CRICKET: Students make hay in The Parks

Oxford MCCU celebrate the wicket of Notts’ former England all-rounder Samit Patel, caught behind by wicket-keeper Alex Martin

Oxford MCCU celebrate the wicket of Notts’ former England all-rounder Samit Patel, caught behind by wicket-keeper Alex Martin

First published in Sport

THE cricket season returned to The Parks yesterday and the sun shone on Oxford MCCU against Nottinghamshire.

The students marked the opening day of the first-class fixtures by bowling out the visitors for a modest 237.

They replied with 30-2.

Oxford chose to field on winning the toss and were quick to make inroads into the Notts innings as Steven Mullaney was bowled by Charles Morris for a duck.

Fellow opener Sam Kelsall held the innings together with a half-century, while former England wicket-keeper Chris Read chipped in with 47.

Wickets fell at regular intervals, however, as Morris bagged two more victims, including Kelsall for a top score of 57 and former England all-rounder Samit Patel for 13.

Another ex-England Test player, Ajmal Shahzad, and Jake Ball got in the 30s before the tail succumbed to Aston Rowant pair Nick Ferraby and Karl Penhale.

Morris returned impressive figures of 3-41 off his 18 overs.

The students lost Banbury opener Lloyd Sabin for nought and Steven Leach for nine when they replied, but Lloyd Paternott and Morris stood firm.

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