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MICHAEL Richardson, selected at the expense of the second spinner they will surely need, became Durham’s third century-maker of the innings.
He was last out for 102 with the total on 573 and Yorkshire reached 78 for two at tea in reply.
They were cruising on 71 for one until Scott Borthwick had Phil Jaques caught at short leg with his second ball. He caused further problems in his two overs, underlining the point about the spinner.
Yorkshire lost Adam Lyth for ten to a spectacular catch by Ben Stokes at fourth slip off Chris Rushworth.
Jaques edged Jamie Harrison’s first ball just short of first slip and was lucky not to be out for four when he tried to withdraw his bat against the left-armer and edged just past his off stump for four.
But he soon began to score fluently as he and fellow Antipodean Kane Williamson put on 54 in 13 overs.
Although Durham had to recover from five for two, there has never been any doubt that the pitch is loaded much too heavily in favour of the batsmen.
That, unfortunately, spells tedium for another crowd of around 6,000, many of whom would have been nodding off until the bi-weekly re-enactment of a naval battle, with its gunfire, began in Peasholm Park.
Many seemed to think Durham should have declared once they reached 500. Few would realise that they once scored 500 and lost at Old Trafford, but it shouldn’t happen here.
Durham’s score was their highest since a run of three totals of 580-plus early in 2011, which began with 587 for seven at Worcester, which was also the last occasion on which three Durham batsmen made hundreds. They were Gordon Muchall, Ian Blackwell and Phil Mustard.
Richardson, whose previous best was 73 not out on his debut against Yorkshire at Headingley two years ago, completed his maiden century with a six just short of the tea room over long-on off Williamson.
It was his second six to go with 11 fours in reaching the landmark off 141 balls, only five slower than Stokes. Mark Stoneman was fastest on 117.
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