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Yorkshire v Durham (day one, tea)
DURHAM advanced to 265 for four at tea with Mark Stoneman the only batsman to fall in the session after making 122. Ben Stokes was unbeaten on 92 and Paul Collingwood was on 22.
Stoneman hurtled to his century after lunch, pulling a ball from Patterson which was only just short of a length in front of mid-wicket for four.
On 92 he pulled the same bowler over square leg for six then cut him for his 19th four to complete a 117-ball century. It was his third of the season and second against Yorkshire.
Stokes was happy to play second fiddle, although there were a couple of rushes of blood when he failed to make contact.
Yorkshire gave Sidebottom another burst in search of a breakthrough and on 110 Stoneman edged him for four just wide of second slip. Just when the bowler must have been due for another rest Stoneman went for a flat-footed cut a foot wide of off stump and edged to Jonny Bairstow. It was the left-armer’s 600th first-class wicket.
Collingwood got off the mark by smashing an Adil Rashid full toss for four to bring up the 200 just before Stokes reached 50 off 91 balls.
He continued to bat with patience until Rashid came back for another spell and Stokes hit his first three balls to the boundary. But he showed there was no loss of concentration as he played out a maiden in the leg-spinner’s next over.
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