Century for Gale as Bairstow finds form

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Yorkshire piled on the runs on the second day of their County Championship clash with champions Durham at Chester-le-Street to put themselves in an impregnable position.

It proved to be a good day for captain Andrew Gale who struck a century and there was an excellent return to county action for Jonny Bairstow after his broken finger as Yorkshire piled up 589-8 dec.

Bairstow - who made only four when playing for the Yorkshire Academy against Sheffield Collegiate at Abbeydale on Saturday - spent valuable time at the crease and fell just short of his hundred.

He was out for 95, the second batsmen to fall in the 90s after Kiwi Kane Williamson’s opening day 97.

Having resumed on 299-3, Gale - back in the side having left hiomself out of the previous game - and Bairstow extended their fourth wicket stand to 198 before Bairstow was out for his 161-ball 95.

Gale, who reached his 100 off 178 balls with nine fours, then added 46 with Adil Rashid before being dismissed for 124 having batted two minutes short of five hours.

Rashid, who went on to make 68, and Andrew Hodd, 41no, then added a further 87 for the seventh wicket. The declaration came when Liam Plunkett, back at his former county, was out first ball!

Durham closed on 62-1 after 19 overs with Mark Stoneman on 48 not out.