England bowler Tim Bresnan and in-form batsman Jonny Bairstow clawed Yorkshire out of deep trouble on the first day of the LV=County Championship match against Hampshire at Headingley.
Bairstow held things together earlier in the day with a fluent 83 and then Bresnan, in his first Championship appearance of the season, weighed in with a defiant unbeaten 82 as Yorkshire reached a respectable 304 for seven.
Yorkshire had lost both their openers inside the first three overs for just six runs after winning the toss.
Joe Sayers fell leg before to David Griffiths and Adam Lyth was bowled by Hampshire captain Dominic Cork, who picked up three wickets.
Joe Root and skipper Andrew Gale worked hard to stage a recovery but it became 48 for three when Sean Ervine had Gale flicking a loose legside delivery into the gloves of Nic Pothas.
Root was unluckily dismissed on 35 at the non-striker’s end, Ervine moving swiftly to cut off Bairstow’s return drive with the ball ricocheting into the stumps.
Yorkshire were a shaky 96 for four at lunch and three runs into the afternoon session they lost Gerard Brophy who shaped to play Cork on the legside and was lbw to continue his run of low scores.
There was brief support from Adil Rashid for Bairstow who pulled Cork for his ninth boundary to complete a half-century. But soon afterwards Rashid was held at second slip by James Vince off Kabir Ali.
Bairstow and Bresnan added 62 together in 17 overs and Bairstow looked set for his first century in a home match until an inside edge off Cork into his stumps ended his innings for 83 from 130 deliveries.
Bresnan continued Yorkshire’s recovery in an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 99 with Ajmal Shahzad (42 not out), who blossomed after a slow start.
A Shahzad cut to the boundary took his side to 300 and a third batting bonus point.