Moxon wants greater Tykes consistency

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DIRECTOR of professional cricket Martyn Moxon is challenging his Yorkshire players to start putting a consistent run of results together.

The Tykes are searching for a second LV County Championship victory of the season in Division One when they host Hampshire today.

The Headingley outfit are in sixth position in the wake of their draw with reigning champions Nottinghamshire last week.

It ended a four-match losing streak in all competitions and Yorkshire maintained their mini resurgence by beating Kent by 93 runs in the Clydesdale Bank 40 League on Sunday.

Moxon feels the Tykes are heading in the right direction after the confidence-boosting draw at Nottinghamshire and wants the team to take their renewed form into the Hampshire clash.

He said: “It was important we played some good, solid cricket at Trent Bridge and I think we did that and backed it up with a really good Pro40 win (at Kent). Now, hopefully, we can build on that.

“Hopefully, we can put a bit of a run together. We’ve got four games coming up pretty quickly, almost back to back and if we can find a bit of form over this next month, going into the halfway stage, we could be in a good position.”

Ashes hero Tim Bresnan is destined for his first run out of the campaign in the four-day competition. The England all-rounder, instructed by the English Cricket Board to rest until mid-May following a hectic winter on international duty, is available for selection but in-form Richard Pyrah is a major doubt. The Dewsbury-born player twisted his right knee while batting at Kent and could now face a spell on the sidelines.

Moxon added: “It’s a boost to have Bresy available, but a big blow regarding Richard with his knee, both for him and the team as he’s been in excellent form.”

Experienced batsman Anthony McGrath is ruled out with sciatica.

Joe Sayers is primed to open the batting alongside Adam Lyth.