Durham MCCU routed for 18
Durham completed their pre-season preparations in astonishing style by dismissing Durham MCCU for 18 en route to a crushing 373-run victory.
After declaring 391 ahead on their overnight score of 193 for seven, Phil Mustard’s men delivered an extraordinary clinical performance to bowl out their inexperienced opponents, for whom Luke Blackaby was unable to bat, in 16.5 overs.
The university side’s total represented one of the lowest in first-class history, with numbers six to 10 all failing to score.
All-rounder Ben Stokes led the way with the ball for Durham with figures of 4-3 from four overs, while fellow seamers Callum Thorp and Graham Onions also prospered as wickets tumbled at regular intervals.
At the Ageas Bowl, Liam Dawson and David Balcombe shared six scalps to lead Hampshire to a 274-run win over Loughborough MCCU.
Chasing 391 for victory, the visitors were bowled out for 116, despite an impressive 69 from wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings.
Michael Carberry had earlier struck four fours and three sixes in an innings of 47 that helped Hampshire to declare their second innings on 111 for two.
Surrey youngster Zafar Ansari compiled an unbeaten half-century at Fenner’s for Cambridge MCCU, who were aided by the weather as their game with Lancashire finished in a draw.
The Red Rose opted to declare on 134 for one overnight, but Ansari, with 59 not out, and Ben Ackland, who made 52, then guided Cambridge to 143 for one from the 42.3 overs possible today.
Cardiff MCCU were also grateful for assistance from the elements as they hung on for a draw against Warwickshire.
Only 54 overs were bowled at Edgbaston, Warwickshire securing a lead of 230 by compiling 349 all out before Cardiff scraped to 91 for seven in their second innings.
Chris Wright and Rikki Clarke collected three wickets each for the Bears, the latter conceding just eight runs from as many overs.