Yorkshire took the game by the scruff of the neck today at St George`s Road and need just five more wickets tomorrow to record their fourth successive win in all formats and their second successive Championship victory. If successful, they will gain the full 24 points and go second in the Northern group, just three points behind Lancashire, each having played six games, with two wins and four draws.
It is often said in cricket that bowlers win matches and I would not disagree but Yorkshire`s batters today showed that they can give those bowlers a lot to work with by finally being dismissed for 416 in 104.2 overs, having added 349 for the loss of the eight wickets which remained overnight.
Dan Hodgson and Jonathan Tattersall (64) led the way by adding 136 for the third wicket. Further contributions from Ryan Gibson (79 from 58 deliveries) and a maiden 2nd XI 50 from James Wainman, all supported by Dan Hodgson`s chanceless 113 (236 deliveries in 309 minutes with 17 boundaries) ensured a mammoth first innings lead of 192.
Durham could not have been looking forward to having to bat tonight but they had some 21 over to negotiate and really did not manage too well. Josh Shaw began the rout by clinically removing Reece Carr`s off-stump. Dan Hodgson then took a glove (or two) to contribute two superb catches behind and Ryan Gibson held onto a low chance at first slip.
Matt Fisher then bowled Usman Arshad.for his second wicket and half the Durham batsmen were back in the pavilion and still138 behind. Ben Coad also had two wickets.
Matt Fisher now departs to join the 1st XI T20 squad for the all-important T20 qualifier at Headingley tomorrow and Durham are also waiting to see whether their captain, Graham Clark will return from Old Trafford, where he had been with the Durham T20 squad.