Essex give students a lesson

PUBLISHED: 19:46 01 April 2016 | UPDATED: 19:46 01 April 2016

The 2016 first-class cricket season is underway (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA)

The 2016 first-class cricket season is underway (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Essex 416-4 & 409-7 lead Cambridge University 124 by 701 runs

Essex will go into the third day of their first-class match against Cambridge University at Fenner’s with a 701-run lead after a dominant display on day two.

Graham Napier’s five-wicket haul hustled the students out for just 124 in reply to Essex’s 416-4, before Jaik Mickleburgh and Nick Browne shared a double-century stand to help lay the foundations for another big total for the visitors.

Cambridge resumed on 24-1, but soon lost their second wicket as Shivaan Bardioli was bowled by Australian Matt Dixon.

And Napier struck four times in quick succession, as Jamie Porter (2-30) also had success, to reduce the students to 46-7.

Dixon (2-16) claimed his second victim with the Cambridge total on 56, before Alistair Allchin showed some lower-order defiance with an unbeaten 59 off just 54 balls.

Allchin hit nine boundaries, but saw Napier (5-29) dismiss Alexander Waghorn and last man Adam Barton fall to Callum Taylor to end the innings on 124 in the 41st over.

Essex, with a 292-run lead on first innings, chose to bat again and saw openers Browne and Mickleburgh put on 236 for the first wicket.

Browne reached his century with successive boundaries, before edging behind to fall for 101, from just 99 balls.

Mickleburgh retired out on 102, having hit two sixes and 12 fours in a 110-ball innings, to give Ravi Bopara and Dan Lawrence more time at the crease in the afternoon.

And they put on 89 for the third wicket in 70 minutes, taking Essex’s lead beyond the 600-run mark, before Bopara lost his middle stump to Waghorn on 30.

Lawrence went on to reach his half-century from 62 balls with successive boundaries off Avish Patel and raced to 76 from just 11 more deliveries before retiring out with the score on 363.

Taylor followed cheaply soon after and Napier became Waghorn’s third victim, before Porter also departed in quick time.

But captain Ryan ten Doeschate reached the close unbeaten on 47, from just 41 balls, having hit six boundaries and he will have to decide how much more time he wants in the middle before letting his bowling attack loose for a second time.

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