LV County Championship - Division One
Durham 362 (I D Blackwell 95, P Mustard 94 no, M J Hoggard 4-82) & 303-5 dec (M J Di Venuto 143, W R Smith 67, G J Muchall 51 no) v Yorkshire 272 (G L Brophy 75, J A Rudolph 51, S J Harmison 4-76) & 193-7 (G Onions 5-56)
Durham (11pts) drew with Yorkshire (9pts)
Defending champions Durham had to settle for a draw against Yorkshire after their victory push was held up by a 35-minute shower on the final day at Chester-le-Street.
Yorkshire had just lost their fifth wicket and there were 33 overs left when the rain arrived, costing the home side nine precious overs and the momentum they had built up.
The Tykes eventually closed on 193-7 in pursuit of a victory target of 394.
Durham paceman Graham Onions took five of the seven wickets to fall, including that of Michael Vaughan who edged behind having made 20 off 96 balls.
Resuming on 3-0, Yorkshire lost Jacques Rudolph (16) in the 14th over when Onions nipped one into the left-hander to trim his off bail.
Onions then twice beat Vaughan before the former England skipper - aiming to impress the national selectors sufficiently to earn an international recall - got off the mark.
The placid Riverside pitch offered little to Steve Harmison and although he twice found the edge of Joe Sayers' bat the ball failed to carry to the slips.
Yorkshire reached 60-1 from 35 overs at lunch, with Vaughan on 16 but he finally lost patience early in the afternoon session and followed an away swinger from Onions, the thick edge allowing Phil Mustard to take a one-handed catch diving to his right.
The Mustard and Onions combination had also struck in the bowler's previous over when an excellent ball saw off Sayers for 30, made from 112 balls.
When Vaughan followed the door was ajar for Durham. Andrew Gale (27), not one to dig in, survived a couple of skied pulls before wafting wide of off stump and edging Liam Plunkett (1-55) to Gordon Muchall at first slip.
Onions returned after tea to have Anthony McGrath (26) brilliantly caught by Michael Di Venuto low to his left at second slip, but that was immediately followed by the rain break.
There were 24 overs left on the resumption and in the eighth of those Gerard Brophy (27) hooked Harmison (1-32) straight to Onions on the backward square-leg boundary.
With 10 overs left Onions was recalled. He had already bowled 25 overs but struck with his third ball when Tim Bresnan (20) edged a drive to Mustard.
But Adil Rashid (6no) and Steven Patterson (4no) saw Yorkshire through to the close.
Onions finished with impressive figures of 5-56 from 28 overs.
Michael Di Venuto's innings of 143 helped Durham set Yorkshire a demanding 394 to win the Division One clash at the Riverside.
The Australian belted 20 fours in his 192-ball knock that allowed the hosts to declare their second innings on 303-5 after Yorkshire had been bowled out for 272 in the morning.
Skipper Will Smith was happy to play second fiddle to the left-hander, contributing 67 in a second-wicket alliance of 204 following the departure of Michael Stoneman in the opening over.
Gordon Muchall then made 51 not out before the declaration came, Yorkshire's openers surviving four overs without loss before the close of play.
The Tykes had lost their last four first-innings wickets for just eight runs in the opening session, Steve Harmison playing his part in the carnage.
The England hopeful removed Joe Sayers for five and then wrapped things up by getting Adil Rashid caught at third man to finish with figures of 4-76.
The impressive Graham Onions picked up the other two wickets to fall, as Durham grabbed a 90-run advantage after both sides had batted once.
Michael Vaughan's quest to earn an international recall were dealt a blow by fellow England hopeful Steve Harmison on day two of Yorkshire's clash with Durham.
The former England skipper eased his way to 24 before being given out caught behind, though he looked far from impressed by the decision.
Umpire Nick Cook felt Vaughan had gloved a rising ball, though the official did not report the clearly unimpressed batsman for dissent.
Harmison also removed Jacques Rudolph for 51 as the White Rose county closed the second day of the match on 264-6.
Wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy top-scored with 75, sharing a stand of 105 with Tim Bresnan (40), having earlier claimed six catches behind the stumps.
Durham had finally been bowled out for 362 in their first innings, Phil Mustard becoming the second home batsman to fall just short of three figures after Ian Blackwell had made 95 on the opening day.
The big-hitting left-hander was left stranded on 94 not out, his best championship score at the Riverside, as he ran out of partners.
Callum Thorp contributed 42 in a partnership of 86 before punching a return catch to Matthew Hoggard, who claimed 4-82 for the Tykes.
Ian Blackwell rescued Durham with a stroke-filled 95 on the opening day of their LV County Championship fixture against Yorkshire at the Riverside.
Blackwell, making his championship debut for the county having made the move north from Somerset, came to the crease with his side in trouble at 82-4 after opting to bat.
The burly left-hander, who made 102 not out in the domestic season curtain raiser between the champion county and the MCC, dominated stands of 47 with Dale Benkenstein (17) and 107 with Phil Mustard to turn the momentum back in Durham's favour.
He struck 16 fours during a 136-ball stay but edged behind off Matthew Hoggard just five short of a century, one of five catches on the day for Yorkshire wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy.
Mustard reached the close unbeaten on 62 with Durham on 303-7 and with the opportunity to push on towards maximum batting bonus points on day two.
Seamers Tim Bresnan (3-51) and Hoggard (2-72) were the pick of the Tykes' bowling attack, while former England skipper Michael Vaughan - hoping to press his claims for an international recall - had a quiet day in the field.