Yorkshire wrap up innings victory to move 11 points clear of Durham at top of County Championship

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Yorkshire took a massive stride towards retaining the LV County Championship title when they moved 11 points clear with a game in hand today.

They needed only 82 minutes to take the six wickets they required to wrap up victory by an innings and 47 runs against previous leaders Durham at Chester-le-Street.

“It’s an enviable position to be in,” said Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie.

“The way the players went about their work was incredible.

“Making the opposition follow on is hard work, especially in such warm weather. Well, warm for England anyway.

“It was a tough challenge on a good pitch, which settled down and became good for batting. We always felt if we kept attacking off stump we would get our rewards.

“Our bowlers all bring something different. Steve Patterson might be the dot ball king, but that’s an important role for us. It allows Jack Brooks to keep attacking.

“Adil Rashid was brilliant. The consistency was there and he spun the ball hard. It was a good challenge for him and I keep saying he’s ready for the next level. He was used well in the ODIs and it has helped his confidence.”

Both teams knew that the record seventh-wicket stand of 366 between Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan effectively decided the outcome.

Gillespie added: “Durham have a fine pace attack and we knew it would be tough. But the seventh-wicket pair kept it simple and just waited for the bad balls.”

Durham skipper Paul Collingwood said: “That partnership really took it away from us. It was a reward for the patience shown by their top order when the ball was seaming around.

“After that it became one of the best batting pitches we have had here, so we should have done better.

“Bairstow gave one half chance in his double century, but only Mark Stoneman has gone on for us. When you get in on a pitch like that you have to convert.”

Durham resumed on 244 for four and after two innocuous overs from Brooks Yorkshire turned to Patterson, who struck with his first ball. Gordon Muchall, who made 26, played very late at an in-swinger which trimmed his off stump.

That made it 251 for five in the 75th over and the new ball, taken after 82, did the rest. Rashid, who had bowled 31 overs unchanged to take two for 90, was replaced by Ryan Sidebottom, who had Stoneman lbw for 131 in his third over.

His next ball was edged just wide of third slip by John Hastings, but he also fell lbw to an in-swinger two overs later then Ryan Pringle hooked Brooks straight to long leg.

Brooks finished things off by having Jamie Harrison lbw and a flailing Chris Rushworth caught behind. Brooks took four for 66 and Durham were all out for 302.