Yorkshire ended day one of their County Championship match against Durham at
Headingley in control, but it could have been a lot worse for the visitors after Yorkshire's batsmen dominated the first two sessions.
Yorkshire were bidding to overtake close rivals Nottinghamshire at the top of the division one table and, despite losing the toss and being asked to bat first, their openers gave them the perfect start to the match.
Both Adam Lyth and Alex Lees have been in good form this season for the White Rose county and this continued as both players posted centuries in a 270 run stand. Lyth (143) and Lees (108) had already posted a stand of 370 against Northants earlier in the season and once again gave Yorkshire the start they required.
Their partnership was a record for the first wicket for Yorkshire against Durham.
However, despite this fantastic start Yorkshire collapsed after tea, losing five wickets for just 21 runs to give Durham a glimmer of hope in the match. Yorkshire could have put huge pressure on Durham by driving home their advantage further but at the close of play on day one they had posted 367-7. Durham's fightback was largely down to Mark Wood who finished the day with figures of 4-76 and Chris Rushworth with 2-65.
Yorkshire will have felt disappointed at the close but they will also be pleased that they are going to set a challenging first innings total. Their bowlers though will need to bowl well and will hope that the famous Headingley conditions will give them assistance to capture the twenty wickets they so desperately want.
Yorkshire started the game in second place in the table, eight points adrift of leaders Nottinghamshire. However, this is Yorkshire's game in hand and after such a good start, particularly with four batting points already achieved, they will want to be top of the table by the end of day four. Durham, meanwhile, will need to win the second day's play if they are to have any hope of defending the trophy they won in 2013.
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