YORKSHIRE suffered a narrow five-run defeat by Friends Provident Trophy holders Durham in their first competitive match of the new season at Chester-le-Street.
Put in to bat at an overcast Riverside, the home team were indebted to new signing Neil McKenzie, whose patient 77 saw them to 220.
Tim Bresnan took three for 51 then hit a 58-ball 55 at number eight as Yorkshire recovered from 140-8 in the 42nd over.
The target was six off two balls when Bresnan fell driving a Graham Onions slower ball to extra cover.
England bowler Steve Harmison struck with the first ball of both spells for Durham and hit the 90mph mark for figures of two for 40 in 10 overs.
The expected clash between Harmison and Matthew Hoggard did not materialise, though, as Hoggard joined back injury victim Darren Gough on the sidelines with a stiff neck.
Another Yorkshire paceman, Morne Morkel, has been delayed for 10 days by South African domestic Twenty20 commitments.
Yorkshire begin their LV County Championship campaign against Hampshire at Headingley on Wednesday.
l England will play a four-Test series against India in 2011, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.
The ECB reached an agreement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India about the tour to India this November and the home series in 2011.
The BCCI got their wish to play two Test matches and seven one-day internationals, rather than three Tests and five one-dayers later this year.
In 2011 they will play four Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20.
India are facing a busy fixture list this autumn with September's ICC Trophy in Pakistan being followed by a four-Test series with Australia, ahead of England’s arrival.