Defending champions knock hosts off top spot

Yorkshire's Jack Brooks celebrates taking Durham's final wicket. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Yorkshire's Jack Brooks celebrates taking Durham's final wicket. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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Yorkshire needed only 82 minutes to wrap up victory by an innings and 47 runs against Durham and leapfrog their hosts to move 11 points clear at the top of the LV= County Championship with a game in hand.

The defending champions came into the final day at Chester-le-Street needing six more wickets to wrap up an innings win and they did it with the minimum of fuss, with Jack Brooks finishing as the pick of the bowlers with 4-66.

Durham’s hopes appeared to rest solely on the shoulders of unbeaten centurion Mark Stoneman, but he was dismissed for 131 shortly after the second new ball was taken.

The visitors made the breakthrough in the day’s fifth over with Steve Patterson striking with his first ball when Gordon Muchall played very late at an in-swinger which trimmed his off stump to depart for 26. That made it 251-5 in the 75th over and the new ball, taken after 82, did the rest.

Opener Stoneman, who progressed in ones and twos, finally fell for 131. He was lbw on the front foot to Ryan Sidebottom, whose next ball was edged just wide of third slip by John Hastings.

But the big Australian also fell lbw to an in-swinger two overs later then Ryan Pringle hooked Jack Brooks straight to long-leg after making 22.

Brooks finished things off by having Jamie Harrison lbw and a flailing Chris Rushworth caught behind as Durham were all out for 302 as they failed to make Yorkshire bat again.

“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 (who was called up to England’s Ashes Test squad on yesterday) was brilliant.”