Having done nothing but sit around as rain and bad light wiped out day one, they finally got under way with a wicket from only the second ball.
Neil Wagner forced Keaton Jennings to nick one to Andrew Hall and Durham were 1-1.
The morning continued in reasonable fashion and when England all-rounder Ben Stokes fell the home side were on 110-4.
Cue Durham’s fightback.
Scott Borthwick made 136 and Paul Collingwood got 101 as they added 211 for the fifth wicket.
The County - for whom club captain Stephen Peters was missing - plugged away and enjoyed some success late on - Wagner finished with 4-95 - but Durham still progressed to 362-8 by the close.