Vaughan knows he has to seize the day

Durham 362 & 303-5 Yorkshire 272 & 3-0

If Michael Vaughan is to post the major score he needs to propel himself back into Test contention then Yorkshire would be as delighted as England's selectors were it to happen today.

The final innings of this match represents Vaughan's final opportunity to turn style into substance ahead of Tuesday's meeting between Geoff Miller and company, whose view is likely to be that two or three attractive cameos from the former captain are not enough to warrant a place in the opening Test against West Indies.

That could change, however, should Vaughan, who departed with a scowl following his first-innings dismissal, leave the field with bat raised in triumph today. More pertinently, from Yorkshire's point of view, it may mean that they have denied Durham a winning start to their title defence.

That looked a tall order for much of yesterday, as the tail end of Yorkshire's first innings collapsed ignominiously before an explosive Michael di Venuto subjected their bowlers to some painful punishment with the bat.

Opening partner Mark Stoneham perished to the third ball of the innings as Matthew Hoggard raced in with purpose but the Australian-born left-hander, himself cut off in his prime first time around – albeit through a poor shot rather than a questionable decision – made sure Yorkshire would enjoy no second reprieve.

As Di Venuto gathered boundaries at a fearsome pace, with captain Will Smith the perfect foil at the other end, Durham's 90-run first innings lead had grown significantly even by lunch. At tea, though Smith had patted back a return catch to Adil Rashid, the advantage was already past 300.

Di Venuto fell shortly afterwards for 143, chipping to mid-off in an attempt to add to his 20 boundaries. It was a second wicket for the leg-spinner Rashid, whose success in having Ian Blackwell soon caught at slip at least thwarted Durham's plan to expose Yorkshire to half an hour of Steve Harmison at the close.

The England fast bowler had looked in good order in the morning, striking twice as Yorkshire's last four first-innings wickets tumbled for a paltry eight runs. In the event, despite Gordon Muchall's unbeaten half-century taking their lead to 393, Durham allowed him and Graham Onions only a couple of overs each as Yorkshire closed on three without loss.

A day might be enough for the champions to take 10 wickets. The pitch is still sound, however, and Vaughan's moment might well be imminent.

Arts and Entertainment
tvThe C-Word, TV review
Arts and Entertainment
The Ridiculous Six has been produced by Adam Sandler, who also stars in it
filmNew controversy after nine Native American actors walked off set
Life and Style
The original ZX Spectrum was simple to plug into your TV and get playing on
techThirty years on, the ZX Spectrum is back, after a fashion
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

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

Career Services

Day In a Page

'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk