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Sam Agarwal’s second first-class century helped Oxford MCCU buck the trend on a day that saw several counties exercise dominance over their University opponents.

Opening batsman Agarwal struck 108 at The Parks as Oxford, who resumed on two for two, posted a creditable 270 all out against reigning LV= County Champions Warwickshire, for whom winter arrival Oliver Hannon-Dalby returned 4-50.

Warwickshire, a mere 23 runs ahead on first innings, then lost openers Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood for 25 apiece in reaching 72 for two second time round.

Elsewhere, there was little for the students to shout about, although Loughborough MCCU were able to limit Sussex to 297 before hitting trouble in reply.

Following yesterday’s washout at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, Sussex were grateful to 85 from wicketkeeper Ben Brown before Kent spinner Adam Riley ran through the tail for figures of 4-48.

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Adam Lyth, pictured, and teenage opening partner Alex Lees closed in on centuries as Yorkshire took control against Leeds/Bradford MCCU

Loughborough closed on 54 for three as Steve Magoffin, Chris Liddle and Chris Jordan each picked up wickets.

There were hundreds for Rob Quiney, on his Essex debut, and Tom Westley at Fenner’s as Cambridge MCCU found life tough.

The hosts, responding to 328 for five declared, were skittled for 99 and then saw Essex race to 335 for three and a mammoth lead of 564.

Yorkshire bounced back from a tricky opening day to take full control of their clash with Leeds/Bradford MCCU at Headingley.

After resuming on 40 for three, Leeds/Bradford could only muster 118 all out as Steven Patterson, Jack Brooks and Ryan Sidebottom shared nine scalps.

The White Rose then progressed to 192 without loss - for an advantage of 318 - on the back of 93 not out from Adam Lyth and Alex Lees’ unbeaten 86. The latter will surely fancy his chances of completing a maiden first-class hundred tomorrow morning.

Scott Borthwick followed up yesterday’s 99 with three wickets as Durham bowled out Durham MCCU for 176 before reaching 101 for one in their second innings. Paul Collingwood’s side lead by 351 heading into the final day of three at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Cardiff MCCU were undermined by Mike Reed’s six-wicket haul at the SWALEC Stadium as they stumbled to 169 all out.

Glamorgan more than doubled their first-innings advantage of 106 in the evening session, with Will Bragg’s second half-century of the game aiding a total of 112 for two.

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