A day that started perfectly turned into another endurance job for Northamptonshire.
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.