YORKSHIRE struggled at either end of their first home match of the LV= County Championship season, with Division One rivals Durham making a competitive 326 for nine after winning the toss.
Durham bossed most of the morning session in dull conditions as Smith, back in an opening role again, gave solid support to Di Venuto, who was in splendid form.
Ryan Sidebottom was cut or driven through the covers on several occasions and neither Steve Patterson nor Moin Ashraf were any more effective on a pitch which offered little help in the early stages.
Yorkshire tightened their grip in the afternoon as Patterson’s direct hit from mid-on ran out Smith (37) and Sidebottom sent back acting captain Dale Benkenstein lbw without scoring.
Richardson was looking confident and struck Rashid for three consecutive fours and pulled Sidebottom for six before going to his half-century off 55 balls.
But he began to fade in the 60s, and his eventual dismissal to Pyrah seemed to spell the end of Durham’s resistance.
But then Plunkett and Callum Thorp came together in a record Durham ninth-wicket stand against Yorkshire which exceeded the 86 between Chris Scott and David Graveney in 1992.