Bresnan backs Yorkshire for title double

Tim Bresnan and his Yorkshire team-mates celebrate another wicket during this week's Championship victory over Sussex

Tim Bresnan and his Yorkshire team-mates celebrate another wicket during this week's Championship victory over Sussex

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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 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 county six points clear in Division One with three matches left. These include 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, in-form all-rounder Bresnan said: "The sort of cricket we're playing, I'd back us to beat anyone, I really would.

"We're six points clear at the minute with three games left and 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 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," said Bresnan.

"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."

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 a hectic summer with England.

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