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Durham v Yorkshire: MATCH DRAWN

— 7 May 2014

Yorkshire were forced to settle for a second LV= County Championship draw despite making champions Durham sweat after following-on during today’s final day at Emirates Durham.

Andrew Gale’s side, who have now won one, lost one and drawn two of their opening four matches, bowled the hosts out for 388 shortly after lunch before bowling again with a lead of 201 on first innings.

Durham’s ninth-wicket pair of Jamie Harrison and Graham Onions took valuable time out of the game this morning during a stand of 45 inside 27 overs.

Durham, faced with a minimum of 60 overs to face in their second innings, were then given a major scare as they slipped to 42-4 in the 19th over.

They then recovered to 100-4 thanks to an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 58 inside 35 overs between Keaton Jennings and captain Paul Collingwood, who finished 54 and 14 not out respectively.

Yorkshire take eleven points from the match, the same haul they managed from the opening week draw against Somerset at Taunton last month.

Yorkshire are back in Championship action on Sunday when they welcome Warwickshire to Headingley.

Excellent Adil Rashid contributed 1-22 from 14 overs in the second innings to his 3-73 from 23 in the first.

The hosts resumed their first innings on 361-8, and they batted for the majority of a morning which was also twice interrupted by rain, meaning a loss of eleven overs from the day’s allotted 96.

Harrison’s 31 was the third highest score of Durham’s first innings following Michael Richardson’s 148 and Mark Stoneman’s 131.

Harrison was bowled through the gate by Kane Williamson’s off-spin as Durham were reduced to 384-9 in the 133rd over before Liam Plunkett returned shortly after lunch to get Onions (21) caught behind in the 138th.

Stoneman scored the first runs of Durham’s second innings off the 30th ball as he cut Jack Brooks for four.

But the first-innings centurion’s stay at the crease was short-lived as he was run out at the non-striker’s end following a deflection onto the stumps from bowler Plunkett off a Jennings drive.

And when Brooks had Scott Borthwick caught behind for a golden duck with a nasty short ball, Durham were 10-2 and under the cosh on a pitch which got easier to bat on as the match progressed.

The wickets continued to tumble. Kumar Sangakkara was caught behind off Ryan Sidebottom, leaving the score at 35-3, before Rashid’s first ball accounted for Michael Richardson caught behind.

When Collingwood and Jennings united, there was still the best part of 42 overs left in the day.

But they resisted, and even had to face an over of medium pace from Jonny Bairstow as Gale tried to pull a rabbit out of the hat and get a fifth wicket. Jennings faced 166 balls in his innings and Collingwood 91.


  • TEA

    Yorkshire have taken five wickets this afternoon, including four in Durham’s second innings, to reignite their bid for an LV= County Championship win.

    A draw looked the most likely outcome at lunch after the White Rose had taken just one wicket during the morning session of day four at Emirates Durham.

    But now, Durham have their backs against the wall at 55-4 from 26 overs of their second innings at tea. They are 146 runs behind with a minimum of 34 overs left in the day.

    Liam Plunkett had Graham Onions caught behind shortly after lunch to wrap up Durham’s first innings for 388 in reply to 589-8 declared, a deficit of 201.

    Then, with a minimum of 60 overs to take ten wickets, Yorkshire continued to take wickets.

    Mark Stoneman was unlucky to be run out at the non-striker’s end following a deflection from bowler Plunkett before Scott Borthwick was caught behind for a golden duck off Jack Brooks the very next ball, leaving the score at 10-2 in the seventh over.

    Kumar Sangakkara was caught behind off Ryan Sidebottom with 35 on the board before Adil Rashid’s first ball accounted for Michael Richardson caught behind. At that stage, Durham were 42-4 in the 19th over.

    Keaton Jennings and Paul Collingwood are the not out batsmen.


    Yorkshire’s bid for an LV= County Championship victory over Durham is still alive heading into the match’s final two sessions at Emirates Durham.

    A draw is still overwhelming favourites, but Durham have not yet avoided the follow-on having reached lunch on day four at 386-9. They are still 54 runs away from that target.

    The champions’ ninth-wicket pair of Jamie Harrison and Graham Onions shared 45 inside 27 overs, batting through the majority of a rain-affected morning session.

    They started today’s fourth day on 361-8, and Harrison was the only wicket to fall when he was bowled by Kane Williamson, leaving the score at 384-9. We have lost nine overs due to rain this morning.


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