Triumphant return for Onions
Graham Onions celebrated his return to first-class cricket with a five-wicket haul as Durham took control of their LV= County Championship Division One clash against Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie.
The England paceman, out of action since January last year with a serious back injury, took 5-51 and was well supported by opening partner Callum Thorp, who claimed 3-33, to dismiss the hosts for 149.
Yorkshire lost their last eight wickets for 49 runs in 31 overs and only 20-year-old opener Joe Root in his first home championship appearance, showed any sort of form, making 45 off 103 balls with five fours before being fifth out at 113.
The visitors, who had earlier added just one run to their overnight score of 326 for nine, declined to enforce the follow-on after tea and were 64 for three with an overall lead of 242 when bad light ended play.
Yorkshire wrapped up Durham’s innings with the eighth ball of the day when Onions holed out to Andrew Gale at mid-off, giving Ryan Sidebottom a 4-72 return and leaving Liam Plunkett unbeaten on 66 from 123 deliveries with eight fours.
The hosts could hardly have made a worse start to their reply as Adam Lyth pulled Onions’ second-ball loosener straight to Ben Stokes at square-leg.
Root and Anthony McGrath were given a difficult time by Onions and Thorp, despite several no-balls from Onions before he found his rhythm.
Just when Yorkshire appeared to be getting on top, McGrath shouldered arms to Thorp and was lbw for 15, but Root and skipper Gale prevented any further early damage to take Yorkshire to lunch on 93 for two.
Soon after the interval, however, Gale attempted to hit Onions over mid-on and top-edged a simple catch to Ian Blackwell.
From that moment on, Yorkshire were completely outplayed and there was never any sign of a recovery, with Gerard Brophy, coming in at six and surviving 74 balls for 19 with just one four before being left high and dry.
Jonathan Bairstow fell lbw to Onions without scoring and the bowler made it three wickets for six runs in 11 deliveries by having Root splendidly caught one-handed by wicketkeeper Michael Richardson, flinging himself to his right.
The carnage continued as Adil Rashid edged Blackwell to Michael Di Venuto at slip. He was followed back in the next over by Richard Pyrah, who was lbw to Thorp first ball.
Sidebottom was bowled by Thorp and Steve Patterson could not avoid gloving a snorter from Onions to Richardson, with last man Moin Ashraf then holding out gamely until playing Scott Borthwick off bat and pad into the hands of Stokes.
There was slight consolation for Yorkshire when Durham lost both openers in consecutive overs, Di Venuto edging Sidebottom to first slip, where Pyrah held a neat catch, and Will Smith lbw to Ashraf.
In worsening light, Stokes edged Patterson on to his stumps to make it 57 for three before the light became too bad to continue and the last 10.1 overs of the day were lost.