So, the county season kicked off with friendly matches yesterday - with many sides being in action for the first time this summer. The highlight yesterday was no doubt Stuart Meaker’s unbelievable spell of 6/6 that ripped Cambridge MCCU apart.
After Surrey were bundled out for a mere 218, there surely was something special needed and Meaker did the very same as Cambridge MCCU’s inning was wrapped up on 54. At stumps, Surrey were 5/0 with openers Dom Sibley and Rory Burns doing well to not lose a wicket.
The story for Durham MCCU was just about the same as they too were bowled out for a mere 67 after being asked to bat by Derbyshire, a side that did poorly in the previous season. Tim Groenewald was the hero for this side as he produced a magical spell of 5/27. On the other hand, the Derbyshire batsman shone too with half-centuries from Stephen Moore, Billy Godleman and 42 from skipper Wayne Madsen as they closed the day on 283/3.
Sussex enjoyed a great day at the office too as their skipper and Irish batsman Ed Joyce struck a wonderful century and was well supported by Matt Machan (119) and Wicketkeeper Ben Brown (85) to go to stumps at 421/9.
Glamorgan have started off well to with Stewart Walters getting the highest score for the day with a 143 run knock as he scored almost half the runs of the side’s total of 301/4 dec. Chris Cook also chipped in with runs as he scored a fluent 63. When Cardiff came out to bat, seamer Will Owen grabbed 2 wickets as the batting side fell to 34/3.
The report from Headingley will amuse the Yorkshire fans are the Carnegies are in a solid position too. After deciding to field first, they bowled out Bradford MCCU for 139 with leg-spinner Adil Rashid taking 3/8. Yorkshire’s response with the bat was good to as they were 94/1 with Adam Lyth five runs shirt of a half-century.
Nottinghamshire had to take a bit of disappointment after being bowled out for a scant 237 by Oxford MCCU at their picturesque University Ground. Opener Sam Kelsall was the only light as he scored a 50 in an otherwise poor batting display. However, they’ll look to do well with the ball having started well as Oxford were 30/2 at stumps with Luke Fletcher and Harry Gurney claiming a wicket apiece.
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