Waters sinks Cardiff
Huw Waters claimed astonishing bowling figures to ease Glamorgan to an emphatic 281-run win over Cardiff MCCU, the only county to avoid a draw in the games that finished today.
The 24-year-old seamer, who took 4-17 in Cardiff’s first innings, recorded amazing statistics of 8-4-6-5 as the university side were skittled for 46 in 27.3 second-innings overs at the SWALEC Stadium.
Glamorgan began the day on 158 for seven in their second knock but extended that to 203 for nine declared, setting Cardiff a notional 328 for victory. Only opener Will Jones and extras reached double figures as Graham Wagg and Robert Croft shared four wickets.
England’s Ashes hero Alastair Cook warmed up for the new season with a century for Essex against Cambridge MCCU at Fenner's.
Resuming with his team on nought for one, the opener - who amassed 766 Test runs against Australia this winter - made 120 in a total of 326 for six declared that included 74 for Ravi Bopara.
That set Cambridge 355 for victory but they only faced 14 overs in reaching 26 without loss.
Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell converted a fifty into a big century versus Leeds/Bradford MCCU at New Road.
The opener progressed from 51 overnight to 146 shortly before declaring on 348 for seven. He shared a 115-run stand with Aneesh Kapil, who finished 41 not out.
Mitchell’s withdrawal gave Leeds/Bradford the prospect of 327 to pull off a shock and, although losing regular wickets, they closed on a respectable 201 for six - Joe Leach top-scoring with 49.
Karl Brown and Mark Chilton struck half-centuries for Lancashire against Oxford MCCU at the Parks.
The Red Rose were 22 without loss overnight and opener Brown strengthened that position with 72 before they declared on 223 for six with Chilton, who hit 117 in the first innings, unbeaten on 52.
Chasing an improbable 349, Oxford were 52 for three at stumps.
Loughborough MCCU skipper Sam Billings registered three figures versus Northamptonshire but only 63 overs were possible today, ruling out the realistic chance of a positive result at the Haslegrave Ground.
Beginning the day on 33 in a total of 91 for three, the 19-year-old advanced to 131 soon before the game ended with his side on 267 for nine declared - a lead of 175.
Ian Blackwell and Liam Plunkett smashed tons to give Durham hope of victory over Durham MCCU on the third and final day tomorrow at the Racecourse Ground.
Resuming on 55 for one, opener Mark Stoneman composed a fluent 73 and Ben Stokes a smooth 51.
However, Blackwell and Plunkett dominated with a 232-run alliance en route to 158 and 107 not out respectively. Durham closed on 471 for eight, a lead of 236.