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James Hildreth struck an unbeaten double hundred and Nick Compton hit 180 not out as Somerset closed day two on 447 for one against Cardiff MCCU at Taunton.

After Cardiff added another 40 to their overnight 302 for five before declaring, Compton and Arul Suppiah, who made 41, put on 121 for the first wicket.

Once the latter had departed, Compton and Hildreth joined forces to add an outstanding unbroken second-wicket partnership of 326 as the Cardiff bowlers toiled.

Hildreth had 200 to his name at the close, his 232-ball innings studded with 25 fours, while Compton hit 19 boundaries, including one six.

David Masters returned figures of 6-52 as Essex retained control of their match with Cambridge MCCU at Fenner’s.

The 33-year-old seamer, who snared 93 first-class scalps last season, helped dismiss Cambridge for 219 in response to 506 for six declared.

Essex extended their lead to 400 at the close as they reached 113 for three, with opening batsman Billy Godleman unbeaten on 68.

Middlesex built a mammoth lead of 385 after dominating Durham MCCU at Northwood.

Starting the day 16 for two in reply to Middlesex’s 368 for nine, Durham were soon bowled out for just 124 as Steven Crook claimed 4-16 and Toby Roland-Jones and Ollie Rayner took two wickets apiece.

James Hildreth

Somerset batsman James Hildreth shows signs of early season form with an unbeaten double hundred against Cardiff MCCU

Captain Neil Dexter then struck 53 and John Simpson made an unbeaten 49 as Middlesex closed on 141 for two.

Huw Waters and Jim Allenby shared seven wickets as Glamorgan turned on the style versus Oxford MCCU at the Parks.

Waters returned 4-12 from 18 economical overs and Allenby chipped in with 3-27 as Oxford stumbled to 123 all out, an innings which contained four ducks.

Despite the early loss of Gareth Rees, Glamorgan extended their lead to 328 as Nick James struck an unbeaten 59 and Stewart Walters finished on 32 not out in their 105 for one.

Leeds/Bradford MCCU could only manage 205 in their first innings against Surrey, who finished the day 314 runs ahead at the Kia Oval.

Replying to Surrey’s 385 for eight declared, Chris Jordan, Matt Dunn and Tom Jewell claimed three victims each as Leeds/Bradford were dismissed inside 58 overs, number three Harry Bush providing the greatest resistance with 70.

Despite extending their lead past 300, Surrey, who reached stumps on 134 for five, were troubled as Tom Hardman and Matt Higginbotham picked up two quick wickets apiece.

Neil Edwards and Riki Wessels made huge centuries as Nottinghamshire racked up 528 on the opening day against Loughborough MCCU at Trent Bridge.

Opening batsman Edwards struck 25 fours and two maximums in his 271-ball 195, while Wessels used just 131 deliveries in making 172 as Notts posted an imposing first-innings score.

Adam Soilleux recorded figures of 3-97 from 20 overs for Loughborough, who saw out the final over of the day to reach four without loss.

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