Paul Collingwood gives Durham control over Yorkshire

LV County Championship Division One, Durham ICG
Close, day three: Yorkshire 185 & 13-0, Durham 408-8 dec
Durham 8pts, Yorkshire 2pts
Match scorecard
Live commentary
Paul Collingwood
Collingwood retired from Test cricket after the winter's Ashes series

Paul Collingwood marked his first County Championship appearance of the season with a century as Durham seized control over Yorkshire.

After dismissing Yorkshire early on day three for 185, Gordon Muchall (55) helped Durham get off to a rapid start.

Ex-England Test batsman Collingwood, backed by Phil Mustard (70) and Scott Borthwick (67no), then got to work, hitting 108 in Durham's 408-8 declared.

Yorkshire were 13-0 at stumps, needing 210 to make Durham bat again.

Collingwood's century was his first for Durham since making six in the 2005 season and proved the centrepiece of an impressive batting effort from the Championship leaders, who scored at 5.24 runs per over.

They were helped by Yorkshire dropping six catches, and by umpire Tim Robinson changing his mind after giving Mustard out lbw to Adil Rashid on 58 after seemingly realising the Durham captain had edged the ball onto his pads.

But, by that time, the visitors had already dropped him twice - first ball and then on one - after he had come to the crease with his side on 141-5 after Steven Patterson (3-82) had made inroads.

Collingwood played Patterson with the utmost respect on his way to his century off 145 balls, before falling when he edged Joe Root's off-spin to Adam Lyth at slip.

Borthwick also enjoyed a slice of luck when he was put down by Lyth off Rashid on 18, and he was one short of his career-best when the declaration came after his side secured maximum batting points.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

"Weather permitting, Durham can wrap this game up on the final day. Their 408-8 was a great result considering the loss of a couple of big names early in the innings for few runs.

"But Paul Collingwood, who said he was desperate to rediscover his form, was the hero with 108 runs, most of them scored while suffering from nasty thigh strain.

"It was obvious the century meant so much to him and while he was out in the middle he helped the side add 265 runs, including a partnership of more than 100 with Phil Mustard for the sixth wicket.

"Mustard had one of the luckiest innings I've witnessed. Dropped on none and then again on 32. He was also given out on 53, lbw by Tim Robinson, who then had a change of heart after deciding the ball had hit his gloves and not his pads."

Top Stories