Yorkshire v Durham: Michael Richardson keeps hosts at bay

Michael Richardson
Richardson made his highest score for Durham since 19 May, when he hit 166 against Somerset
LV= County Championship Division One, Headingley
Yorkshire 426 drew with Durham 231 & 323-8 (f/o)
Yorkshire 13pts, Durham 9pts
Match scorecard

Michael Richardson fell five short of a century as Durham escaped with a draw against Yorkshire at Headingley.

The visitors, who resumed on 59-1 following on, still trailing by 136 runs, lost Scott Borthwick (8) lbw to to the seventh ball of the day.

Opener Mark Stoneman (86) shared an 86-run third-wicket partnership with Richardson before being trapped lbw by part-time off-spinner Adam Lyth (2-18).

Brooks (4-66) bowled Richardson but the visitors held on for a draw.

Durham were also indebted to an unbeaten 57 from wicketkeeper Phil Mustard as they closed their second innings on 323-8.

Yorkshire will undoubtedly rue the loss of 53 overs to rain on day two as they failed in their final push for victory.

The draw ensured the home side returned to the top of Division One, five points clear of Nottinghamshire and 28 clear of third-placed Warwickshire, who have a game in hand.

Durham, meanwhile, remain precariously placed in seventh, holding a 13-point lead over Lancashire, who currently occupy the second relegation place, albeit with a game in hand.

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

"This was a cracking fightback in difficult circumstances by Durham, particularly with their captain Paul Collingwood so critical of the wicket at the end of day three.

"His players were able to bat on it all day and earn a gutsy draw after being on the back foot since the decision to put Yorkshire in on the first morning.

"Mark Stoneman showed great tenacity with his 86 and was clearly enjoying the battle, but he may be a bit lighter in the pocket after an angry response to being given out lbw.

"Michael Richardson was dropped on 27 and then got to within five runs of his third-straight hundred against Yorkshire when he was bowled by Jack Brooks. By that point Durham had a lead and were eating valuable time up.

"This will feel like a defeat for Yorkshire, even though they have a five-point gap over Notts at the top, while for Durham it is just one defeat in 10 this season and twice they have battled back against the leaders after being forced to follow-on."

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