Richard's Pyrah-Technics Sink Durham

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Usman Arshad scored a half-century and took two wickets against Yorkshire

STUMPS. Yorkshire 2nd XI 383-5 (Pyrah 128, Hodgson 77, Rhodes 63, Hodd 54) v Durham 2nd XI 198 all out (Arshad 53). Yorkshire 2nd XI beat Durham 2nd XI by 185 runs.

Points - Yorkshire 2, Durham 0.

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Usman Arshad took two wickets and hit a half-century against the county of his birth but couldn't prevent Durham from suffering a heavy defeat at Marske.

Yorkshire's Richard Pyrah blasted 13 sixes in a stunning 73-ball innings of 128 before the all-rounder grabbed three wickets as the visitors were blown away.

Durham fell 185 runs short and were bowled out after just 36 overs in a one-sided contest.

On the same day that Yorkshire's first team moved to the top of the county championship table with victory over Middlesex at Scarborough, the second string showed that the white rose county have plenty of strength in depth.

With conditions in North Yorkshire perfect for batting, former Sussex wicket-keeper Andrew Hodd and 19-year-old captain Will Rhodes put on 115 for the first wicket after Rhodes had won the toss.

Both openers made quick half-centuries, with the economical Max Morley (1-32 from 10 overs) accounting for Hodd before Rhodes was dismissed by Adam Hickey (2-34).

When Ryan Gibson became Hickey's second victim, Yorkshire had stuttered slightly, with the score 138-3 in the 28th over.

But Pyrah and Dan Hodgson (77) scored 196 runs in 111 balls thanks to some blistering shots. Pyrah hit a number of deliveries out of the ground, with one ball hitting the roof of a house on the other side of the road before he then cleared the house with an even bigger strike shortly after.

Arshad returned to get rid of Pyrah and Hodgson towards the end of the innings but by then the damage had been done.

Set a mammoth 384 to win, Durham lost early wickets and slumped to 89-6 inside 20 overs. Arshad (53) and Matt Milnes (49) fought back with a partnership of 68 for the eighth wicket but Pyrah and Azeem Rafiq took three wickets apiece to seal a comprehensive win.

The two sides play each other again in a three-day championship match, which begins on Wednesday at Harrogate CC (11am start)
 

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