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County cricket: Yorkshire v Durham – live!

• Updates from Richard Gibson at Headingley
• Yesterday’s reports: Yorkshire v Durham and Somerset v Warwickshire

2.23pm BST

All over here in emphatic fashion. Chris Rushworth, Durham’s last man, had his middle and leg stumps removed by a Jack Brooks yorker to confirm a 228-run win and 23 points for Yorkshire. They will be one point behind Middlesex (barring one of the most dramatic collapses in Championship history at Trent Bridge) with two rounds of matches remaining.

2.02pm BST

Season-best figures for the hirsute Ryan Sidebottom – his fourth victim, Michael Richardson, slashed to first slip – sets me up nicely for a story about David Hopps, once of this parish. Hopps popped to the Headingley shops for one of his £4.50 hair cut. He was told: We’re shutting for lunch. He could hardly contain his incredulity. “It wouldn’t have delayed the lunch long,” he whinged upon his return. You’ll know this if you are familiar with his dome. Cue another press box wag: “Does the £4.50 include a search fee?”

Durham 165-8. 52 overs remain.

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Alex Lees and Adam Lyth put Yorkshire on top against Durham

• Yorkshire 460 & 225-2dec; Durham 265 & 39-3
• Lees misses out on piece of history but Lyth hits a century

Alex Lees narrowly missed out on a piece of cricket history but did help Yorkshire take a significant step towards county folklore.

Related: Somerset complete unlikely victory and leave Warwickshire looking down

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Durham’s Scott Borthwick holds up Yorkshire’s charge to the title

• Day two: Yorkshire 460; Durham 205-4
• Borthwick close to 1,000 Championship runs

This is the business end of the season as far as the destiny of the County Championship pennant is concerned, but also a period when individuals’ future paths are mapped out.

Scott Borthwick, the Durham batsman most responsible for holding up Yorkshire’s title push here on Wednesday, is one of those with a decision to make in that regard and will need to inform his employers of it before the end of the month. Surrey, Durham’s opponents next week, have made an offer and the 26-year-old is understood to be torn between remaining in his native north-east or following Mark Stoneman south.

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Durham’s Scott Borthwick holds up Yorkshire’s charge to the title

• Day two: Yorkshire 460; Durham 205-4
• Borthwick close to 1,000 Championship runs

This is the business end of the season as far as the destiny of the County Championship pennant is concerned, but also a period when individuals’ future paths are mapped out.

Scott Borthwick, the Durham batsman most responsible for holding up Yorkshire’s title push here on Wednesday, is one of those with a decision to make in that regard and will need to inform his employers of it before the end of the month. Surrey, Durham’s opponents next week, have made an offer and the 26-year-old is understood to be torn between remaining in his native north-east or following Mark Stoneman south.

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Alex Lees gives Yorkshire upper hand against Durham with a 132

• Yorkshire 341-5
• Lees reaches 1,000 County Championship runs and gives England reminder

When it came to Test opening batsmen, Alex Lees was England’s next cab off the rank not so long ago. Others are now primed to pocket the fare.

Related: Somerset’s Dom Bess takes six-for on remarkable debut against Warwickshire

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Yorkshire keep rolling on after Adil Rashid stings Warwickshire tail

• Yorkshire 257 & 150; Warwickshire 179 & 180. Yorkshire win by 48 runs
• Rashid finishes with match figures of seven for 61

Adil Rashid has been called many things over the years but his monikers at Yorkshire are a variation on the same theme: he gets Dyson, Henry and Hoover, all for his ability to clean up the tail.

The England leg-spinner’s tidying up of Warwickshire’s lower order – completed at 6.29pm, in the second over of the third day’s extra half-hour, when an impaired Sam Hain edged to slip – pushed the reigning county champions up to third in Division One.

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Yorkshire pegged back by Warwickshire after Ryan Sidebottom’s milestone

• Yorkshire 257 & 78-5 v Warwickshire 179
• Sidebottom passes 400 wickets for Yorkshire

Perspective is a dish best served at the halfway point of a first-class match, and refreshment would have been much more palatable for Yorkshire at tea on the second day than at the same juncture 24 hours earlier.

Related: County cricket: Yorkshire v Warwickshire and more – as it happened

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County cricket: Yorkshire v Warwickshire and more – live!

Today we have Richard Gibson at Headingley for Yorkshire v Warwickshire

Yorkshire provide late twist to stall Warwickshire’s initiative

10.59am BST

The big question at Headingley is how long Yorkshire’s last-wicket pair of Steven Patterson and Ryan Sidebottom can remain together. It was not unsurprising that Sidebottom skipped the pre-play footie kickabout this morning, looking on from behind one of the goals. After all, it was a football related incident that contributed to a stress fracture of the ankle and a three-month injury absence.
Yorkshire will resume here on 252-9, a somewhat underwhelming total after winning the toss. Number nine Patterson played as well as anyone yesterday, addressing each ball on its merits and punishing the chaff. Not to take anything away from Warwickshire, for whom Keith Barker, Division One’s leading wicket-taker, and Jeetan Patel were excellent. Wasn’t it ever thus?
Elsewhere, leaders Middlesex need to get rid of another of the top-flight’s pesky tails. Surrey, with two spinners in their XI again after Zafar Ansar recovered from a disc issue in his back, piled up 384-8 on day one. It is a healthy position if the pitch becomes as dry as recent ones at Lord’s.
A fascinating affair at Taunton too where unbeaten Durham’s pacemen fired out Somerset. Half a dozen wickets for the home spinners, however, mean the visitors resume 30 runs in arrears with only three wickets intact.

10.28am BST

Morning all,

Richard will be here soon but, in the meantime, here is his report from yesterday:

Related: Yorkshire provide late twist to stall Warwickshire’s initiative

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Yorkshire provide late twist to stall Warwickshire’s initiative

• Yorkshire 252-9 v Warwickshire
• Last-wicket stand of 48 alters complexion for home team

Not for the first time opponents found champions Yorkshire possess a nasty sting in their tail as a potentially pivotal Division One match took a late twist on its opening day.

For three quarters of it, Warwickshire, one of the suitors for their crown, appeared to hold the upper hand, only for a last-wicket stand between Steven Patterson and Ryan Sidebottom to alter the complexion. This season, late-order resistance contributed heavily to Roses victory in Leeds, and the draw salvaged against Somerset at Taunton. Here, they added 48 unbroken runs for the final wicket.

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Stuart Broad enjoys birthday bash but Nottinghamshire bow to Yorkshire

• Nottinghamshire 224 & 198; Yorkshire 430s
• Yorkshire win by an innings and eight runs

From a selfish perspective Stuart Broad gained just about everything he would have wanted out of his first County Championship appearance in 12 months.

Unfortunately the polar opposite was true for the rest of his Nottinghamshire colleagues for whom the contest reaped virtually nothing and leaves them languishing at the foot of Division One. While Broad will no doubt feel topped up for the Ashes, those he will leave behind have bottomed out with their director of cricket, Mick Newell, acknowledging they are in a relegation fight.

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Yorkshire’s Andrew Gale and Jack Leaning dominate Nottinghamshire

• Nottinghamshire 224; Yorkshire 302-3
• Pair share record fourth-wicket stand of 251

Nottinghamshire must be sick of the sight of Andrew Gale and Jack Leaning, the pair of batsmen who combined for a Yorkshire record fourth-wicket stand of 251 against their county at Headingley.

The pair resume on Wednesday, having comfortably surpassed the 210 shared by Ted Lester and Willie Watson in 1952, their chanceless hundreds following previous successes against the east Midlands team.

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Aaron Finch suffers scare as Yorkshire bowlers rattle Nottinghamshire

• Nottinghamshire 169-8 v Yorkshire
• Finch taken to hospital after ball hits chest during Second XI match

Yorkshire took the unprecedented step of overlooking not one but two overseas players for their latest County Championship match – but their decision could yet have serious repercussions.

Although there have been several cases of imports missing out on selection in domestic cricket, most notably when Lancashire omitted Steve Elworthy for two Lord’s finals appearances in 1996, the county champions are in the luxurious position of having the Australian World Cup-winning pair, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell, on their current playing staff. However, they opted to keep faith with their homegrown top six for the visit of Nottinghamshire.

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Yorkshire knock Middlesex off top after doling out first defeat of season

• Middlesex 212 & 229; Yorkshire 229 & 215-6
• Yorkshire won by four wickets

The champions Yorkshire inflicted a first defeat on the previous Division One leaders Middlesex although they were made to sweat for their reward on a pitch laced with mischief.

Ultimately, it took a 71-run alliance between their England Test batsmen Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance – the highest of the contest – to snap the back of a testing chase because for extended periods of this match, Middlesex – the last team to defeat Yorkshire in Championship cricket when they mastered a 471-run chase at Lord’s last April – threatened to repeat the dose and inflict only a fourth loss in Jason Gillespie’s four seasons as coach.

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Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow hits well-worked hundred against Middlesex

• Middlesex 212 & 127-4; Yorkshire 229
• Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow nudges England selectors with unbeaten 125

Jonny Bairstow produced an extraordinary counter-punching hundred to haul Yorkshire back into an enthralling contest with the Division One leaders, Middlesex.

A glance at the scorecard puts the efforts of Bairstow, England’s current deputy Test wicketkeeper, into context. After his unbeaten 125 the next best score was the 20 made by his overnight partner Jack Leaning, who he saw depart to the very first delivery of the second day.

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Yorkshire’s Jack Brooks takes five wickets before Middlesex fight back

• Middlesex 212; Yorkshire 96-4
• Brooks earns second five-wicket haul of the season

The breakneck speed of cricket at Headingley in recent times showed no signs of abating as the two remaining undefeated sides of the County Championship were pitched together in breathless combat. Honours finished fairly even between Yorkshire, the champions, and Middlesex, the current leaders.

Although the scoring rate did not match that of New Zealand’s recent Test win here, wickets fell at a similar tempo and in so doing made it extremely unlikely that both will retain their unblemished records.

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Yorkshire frustrated by Warwickshire’s approach in Headingley draw

• Warwickshire 435 & 219-7dec; Yorkshire 303 & 221-4
• Match drawn
• Middlesex stun Somerset with huge run chase

There was little to separate the top two teams from last season’s County Championship on the field – although the same could not be said of their views off it.

For the champions, Yorkshire, soreness at being batted out of victory range; for Warwickshire satisfaction at edging the points scoring (11 to nine). It was a distinct improvement for them. The closest club among the 2014 field they may have been but they were marmalised by an innings twice by this particular opposition.

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Andrew Gale keeps cool but Warwickshire hold advantage against Yorkshire

• Warwickshire 435 & 108-2, Yorkshire 303
• Yorkshire captain suffers controversial dismissal on 96

Andrew Gale put the anger management techniques he was subjected to for previous transgressions to the test after being embroiled in further on-field controversy at Headingley.

The Yorkshire captain, in only his second match back following an ECB ban for improper conduct against Lancashire last season, was given out after mis-hitting a navel-height full toss to terminate the champions’ first innings.

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Yorkshire’s Cheteshwar Pujara is victim in fumbled-catch controversy

• Warwickshire 435 v Yorkshire 128-3
• Indian Test player’s dismissal angers Yorkshire supporters

Yorkshire’s overseas players are not having a great time of things and India’s Cheteshwar Pujara kept with the theme of ill fortune when he was dismissed in controversial circumstances at Headingley.

The Test batsman was given out after Warwickshire’s reserve wicketkeeper Pete McKay – deputising for Tim Ambrose – scooped up a rebound low down.

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Yorkshire on back foot as Warwickshire’s Ian Westwood hits unbeaten 151

Warwickshire 270-4 v Yorkshire

James Middlebrook’s shock return to Yorkshire colours mirrored the statistical yield of his previous County Championship appearance for them at Headingley.

Middlebrook, a 37-year-old free agent released by relegated Northamptonshire seven months ago, was drafted in by the reigning champions after their request for Adil Rashid to be released from England’s Test tour of the Caribbean was declined. Wicketless against Kent on his farewell during the club’s previous Division One-winning season in 2001, he failed to claim the single victim required to take his first-class tally for Yorkshire to 50.

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Yorkshire stumble against Somerset as Alex Lees hails proudest moment

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