The general consensus was honours even at the end of a fascinating opening day between Yorkshire and Surrey at Scarborough.

Yorkshire finished on 299-8, boosted by a 100 partnership between seventh wicket pair Jonny Tattersall and Tim Bresnan.

Surrey had Yorkshire at 166-6 after the hosts had elected to bat, but Tattersall’s 70 and Bresnan’s 48 changed things.

Earlier, Gary Ballance struck 54.

For Surrey, Morne Morkel impressed with 2-53 from 23 overs, although he conceded 19 runs off the final over of the day, including three no balls.

Tattersall said: “It was nice to get some runs, and hopefully we can get that extra one for another point in the morning.

“I batted with Tim Bresnan at the end of the 50-over game against Northants a couple of weeks ago, and he helped see that game home. I’ve batted with him before, but it was nice to get that 100 partnership because it was crucial. It’s been a good day.

“It’s difficult to say (who is ahead).

“Historically, Scarborough has always been a quick scoring ground. But there’s a little bit in that wicket. I was chatting to Tim, and we thought they maybe bowled a bit wide at us.

“We think there’s enough in the pitch. Hopefully, when we get a chance to bowl tomorrow, we put the ball in the right areas and it’s an above par score.

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