At a time when English Cricket is looking for young stars to rebuild, Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow made their case again as they started off their season with a century and half-century respectively to get Yorkshire off to a good start against Leeds MCCU at Headingley.
At stumps, their opponents were 139/5 in reply to Yorkshire’s 366/5dec. Wicketkeepers’ good day with the bat continued as Surrey’s Steve Davies struck a magnificent 100* against Cambridge MCCU ensuring his side’s upper hand in the match. After opener Dom Sibley got out for 61, Davies was joined by Gary Wilson to share an unbroken stand of 143 with the latter getting 53 as Surrey declared on 259 with a lead of 205.
Cambridge’s horror show with the bat continued as they fell to 27/3 with Tim Linley taking all the wickets. Sussex continued to play at the Brighton and Hove Jobs.Com County Ground as Loughborough MCCU were bowled out for 93 in reply to Sussex’s 421/9dec.
James Anyon was the destroyer as he grabbed 5/14 before his side declared again at 191/5 with a lead of 519. Matt Prior, who hit 43 in the first inning couldn’t repeat the trick as he was out for a duck to off-spinner Adam Riley whose figures read 3/38.
Derbyshire’s fortunes look good too as they are well in control against Durham MCCU with Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chesney Hughes scoring 91 and 53 respectively to take the inning to a solid 428 in reply to the guests’ 67. With 328 more needed for Durham MCC (with nine wickets in hand) to make the homes side bat again, it is unlikely that Derbyshire will lose from here on.
Nottinghamshire, as expected, came back in the match against Oxford with ball as the home side was bowled out for a meagre 102, Lloyd Paternott being the only one to get runs, 50 of them to be particular. The men from Trent Bridge now have a lead of 135 and are 33/2 at stumps.
Glamorgan on the other hand continued their good all-round show as they bowled Cardiff MCCU out for 102 before closing at 35/0 with a massive lead of 224.
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