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Dent doubles up to school Cardiff MCCU

Opener Chris Dent struck a fluent double-century as Gloucestershire piled on the runs against Cardiff MCCU.

The game at Bristol was one of four MCCU versus county matches to see play washed out yesterday but Dent made up for lost time.

The 23-year-old left-hander brought up an unbeaten 203 from 219 deliveries alongside rookie wicketkeeper Cameron Herring on 114 not out before declaring with the score 388 for four.

Cardiff reached 89 for two at stumps with Jake Libby still there at the top of the order on 50.

Chris Dent reaching his double century — Gloucestershire CCC (@Gloscricket) April 8, 2014

Essex all-rounder Graham Napier laid the foundations for England captain Alastair Cook to get among the runs at Cambridge MCCU.

The visitors’ to- scorer overnight, Ravi Bopara, progressed to 90 – his dismissal caught at the wicket to Zain Shahzad prompting James Foster’s declaration on 300 for nine – but today’s action at Fenner’s was all about Napier as the seamer took 7-21 to skittle Cambridge for 90.

It gave Cook the opportunity to improve on his first innings 39 and he did just that, reaching 57 to close alongside Bopara with the score 130 for two.

Tom Westley goes for 6 but Alastair Cook reaches an 88-ball half-century that included 8 boundaries. 118 for 2. — Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) April 8, 2014

Paul Collingwood returned from England coaching duty to score a century for Durham versus Durham MCCU.

The County Champions side shared runs the runs around as Collingwood’s 102 was supported by 89 from Phil Mustard and further half-centuries for Scott Borthwick and Michael Richardson.

Graham Onions also enjoyed himself with the bat, being unbeaten on 40 when the innings closed on 487. The students negotiated five overs to close on seven without loss.

It was a similar story for Warwickshire’s batsmen at Oxford MCCU, although none of them could match Collingwood in registering three figures.

Laurie Evans came closest with 98, while fellow opener Varun Chopra and Ateeq Javid fell in the seventies. Sam Weller accounted for Evans and Javid lbw and the 19-year-old paceman also removed Jonathan Trott on a memorable outing.

Spin bowling all-rounder Paul Best reached 50 not out as Warwickshire ended the day 388 for seven.

There was minimal play at Taunton between Somerset and Leeds/Bradford MCCU on day one but the game moved on apace today.

Wicket - Patel is trapped LBW to Thomas and Leeds/ Bradford are 131 for 9, trailing by 61 runs - — Somerset Cricket (@SomersetCCC) April 8, 2014

Left-armer Alex Lilley ripped through the hosts’ middle order to return 5-41. Somerset were 192 all out – a state of affairs that might have been considerably worse but for an last-wicket stand of 66 from Alfonso Thomas and Jamie Overton.

Buoyed by his exploits from number 10, Thomas was the pick of the home attack with 4-46 as the students slumped to 142 for nine.

Mitchell Claydon took 4-50 as Kent bowled out Loughborough MCCU for 271, but the county team did not have it all their own way as they closed on 33 for one having lost captain Rob Key for a duck.