Yorkshire v Durham - Match Preview

Yorkshire v Durham - Match Preview

Mark Stoneman and Michael Richardson both hit centuries against Yorkshire back in May

Durham will look to make it a hat-trick of LV=County Championship wins when they take on near neighbours Yorkshire at Headingley (Monday, 11am start)

A narrow victory over Lancashire was followed by a 309-run thrashing of Sussex, with those results moving the reigning champions up to 113 points from nine matches.

Opponents Yorkshire are flying high in second place, four positions and 29 points better off than Durham, but the white rose county have played a game more.

The two sides met in the reverse fixture back in early May, with the game ending in a draw after the hosts were made to follow on. When the teams met in the NatWest T20 Blast last Wednesday, Durham Jets pulled off an astonishing win as they bowled Yorkshire Vikings out for just 95.

This fixture is eagerly anticipated as it pits last season's title winners against the runners-up from 2013. Durham pipped Yorkshire to the four-day crown, courtesy of a storming end to the season, which included a dramatic victory over Jason Gillespie's men at Scarborough.

Yorkshire look like they have bounced back from that disappointment and are now just eight points behind league leaders Nottinghamshire, whilst Durham's recent run has re-ignited hopes of a title defence.

Both squads have been hit by international call-ups, as Durham's Ben Stokes and Yorkshire's Joe Root and Gary Ballance are all away with England.

We'll have daily reports from the match here on durhamccc.co.uk and you can also receive regular updates by following our Twitter account @DurhamCricket

Ticket details:
Tickets are available on the turnstiles and are priced at £16 for adults, £10 for concessions and juniors.

Last championship meeting:

Sunday 4th May - Wednesday 7th May 2014. Match drawn.

Yorkshire 1st Innings 589-8 dec (Gale 124, Lyth 104, Williamson 97, Bairstow 95)
Durham 1st Innings 388 all out (Richardson 148, Stoneman 131)
Durham 2nd Innings (following on) 100-4 (Jennings 54*)

A word from both camps:
Paul Collingwood, Durham captain: "To get those guys back (Graham Onions and Mark Wood) would be a massive help. I thought Paul Coughlin came in and did a really good job, he's shown a lot of promise with bat and ball. and we've got a lot of talent in and around the fringes as well. Things are looking a lot rosier than they were a few weeks ago."

Andrew Gale, Yorkshire captain:
"I have got to say we were really disappointing in our game with Durham at Headingley in midweek. We were gutted and all a bit shellshocked in the dressing room over what happened. We were sorry for the people who turned up as it wasn't good enough from a Yorkshire team. Having had a bit of time to think about it, it's about putting it behind us now."

Did you know?

Durham's second lowest first class score, 74, came against Yorkshire at Chester-le-Street back in 1998. Two players who played in that match will be involved again this week - Paul Collingwood and Ryan Sidebottom. Jon Lewis, who opened the batting for the home side, is now Durham's First Team Coach.

Team News:
Graham Onions and Mark Wood return to the Durham squad after recovering from injury. The pair both came through a second eleven championship game against Glamorgan unscathed last week. Spinner Max Morley, who is still to make his championship debut, is also included in the 13-man group after some consistent performances for the second string. Ben Stokes is away on international duty with England, whilst Jamie Harrison is not yet fully fit.

Durham Squad:

Paul Collingwood*
Phil Mustard +
Mark Stoneman
Keaton Jennings
Scott Borthwick
Michael Richardson
Gordon Muchall
John Hastings
Paul Coughlin
Mark Wood
Chris Rushworth
Graham Onions
Max Morley

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