Yorkshire v Durham, Headingley, 4th day

Richardson defies pitch to frustrate Yorkshire

David Hopps at Headingley

July 10, 2014

Comments: 4 | Text size: A | A

Durham 231 (Collingwood 64*, Jennings 56, Rashid 4-73) and 323 for 8 (Richardson 95, Stoneman 86, Mustard 57*, Brooks 4-66) drew with Yorkshire 426 (Lyth 143, Lees 108, Wood 5-87)
Scorecard


Michael Richardson helped put on a century stand for the second wicket, Somerset v Durham, County Championship, Division One, Taunton, 2nd day, May 20, 2014
Michael Richardson gave Yorkshire a headache again although fell short of his hundred © Getty Images
Enlarge

Yorkshire remain top of the Championship and, as they reflect on their failure to break stubborn Durham resistance on a tense final day at Headingley, they will at least console themselves that they have seen the last this season of Michael Richardson.

Just the sight of Richardson is enough to send their bowlers queasy in the stomach. He bats with a dedicated, upstanding air - and, as the son of the ICC chief executive, somebody would have blabbed by now if he was not that type - but as far as Yorkshire are concerned those virtues are wearing thin. They have outplayed the defending champions twice this season and they do not have a victory to show for it.

Richardson's maiden Championship hundred at Scarborough turned the Championship in Durham's favour last season, he took another off the Yorkshire attack at Chester-le-Street earlier this season and only the most one-eyed observer would have resented him making a third as he intervened to Yorkshire's despair yet again.

Instead, he had 95 from 165 balls when Jack Brooks exploded his middle stump, but the gamest of innings had done enough to secure a draw and stymie Yorkshire's Championship challenge in the process. His average against Yorkshire now stands at 85. Pressure stiffens his resolve and when his own captain, Paul Collingwood, remarked after three days that a pitch was full of holes then he did not need reminding that, in his own words, Durham were "staring down the barrel".

Yorkshire must have feared their wickets column would never quite add up on the third evening when Adil Rashid assessed their challenge. A couple of wickets a session should do it, was the gist of Rashid's message. Durham began the day one down; Yorkshire got their couple of wickets a session, and even added one for good measure. Durham finished with eight down: do the math. Yorkshire supporters yearning for another Championship should demand an emergency Ofsted inspection of arithmetical standards in Yorkshire schools.

Yorkshire's lead was 136 at start of play so runs were important but even so, considering Collingwood's remarks, it was a surprise that Rashid did not bowl to more attacking fields until later in the day; it seemed a perfect time for a bit of psychological pressure. He was solid and he beat the outside edge intermittently but rarely suggested that he could be a matchwinner. He is an improving cricketer. He is not yet an England spinner. Nobody is.

Yorkshire eventually took a big wicket in the morning when Mark Stoneman stalked off cursing Adam Lyth's lbw decision, 86 to his name. Rashid added Gordon Muchall. But at 2.30pm, Durham took the lead with six wickets left and 49 overs left to bat. A desultory cry of "Come on Yorkshire" disturbed a stiflingly hot day. It was a call of creeping desperation, the sort of call that has become common on Yorkshire grounds when Richardson comes into bat.

Richardson's partnership with Collingwood reached 44 before Brigadier Block fenced at one that bounced and turned from Rashid. One of those holes, no doubt, betraying the man who had dared to mention them. But Richardson remained unshakeable. When he stole a legside single off Tim Bresnan in mid-afternoon, a lone cry of "Have A Collection" rent the air. He was scoring rather more quickly, if surreptitiously, than that.

Up above, the jet2 planes glimmered in deep blue skies as they flew into Leeds/Bradford airport. This time there would be no cocky "We have begun our descent into Leeds/Bradford where the temperature is 14C and raining" from the crew, bringing groans of contentment from passengers as their belief was confirmed that every penny spent on 35C temperatures in Malaga was worth it. "It's been beautiful here," is the cruellest thing you can say to anybody back from holiday.

Still, Yorkshire's supporters hoped. When Paul Coughlin became the eighth wicket to fall, a bronzed, bare-chested supporter - almost a Malaga refugee - scratched his chest so excitedly he might have bled at the prospect of victory. Durham were 93 ahead with a minimum 23 overs left. But it was the last wicket they managed as Phil Mustard's well-paced half-century took Durham to safety.

Yorkshire dropped four catches, all of them challenging. Bresnan would have hoped to hang on to a diving chance at short extra when Richardson was 27; Jonny Bairstow had a very difficult leg-side chance off the glove when Richardson was 36. The two after tea were less costly, Bairstow failing to grasp another.

Bresnan was solid, but unspectacular, which must have influenced the decision by his captain, Andrew Gale, not to give him the second new ball. England discard or not, he needed to earn the chance. Instead, he returned with the match virtually dead and the PA announcer gave his name with a resigned air. By then, it might have suited his mood.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

RSS Feeds: David Hopps

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by ukcip on (July 11, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

Durham have been hampered by the rain on several occasions this season, so its nice for it to assist us for a change. Its only really helped them out twice, and unfortunately for Yorkshire, both times they were the injured party. I'd say that weather helping them here balances out some of the times when its hindered, but it doesn't, because what TripleCenturian says is right, if you've dominated a game, and end up drawing, the 3 points you receive is scant reward. Not sure how that can be changed though, as it definitely encourages teams to be positive. On the game, great result for Durham. They dug in and avoided defeat. But that's what champions do, when they're in a hole, they find a way to get out of it.

Posted by TripleCenturian on (July 11, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

Yes, from the 2 drawn matches v Durham this season, Yorkshire have garnered 24 points and Durham have mustered (or should that be Mustard?) 18 points. The six points difference is scant reward for Yorkshire who utterly dominated both games, making Durham follow on in both games and seeing Durham clinging on for a draw in both games with the weather helping them as their 12th man. It highlights that teams are better rewarded for winning games so it encourages positive cricket but the difference between points for a draw awarded to teams in a game dominated by one team in particular is too small in my view.

Posted by BarrJNJ on (July 11, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

This report is not a match round-up but a report on the fourth day's play. There is a report for each one of the four days. Yorkshire did indeed dominate this match making Durham follow on but, having failed to bowl them out a second time, the match ended in a draw. Yorkshire may see this as a missed opportunity but over half a day's play was lost to the weather.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

Sorry, have i read the wrong match report,Yorkshire have hammered Durham again !and the main thrust of the report is not the ridiculously similar points haul for both teams, but the fact a batsmen got 90 odd, not the two splendid innings upfront for Yorkshire. if that was a match roundup. then it missed the point entirely ? or have I !

Comments have now been closed for this article

TopTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
David HoppsClose
David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
County Fixtures County Results
Group B: Durham v Warwickshire at Gosforth - Jul 31
Durham won by 5 wickets (with 23 balls remaining)
Group A: Gloucs v Hampshire at Bristol - Jul 31
Gloucs won by 35 runs
Group B: Middlesex v Surrey at Lord's - Jul 31
Middlesex won by 6 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
Group B: Somerset v Kent at Taunton - Jul 31
Kent won by 2 runs (D/L method)
Group A: Essex v Leics at Chelmsford - Jul 31
Leics won by 34 runs
Complete fixtures »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days
Sponsored Links

Why not you? Read and learn how!