Yorkshire wriggle free of champions
LV= County Champions Durham face an uphill task to avoid their first defeat in the 2009 championship going into the third day at Headingley Carnegie, trailing Yorkshire by 109 runs with nine wickets in hand.
The current Division One leaders’ predicament arrived after a fine spell of fast bowling by Steve Harmison (5-60) had reduced the home side to 93 for five in their first innings.
But Andrew Gale (54 not out) underpinned a home recovery to guide Yorkshire to 313 all out, replying to Durham’s first-innings 178 all out.
Durham were 26 for one in their second innings at the close, Mark Stoneman the man out for 12 to Adil Rashid.
Runs were no easier to come by across the Pennines at Old Trafford, where Lancashire need 224 more to win against Worcestershire.
The hosts’ response to 172 from Division One’s bottom club amounted to only 145. Australian seamer Matt Mason finished with figures of 7-39 after two more wickets this morning.
But England Lions batsman Stephen Moore (107) proved batting was feasible - with 18 fours from 152 balls - as Worcestershire made 236 in their second innings.
Lancashire were 40 without loss at the close in pursuit of 264.
Title hopefuls Somerset had time, between the showers at Taunton, to turn their overnight 368 for six against Hampshire into 510 all out.
James Hildreth finished with 155, having hit 16 fours from 232 balls.
Hampshire’s response was worth 83 without loss at a premature close.
In Division Two, Jim Allenby took two second-innings wickets for just one run in three overs to put Leicestershire firmly in command against a dispirited Middlesex at Grace Road.
Allenby’s figures helped reduce Middlesex to 76 for six at the close, still nine runs adrift of fellow strugglers Leicestershire’s first-innings total of 244.
Earlier, after a rainy morning, in-form teenage opener Josh Cobb’s lone hand finally finished on 95 when he fell to Tim Murtagh (4-70), only for last pair Harry Gurney and AJ Harris to then add another 49 together.
At the Brit Oval, Surrey’s first innings realised 386 all out against Kent - thanks to a handy 54 from Chris Schofield in a half-century ninth-wicket stand with Murtaza Hussain.
Kent put the hosts’ total in perspective as Joe Denly (79no) and Robert Key (71no) shared an unbroken opening stand of 152.