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27th April 2010

Round up of Yorkshire v Durham Day One

Durham were without Stephen Harmison (back), Graham Onions (back), Callum Thorp (back) and Mitchell Claydon (abdominal muscle strain) handing Chris Rushworth his debut first class call up. 

Durham lost the toss and were put in to field first.  Mark Davies and Chris Rushworth, who was presented with his first class playing cap just as the team came onto the field, opened the attack for Durham. 

Lyth and Sayers put on a first wicket partnership of 146 before Ian Blackwell made the breakthrough when Lyth, whose fifty came off 109 balls and included five fours, was caught at second slip by Michael Di Venuto on 85. 

The second wicket fell with just 26 runs added to the total, Blackwell picking up a second wicket when Sayers was caught at short leg by Will Smith for 63, leaving Yorkshire 173-2.
At tea the hosts were 214-2.  The new ball was taken after 80.2 overs with Liam Plunkett bowling at the Rugby Ground End and Chris Rushworth at the Kirkstall Lane End. 

The Durham attack didn’t make any further headway by the close of play, McGrath (73*) and Rudolph (68*) will return to the crease in the morning, with Yorkshire 304-2.

Chris Rushworth, having made his debut, spoke to after play on day one, “It’s been a hard day, the wicket is quite slow and a bit flat.  Obviously I’m coming in with some big boots to fill with Stephen and Graham not here, I’ve just got to keep trying hard and hopefully the wickets will come tomorrow.

“I felt a bit more relaxed in my second spell in comparison to my first, I was a bit nervous this morning and by the time we took the new ball I felt a lot more in my rhythm.  Obviously it’s a bit different having a few thousand people watching in comparison to club and 2XI cricket.

“I loved the day, I found out this morning at about 10am that I was playing and it was a great feeling.”

Highlights will be available online before the start of play on day two.