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Brooks targets treble success

Jack Brooks believes Yorkshire have the firepower to challenge for all three trophies this summer.

Brooks finished with match figures of seven for 76 as Yorkshire's seam attack took them to the top of LV= County Championship Division One with an innings-and-155-run victory over Warwickshire inside three days at Headingley.

The Bears were bowled out for 200, despite 97 from prolific captain Ian Bell, and then just 89 following on as even an hour of heavy rain failed to take the mis-match into a final day.

Asked afterwards if Yorkshire can push for silverware in each format, Brooks said: "I'd like to think so - we've certainly got the squad for it.

"You want to compete for three things, but it's really difficult.

"It's been such a long time since one team bossed all three competitions - probably Warwickshire in the 1990s - so it's quite difficult in the modern game to do that.

"This squad is capable of doing that."

Yorkshire's second championship victory of the summer eased the frustration of a chastening defeat against Middlesex at Lord's, then a draw away to Durham.

"We've played some really good cricket in every game - even the one we lost, we were in charge of it really for the majority of the game," added Brooks.

"We had to go hard at them [Warwickshire] early in the second innings and get right into their guts."

Brooks was one of four in a heavyweight Yorkshire pace attack, also including England's Tim Bresnan - rested at the start of the season after a hectic winter.

"He's had a bit of time off, and his body has adjusted to bowling again," Brooks said of his team-mate.

"He keeps moaning about bowling really slowly and (that) his body's nowhere - but I think all he needs is a bit more confidence and wickets in the bank."

It was Bresnan who got the prized wicket of Bell second time round - but Brooks did the trick finally in the first innings, the England batsman last out after yet another impressive individual performance.

Caught-behind down the leg-side was not quite the method he might have chosen, but he was not complaining.

"I just bowled a horrible loosener down the leg-side, which he got a tickle on," he said.

"I'll take that - sometimes you need a bit of luck.

"I've had a few catches go down off me recently, so I don't care how I get them.

"He's a good scalp. He's in my pocket now."