Linley stars as Surrey sneak home
Tim Linley claimed five wickets as Surrey survived a huge scare to beat Leeds/Bradford MCCU by two runs on the third and final day at the Kia Oval.
After Surrey, who lost by 10 wickets to Cambridge MCCU last year, declared on their overnight 134 for five to leave a victory target of 314, Leeds/Bradford were boosted by half-centuries from Joe Leach and Dan Hodgson.
But, just as they sensed an unlikely victory, Linley completed impressive figures of 5-45 from 19.2 overs to help Surrey dismiss their opponents for 312.
Glamorgan were the other county to prevail as they convincingly defeated Oxford MCCU by 253 runs at the Parks.
Mark Wallace’s side declared after adding a further 62 to their overnight 105 for one with Nick James making 83 and Stewart Walters compiling an unbeaten half-century.
With Oxford needing a mammoth 390 to win, opening batsman Sam Agarwal struck 51, but they were bowled out for just 137 as spinner Dean Cosker took 4-22 and Australian seamer Moises Henriques returned 3-34.
Rishabh Shah compiled an unbeaten half-century as Durham MCCU batted out the final day to secure a draw against Middlesex at Northwood.
Middlesex declared overnight on 141 for two to leave a victory target of 385, but struggled to fire with the ball as Durham closed on 199 for three.
Shah top-scored with a defiant 56 from 204 balls and was helped by Luke Blackaby, who finished 38 not out from 121 deliveries.
Somerset may have piled on the runs, but they failed to take 10 second-innings wickets as Cardiff MCCU fought hard for a draw at Taunton.
The hosts declared on 642 for three, with Nick Compton and James Hildreth making double centuries, to leave an intriguing chase of 300.
But, despite Max Waller claiming 3-33 from 21 overs, Cardiff thwarted the Somerset attack to finish their 55 overs on 126 for five.
An unbroken second-wicket partnership of 110 from Craig Park and Akbar Ansari helped Cambridge MCCU register a draw against Essex at Fenner’s.
Essex declared on 334 for six thanks to Billy Godleman’s 94 and half-centuries from Adam Wheater, Tim Phillips and David Masters.
With an unlikely target of 622 to chase, Cambridge were always up against it and looked to be in trouble as Masters and Graham Napier each snared an early scalp.
But Park, who made an unbeaten 71, and Ansari, with 48 not out, saw their side to 134 for two from 33 overs.
Nottinghamshire headed into the final day at Trent Bridge holding a lead of 563 over Loughborough MCCU.
Starting the day four without loss, Loughborough were dismissed for just 148 as seamer Luke Fletcher claimed 4-21, while Graeme White and Ben Phillips took two wickets apiece.
Notts then added quick runs to close on 183 for two, England Lions captain James Taylor making an unbeaten 61, while Alex Hales and Michael Lumb hit 48 and 44 respectively.