Essex hit 500 at Fenner's
Greg Smith, James Foster and Graham Napier raced to hundreds as Essex piled up 506 for six declared on day one of three versus Cambridge MCCU at Fenner’s.
However, it was not all plain sailing for the visitors, who won the toss. Opening batsman Billy Godleman made 57, but two wickets apiece for Matt Salisbury and Peter Turnbull helped reduce Essex to 91 for four.
Smith, who has joined from Derbyshire, added 224 with Foster before falling for 160 from 138 balls. Foster and Napier made hay with an unbroken 141-run stand until the former declared with 114 to his name when Napier reached a 48-delivery 100.
The hosts responded with 26 for one by the close, David Masters trapping Dean Bell in front.
Cardiff MCCU opening batsman Zachary Elkin struck an unbeaten 127 in a respectable 302 for five against Somerset at Taunton.
Somerset put their opponents in and reduced them to 61 for three. But wicketkeeper-batsman Elkin put on 96 with Uzair Qureshi, who hit 47, and 87 with Sam Davies, who contributed 42.
An unbroken partnership of 58 with Tom Friend saw the visitors through to stumps.
Surrey’s Tom Maynard and Rory Burns dominated a total of 385 for eight declared versus Leeds/Bradford MCCU, who were 20 for one by the close at the Kia Oval.
Opening the batting after the hosts were put in, Chris Jordan registered 54. But, when Jason Roy became the second of seamer Tom Leach’s four victims, Surrey were 136 for five.
Maynard and Burns rallied with a 146-run alliance until the former went for 91. Burns carried on to reach 101 not out when the declaration came, with Leach boasting figures of 4-73. Tim Linley then had Ben Slater caught behind.
Three figures for Sam Robson at the top of the order guided Middlesex against Durham MCCU at Northwood.
Once Durham had won the toss, Robson added 86 with opening partner Adam London and 128 with number four Dawid Malan, who made 70.
Robson was run out for 117 by Luke Blackaby, who claimed 4-51 - the last wicket of which was Gareth Berg for 59.
Responding to 368 for nine declared, the visitors closed on 16 for two.
New Glamorgan captain Mark Wallace led by example with an unbeaten 122 in his side’s 346 for seven declared versus Oxford MCCU at the Parks.
The hosts chose to bowl and, despite opener Gareth Rees’s 46, reduced Glamorgan to 162 for six with three wickets for seamer Dan Conway.
Wallace then joined forces with Graham Wagg in putting on 152 before the latter departed for 60. Not long after, Wallace declared and Oxford were six without loss at stumps.