressure. We were rolling nicely. But that’s where the best teams – Surrey, for example – would have crushed them.
“That shows why they’ve won the league and we’re down there fighting at the minute.
“We’ve got in positions where we’ve been on top this year, but we haven’t rammed it home.
“From the position we were in, we should have been driving the game. Sadly we’re not.
“The pitch is getting slower, so the nip will hopefully not be as much. The new ball is going to be a massive part of our innings. Then it’s how we play their spinners.
“No matter what they get, we’re still in with a chance on that wicket. Someone’s going to need to make a big contribution.
“Me top-scoring today with 40-odd isn’t good enough. In this last four-week block, I don’t think we’ve had a hundred. That’s where games of cricket are won.
“If we apply ourselves and someone sticks their hand up, we can still win this game.”