Andrew Gale rues missed chances after Yorkshire let Durham off the hook

Yorkshire 426 Durham 231 & 323-8 (Match drawn)

headingley

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale admitted an opportunity had been lost to put daylight between his side and title rivals Nottinghamshire after Durham fought gamely in  difficult conditions to secure a draw here.

It was the second time this season Yorkshire had forced last year’s champions to follow on without being able to finish them off. At Chester-le-Street in May, Durham battled through seven sessions to escape four wickets down in the second innings.

This time they endured a marathon of similar duration; better still, they finished it 128 runs in front, enough for Yorkshire to give up the ghost with 11 overs left in the day, even with the explosive  batting talents of Aaron Finch at their disposal.

The Durham batsmen insisted there was no improvement in the pitch, outspokenly criticised by captain Paul Collingwood at the end of day three, although both Mark Stoneman and Michael  Richardson almost scored hundreds on it and Phil Mustard finished unbeaten on 57 after batting for two hours. The No 10 batsman, Mark Wood, faced 51 balls for his eight.

“It feels a bit like we have lost,” Gale said, although his team now lead the County Championship by five points. “We dominated the game for long periods and to not get over the line and get the win is disappointing. I could not fault the bowlers, who put the ball in the right areas consistently. The only thing you could criticise us for is the half-chances that went down. We were a bit sloppy in the field which was uncharacteristic.”

The most expensive misses allowed Richardson to escape on 27 and 36, in the first instance when Tim Bresnan could not snare a decent chance at short extra cover. The latter opportunity, missed by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow diving full length to his left for a leg-side chance, was difficult, although Bairstow also could not make a stumping when Mustard was on eight and failed to hold a one-handed effort off a Paul Coughlin edge.

When Scott Borthwick was out in the second over of the day, offering no shot to a ball from Jack Brooks that came back into his front pad, the chances of Durham surviving looked slim, but the flurry of wickets Yorkshire anticipated, particularly from Adil Rashid’s leg breaks with the ball turning, never happened.  

Stoneman and Richardson proved the pitch was not impossible, for all its variable bounce. The left-handed Stoneman, who will have impressed England’s national selector, James Whitaker, batted carefully and seemed poised for a fourth hundred of the season when he was given out leg-before to part-time off-spinner Adam Lyth, giving vent to what he thought of the decision in audibly colourful terms as he left the field.

Richardson, who has scored more than 500 runs in seven innings against Yorkshire, fell for 95, missing one from Brooks that took out his middle stump with the second new ball.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

This was the year of 24-carat Golden Oldies
Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
A year of the caliphate:

Isis, a year of the caliphate

Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
Marks and Spencer: Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?

Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
'We haven't invaded France': Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak

'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

They’re here to help

We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
What exactly does 'one' mean? Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue

What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue