Jonny Tattersall admitted his delight at posting a maiden LV= Insurance County Championship century as Yorkshire dominated day one against Surrey at Scarborough.
Tattersall also revealed how he learnt a valuable lesson from the 92 he scored against Nottinghamshire on this ground back in 2019.
The 27-year-old’s 104 not out superbly supported Adam Lyth’s unbeaten 152, the pair sharing 239 unbroken in Yorkshire’s close of play 364-5.
“I remember I got a 90 here against Notts a couple of years ago,” said the wicketkeeper, playing his first Championship game of the season.
“I noticed I was getting close to a hundred, and that might have played a bit on my mind. But this year, I’m trying to throw caution to the wind a bit. Whatever will be will be. I felt a lot calmer out there today.”
Tattersall continued: “Lythy played unbelievably well, and we put a good partnership on. We’re in the box-seat, but things can change quickly.
“We had to rebuild and soak up a bit of pressure. Then, when I got into my rhythm, we had a good run-rate throughout the day.
“It was very pleasing. I’m delighted.”
Tattersall has history with Surrey. Since playing his last Championship game for Yorkshire last May, he has played a game on loan for Surrey and also one against them for Gloucestershire.
He said: “Harry Duke’s been playing and I’ve had to wait my opportunity. But I’ve felt good all season in the seconds and in the T20s.
“These things happen in professional sport, whether you think you should be left out or not. But sometimes you just have to wait because of the good work Dukey’s done. That’s what I’ve had to do.”
On today’s innings, he added: “It took me a little bit of time to get into my rhythm, but when I did I felt good and comfortable. It’s always great batting at Scarborough.
“It was nice batting with Lythy. We had a lot of fun, and that’s why you play the game.”