COUNTY ROUND-UP: Rain curtails day two action

Rain played a prominent role on day two of the opening round of MCC University fixtures.

No play was possible at all at The Parks, where Oxford MCCU are hosting Worcestershire, or at Hove, where Sussex are entertaining Leeds/Bradford MCCU.

Fewer than six overs were bowled at Fenner’s, with Northamptonshire having the better of those. Mohammad Azharullah dismissed Andrew Wright in the first over of the day, with David Willey then having wicket-keeper Joe Tetley caught behind. Cambridge MCCU closed on 82 for three in reply to county’s first day 357 for seven.

Loughborough MCCU faced 25 overs in Southampton after Hampshire had declared on their overnight 474 for four. They finished on 88 for three, with Chris Wood, Gareth Berg and Sean Ervine taking one wicket apiece. Canada’s Nitish Kumar is undefeated on 20 for the students.

Johann Myburgh and James Hildreth hit centuries as Somerset progressed to 264 for three on a shortened second day against Durham MCCU at Taunton Vale. Marcus Trescothick was felled relatively early on by Jack Wood for 27. Hildreth and Myburgh, though, proceeded to add 172 for the third-wicket. Hildreth was sent packing for 102 by Chaitanya Bishnoi shortly before stumps, with Myburgh reaching them on 115.

Glamorgan and Cardiff MCCU finally got underway in the Welsh capital following their first day washout. County reached 316 for four after 91 overs of batting. Openers James Kettleborough and Jacques Rudolph put on 76 before Will Bragg, Ben Wright and Chris Cooke each passed 50. Cooke ended on 66, with Mark Wallace unbeaten on 15. Glamorgan-contracted off-spinner* Kieran Bull took one for 45 from 16 overs for the students.

News In Brief:
Yorkshire have cancelled the contract of Barney Gibson with immediate effect at the wicket-keeper’s request. Gibson, who made history in 2011 by taking to the field in a first-class match aged just 15, gave his reason as looking for a change in career.

Worcestershire spinner Shaaiq Choudhry will miss the first month of the new season after picking up a side strain in a pre-season match against Gloucestershire. The injury will leave the Pears’ spin stocks severely depleted after it was confirmed today that their overseas signing Saeed Ajmal will tour Bangladesh with Pakistan for a tour that is expected to start on 17th April. According to the club’s website, Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes is seeking short-term cover for Ajmal.

Sussex leg-spinner Will Beer will turn out for minor county side Oxfordshire in this year’s Minor Counties Championship subject to his commitments at Hove. The two clubs signed a partnership in 2013 and Sussex clearly hope that it will give Beer some much-needed red-ball cricket.

*This article was amended on 4/4/15 after Bull’s bowling style was initially given as left-am spin.

Daniel Grummitt

Cricket Writer at World Cricket Badger
Daniel first began writing about cricket in 2011, having been a fan of the game ever since his Grandad introduced him to it at the age of 10.

He worked for for almost three years, leading their county and domestic cricket coverage and contributing to a book about the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, before joining the hugely ambitious World Cricket Badger early in 2014.

The first Test that he remembers watching was on Channel 4 - back before the ECB marginalised potential future fans by selling the TV rights to Sky Sports - when England beat Pakistan by an innings and nine runs at Lord’s.

Besides a passion for domestic cricket, he also has an unexplainable interest in all things Zimbabwe cricket!

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