Ballance trumped by returning Lee
A determined hundred from Gary Ballance was overshadowed by James Lee’s seven-wicket haul on day one of the Universities match between Yorkshire and Leeds/Bradford MCCU.
Former England Under-19 seamer Lee made his first-class debut for Yorkshire at the age of 17 but played just one further four-day fixture and a quartet of 40-over games before leaving the club in 2011.
Today, Lee marked his return to Headingley in spectacular fashion, claiming five wickets in the morning session as Yorkshire slipped to 65 for seven and then returning with the second new ball to dismiss Ballance, for 112, and Steven Patterson, one of four players to depart without scoring.
Yorkshire’s total of 244 all out would have been much lower were it not for Ballance and Ryan Sidebottom, who shared 156 in three hours either side of lunch.
Leeds-Bradford then encountered problems of their own with the bat, with two strikes from Jack Brooks helping reduce the students to 40 for three.
Young all-rounder Tom Milnes starred with bat and ball to give Warwickshire the upper hand against Oxford MCCU at the Parks.
Milnes’ unbeaten 52 - together with fifties from Jim Troughton and Tim Ambrose - helped the reigning LV= County Champions to 293 for nine declared. Oxford then closed on two for two from 5.3 overs, with Milnes responsible for both wickets.
There was a similar script at Fenner’s, where Cambridge MCCU struggled in the day’s closing overs.
After Essex had posted 328 for five on the back of Mark Pettini’s unbeaten 100 and strong contributions from Tom Westley, James Foster - whose 54 took him to 10,000 first-class runs - and Greg Smith, Cambridge slumped to 20 for four, with left-armer Tymal Mills returning 3-10.
Ben Stokes and Scott Borthwick struck 111 and 99 respectively as Durham recovered from a shaky start to pile on the runs against Durham MCCU.
The county side racked up 426 for nine after choosing to bat, with Borthwick falling to what proved the final ball of day one at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Cardiff MCCU restricted Glamorgan to 275 for seven declared at the SWALEC Stadium before reaching 33 without loss in reply. There were half-centuries for Will Bragg and Ben Wright, the latter’s unbeaten.
Rain ensured there was no play at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, meaning Sussex were unable to begin their clash with Loughborough MCCU.