TIM BRESNAN has revealed his confidence in Yorkshire’s ability to end the season in style by winning two trophies, the LV= County Championship and the Royal London One-day Cup.
Bresnan played his part in Monday’s crucial Championship win over Sussex with bat and ball, a success which has left the White Rose six points clear in division one with three matches left, including second-placed Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in their penultimate fixture.
Tomorrow, the Vikings travel to Southampton to face Hampshire in a bid to claim a home quarter-final in the one-day competition. A win will secure that privilege, although other results may render their match insignificant.
Firstly, referring to Championship cricket, the in-form all-rounder said: “The sort of cricket we’re playing, I’d back us to beat anyone, I really would.
“The more times we can score 400 is going to be key. We go to Old Trafford next, where it’s spinning. First-innings runs are key. If we get those, we’ve got a great chance.
“We’re six points clear at the minute with three games left. We play Notts second to last. We’re definitely up there with all to play for, but we can’t take our foot off the gas.”
Yorkshire head south for tomorrow’s floodlit clash (2pm) with a Hampshire side who cannot qualify and will no doubt have one eye on Saturday’s T20 Finals Day.
Bresnan and company are looking for their sixth group 'A' win from eight matches, with their two defeats so far coming against Gloucestershire at Headingley and Essex at Scarborough.
“To be honest, the one-day trophy is massive for us as well, but I don’t think we’re particularly that fussed where we play our quarter-final,” he added.
“It would obviously be massive for the club to get a home one for the attendance and things, but from a cricket point of view we’d back our skills to go anywhere and beat anyone. That should be good enough for us to advance.
“The way the cricket’s gone at Headingley, with the 10.30am starts, we don’t really know what a good score is.
“It would be difficult to bat first. Then again, if you bowl first and the wicket’s not what you would expect, it’s difficult again. It’s hard work at home at the minute, and we seem to go away and trust our instincts. We’ve played some really good cricket.”
Meanwhile, Jason Gillespie says there is “a good chance” Yorkshire will have Gary Ballance, Liam Plunkett and Joe Root available for the last two Championship matches against Notts and Somerset and a potential Lord’s final.
Plunkett has an ankle injury and Ballance and Root will have just finished their international commitments with England.
The last international of the summer is a Twenty20 against India at Edgbaston on September 7. Yorkshire v Notts at Trent Bridge starts two days later.
It would be a major boost to have Ballance and/or Root available for the final throws of the season because New Zealand overseas batsman Kane Williamson is set to be unavailable due to his commitments at the Champions League T20 in India with Northern Districts.
Discussions are ongoing between Yorkshire and the ECB, and coach Gillespie said: “There’s a really good chance we’ll have our international boys back. We’re very confident of that.”