7.10pm – Close. It’s going to be a nipper tomorrow. Durham have closed on 213-8 from 70 overs, needing 33 more to win. Fisher finishes a fascinating day with four wickets, but Raine and Potts – 32 and 13 – have kept Durham’s hopes alive.

6.57pm – Halfway through the extra half hour. Durham are 200-8, needing 46 more. Raine 23, Potts 10. Hill and Bess in operation for Yorkshire.

6.43pm – The extra half hour has been taken. Durham 191-8, needing 55 more to win. Raine 18 and Potts seven. That means eight more overs will be bowled. 

6.22pm – Durham have confirmed Carse will bat, but is limited in his movements. They are 176-8.

6.10pm – WICKET! And another. Two in two. Thompson gets Patel lbw. It’s 173-8 in the 52nd over.

6.06pm – WICKET! Clark chops on to Thompson, nine. Durham are 173-7 in the 52nd of 61 overs today. We could have the extra half hour as well.

5.54pm – There is no indication as to whether Brydon Carse will bat for Durham.

5.41pm – WICKET! De Leede has played on to his middle off Fisher, who has four-for. The England man is turning this game. Durham 154-6 in the 46th over.

5.33pm – WICKET! Opener Jones, for 56, has been trapped lbw by Fisher. They are 150-5 in the 44th over. Durham need 96 more. With Brydon Carse injured – we’re not sure if he will bat or not – it has forced a batting rejig. Bas de Leede in. 

5.22pm – WICKET! Robinson caught at slip by Lyth off Fisher, 13. Durham 147-4 in the 42nd over.

5.02pm – WICKET! Bairstow takes a fabulous low one-handed catch going to his right to get rid of Bedingham for 19 as Hill strikes. Durham are 126-3 in the 37th over.

4.53pm – Bess, posted at short mid-wicket, has just taken a nasty blow on the knee following a Bedingham pull at Revis. Looks in some pain. 123-2 in the 36th.

4.32pm – Final session of day three has just started, with Hill bowling to Bedingham. An immediate single comes to take Durham to 110-2 in the 30th over chasing 246.

4.12pm – Tea Report Durham have reached tea on day three at 109-2 as they chase 246 against Yorkshire at the Seat Unique Riverside.

Yorkshire’s bid for a first LV= Insurance County Championship win of the season at the fifth attempt is in the balance with four sessions of the contest remaining.

Yorkshire’s second innings, which resumed after lunch on 198-8, was wrapped up for 218 as Jordan Thompson was trapped lbw by Matthew Potts and Mickey Edwards fell the same way as he offered no shot to Ben Raine.

Both Durham seamers finished with four wickets.

Durham’s chase started with 61 overs remaining in the day, and the hosts started quickly through former Yorkshire Championship winner Alex Lees scoring all of his side’s first 31 runs.

He took three boundaries off Matthew Fisher as he conceded 15 off the third over of the innings. 

But once Fisher gained revenge by bowling the left-hander off the inside for 38, Durham were 47-1 in the 10th over and the scoring rate slowed.

Further success came when Durham captain Scott Borthwick chipped Jordan Thompson to short mid-wicket, leaving the score at 82-2 in the 23rd over.

Openers Michael Jones will begin the evening session on 39 alongside David Bedingham on 10. 

4.05pm – Dom Bess is bowling his first over of the match as we approach tea. Durham 101-2 in the 28th.

4.02pm – Matthew Revis into the attack in place of Thompson. Durham are 100-2 in the 27th over. Yorkshire could do with a wicket.

3.45pm – WICKET! Borthwick chips Thompson to Bess at short mid-wicket, 11. It’s 82-2 in the 23rd over.

3.35pm – Jordan Thompson has replaced George Hill in the Yorkshire attack. It’s 72-1 in the 21st over. While Yorkshire have two slips and a gully, they also have men at short cover and short mid-wicket. Very much bowl straight and it’s difficult to score.

3.24pm – Durham have moved to 61-1 in the 18th over. Jones nine and Borthwick seven.

3.06pm – That wicket of Lees has brought a halt to the scoring rate. Durham 50-1 after 13 overs with Jones five and Borthwick one. 246 target.

2.54pm – WICKET! Lees b Fisher, 38. Inside-edge and two stumps out of the ground. Durham are 47-1 in the 10th over.

Yorkshire’s assistant coach Ali Maiden can take some credit for that. He’s just come up to the media centre and said the ball before the wicket, ‘I’ve come up here for a change of seats to see if I can get the breakthrough’.

2.50pm – Fisher has switched ends to the Lumley End. Durham are 47-0 after nine overs. Lees 38, Jones four. Fisher had started from the Finchale End and had conceded 15 off the third over of the innings.

2.33pm – Not surprisingly, Alex Lees has taken the aggressive route against the new ball, with him having scored all of Durham’s 31-0 inside five overs at the start of their chase. If, as a batter, you don’t score against the new ball on this pitch, you’ll struggle like heck to score against the old one. George Hill has been brought into the attack.

2.16pm – Durham’s pursuit of 246 is underway. They are 5-0, with an early boundaries for Alex Lees. Thompson and Fisher sharing the new ball.

2.05pm – WICKET! Edwards trapped lbw offering no shot at Raine. We’re 218 all out, a lead of 245. Durham need 246 to win. Raine and Potts finish with four wickets apiece.

1.48pm – WICKET! Thompson trapped lbw for seven by Potts. We are 207-9 in the 64th over, a lead of 234.

1.41pm – Matthew Fisher has survived the hat-trick ball from Potts at the start of the afternoon, and we are now 200-8, a lead of 227. Jordan Thompson will face de Leede.

1.34pm – Just under the dressing rooms here at the Riverside, Jonny Bairstow is posing for photos, signing autographs and chatting to fans.

1.04pm – Lunch Report Yorkshire and Durham remain locked in a fascinating battle for supremacy in the ongoing LV= Insurance County Championship clash at the Seat Unique Riverside. 

Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow were two of five wickets to fall this morning as Yorkshire advanced from 91-3 overnight to 198-8 in the 62nd over. Yorkshire lead by 227. 

Both Malan and Bairstow – for 44 and 36 – fell to superb one-handed catches from wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson off Ben Raine’s seam.

Matthew Revis was then bowled by Bas de Leede for eight and Dom Bess trapped lbw by Matthew Potts without scoring, leaving Yorkshire at 197-7 after 60 overs – a lead of 224 just before lunch. 

George Hill has played the standout innings of the entire match, 51 off 57 balls. But he fell to what proved the last ball of the morning, edging Potts to second slip, where David Bedingham took a sharp catch.

The England seamer will be on a hat-trick immediately after lunch, and Hill was furious with himself. 

1pm – WICKET! Hill caught at second slip off Potts, 51. Bedingham takes a sharp catch, and Potts will be on a hat-trick when we resume after lunch. 198-8, a lead of 225.

12.50pm – WICKET! George Hill has just reached his fifty off 48 balls, the first man to get there in this match. But now he’s lost his partner Dom Bess, who has been trapped lbw by Potts for nought. 197-7 now, a lead of 224.

12.46pm – WICKET! Revis bowled by de Leede, eight. Another one that keeps low, and we’re 186-6 – a lead of 213. Dom Bess in to join Hill, who has 40.

12.40pm – George Hill has moved to 40 out of 186-5, a Yorkshire lead of 213. He has just taken Potts for back-to-back boundaries. The big question, can he pass 44?

12.27pm – Hill and Revis have both played commanding sweep shots for four against the left-arm spin of Ajaz Patel this morning. Hill 19, Revis six. Yorkshire 162-5, a lead of 189.

12.14pm – Yorkshire 153-5 after 51 overs, a lead of 180. Hill has 16 and Revis yet to get off the mark. Revis was actually hit on the helmet 10 minutes or so ago by a Raine bouncer. But he’s carried on following a concussion check.

11.58am – WICKET! Bairstow caught behind one-handed by Robinson, 36. Fine catch. We are 145-5 in the 48th over, a lead of 172.

11.46am – WICKET! Malan caught behind one-handed by Robinson off Raine, 44. We are 136-4, a lead of 163. Still nobody has bettered 44 in this match. Bairstow has 35 and has been joined at the crease by George Hill.

11.40am – Forty minutes of play done here at the Riverside, and we are 131-3, leading by 158. Malan 42 and Bairstow 31. They’ve been helped along by some loose stuff from Durham – they’ve conceded four byes twice already today. But the pair look solid and in little trouble.

11.12am – Bairstow has just survived a confident lbw appeal against Potts. Must have been an inside edge which saved him as it looked pretty close. He’s moved to 17 and Malan to 40. It’s 108-3, a lead of 135.

11.03am – We have moved to 100-3 in the early stages of the third day, leading by 127. After Bas de Leede bowled the last ball of the 34th over, uncompleted from last night, Ajaz Patel and Matty Potts have taken up morning bowling duties. Malan 37 and Bairstow 17.

10.40am – Brydon Carse will not bowl for Durham this morning having gone for a scan on what has been described as a trunk injury.

10.04am – Let’s have a look around the grounds at what else is happening before we get going.


Derbyshire 130-5 v Gloucestershire, The Incora County Ground

Glamorgan 258 v Worcestershire 109 v 195-7, Sophia Gardens

Leicestershire v Sussex 319-4, The Uptonsteel County Ground


Kent 95 v Hampshire 103-0, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence

Lancashire 72-2 v Somerset 361, Emirates Old Trafford

Northamptonshire 158 v Nottinghamshire 157-4, Wantage Road

Surrey 190-3 v Middlesex 209, The Kia Oval

Warwickshire 242 v Essex 126 and 86-4, Edgbaston

8.55am – Good morning from the Seat Unique Riverside, where it’s an overcast start to day three. We will resume on 91-3, leading by 118, with Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow having shared 50 unbroken for the fourth wicket.

Yesterday was a good day for Yorkshire, despite a couple of frustrating points. In bowling Durham out for 227, we claimed a first-innings lead of 27. It was an excellent effort led by George Hill’s 4-43. There was, however, frustration that 10th-wicket duo Ajaz Patel and Bas de Leede put on 54.

Then we slipped into a bit of bother at 41-3 before England duo Malan and Bairstow navigated the challenges of a difficult pitch to see us through to close.

If these two can bat for another hour together this morning, you feel Yorkshire will have a significant advantage rather than a slender one.

The players are just about to begin their morning warm-ups, and you can recap yesterday’s action via our match report and reaction piece with Hill via the links below.



You can view the live stream via the Match Centre tab at the top of the page. We’re all set for an 11am start. Enjoy the day.

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