Tykes star Tim boosts England bid

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TIM Bresnan kept himself in the frame for an England place in the first Test against India at Lord’s next week by grabbing four Worcestershire wickets on the first day of the LV= County Championship match at Scarborough.

In conditions which aided seam and swing, Yorkshire bowled out their fellow Division One strugglers for 168 on a green-tinged pitch after sending them in to bat, Ryan Sidebottom also showing good form to pick up three wickets.

It was not entirely plain sailing for the Yorkshire batsmen either, but skipper Andrew Gale hit a robust unbeaten 68 for his side to close on 135 for five, still trailing by 33.

Bresnan appears to be competing for a place in England’s Test team with Nottinghamshire’s Stuart Broad, who claimed two wickets but endured a largely frustrating day against Somerset at Trent Bridge.

After four wickets fell in the morning session, Craig Kieswetter made 151 not out and put on a club-record 290 for the fifth wicket with James Hildreth, who was out for 137, as the visitors took control to finish on 341 for five.

Kieswetter hit 21 fours and a six in his 218-ball innings. Hildreth was dismissed by Broad (two for 75) in the penultimate over of the day.

Glamorgan paid a high price for a dropped catch as Jon Clare scored the second century of his career to rescue Derbyshire in their Division Two match. Clare hammered 130, his highest first-class score, after he had been badly missed on eight.