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Yorkshire close on top after superb McGrath century

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Durham 213 and 207-6 v Yorkshire 255
Yorkshire 5pts, Durham 4pts
Match scorecard

Anthony McGrath
McGrath passed 1,000 runs for the season during his unbeaten century

A superb century from former captain Anthony McGrath and a late flurry of wickets from Oliver Hannon-Dalby left Yorkshire on top against Durham.

McGrath received solid support from the tail as he guided the Tykes from their overnight 125-7 to 255 all out, a first-innings lead of 42.

Durham progressed to 134-1 in their second innings before Ajmal Shahzad bowled Gordon Muchall for 31.

Hannon-Dalby then took three quick wickets before Durham closed on 207-6.

Former England batsman McGrath went from 28 to 124 not out before running out of partners at Chester-le-Street.

Only four wickets fell in the day's first 70 overs, but the end of the 84-run partnership for Durham's second wicket sparked a flurry of dismissals.


Mark Stoneman had scored a fluent 78, which included 15 fours, but he edged Steve Patterson to Gerard Brophy behind the wicket almost immediately after Muchall's off stump was sent flying by Shahzad.

Hannon-Dalby then took the opportunity given by standing in for Tim Bresnan, who is on England duty but is expected back at the ground at some stage on Wednesday, providing England do not require his services at The Oval for the third Test against Pakistan.

The seamer struck in his second over when he pinned Michael Di Venuto lbw for 18 and later had Ian Blackwell and Phil Mustard caught in the slips, both driving loosely.

Patterson then found steep bounce to have Ben Stokes held at second slip.

Earlier, unexpected morning sunshine worked in McGrath's favour as he was rewarded for his diligence in reaching 28 off 85 balls overnight.

Yorkshire's last three batsmen survived for 34 overs to add 130 runs, of which McGrath scored 96 off 108 balls. He hit 20 fours and a six in his innings, mostly from imperious drives, and can rarely have batted better.

Liam Plunkett had Richard Pyrah lbw to make it 143 for eight, but Shahzad followed his career-best bowling by providing staunch support with the bat.

He made 15 before he was caught behind with Yorkshire still four behind on 209. McGrath was on 85 at the time but raced to his hundred and then blasted quick runs.

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