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Bresnan epitomises Yorkshire's fighting spirit

— 15 May 2019

Tim Bresnan believes Yorkshire remain firmly in the hunt against Kent at Canterbury after an action-packed opening day, which the hosts edged.

Fourteen wickets fell as Yorkshire were bowled out for 210 before Kent responded with 130-4.

No Yorkshire batsman reached 30, despite six getting into the twenties, before Kent opener Zak Crawley closed with 73 unbeaten.

Bresnan was superb with the ball to start his first four-day appearance of the season having replaced ankle injury victim Matthew Waite.

His first three overs, including a wicket in his first, were all maidens, and he finished with 2-19 from seven.

“I think we’re ok,” he said.

“We thought it was a lot better wicket than it’s turned out to be. It’s offered a lot to the seamers throughout the day, even when the ball got slightly older.

“The lads who got a few runs said they never really felt in. There’s always a ball you feel could get you out. So we’re always in the game there.

“We sort of misread the toss a bit, but that happens. That’s cricket.

“The overhead conditions are perfect for batting. It looks a shirt-fronter, but it’s offered all day like I said.

“Still, it’s probably not a 210 all out wicket.

“We’ve made mistakes in the top six and beyond, and we’ve only got ourselves to blame.

“I felt we bowled beautifully. They are 130-4, and we felt a bit hard done by. They could easily have been 90 for six or seven.”

Yorkshire were firmly on the back foot at 96-6 at lunch, only for some important middle and lower order contributions from Jonny Tattersall (29), Dom Bess (25), Steve Patterson (23) and Duanne Olivier (21).

“As lads came off and said, ‘It’s doing a bit’, we knew we had to just scrape to a score which we were happy bowling to,” said Bresnan.

“They probably let us get a few more than we should have. If we’d had a team 90-6 and they got 210, we’d have been a bit gutted with ourselves.

“But Patto’s played well, as has Jonny Tatts, and there were a few partnerships down the bottom.

“I thought we bowled better areas for longer overall.

“Crawley has played well, but has ridden his luck. And that’s what you need on this sort of wicket. We put him down as well.

“Tomorrow’s a different day. Maybe it’s more our day tomorrow.”

Personally, Bresnan added: “I’ve felt in particularly good rhythm. I bowled well at Durham in the twos game last week, although for not much reward. I’m hitting the gloves hard.

“I felt I bowled better than 2-20 or whatever it was today. I’ll just keep doing the right things, and hopefully the luck comes my way.”

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