A slightly gloomy Chester-le-Street saw the shapes of two experienced – and Championship winning – captains come out and debate the toss. It was to be Andrew Gale’s visiting men who would end the day on the happier note, under skies that no longer understood what ‘gloomy’ was.
The sunshine may well have played a key part in the day as seam bowler and resident ‘Mr Reliable’ in the Yorkshire line-up, Steve Patterson, secured six wickets for just 56 runs.
Mark Stoneman was the first to fall when he was on 45, the Yorkshireman trapping him trapped lbw, while young Jack Burnham was the last wicket to fall, agonisingly so for him as he played a solid and mature innings off 134 balls and fell for 49.
These two batsmen were the team’s two highest scorers as well, with Keaton Jennings (20), Michael Richardson (18) and Chris Rushworth (13) being the only other batsmen to even make double figures.
It took just seven overs – and one ball of the eighth – for Patterson to remove the final two wickets of the day and secure Yorkshire the maximum bowling points, but leave Durham still in search of their batting points as they managed just 172 in their first innings.
Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth and Alex Lees strode out to the middle ready to do battle for the last couple of hours of the day. Lees would remain in situ for sometime making 71 from 78 but Lyth found himself all wrapped up by Rushworth early on, and was caught behind by Richardson for just 12.
Rushworth was to provide some antidote to the Yorkshire sting before the day was done, as he removed all four wickets for 39 runs. Kane Williamson found himself in a similar pickle to Lyth, the only difference being he was caught by Jennings for 10.
Lees and Patterson fell in the penultimate over of the day just two balls apart – both lost stumps to Rushworth.
Yorkshire finished the day on 129-4 with Gary Ballance and Andrew Gale 32* and 1* respectively and, whilst they would have liked a smaller number in their wickets column, the deficit sits at just 43 and it’s taken them just under half the number of overs to make that as it took Durham to make all of their 172.