Defiant Yorkshire hold on

Lv County Championship

Joe Sayers

Joe Sayers was one of several Yorkshire batsman to dig in at Durham as the visitors claimed a draw

Reigning champions Durham were held to a draw in their opening LV= County Championship game of the season as Yorkshire batted out the final day at the Riverside.

Resuming on three without loss, the visitors showed admirable fighting spirit to secure a share of the spoils, closing on 193 for seven.

Joe Sayers top scored with a defiant innings of 30 from 112 balls.

Graham Onions returned impressive figures of 5-56 for Durham, including the wicket of former England captain Michael Vaughan for 20, but it proved to no avail as Adil Rashid and Steven Patterson saw Yorkshire to safety.

In Division One’s other match Warwickshire came up short in their own attempt to force victory over Hampshire at Edgbaston.

Hampshire closed in relatively untroubled fashion on 301 for six, a lead of 50, having resumed on 61 without loss.

Michael Carberry hit 65 at the top of the order and Michael Lumb top-scored with 84, while wicketkeeper Nic Pothas helped himself to 65 not out to add to his first innings ton.

Ant Botha enjoyed most success with the ball, collecting four wickets for 103 runs, but he was not supported consistently by the seamers.

In Division Two, Derbyshire completed an impressive victory over Surrey at the County Ground.

The home side were 145 for two overnight and chased down their target of 220 for the loss of three wickets.

Michael Carberry

Michael Carberry continued his impressive form for Hampshire with 65 as they batted out the final day

Daniel Redfern (17) was first to go in the morning session, Chris Jordan claiming the scalp.

That brought West Indies batsman Wavell Hinds to the crease but he managed only nine before leg-spinner Chris Schofield had him caught behind.

Top-scorer Steve Stubbings fell soon after for 83 but it was always a big ask for the Brown Caps.

And Greg Smith steadied the ship with 27 not out to see the hosts over the line.

In the day’s final fixture, a conservative declaration from Glamorgan left them short of time to dismiss Middlesex at Lord’s.

Shaun Udal’s side held on for the draw with 94 for three in their second innings after opposite number Jamie Dalrymple finally took his side in at 278 for five.

By then the former England all-rounder had made a resilient century, closing on 112 not out.

Australian Test star Phil Hughes again served notice of his prodigious talent, clubbing 65 not out from 72 balls, following on from his fine century in the first innings.