Brief drama

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YORKSHIRE achieved maximum batting points with one ball to spare before the 110-over cut-off as a last-wicket stand of 46 took them to 426 all out.

The hirsute pair of Ryan Sidebottom and Jack Brooks enjoyed the joint second highest partnership of the innings behind the 270 put on for the first wicket.

Under gathering cloud following a sunny start, they then had 34 minutes to bowl before lunch but were replaced after three overs each as Durham reached 20 without loss.

Resuming on 367 for seven, Yorkshire lost Tim Bresnan to the ninth ball of the day when he edged a drive at John Hastings to give Scott Borthwick his third catch at second slip.

Five overs later Mark Wood completed his five-wicket haul when Steve Patterson gloved a brute of a ball to Phil Mustard, who took the catch at head height.

That made it 380 for nine, but Brooks was quickly underway, clipping Wood to the mid-wicket boundary and the pair quickly began to frustrate Durham.

With three runs needed from two overs for the fifth batting point Chris Rushworth was brought on and conceded only one. Then Brooks played out four dot balls from Borthwick before sweeping the fifth for four to the delight of the fans.

The ex-Northants man was left on 27 when Sidebottom fell for 25, lifting Borthwick to Paul Coughlin at deep mid-wicket.

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