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Alexei Kervezee

Alexei Kervezee struck a rapid 71 to lead Worcestershire's fightback on the second day of their clash with Leeds/Bradford MCCU

Worcestershire were indebted to Alexei Kervezee’s quickfire 71 as they looked to avoid an upset against Leeds/Bradford MCCU at New Road.

The Netherlands international hit 12 fours and a six in his 76-ball knock after his side had fallen to 51 for three in their second innings.

He put on 97 for the fourth wicket alongside opener Daryl Mitchell, who will be looking to convert his 51 into a big score tomorrow when Worcestershire resume on 173 for four.

Earlier, Alex Blake struck 72, while Joe Leach and Bradley Kruger chipped in with valuable runs down the order to help Leeds/Bradford to 270 all out for a slender first-innings lead of 22.

Ed Young registered a magnificent century but it was not enough as Oxford MCCU fell 125 runs short of Lancashire’s first-innings total at the Parks.

The 21-year-old Oxford captain struck 17 fours and a six for his 133, but he could not find anyone to support him as Sajid Mahmood and Oliver Newby ripped through the heart of the side as they picked up four wickets apiece. At the close of play, Lancashire were 22 without loss.

Cambridge MCCU produced a stirring fightback as Ben Ackland, Craig Park and Paul Best recorded half-centuries against Essex at Fenner's.

Resuming on 29 without loss overnight in response to Essex’s 311 for eight declared, Ackland was the first to reach 50 and - although he perished 13 runs later - Park’s assured 83 helped steady the ship. Best’s patient 50 from 111 balls allowed Cambridge to declare on 283 for seven.

Reece Topley and Ravi Bopara claimed three wickets each but Cambridge were in the driving seat when Billy Godleman was out for a duck shortly before the close of play.

Sajid Mahmood

Sajid Mahmood, above, and Oliver Newby took four wickets each to put Lancashire in firm control of their encounter against Oxford MCCU

Opening bowlers Huw Waters and Graham Wagg claimed seven wickets between them as Glamorgan seized the upper hand against Cardiff MCCU at the SWALEC Stadium.

After Robert Croft’s century on the first day helped the hosts to 303 for eight, Ryan Bishop and Zachary Elkin were dismissed without adding to the score to leave the visitors 14 for two. Opener Will Jones and new batsman Andrew Balbirnie both registered half-centuries but Waters took 4-17 and Wagg claimed 3-49 as Cardiff were all out for 179.

South Africa international Alviro Petersen helped Glamorgan to 158 for seven at the close of play with a knock of 63.

David Willey struck a crucial 54 and claimed a wicket to put Northamptonshire in command against Loughborough MCCU at the Haslegrave Ground.

The 21-year-old struck eight boundaries and one maximum to help his side to a first-innings lead of 62 after they declared on 236 for nine. Willey, Lee Daggett and Tom Brett picked up a wicket each as Loughborough closed on 91 for three.

Greg Smith top-scored for Durham MCCU with 85 to help his side to 235 all out on the first day of their clash with Durham at the Racecourse Ground.

Young spinner Scott Borthwick took 3-30 from his 9.2 overs but was then out for a golden duck when he was trapped in front by Chris Roper as Durham closed on 55 for one.

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