LV County Championship - Division One
Durham 178 (D M Benkenstein 62) & 421-9 dec (P Mustard 85, M J Di Venuto 84, L E Plunkett 65) v Yorkshire 313 (A W Gale 84, S J Harmison 5-60) & 98-4
Yorkshire (10pts) drew with Durham (7pts)
Phil Mustard and Liam Plunkett extended Yorkshire's winless streak in the LV County Championship to a record 19 games with an inspired rearguard batting display at Headingley.
The Durham duo shared a match-saving 147-run partnership on day four and the visitors were even able to declare on 421-9 before the match ended in a draw.
Yorkshire were left to chase 287 for victory in a minimum of 55 overs, but they were never in the hunt and both sides shook hands with Yorkshire on 98-4 four and with half an hour remaining.
Yorkshire are now without a Championship win since they beat Somerset at Taunton in early June of last year.
Resuming the final day on 288-7 - a lead of 153, former England duo Mustard and Plunkett overturned a precarious position with a new county record eighth-wicket stand.
It could have been a different story however, Yorkshire twice guilty of dropping Mustard in the morning - Jacques Rudolph at slip off Tim Bresnan and Adam Lyth at deep mid-on off the leg-spin of Adil Rashid.
Mustard struck 10 fours in his controlled 85 and when he and Plunkett, whose 65 included five fours and one six, departed in the space of six runs, stand-in captain Dale Benkenstein made the declaration.
After starring with the bat, Plunkett then gave Durham brief hope of the most unlikely of victories when he claimed two wickets in eight balls - Joe Sayers picking out Mark Stoneman at square leg and Anthony McGrath lbw without scoring.
Ian Blackwell's off-spin accounted for Rudolph (39) and Lyth (2) either side of tea, however, Andrew Gale (24 not out) and Jonathan Bairstow (9no) prevented any further breakthroughs before a draw was called.
Durham battled back with the bat against Yorkshire to set up a thrilling final day to their LV County Championship Division One clash at Headingley.
The reigning champions closed on 288-7 in their second innings, giving them a useful lead of 153 having trailed by 135 after both sides had batted once.
Michael Di Venuto led the recovery with 84 from 150 balls, sharing a 109-run stand for the third wicket with Kyle Coetzer (38) after nightwatchman Mark Davies had fallen early on.
Matthew Hoggard (3-45) eventually broke the partnership when he bowled Coetzer and the seamer went on to trap Gordan Muchall leg before for 15.
However, Yorkshire's hopes of clinching a first four-day victory in over a year were held up further by a fifth-wicket alliance between Dale Benkenstein, who made 36, and Ian Blackwell (32).
Phil Mustard finished unbeaten on 29 with Liam Plunkett on six not out having benefited from being bowled off a no ball by Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.
Steve Harmison staked his claim for a place in the England Test side with a fantastic display of bowling that ripped through Yorkshire's top order.
The Durham paceman took three wickets for two runs in 15 balls and added a couple more scalps later in the innings to finish with figures of 5-60.
Yorkshire began the day on 64 for one, and Harmison did not have long to wait before claiming the wicket of captain Anthony McGrath, who edged a rising delivery to Kyle Coetzer at third slip.
Joe Sayers(37) and Adam Lyth (4) followed him back to the pavilion in Harmison's next over as Yorkshire stood on the brink of collapse.
Andrew Gale anchored the innings with some conservative batting, eventually making 84 before being bowled by Ian Blackwell.
Tim Bresnan ably assisted the fightback and moved to 35 by pulling Harmison to the boundary. But one run later, he became the paceman's fourth victim as Coetzer again took the catch.
Durham took the new ball as soon as it became available at 229 for seven and quickly dismissed Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (22).
But Gale and Ajmal Shahzad put on 84 for the ninth wicket, the highest stand of the innings, to give Yorkshire a comfortable lead.
After they were dismissed for 313, the visitors were left with 13 overs to bat and closed on 26 for one after Adil Rashid had boosted Yorkshire's hopes of a first win of the season by bowling Mark Stoneman (12).
Division One table-toppers Durham were rolled over for just 178 by Yorkshire on the opening day of their LV County Championship match at Headingley.
Only the reliable Dale Benkenstein looked comfortable against the bowling attack with a defiant half-century after Adil Rashid and Ajmal Shahzad took three wickets apiece.
It was a different story in the first hour as Michael Di Venuto and Mark Stoneman laid a solid foundation with a partnership of 47 in the first 17 overs after Benkenstein had won the toss.
But opposite number Anthony McGrath began their downfall with a direct hit to remove Stoneman, who had set off for an ambitious single.
The wicket gave the hosts a lift and Shahzad, working up a good pace, grabbed two in the space of three balls as Kyle Coetzer edged one to Jonathan Bairstow and Gordon Muchall went lbw to a full delivery.
And things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Rashid got in on the act, comprehensively bowling opener Di Venuto for 29 to make it 62 for four.
The England leg-spinner also bowled Ian Blackwell soon after lunch when the left-hander made too much room to cut, and it quickly became 101 for six when Phil Mustard was well caught at first slip by Jacques Rudolph off Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.
Shahzad was brought back for another sharp spell and the change proved effective when he trapped Liam Plunkett in front at the end of his first over back.
Former Yorkshire bowler Mitch Claydon (20) finally gave some support to Benkenstein, adding 43 for the eighth wicket before Matthew Hoggard got one to lift and catch a glove to give Bairstow another catch.
Steve Harmison fell for a duck - lbw to Lions team-mate Rashid - before Benkenstein edged Hoggard to Bairstow having hit four boundaries in his innings of 62 - three of which came in one over off Rana.
Claydon managed to put one over on his former team-mates with the early wicket of Rudolph, but McGrath and Joe Sayers weathered the storm as the hosts ended the day on 64 for one.