Yorkshire v Durham: Lyth & Lees score centuries on day one

Adam Lyth
Lyth scored his third Championship ton of the season
LV= County Championship Division One, Headingley
Close, day one: Yorkshire 367-7 v Durham
Yorks 4pts, Durham 2pts
Match scorecard

Adam Lyth and Alex Lees hit centuries as Yorkshire set the pace at Headingley before Durham hit back in the final session on day one.

Lyth (143) and Lees (108), who put on 375 against Northants earlier in the season, shared a 270-run partnership for the first wicket.

But Yorkshire stumbled after tea, losing five wickets in nine overs.

Mark Wood (4-76) had an inspired spell, taking four wickets for five runs in 11 balls, as the hosts closed on 367-7.

Title-chasing Yorkshire went into their game in hand trailing leaders Nottinghamshire by only eight points and, despite their poor end to the day, already have four batting bonus points to their name.

Lees and Lyth eased past the county's previous best opening stand against Durham of 146, by Lyth and Joe Sayers in 2010.

Lyth reached his ton from 183 balls and moments later Lees, who at that point was on 91, was given a let off when he was dropped behind the stumps by Phil Mustard.

Lees, who turned 21 in April, went on to reach his sixth first-class century from 189 balls, but fell soon after, trapped leg before by Scott Borthwick and his dismissal sparked a flurry of wickets.

Lyth's 250-ball knock finally came to an end when when he was lbw to Wood, after hitting 26 fours in nearly five hours at the crease.

Two overs later, Wood took two wickets in three balls to get rid of Andrew Gale for five and Jonny Bairstow for a second-ball duck.

Jack Leaning was then bowled by Wood for four as Yorkshire's good work in the first two sessions was being undone.

Aaron Finch (36) and Adil Rashid (15) put on 46 for the seventh wicket, but both were caught at second slip by Borthwick off Chris Rushworth (2-65) before the close.

Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth:

"I think we would take 367-7 every day of the week after being put in to bat on that type of wicket.

"It seamed around a bit and Alex and I batted pretty well, but we could have been out early on and we rode our luck a bit early doors and cashed in.

"You have to bowl full and straight on this pitch and I thought Durham bowled better later in the day."

Durham bowler Mark Wood:

"We managed to get more swing later on than previously and once we got one wicket our confidence grew and we were suddenly on a roll.

"We didn't bowl particularly well at the start and we gave them too many fours and lost a bit of momentum.

"We were not sure how the pitch would play but thought 'let's get the best out of it and see what happens'."

BBC Radio Leeds' Dave Callaghan:

"The visitors won the toss and put Yorkshire in. Durham toiled in two sessions as openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees both made centuries.

"Then, a remarkable turnaround and Mark Wood was the destroyer-in-chief.

"A quick-fire 36 from Aaron Finch got Yorkshire going again and their score at the close looks to be a good one, on a pitch which has plenty in it for the bowlers."