An early double strike by Ryan Sidebottom got Yorkshire off to a great start before centuries from Mark Stoneman and Ben Stokes and an unbeaten 74 from Paul Collingwood boosted Durham on the first day of the top-of-the-table County Championship clash at Scarborough.
Sidebottom went on to pick up his 600th first-class wicket but Durham were never made to regret batting first upon winning the toss in front of a 5,500 crowd and the visitors closed in a strong position on 406 for six.
They started the match 25.5 points behind the Championship leaders with a game in hand and if Durham leave North Marine Road with a victory it will throw the race to the line wide open.
The only time they looked in any trouble was in the morning’s third over when Sidebottom, bowling from the Peasholm Park end, claimed two wickets in three balls, Keaton Jennings and Scott Borthwick both falling lbw without scoring. Sidebottom’s landmark wicket arrived when Stoneman chased a wide one outside off-stump and was caught behind.