Yorkshire were frustrated by half-centuries for Durham trio Mark Stoneman, Michael Richardson and Phil Mustard as they had to settle for an LV= County Championship draw at Headingley today.
The White Rose county claimed 13 points from their eleventh match to move five points clear at the top of Division One, although their lead could quite easily have been 16 at the end of a nail-biting final day.
Richardson 95, Stoneman 86 and Mustard a crucial 57 not out as the latter was forced into a rearguard action after tea with his side slipping to 290-8 with a lead of 95 and a minimum of 24.1 overs left in the day.
Mustard and Mark Wood shared 33 unbroken in 15.1 overs for the ninth wicket as Durham reached 323-8 from 113 overs when the players shook hands. That was a lead of 128 with eleven overs left.
Yorkshire chipped away at the Durham order, who batted steadily on a pitch which their captain Paul Collingwood had criticised as being substandard after they close of play last night.
Jack Brooks struck with his first ball of the day, the seventh in all, when he had Scott Borthwick trapped lbw offering no shot to leave Durham at 64-2 in the 28th over, a deficit of 131.
But Stoneman and Richardson, the latter with an excellent record in Championship matches between these two counties, steadied the ship for the majority of the morning with a third-wicket stand of 86.
Yorkshire will rue a dropped catch from Tim Bresnan at short cover with Richardson on 27 before lunch.
The hosts were rewarded again prior to lunch when Adam Lyth trapped Stoneman lbw with the score on 150 in the 53rd over, and when Rashid got Gordon Muchall the same way four balls into the afternoon, the door was ajar at 166-4 in the 59th.
However, a fifth-wicket stand of 44 inside 20 overs between Richardson and Collingwood again steadied things and helped wipe off the deficit during the afternoon.
Rashid struck again in the 79th over, just on the verge of the second new ball and in the latter stages of the afternoon, when he had Collingwood caught behind. At that stage, Durham were 15 ahead with five wickets in hand and more than 40 overs left in the day.
Brooks struck either side of tea to break Richardson’s resistance by bowling him and then getting John Hastings caught behind down leg, leaving the score at 276-7, a lead of 81 with a minimum of 28 left.
He picked up his fourth wicket when he had Paul Coughlin lbw as Durham slipped to 290-8, but Mustard led an imperative recover for the visitors.
Yorkshire’s next Championship outing is Middlesex at Scarborough a week on Saturday.