GARY Ballance and Joe Root have shared a serene unbroken 79 for the third wicket to give Yorkshire a healthy start to their reply to Kent’s 305 all out on day at Emerald Headingley.

Yorkshire have reached tea on 127-2 from 40 overs, with 37 overs still to bowl before this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture reaches its halfway mark.

Ballance has 44 not out and Root 39.

Openers Adam Lyth, for 23, and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (14) fell during the first half of the afternoon session, leaving the White Rose at 48-2 in the 21st over.

Lyth clipped Darren Stevens for six over mid-wicket, only to fall caught at mid-on as he tried to go over the top again.

Kohler-Cadmore played on to the seam of Nathan Gilchrist.

But Ballance and Test captain Root have safely navigated Yorkshire away from any potential danger with a busy partnership inside 20 overs.

Ballance pulled and cut successive no balls from West Indian Miguel Cummins for a six and a four, while Root has cut, deflected, worked and punched his way towards what would be a second successive score of 50 or more against Kent this season.

He scored a century in the second innings of the win at Canterbury last month.