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EVEN the early loss of Paul Collingwood could not stop Durham topping 500 for the first time since they achieved the feat in three successive matches early in the 2011 season.
A half-century by Michael Richardson took them there and they were still batting at lunch on 524 for eight.
Their previous highest total against Yorkshire was 518 in the final match of the 2006 season at Headingley, when Ottis Gibson and Dale Benkenstein put on 315 for the seventh wicket.
Collingwood was not happy about the lbw decision which cut him down for 81, again given by Martin Bodenham after his two questionable verdicts in the game’s third over.
The Durham captain wandered down the pitch to tap down a spot outside leg stump before trudging off.
That was Ryan Sidebottom’s fourth wicket but Yorkshire had to be content with two bowling points as Durham were 454 for seven at the 110-over cut-off.
As on the first day, Durham were allowed to escape from Yorkshire’s early grip by the introduction of Liam Plunkett.
Mark Wood cut three of his first four balls for four on his way to 20 before driving the former Durham bowler to cover.
Jamie Harrison emerged to find that Richardson initially tried to keep the strike by declining singles.
But Harrison soon showed that he didn’t protecting as he made more than his share of the runs in a 50 stand.
He played some cultured shots, notably the straight drive which took him past his previous best of 23. He followed it with a late cut off Kane Williamson, whose off-spin was introduced ten minutes before lunch as a sign of Yorkshire’s desperation.
Harrison was on 31 at the break with Richardson on 58 and they had put on 61 with Yorkshire increasingly looking as though they were waiting for the declaration.
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