Frustration for Yorkshire as rain curtails play

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Durham moved steadily to 50-1, in reply to Yorkshire’s first innings score of 426, when heavy rain washed out play on the second day of the LV= County Championship match at Headingley yesterday.

That left Durham to make a further 227 to avoid the follow-on which Yorkshire will probably be keen to enforce in their bid to overtake Nottinghamshire at the top of the First Division table.

Yorkshire began the second day on 367 for seven with 14 overs left in which to score the 33 they required for a fifth batting bonus point - and they got there with just one ball to spare and their last pair at the crease.

After eventually being bowled out for 426, Durham resumed after the interval on 20 without loss and although Patterson was the pick of the attack, narrowly missing the edge of the bat on several occasions, twice in one over he was guided to the third man boundary by Jennings.

Yorkshire had to wait until the 16th over to break the stand when Bresnan found the perfect length and Stoneman, on 21, was unable to avoid contact as the ball went through to wicketkeeper, Jonny Bairstow. But that was to be Yorkshire’s only breakthrough as play was abandoned at 4.30pm with around 53 overs lost.

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie said: “It is disappointing that the weather is playing a role but we cannot control it. It would be great if Headingley had a roof on it! With over 400 on the board, I think we are still in a very good position in the game.”