West Indian fast bowler Tino Best, above, grabbed four wickets at Headingley Carnegie as Yorkshire made Durham follow on 280 runs behind on the last day of their LV County Championship match – but Yorkshire had taken no second-innings wickets when the rain was the only winner.
Best picked up his fourth first-innings wicket in the first over after lunch as Durham were bowled out for 330 – but they were without unbeaten centurion Michael Di Venuto, who could not continue his innings of 108 because of a side strain. It was Ben Stokes who partnered Ian Blackwell at the start of the day with Durham on 215 -4, trailing by 395.
Stokes was off the mark with a boundary from Adil Rashid – but it was not long before Best made his presence felt at the football stand end: Blackwell chopped a good-length ball into his stumps to make it 228-5, and two deliveries later he moved one away from Phil Mustard whose edge was well taken by wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow diving to his left.
These were Best’s first two Championship wickets, and at each one the paceman charged around the ground in celebration to the congratulations of his teammates. Plunkett had an uncertain start against Rashid, but soon gained in confidence, while Stokes was never afraid to go for his strokes and drove David Wainwright back over his head for six.
Yorkshire took the second new ball at 266-7 in 81 overs - and the return of Best brought another wicket as Stokes nudged one which left him for Bairstow to take another good catch, the seventh-wicket pair having put on 59.
Plunkett’s four off Rashid moved Durham to 300-7 and a third batting-bonus point, and the all-rounder smacked consecutive deliveries from Steven Patterson to the boundary to take him to his 50 off 90 balls with eight fours.
Patterson gained revenge with his next delivery which Plunkett edged into his stumps, and Durham went to lunch on 326-8 with Yorkshire one wicket from a third bowling point and hoping to enforce the follow-on early in the afternoon.
Best wasted no time in finishing off the Durham innings after lunch, the sixth ball of his opening over sending Rushworth’s middle stump flying out of the ground to give the West Indian final figures of 22-2-86-4 in his first Championship appearance.
Borthwick, who was 20 not out when the Durham first innings closed, now walked out first with Coetzer in the absence of the injured Di Venuto. They were still together at 46, when rain drove the players in at 3.10pm, Coetzer not out 23 and Borthwick 21.
The abandonment came at 3.45pm.
DAY 3: David Wainwright took the only wicket to fall on Day 3 of Yorkshire’s LV County Championship match against Durham at Headingley Carnegie before rain stopped play in mid-afternoon. Opener Michael Di Venuto, was still unbeaten on 108, and the visitors were 215-4, trailing by 395 on first innings.
Yorkshire failed to make any inroads during the morning - Di Venuto and Dale Benkenstein taking Champions to 156-3 at the interval. They still trailed by a massive 454 runs, but Yorkshire needed some wickets if they were to go on and win.
Replying to Yorkshire’s 610-6 declared, Durham soon lost Kyle Coetzer to Steven Patterson in yesterday’s evening session – and when Will Smith and nightwatchman Mark Davies fell to consecutive googlies from Adil Rashid they were a shaky 49-3.
Di Venuto and Benkenstein started the day 54-3 against Oliver Hannon-Dalby from the Kirkstall Lane end and West Indian Tino Best. Neither caused too many problems and, with poor light a concern, Rashid and David Wainwright came on to provide spin at both ends.
Di Venuto immediately drove Rashid to the boundary to complete his 50 off 82 balls with eight fours – and another boundary shot to the left-hander, this time off Wainwright, raised the 100 in the 36th over. Patterson came back as the light improved, and after Di Venuto had cut him for four he played a false shot which sailed safely into a gap on the legside.
The batsmen remained generally in charge, and Joe Sayers was called up just before lunch for an over of off-spin. Di Venuto at the interval had 86 and Benkenstein 44, the pair having accumulated 107 together.
Batsmen continued to hold the upper hand after lunch - Benkenstein moving to a determined half-century off 108 balls with 10 boundaries, and there were more runs for him when he struck Hannon-Dalby for fours on either side of the wicket. Di Venuto pulled Best through mid-wicket for four - and in the same over completed a splendid century from 161 deliveries with 14 boundaries.
Best was replaced at the football end by Wainwright – which brought the break Yorkshire wanted. The batsman moved out of his crease, and was smartly stumped by Jonny Bairstow for 64 off 112 balls with a dozen fours to end a fourth-wicket stand worth 145.
The weather began to close in, and drizzle stopped play at 215-4 with Di Venuto 108 and Blackwell 12. It was the first rain stoppage for Yorkshire after 15 completely dry days from the start of the season.
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A career-best 228 not out from Jacques Rudolph followed by two wickets in two balls for Adil Rashid left Yorkshire in command at the halfway stage of their LV Championship clash against title-holders Durham at Headingley Carnegie.
Yorkshire declared their first innings on a massive 610-6 before they had Durham reeling on 54-3 at the close - still 407 runs from avoiding the possibility of the follow-on.
Yorkshire were already in a strong position when they resumed on 304 -2 in 100 overs, with Anthony McGrath on 73 and Rudolph 68 – but there was never any real attempt to score the 56 runs which were required in 10 overs to secure a fourth batting-bonus point.
Rudolph, in the 110th over, took 10 off Ian Blackwell, but Yorkshire were still only 329-2 when the bonus points ended, Durham failing to pick up a single bowling point.
By this time the third-wicket stand had exceeded the previous best for Yorkshire against Durham of 138 between Michael Vaughan and Adam Lyth at Headingley Carnegie two years ago. The pace began to pick up as both batsmen cruised through the 90s - Rudolph was first to three figures, off-driving Mark Davies for four after facing 208 balls and striking 18 boundaries.
There was an unfortunate moment for both batsmen when McGrath, on 97, straight-drove Blackwell powerfully – but was denied a boundary as the ball struck Rudolph painfully just below the left elbow. It did not really matter: two overs later McGrath aimed a lofted drive at Blackwell – and secured the boundary which took him to 101 off 240 balls with 15 fours.
Two to McGrath in the same over turned it into a double-century stand, but six runs later McGrath pushed leg-spinner Scott Borthwick to short mid-on and set off for an improbable run…he found himself over half-way down the pitch before realising that Rudolph was still in his crease, and he was unable to regain his ground before Dale Benkenstein’s throw came in to wicket-keeper Phil Mustard to end his innings of 105.
Skipper Andrew Gale came in with his side cruising along at 373-3. He got off the mark first ball by despatching a gentle full toss from Borthwick to the cover boundary. Only one wicket fell all morning as Yorkshire advanced to 408-3.
Yorkshire continued their run bonanza in the afternoon as Rudolph and Gale recorded the third three-figure partnership of the innings - Rudolph slapping Mark Davies for two cover fours to advance to his 150 from 303 balls with 26 fours.
Gale played his part in the stand - but it was Rudolph’s marathon knock which caught the eye, and after cover-driving Blackwell for four he reverse-swept him to the boundary to canter to 174. The partnership was worth 111 when Gale drove Ben Stokes into the covers ,where he was caught by Liam Plunkett for 41.
Jonathan Bairstow came in at 490-5, and drove Borthwick high and straight to bring up the 500, but in attempting to cut the next ball he was bowled, the leg-spinner claiming his first wicket of the innings. Two early boundaries to Rashid maintained the momentum, and at tea Rudolph had advanced to 193 with 32 boundaries. Rashid was on 12, Yorkshire 530-5.
Yorkshire piled on the agony after tea as Rashid, particularly, tore into Durham’s hapless bowling during an 83 stand in 12 overs with Rudolph - who completed his double century off 365 balls with 33 fours. Rashid departed for 43 off 38 balls with six fours but Rudolph, partnered by David Wainwright, overhauled his best score for Yorkshire of 220 before beating his career-best 222 not out on his Test debut for South Africa against Bangladesh.
Gale signalled his batsmen in at 610-6, and Rudolph was given a standing ovation for his unbeaten 228 from 389 balls with 35 fours spanning seven-and-three-quarter hours.
Tino Best was soon mauled on his Championship debut by Michael Di Venuto, but Steven Patterson got rid of Kyle Coetzer in the third over when he came on so that Best could switch ends. Coetzer got an edge – and Rudolph held it at the second attempt at first slip.
Di Venuto and Will Smith hurried Durham on to 49-1 before Rashid claimed two wickets in two balls with googlies: his first beat and bowled Smith, and he then produced a carbon copy delivery to hit nightwatchman Davies’s stumps.
Ruolph said at the close that his innings was his best in the context of the game. Experience had taught him to concentrate much harder, and his main concern had not been to convert his 100 into a double century – but to make sure he went from 50 to 100, something he had failed to do in recent innings. Once he had settled in, he was confident of a big score.
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DAY ONE REPORT
A record Yorkshire opening stand against Durham of 146 between Adam Lyth, first picture, and Joe Sayers was followed by an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 131 between Anthony McGrath and Jacques Rudolph as the Tykes took control on Day 1 of the LV County Championship match at Headingley Carnegie.
Yorkshire had advanced to 304-2 in 100 overs by the close, and were ideally placed to strengthen their position still further.
The left-handed openers put on 146 before both fell to left-arm spinner Ian Blackwell – Lyth for a sparkling 85 and Sayers for a well-judged 63. McGrath and Rudolph then batted against the title-holders for the rest of the day.
By lunch Lyth and Sayers had made 124 - Lyth leading the way with a gloriously struck 78 compared with Sayers’s more sedate 39. Yorkshire completely dominated the morning after winning the toss, and the quality of the strokeplay gave the good-sized crowd plenty to enthuse about.
Making his Championship debut for Yorkshire was West Indian pace-ace Tino Best, and with Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad now part of England’s Twenty20 World Cup squad fast bowler Steven Patterson was also back in the side.
Durham suffered a setback before the start when paceman Callum Thorp received a leg-strain while practising, and he was replaced by Scott Borthwick.
Mark Davies opened the bowling with Championship debutant Chris Rushworth, who bowled some good deliveries before Lyth worked him for four to backward-point and leg-glanced his next ball for another four. Sayers was also middling the ball soundly: he steered and cover-drove fours off Liam Plunkett before Lyth took two more boundaries in an over off Ben Stokes.
Lyth, particularly, was playing some delightful strokes, and after taking two through the covers off Plunkett he struck the next two balls for fours with similar strokes to dash to his half-century out of 92, having faced 74 balls and hit 11 boundaries.
Dale Benkenstein also suffered against Lyth’s flashing blade – which brought two more cover fours to make it a century stand inside 25 overs, Lyth’s share being 60 to Sayers’s 36. There was no stopping Lyth, who struck Rushworth to the extra-cover boundary for four when he returned to the attack – and then ran four as the ball pulled up just short of the rope.
It had been a near-faultless morning for Yorkshire who could hardly have got off to a better start. Sayers completed his half-century after theinterval – but with the score on 146 in the 40th over he lost Lyth, who stabbed down on a ball from Blackwell and was caught low down at slip by Michael Di Venuto.
Once again Lyth had narrowly missed out on a century, his 85 containing 16 blistering fours off 125 balls.
New batsman McGrath whipped Plunkett away for successive fours through mid-wicket before Blackwell struck again - dismissing Sayers for 63 from 138 deliveries with three fours - the ball lobbing off bat and pad into the waiting hands of Karl Coetzer at short-leg.
Fortunately for Yorkshire, the loss of both openers did not signal a collapse: McGrath and Rudolph both settled in confidently, McGrath on 26 by tea and Rudolph 31. The total 214-2 in 68 overs.
Yorkshire stayed completely in control after tea, Rudolph’s half-century quickly followed by McGrath’s - his second in consecutive innings. McGrath was on 73 from 182 balls with 10 fours at the close, while Rudolf had moved to 68 from 158 deliveries with 12 boundaries.
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Spectators are advised that due to necessary building work on the Carnegie Pavilion the Trueman Enclosure will not be opened for members during the Yorkshire v Durham game.
Yorkshire are without Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad who are on England World T20 duty in the Caribbean and have called in Steve Patterson and Tino Best in their place.
Andrew Gale (capt), Joe Sayers, Adam Lyth, Anthony McGrath, Jacques Rudolph, Jonathan Bairstow (wk), Adil Rashid, David Wainwright, Tino Best, Steve Patterson, Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Ben Sanderson.
A thirteen man squad has been named for fixture which includes Chris Rushworth, who is set to make his first class debut, if selected. Stephen Harmison (back), Graham Onions (back) and Mitchell Claydon (abdominal muscle strain) are unavailable for this match.
MJ Di Venuto (23), KJ Coetzer (30), WR Smith (2) (capt), DM Benkenstein (44), ID Blackwell (37), BA Stokes (38), P Mustard (19) (wk), LE Plunkett (20), M Davies (4), CD Thorp (36), C Rushworth (22), SG Borthwick (16) and BW Harmison (14).