Middlesex comfortably defeated Oxford MCCU in The Parks as expected, with the margin being 331 runs. However, Middlesex encountered spirited resistance from the students who reached 191-4 before losing their last six wickets in the space of ten overs and they were all-out for 230, five minutes before the tea interval.
The hosts resumed their second innings on 34-1 but Marriot and Hughes survived the opening attack from James Harris and Harry Podmore to take the total to 63-1 after 27 overs before Gurjit Sandhu replaced Podmore at the Pavilion End. Sandhu struck with his third delivery when he had Marriot caught by Ollie Rayner at second slip for eighteen. Hughes had played well in reaching 43 off 95 balls before he top-edged a sweep-shot and Sandhu took the catch at short fine-leg to give Ravi Patel a wicket.
Angus Kennedy joined Matt Winter at the wicket with the total on 71-3 and the pair, both Oxford Blues, batted sensibly to bring up the hundred in the 43rd over. They survived through to lunch with the total on 126-3 with Winter on 37 and Kennedy on 17.
Gurjit Sandhu and Harry Podmore returned to the attack immediately after lunch and it was Podmore who got the breakthrough when he had Kennedy caught at the wicket by Adam Rossington for 17. Alex Martin joined Winter who shortly afterwards reached a 90 ball fifty which included nine fours. With Martin offering solid support, Winter batted very well as the pair took Oxford MCCU to 183-4 after 69 overs. At this point Joe Denly was brought on to bowl his leg-breaks and after starting with a maiden over, he got the wicket of Winter who went down the track and missed the ball and Adam Rossington made the stumping to dismiss him for 80.
Denly struck again in his following over when Martin was caught at the wicket by Adam Rossington for 24 to reduce Oxford MCCU to 194-6. Sam Weller was then bowled by Ollie Rayner for a duck and after the two hundred came up in the 77th over, Ravi Patel replaced Denly in the attack and he had Poulson caught by Ollie Rayner at mid-wicket for five. James Thompson joined Sam Cato with the total on 203-8 and Thompson went on the attack, scoring eleven runs off seven balls before he hit Joe Denly for a six. However, Thompson holed-out to Paul Stirling at long-on off Denly’s next delivery and Ravi Patel wrapped things up when he had Cato caught by Joe Denly at long-on for 14. The students were all-out for 230 with Joe Denly taking 3-13 in 5 overs, Ravi Patel taking 3-48 in 15.1 overs, Gurjit Sandhu 2-26 in 14 overs, Harry Podmore 1-31 in 14 overs and Ollie Rayner 1-35 in 12 overs whilst James Harris had figures of 0-51 from 17 overs and Paul Stirling 0-14 from 4 overs.
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