Durham claimed their first win of the new County Championship season after finally ending a stubborn Yorkshire resistance with 11.2 overs left on the final day at Headingley.
Set an improbable 490 in four full sessions for victory, Yorkshire held out until 5.15pm when the last wicket went down at 343. Richard Pyrah and Jonathan Bairstow led the rearguard but the hosts finally went down by 146 runs. Pyrah defied Durham until the end with a championship-best 87 and Bairstow earlier hit 81 off 118 balls with 16 boundaries.
Defeat on such a big scale still came as something as a shock for Yorkshire after their nine-wicket win at Worcestershire but the result had plenty of plusses in it for Durham. Graham Onions marked his return to first-class action after a prolonged back injury with match figures of six for 109 and Michael Richardson, a late stand-in for the injured Phil Mustard, scored two half-centuries and held seven catches behind the stumps.
Yorkshire began the final day on 88 for two, 401 runs in arrears. They knew that a marathon effort was called for but stumbled almost immediately, however, with Joe Root failing to add to his overnight 38 when Onions had him caught behind by Richardson. Six runs later, skipper Andrew Gale went back instead of forward to leg-spinner Scott Borthwick to provide Richardson with another catch. Gerard Brophy pushed at Callum Thorp and was lbw for 20. Yorkshire lost a fourth wicket as Adil Rashid flicked Liam Plunkett down the legside to make it 158 for six, but there was the sign of a fightback from Bairstow and Pyrah in a 67-run stand in 16 overs. Bairstow swept Ian Blackwell for boundaries and cover drove Plunkett to the rope to register his 50 with his 10th four while the confident Pyrah cut and straight drove Plunkett for four and three in an over.
Bairstow hammered Borthwick’s’s first three balls for four but the bowler got his revenge as the batsman aimed to cut and Michael Di Venuto held on to a smart catch. Yorkshire’s revival was continued by Pyrah and Sidebottom, the eighth-wicket pair holding out until tea by which time they had added 72. The stand became an eighth-wicket record for Yorkshire against Durham when it exceeded the 82 by Joe Sayers and Darren Gough in 2007 and Pyrah went on to overtake his championship best of 78 against Worcestershire at New Road in 2005. When 98 had been added, however, Sidebottom, on 31, edged Plunkett to give Richardson his fifth catch of the innings, and Steve Patterson was lbw to his first delivery. Moin Ashraf battled away until Pyrah was pinned lbw by Borthwick to end the match.