County Championship title race wide open after Yorkshire suffer Durham defeat (From Gazette & Herald)
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County Championship title race wide open after Yorkshire suffer Durham defeat
Jason Gillespie accepted that Yorkshire were beaten by the better side after their LV= County Championship title hopes suffered a significant blow at the hands of Durham at Scarborough.
The White Rose county lost for only the second time in 31 four-day matches dating back to the end of 2010, just before the Australian took over as first-team coach.
And a seven-wicket reverse leaves Durham in pole position to clinch their third title in six years given they are only five-and-a-half points behind the division one leaders with a game in hand and four to play.
Their spare fixture is against Sussex at home, starting tomorrow.
“We were thoroughly outplayed in all departments. It’s a disappointing loss,” said Gillespie, whose side are not in action until a week on Wednesday when they travel to Hove to face Sussex. “Full credit to Durham. They handled the pressure situations better than us.
“We just didn’t have enough contributors. There were a couple of lads who scored runs, but I think we had four out of the top seven who didn’t contribute at all. Our bowling in that first innings was very inconsistent.
“If you play better cricket than the opposition over four days, you’ll generally come out on top. That’s what happened here. We believe that we’re a strong side, so we’ll dust ourselves off and meet our next challenge head on.
“There’s three games to go for us, whereas Durham have got four to go. They are in a very good position.
“All we can do is what we can do. We can’t be worrying about anyone else. We will meet each challenge as it comes and try to win each day’s play. We didn’t manage to do that here, but we’ve got four good training sessions leading into Hove.
“We’ll hit each one hard to give ourselves the best opportunity.”
After fighting back strongly from a position of weakness in their second innings, Yorkshire went into the final day thinking about an unlikely win.
They were asked to follow-on 299 runs behind at lunch on Friday, but a stand of 264 in 64 overs between Phil Jaques (152) and Kane Williamson (97) for the second wicket took them to 283-1 during the early stages of day four. But, following a collapse of 7-63 in the morning session of day three to end their first innings, they slipped to 419 all out in their second at tea.
Ben Stokes and Scott Borthwick did the bulk of the damage with three wickets each in the second innings before Borthwick led a chase of 121, which started with a wicket off the first ball from Ryan Sidebottom, with an aggressive 65.
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