Cricket: Bresnan savouring quarter-final hors d’oeuvre

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tim bresnan insists that Yorkshire will be happy to play anyone anywhere in next week’s Royal London one-day Cup quarter-final, writes LEON WOBSCHALL.

The main course on the menu for Yorkshire this season may unquestionably be County Championship glory, but the England seamer insists the one-day Cup also represents a ‘massive’ competition, with the White Rose county having genuine hopes of silverware on two fronts come season’s end.

The Vikings may have qualified for the last eight already, but there remains a big incentive heading into today’s final Group A tie at Hampshire at the Aegas Bowl, sealing a home clash in the last eight next Tuesday or Thursday.

A defeat for Yorkshire and a loss for either Essex or Gloucestershire, who travel to Northamptonshire and Derbyshire respectively, would also see Vikings net a home tie.

Not that Bresnan is overly concerned if they are handed an away tie, following group wins already in the competition at Lancashire, Northants and Leicestershire.

Bresnan said: “The one-day trophy is massive for us, but I don’t think we’re particularly that fussed where we play our quarter-final. 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.”

Meanwhile, Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie says the club are ‘very confident’ Gary Ballance, Liam Plunkett and Joe Root will be available for the pivotal last three weeks of the domestic season.

England Test captain Joe Root.. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

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