Adam Lyth’s 104 put Yorkshire firmly in command on day one of their clash with reigning LV= County Champions Durham at Chester-le-Street.
The White Rose prospered having elected to bat in a tussle between last year’s top two, which had on display nine players with a combined 299 Test match appearances between them.
But it was a 26-year-old with no international experience who stole the show, scoring the first century by a visiting player in the opening innings at Chester-le-Street in championship game since 2011, when Vikram Solanki hit 124 for Worcestershire, as Yorkshire posted 299 for three.
Fit-again duo Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan returned for the White Rose, with fellow internationals Joe Root and Gary Ballance away with England.
Lyth combined with New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson (97) in a brilliant partnership that was worth 179 runs and handed Yorkshire the initiative.
Yorkshire 299/3, 96 ov (Lyth 104, Williamson 97, Gale 34no, Bairstow 22 no).