6.26pm – That’s it for the day. No more play. So 10.1 overs lost to bad light.
6.22pm – We’re off for bad light at 91-3 in the 34th over, a lead of 118. Malan 33, Bairstow 16.
6pm – The lead is 100. Yorkshire 73-3 in the second innings, with Bairstow on 10 and Malan 25.
5.34pm – We have 20 overs remaining in the day, and you would think that we won’t see all of them given the lights are on. But they’ve been on all day, and the light hasn’t really got any worse or better. So you never know. We have moved to 61-3, a lead of 88. Malan 14, Bairstow 10. The advantage is with Yorkshire at present, not by much though.
5.12pm – Yorkshire 51-3 in the 20th over, leading by 78. Malan has nine and Bairstow eight.
4.56pm – WICKET! Bean caught behind off Carse, 22. We are 41-3, leading by 68.
4.31pm – WICKET! Masood bowled by Potts, looks like another inside-edge. We are 18-2 after 10 overs, leading by 45.
4.14pm – Bean has just been dropped on three by Lees at third slip off Carse. Yorkshire are 8-1 in the sixth over.
3.52pm – WICKET! Oh no. Lyth has fallen first ball of the innings, caught at second slip off Raine after Lees parried it at third. Bedingham with the catch. 0-1. Fin Bean comes to the crease.
3.36pm – Tea Report. George Hill’s excellent four-wicket haul has helped Yorkshire claim a slender advantage after the first innings against Durham at the Seat Unique Riverside, with the hosts bowled out for 227 in reply to 254.
Durham, 123-5 at lunch, conceded a first-innings lead of 27 on a pitch which has shown increasing signs of uneven bounce, with a number of wickets falling to balls which have kept low.
Hill struck three times in as many overs from the Finchale End of the ground after Matthew Revis had ousted Ollie Robinson caught behind for 44, leaving Durham at 132-6 in the 38th over.
Hill, 4-43 from 15 overs, then had Graham Clark caught at slip in the 51st over before trapping Brydon Carse lbw and bowling Ben Raine, uprooting the all-rounder’s middle and leg stumps as the score fell to 173-9 in the 55th over.
Unfortunately, Ajaz Patel and Bas de Leede then shared a frustrating 10th-wicket stand of 54 – a Durham record in matches versus Yorkshire – to limit the damage.
New Zealander Patel swung away and rode his luck for 34 before being bowled by Matthew Fisher to wrap up the innings inside 65 overs. Dutchman de Leede finished 22 not out. Both men are on debut for the hosts.
3.31pm – WICKET! Patel bowled by Fisher, 34. Durham 227 all out, trailing by 27. Hill finishes with 4-43, and that will be tea.
3.24pm – Significant frustration for Yorkshire as Patel and de Leede share an unbroken 50 stand. Durham are now 223-9.
3.14pm – Bullseye! George Hill bowls Ben Raine.
3.08pm – WICKET! Durham have moved to 200-9, with Ajaz Patel and Bas de Leede sharing 27 unbroken for the last wicket. Patel has 15 and de Leede 14.
2.49pm – WICKET! Raine b Hill, four. Two stumps – middle and leg – out of the ground. Durham slip to 173-9, with Hill having struck four times now. Excellent. Durham trail by 81 as they reply to our 254.
2.38pm – WICKET! Hill again. He traps Carse lbw with another that doesn’t get up as much as expected. He falls for 14, and it’s 167-8 in the 53rd.
2.30pm – WICKET! Yorkshire continue to chip away at these wickets. George Hill gets his second, with Clark caught at slip by Lyth as he feels for one outside off, falling for 33. It’s 160-7 in the 51st.
2.10pm – Durham are 146-6 in the 47th over. Clark 25 and Carse five.
1.36pm – WICKET! Revis gets Robinson caught behind low down by Bairstow for 44. It’s 132-6. Still nobody has topped 44 in this match, with both Robinson and Masood getting there.
1.28pm – We’re up and running again after lunch. Durham are 128-5 and Robinson has 41, enhancing a darn impressive career record against Yorkshire – seven times beyond 50 in 14 innings across all formats. Revis and Hill in search of wicket number six. Ah, Fisher comes into the attack to replace Hill, who had to finish the interrupted over just before lunch.
12.50pm – Lunch Report. Jordan Thompson claimed two of three Durham wickets to fall before the hosts settled during a hard-fought second morning at the Seat Unique Riverside.
Durham started the day on 42-2 in reply to 254 before they slipped to 71-5, with Thompson and Matthew Fisher both striking.
The hosts then reached lunch, taken early because of light rain, at 123-5 in the 35th over. Wicketkeeper batter Ollie Robinson reached an unbeaten 36 alongside Graham Clark with 16. They shared 52 unbroken.
Thompson struck first when he trapped nightwatchman Matty Potts lbw and later got David Bedingham the same way.
Sandwiched in between, Scott Borthwick (35) edged Fisher to second slip, where Adam Lyth took a fine low catch.
Meanwhile, Fin Bean has come into this fixture as a concussion substitute for Pakistan batter Saud Shakeel, who was struck on the helmet by a bouncer last night.
12.43pm – The players have been taken off the field, though it’s not entirely clear whether it’s for rain or bad light. Durham are 123-5 in the 356th over.
12.28pm – Fin Bean has come in as a concussion replacement for Saud Shakeel. Durham 107-5 in the 32nd over.
12.17pm – Bit of a lull in the game at present. Robinson and Clark, who have 16 and 12, are resisting and have taken their side to 99-5, a deficit of 155.
11.56am – George Hill and Mickey Edwards are now into the attack for Yorkshire. Durham are 86-5 in the 26th over. Ollie Robinson 12 and Graham Clark three. The floodlights are still on.
11.41am – WICKET! Bedingham trapped lbw by Thompson, 6. Durham 71-5 in the 22nd over.
11.29am – WICKET! Super catch from Lyth at second slip, low down to his left, as Fisher strikes to get rid of Borthwick for 35. Durham are 65-4, and Yorkshire are edging ahead.
11.21am – WICKET! Potts trapped lbw by one which keeps low from Thompson, 7. Durham 61-3 in the 18th over. David Bedingham in to join Borthwick, who has 31.
11.15am –Will Fraine and Fin Bean are on the field as subs this morning, with Saud Shakeel and Dawid Malan currently off the field. There was talk about Shakeel having a potential concussion issue last night, but he hasn’t been subbed out of the game.
11.08am – Durham have moved to 55-2 after two overs of the morning. Matthew Fisher has just bowled the latest.
11.01am – We’re up and running. Jordan Thompson bowling to Scott Borthwick. 42-2 after 13 overs.
10.57am – We will be starting under the floodlights.
10.54am – Before we get going, let’s have a look around the grounds at the other fixtures in play.
Derbyshire v Gloucestershire, The Incora County Ground
Glamorgan 177-6 v Worcestershire 109, Sophia Gardens
Leicestershire v Sussex, The Uptonsteel County Ground
Kent 95 v Hampshire 89-0, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence
Lancashire v Somerset 109-4, Emirates Old Trafford
Northamptonshire 86-2 v Nottinghamshire, Wantage Road
Surrey 21-0 v Middlesex 209, The Kia Oval
Warwickshire 17-2 v Essex 126, Edgbaston
10.51am – We have a confirmed start on time at 11am.
9.57am – Here is the link to the Shan Masood article referenced earlier, with the new captain talking about his role at the club and how he is excited to follow in the footsteps of some legends of the game.
8.53am – Good morning from the Seat Unique Riverside, where it’s an overcast start to the day and is pretty chilly as well. If you’re heading to the ground today, bring an extra layer.
Durham will resume on 42-2 in reply to Yorkshire’s 254, batting on a two-paced pitch. A good morning with the ball, and we could be ahead of this game despite a batting performance which could have delivered more.
A host of batters got starts and failed to go on, though captain Shan Masood was satisfied with their efforts. Masood spoke to the media last night and described the day as a “very good” one. I didn’t really think he was referring to the end result, more the attitude and mindset of his players in that regard. You can read more from the skipper via the link below. There is also another piece from him going up before the start of play, him talking more in general terms about his move to Yorkshire. We will post the link once it’s live.
There has actually been a bit of overnight rain in the area, and there is a smidgeon of rain in the air at present. There’s a cover on the cut strip but nothing else, and the players are beginning their warm-ups. If the light doesn’t improve, that could be an issue later in the day. We shall see.
Anyway, if you want to recap yesterday’s action, you can do via the links below.
The live stream for today’s action will be available through the match centre tab at the top of the page. I can’t yet be certain of an 11am start on time, but suspect it’s likely.