County Championship: Yorkshire chase down 336 to beat Durham

Last Updated: 27/04/13 6:27pm

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Joe Root's 182 carried Yorkshire to a four-wicket win in their County Championship match against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

Opening batsman Root was bowled by Callum Thorp with one still needed and Tim Bresnan emerged to hit the next ball to the midwicket boundary as Yorkshire cruised home with 6.1 overs to spare.

Paul Collingwood's declaration with Durham on 275-4 in their second innings, setting a target of 336, always looked generous and Yorkshire duly pulled off the fourth highest successful run chase in their history.

Morning rain cleared in time for a prompt start and, having faced seven overs on the third evening, Yorkshire resumed on 17-0 and lost two wickets in the day's fifth over to Chris Rushworth. He had two left-handers, Adam Lyth and Phil Jaques, caught behind with Jaques bagging a pair to make it 23 for two.

But the unflappable Root then shared stands of 80 with skipper Andrew Gale, 59 with Jonny Bairstow, 72 with Gary Ballance and 101 with Adil Rashid.

After skying a pull to deep square leg in the first innings, Bairstow middled one straight to long leg to depart for 26, while Ballance edged a good ball from Ben Stokes to Phil Mustard.


Root's serene progress to his 180-ball century was threatened only when he survived a very tight run-out call on 87, going back for a second run to deep point and umpire Alex Wharf was also unmoved when Root tried a reverse sweep off Will Smith and Collingwood held what he thought was a sharp catch at slip.

Yorkshire were 212-4 at tea, needing a further 124 from 34 overs, and Durham gambled on bowling the leg spin of Scott Borthwick after the break, but he bowled too many bad balls and runs came so easily that the target was down to 53 off 23 overs when the new ball became available.

Root cut Rushworth's first delivery with the new ball for four and continued his flawless progress until he had a couple of minor scares on 168. A ball from Rushworth struck him a painful blow on the hand and dropped close to the stumps, then an Onions delivery shot through at ankle height and just missed off stump.

Rashid remained unbeaten on 50, having reached his half-century off 75 balls with seven fours, while Root's final statistics were 283 balls and 22 fours.

Had they suffered their second defeat in two games the alarm bells might have sounded, but Durham are now the ones under pressure after two successive defeats. They have only one day's rest before starting at Trent Bridge on Monday against a Nottinghamshire side expected to include Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann.

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