Durham thwarted by Andrew Gale century

LV County Championship Division One, Durham ICG
Yorkshire 185 & 280-4 drew with Durham 408-8 dec
Durham 11pts, Yorkshire 5pts
Match scorecard
Andrew Gale
Gale hit 15 boundaries in his unbeaten 101 at Chester-le-Street

Captain Andrew Gale hit an unbeaten century as Yorkshire kept County Championship leaders Durham at bay to earn a draw at Chester-le-Street.

Yorkshire resumed on the final morning on 13-0, 210 behind, needing to bat all day to effectively deny Durham victory.

Durham sensed an opening with two quick wickets to leave the visitors 59-2.

But Gale (101 not out) put on 95 with Adam Lyth (69) and an unbroken 120 with Gary Ballance (53no) to guide his side to 280-4 when the sides shook hands.

It was Gale's second century of the season and came off 192 balls, but could not prevent his side slipping to second bottom of Division One courtesy of Worcestershire's win over Hampshire.

Durham were not helped by the absence of Paul Collingwood, who was missing with a groin injury picked up while making a century on Monday, and by Steve Harmison looking wayward in two six-over spells.

But they did give themselves a chance of pushing for victory with two quick wickets when Graham Onions pinned Joe Root lbw with a shooter, before Harmison picked up Anthony McGrath for a duck.

Yorkshire wobbled again briefly when Lyth, whose 69 was his best score of the season, and Jonny Bairstow also fell in quick succession.

But Ballance, who survived a sharp chance at first slip off Callum Throp on 23, provided Gale with an excellent foil as they guided Yorkshire to the close.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

"It was always going to take a lot for Durham to fashion a win on the final day.

"They needed 10 wickets but found the going tough as Yorkshire put up the sort of resistance sadly lacking in their first innings.

"There was a glimmer of hope when Lyth and Bairstow went just six runs apart with the visitors on 160-4, but Andrew Gale's stubborn resistance couldn't be broken.

"If you can't win the best thing you can do is get maximum bonus points, so on the bright side Durham did that and are still at the top of the table."

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