Yorkshire claimed seven wickets during today’s third day of their LV= County Championship match against Durham to keep their hopes of victory alive.
Career best centuries for home pair Mark Stoneman and Michael Richardson ensured this was not a disastrous day for Durham, who closed on 361-8 from 115 overs in reply to Yorkshire’s 589-8 declared.
But Paul Collingwood’s side still need another 79 runs to avoid the follow-on. They need to get to 440 to make Yorkshire bat again and, in doing so, ensure the match is drawn. They are still 228 runs behind.
Adil Rashid claimed three wickets today, while Liam Plunkett took two. Ryan Sidebottom (2-60 from 26 overs) and Tim Bresnan also struck once apiece.
Stoneman and Richardson hit 131 off 222 balls and 148 off 230 respectively. They shared 136 inside 44 overs either side of lunch for the fourth wicket.
Although Yorkshire struck twice before lunch, the hosts will have been happy with their morning’s work, particularly opener Stoneman.
After losing Scott Borthwick and Kumar Sangakkara in successive overs as Durham slipped to 70-3, Stoneman and Richardson began their fourth-wicket alliance by taking the score at 142-3 at the break.
Borthwick had been trapped lbw by Bresnan for two in the fourth over of the day – the 23rd – before Sangakkara fell for a two-ball duck on his Durham debut.
He edged Sidebottom to third slip, where Kane Williamson parried the ball to Adam Lyth at second to complete the catch.
Stoneman reached his hundred off 166 balls with 13 fours early in the afternoon. He hit his 12th and 13th boundaries in consecutive deliveries from Jack Brooks to bring up his milestone.
Dropped on 102 by Rashid at first slip, he went on to post a career best before falling to Plunkett during a hostile spell – trapped lbw without offering a shot as the score fell to 206-4 after 67.
Rashid later bowled Durham skipper Collingwood, who was attempting to pull, to leave Durham on 256-5 in the 79th. Andrew Gale opted to take the second new ball two overs later – just two before tea.
Richardson reached his 166-ball hundred in the over after tea, but Durham were soon six down for 278.
Plunkett picked up his second wicket courtesy of a smart catch from Andrew Hodd as Phil Mustard played expansively outside off in the 85th over.
Lyth handed Mark Wood a chance on six at second slip off Sidebottom’s bowling just before Durham passed 300.
Wood and Richardson shared 36 for the seventh wicket, although Rashid’s re-introduction into the attack for the 101st over reaped rewards within three balls as Wood chopped on, leaving the score at 314-7.
Richardson advanced down the track to hit Rashid for six over long-off in the 107th over to move within touching distance of 150, but he fell next ball stumped as he tried to repeat the dose. 339-8.
Hodd dropped Graham Onions on ten off Rashid as the day drew to a close. Onions and Jamie Harrison will resume tomorrow morning. Yorkshire finished with two bowling bonus points.