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DURHAM took a huge stride towards their third County Championship title in six seasons when they dramatically pulled off a well-deserved seven-wicket win against leaders Yorkshire.
The gap is down to 5.5 points and Durham play their game in hand at home to Sussex, starting on Tuesday, while Yorkshire are idle next week.
Everything hinged on a sudden change of fortune for Scott Borthwick, who had figures of none for 134 when the victory chance seemed to be slipping away.
He then took the last three wickets without conceding a run and went in to face the second ball when Durham began their pursuit of 121 in 37 overs. Mark Stoneman had edged Ryan Sidebottom to third slip, but Borthwick settled any nerves by taking two fours off the rest of the over and went on to make 65.
With the help of a four through the slips off Sidebottom, Borthwick scored his first 20 runs in boundaries and Durham had 30 on the board after six overs.
The next six produced only seven runs and Keaton Jennings was dropped at second slip by Gary Ballance off Steve Patterson.
But Borthwick got the score moving again and when Yorkshire gambled by bringing on Adil Rashid his fellow leg-spinner pulled him for four and six.
He reached 50 in 61 balls, allowing Jennings to gain valuable experience in a tense situation without being under pressure.
Only 49 were needed when Jennings was caught at short leg by Phil Jaques off Rashid for 17 and the target was down to 18 when Borthwick went down the pitch to Rashid and was bowled.
Will Smith scored an unbeaten 27 off 25 balls as Rashid conceded 47 in seven overs and Ben Stokes brought the scores level by hitting Kane Williamson for six as Durham got home with 9.2 overs left.
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