Paul Collingwood’s first Durham century since making six in 2005 put the LV County Championship leaders in command against struggling Yorkshire at Chester-le-Street.
Collingwood’s 108 helped Durham to 408 for eight declared, a lead of 223, and in seven overs Yorkshire reached 13 without loss in their second innings.
Rapid half-centuries from Gordon Muchall, Phil Mustard and Scott Borthwick helped Durham make up for the loss of a day and a half by scoring at 5.24 an over on a day when Yorkshire dropped six catches.
Disappointed England had to settle for a stalemate at a rainy Rose Bowl, but could still console themselves with npower series victory over Sri Lanka.
Captain Andrew Strauss admitted his team arrived with high hopes yesterday that they could bowl Sri Lanka out quickly enough, from an overnight 112 for three, to win the third and final Test.
Instead, they ran into an ultra-determined and highly-skilled Kumar Sangakkara - whose 119 underpinned a total of 334 for five by the time forecast rain duly arrived at teatime to wash out any remaining proceedings.
A frustrated Strauss said: “We just couldn’t create chances.”