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Essex pass Cambridge exam

PUBLISHED: 15:09 02 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:09 02 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 416-4d & 409-7d beat Cambridge University 124 & 178 by 523 runs

Essex completed an emphatic 523-run victory over Cambridge University with more than a full session to spare at Fenner’s.

Captain Ryan ten Doeschate decided to declare on their overnight score of 409-7, with the Dutchman unbeaten on 47 himself.

That left the visitors 701 runs ahead and Australian Matt Dixon made an early breakthrough with the ball to trap Jamie Abbott leg before.

Former Oaks Park pupil Jamie Porter struck at the other end soon after, as Ravi Bopara took the catch to dismiss Shivaan Bardioli, and Dixon earned another leg before decision to leave the students 26-3 in the 13th over.

Cambridge captain Harry Ellison hit four boundaries in a cameo 22 off just 18 balls, before becoming Dixon’s third victim, and ten Doeschate struck twice with the ball after bringing himself into the attack to leave the hosts 100-6 at lunch.

Porter claimed his second scalp after the restart as he ended a 40-run stand for the seventh wicket when tempting Avish Patel to edge to Matthew Cross, who was deputising for the unwell James Foster behind the stumps.

And Graham Napier, following his five-wicket haul in the first innings, got in on the act to dismiss Adil Arif one run short of a half-century to leave Cambridge 145-8.

Chelmsford-born Alistair Allchin, who played for Essex under-14s, under-15s and under-17s but had fallen without scoring when making his first-class debut for Cambridge against his home county three years earlier, offered some more resistance, following his unbeaten half-century in the home side’s first innings.

But the 24-year-old fell to Bopara for 32, off 33 balls, having hit five boundaries and last man Adam Barton was bowled just two balls later as Essex wrapped up a mammoth victory.

Essex play their first home match of the new season at the County Ground on Monday, when Middlesex visit for a two-day friendly.

The Eagles will also take on their rivals in a Twenty20 match on Wednesday and entry for both is free of charge.

Gates open at 10am on Monday and Tuesday, with the pavilion open to all spectators and food and drink available.

Parking is not available at the ground or Meteor Way, with the nearest car park being the High Chelmer multi-storey. Chelmsford park & ride is also available at Sandon and Chelmer Valley.

Essex 1st inns, 416-4dec: Browne 87, Mickleburgh 125, Westley 110 ret, Bopara 3, Lawrence 35*, Ten Doeschate 22*.

Cambridge Univ 1st inns, 124: Allchin 59*; Porter 11-3-30-2, Dixon 12-4-16-2, Napier 7-2-29-5, Bopara 5-0-27-0, Ten Doeschate 3-0-12-0, Taylor 2.3-0-6-1.

Essex 2nd inns, 409-7dec: Browne 101, Mickleburgh 102 ret, Bopara 30, Lawrence 76 ret, Ten Doeschate 47*, Taylor 1, Napier 6, Porter 4, Dixon 0*.

Cambridge Univ 2nd inns, 178: Porter 11-3-40-2, Dixon 11-5-35-3, Napier 12-2-50-1, Ten Doeschate 5-2-15-2, Bopara 8.5-2-26-2, Westley 1-0-1-0.


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