Durham captain Paul Collingwood felt his side were outclassed over four days against Yorkshire – but feels aggrieved at a potentially match-changing decision.
The margin of victory, an innings and 47 runs, was mostly thanks to a record-breaking seventh-wicket stand of 366 between Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan.
But Collingwood, although accepting Yorkshire were the better side, feels a crucial lbw decision against Bresnan cost his side dearly.
“There’s a decision I’m very disappointed in early on in Bresnan’s innings. If that goes another way, you’ve got people like Patterson coming in and that was round about 200/210,” he said.
“Over the four days, they’ve played the better cricket and you have to take your hats off for that.”
Once again, Durham’s first innings cost them dearly as they conceded a deficit of 349, leaving too much to do second time around to secure a draw.
Their batting bonus points total for the season is a mere 13, among the worst in Division One despite their lofty standing.
And Collingwood bemoaned his side’s inability to score big totals, especially on a rare batter-friendly wicket at Chester-le-Street.
“The wicket was a very good batting surface and if we’re going to win things going forward, if we come up on surfaces like this, we’ve got to make sure we’re making more hundreds,” the captain said.
“I guess Durham batsmen, in the history of playing here, hundreds have been a case of ‘wow, that’s magnificent’ because they’re hard work, but we’ve got to make sure it becomes the norm.”
In the wake of defeat, Durham now lie 11 points behind Yorkshire at the summit of Division One, while the White Rose also have a game in hand.
But the Durham skipper insisted they are far from out of the title race.
“We’ve been beaten by the better side over these four days, but the Championship is won over 16 games. It’s not won over one game,” he added.
“We’ve got seven opportunities and seven games left that we can still do something very special in and that’s the way we’ve got to look at it in the dressing room.”
Durham still have to travel to Scarborough to take on Yorkshire in a potentially critical match (August 7-10).
Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid insists he’s ready to shine on the national stage after being called up to England’s Ashes squad.
The 27-year-old was named as part of the 13-man national squad shortly after the conclusion of Yorkshire’s thumping innings victory over Durham, when he finished with match figures of 4-120 from 43.1 overs, including 30 unchanged from the Lumley End in the second innings.
, as his county moved top of the County Championship.
With the rest of England’s squad meeting up with new head coach Trevor Bayliss on a bonding trip to Spain, Rashid was asked to get overs under his belt in this match.
And national selector James Whittaker, in attendance on the first three days, saw enough to warrant inclusion for the Test squad ahead of Wednesday’s series opener against Australia.
“It’s always a dream to play Test cricket for any youngster and to be a part of an Ashes squad is really good,” he said shortly after discovering the news.