Bairstow & Bresnan turn it round for Yorkshire

LV County Championship Division One, Headingley
Close, first day: Yorkshire 304-7
Yorkshire 3pts, Hampshire 2pts
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Yorkshire had half centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan to thank as they recovered well against Hampshire at Headingley.

The Tykes looked in real trouble at 143-6 but Bresnan joined Bairstow (83) to help recover to 205-7.

Bresnan (82no) was then joined by fellow England hopeful Ajmal Shahzad (42no) to put on an unbroken 99.

The home side closed on 304-7, Dominic Cork, in his 40th year, proving the pick of the visiting attack with 3-60.

After his career-best double century last week, Bairstow's knock took his tally to 428 runs from just seven Championship innings this season.

It marked his call-up to the England Lions squad to face Sri Lanka at Derbyshire next week, for which Shahzad has also got the selectors' nod.

Getting past 300 did not appear too likely for the Tykes when, after winning the toss, they lost both openers inside the first three overs for just six runs.

Joe Sayers fell leg before to David Griffiths and Adam Lyth was comprehensively bowled by Cork.

Joe Root and skipper Andrew Gale worked hard to stage a recovery on a pitch with some assistance in it for the seamers.

But it became 48-3 when Sean Ervine came on to have Gale flicking a loose legside delivery into the gloves of Nic Pothas.

Root moved efficiently to 35 before he was unluckily dismissed at the non-striker's end.

Ervine moved swiftly to cut off Bairstow's return drive, to ricochet the ball into the stumps.

After lunching at a none too appetising 96-4, three runs into the afternoon session, Yorkshire then lost Gerard Brophy, who shaped to play Cork on the legside and was lbw, to continue his run of low scores.

After giving Bairstow brief support, Adil Rashid was then held at second slip off Kabir Ali.

Having survived a scare on 60 when a mistimed legside shot off Kabir saw him caught at backward point off a no-ball, Bairstoe was within sight of a first home century when he attempted an inelegant stroke through the off side against Cork and got an inside edge into his stumps.

But Bresnan continued Yorkshire's recovery, as he hit his highest Championship score in almost two years.

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