Durham v Yorkshire Day 1 - Bob Willis Trophy
Yorkshire enjoyed a strong start to their Bob Willis Trophy campaign on county cricket's return. Andrew Gale's men dismissed Durham for 103 before ending day one 84-4 in their reply at Emirates Riverside.
Durham 103 v Yorkshire 84-4
The home side won the toss and opted to bat first, but were put on the back foot by excellent bowling from the Yorkshire attack. Ben Coad set the tone from the off and was on point throughout the Durham innings. He led the way for the visitors, claiming figures of 4-23, while Jordan Thompson was equally impressive with three wickets of his own. Gareth Harte was the only Durham batsman to offer a semblance of resistance with an unbeaten innings of 33.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore launched an onslaught against Chris Rushworth in the early stages of Yorkshire's innings. He alone made inroads into Durham's total before he was dismissed nine short of a half-century. Paul Coughlin held the visitors in check with two late strikes, but day one belonged to the Yorkshiremen.
Before the action commenced both sides and the match officials participated in a minute's silence in memory of the victims of COVID-19 and also took a knee to promote inclusivity in cricket. Durham skipper Ned Eckersley won the toss for the home side and elected to bat. Openers Alex Lees and Sean Dickson were given a tough spell to negotiate in overcast conditions. They reached 12-0 before the rain came and prematurely ended the morning session after only 30 minutes.
Yorkshire began their assault after the restart - earning their rewards for a persistent line and length. Lees was the first man dismissed lbw for seven, undone by an in-swinging delivery from Fisher. Dickson and Cameron Steel followed suit, edging behind to Jonny Tattersall from Coad and Thompson respectively. David Beddingham on his Durham debut looked composed at the crease. However, the South African gave away his wicket, picking out Fisher at deep backward square leg from a Thompson delivery.
Harte attempted to build momentum for the home side, striking a couple of boundaries to stem the tide. Jack Burnham offered support, but Coad returned from the Finchale End to clean bowl him through the gate. Eckersley was trapped lbw before the tea break as his opposite number Steven Patterson claimed his first scalp of the innings. The home side ended the afternoon session 74-6 in dire need of a partnership to edge them towards a semblance of a competitive score.
Yorkshire maintained their relentless mood and Thompson found his rhythm immediately after the tea break, pinning Coughlin lbw for three. Fisher kept the pressure on from the other end and he removed Ben Raine lbw when the left-hander opted to leave a swinging delivery.
Matty Potts provided Harte with a partnership to help Durham edge their way over the 100-run mark. Coad broke the stand at 17 to dismiss Potts when Fisher took a low catch at square leg. He removed Rushworth caught and bowled in the same over to end the home side's innings in the 59th over of the day.
The visitors made a blistering start to their reply. Kohler-Cadmore took the initiative against Chris Rushworth, dispatching the veteran seamer for four boundaries in his opening two overs. Rushworth was undeterred and found Adam Lyth's edge to make the breakthrough. Despite the loss of his opening partner, Kohler-Cadmore continued to find the fence taking his score to 41.
Raine got the vital wicket for the hosts to stop his charge, clipping the top of the opener's off-stump. Coughlin provided a late surge in with two strikes, pinning both Will Fraine and nightwatchman Patterson lbw. Raine then saw a great lbw shout against Dawid Malan turned down as the visitors closed within 19 runs of the home side at stumps.
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