Paul Collingwood worry for Durham

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PAUL COLLINGWOOD could miss Durham’s two home T20 clashes this weekend through injury.

The former England star – dropped yesterday from the international one-day and T20 squads – did not field on the final day of Durham’s County Championship draw with Yorkshire.

The 35-year-old all-rounder, who scored a century against the Tykes this week, suffered a groin injury and sat out the final day.

And if he needs to rest the injury, Collingwood could miss the T20 games at home to Lancashire on Friday evening and Leicestershire on Sunday.

A defiant century by Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale carried his side to safety yesterday in the rain-shortened match at Chester-le-Street.

Gale was unbeaten on 101 at the close of play, with Yorkshire 57 ahead on 280 for four.

But they took only two bonus points from the match, compared with Durham’s maximum of eight.

Adam Lyth made his season’s best score of 69 and the third left-hander, Gary Ballance, contributed 53 to an unbroken stand of 120.

The only chance given by either of the fifth-wicket pair came with Ballance on 23, when Gordon Muchall was unable to hang on to a sharp head-high chance just to his left at first slip off Callum Thorp.

With a day and a half lost to rain, there was not enough wear in the surface for the spinners to play a big part, although Ian Blackwell did have Lyth stumped to end a stand of 95 with Gale.

When Jonny Bairstow was run out two overs later, Yorkshire were 160 for four in early afternoon, still 63 adrift. But Durham were flagging by tea, when the visitors were nine runs ahead.

Lyth had put on 50, for the first wicket with Joe Root, who made 28 before he fell lbw to a shooter from Graham Onions.

Anthony McGrath departed for a duck, following a leg-side ball from Steve Harmison and providing Phil Mustard with a catch. But the only other wobble came with the loss of Lyth and Bairstow in quick succession.

Lyth reached 50 off 100 balls, with six fours, by driving Blackwell through extra cover for three. But after adding five to his previous best this season of 64, he stretched forward and was smartly stumped by Mustard.

Bairstow’s run out came when he played the ball to mid-wicket and set off before hesitating when Gale was committed. Dale Benkenstein whipped the ball in to beat Bairstow to the non-striker’s end.

“If you don’t win, maximum bonus points is the next best thing,” said Durham coach Geoff Cook.

“I thought our batting was outstanding. To get to 400 in 70-odd overs like we did was a credit to Collingwood, he shored things up when we were four down. And credit to the other guys who showed their ability and attacking skills to play around him.

“I was delighted for Paul – after a brilliant five or six years as a Test player he’s had a turbulent 18 months. I think his century was a great relief for him and to see the reception the players gave him from the balcony when he got his hundred just spoke volumes. ”