Middlesex openers Nicholas Gubbins and Dawid Malan hammered sparkling centuries off Oxford MCCU’s attack on day one of their non first-class game at The Parks.
Radley College old boy Gubbins hit 116, while Malan made 110 as Middlesex rattled up 430-4dec by the close after winning the toss and deciding to bat first on an excellent pitch.
Gubbins’s runs came off 232 balls with 12 fours and a six, while Malan faced 186 deliveries with 12 fours.
They shared an opening stand of 214, before Sam Weller made the breakthrough when Malan mistimed a hook, and Oxford captain Wilf Marriott dived full stretch at mid-on to take a good catch.
John Simpson missed out, drilling a drive straight at Abidine Sakande at mid-on off Sam Cato’s off-spin seven runs later.
Gubbins, who had survived a chance to Weller at deep fine leg when on 26, finally fell with the score on 284, with Stephen Leach taking a skier at deep mid-wicket to give Cato his second victim.
Joe Denly made 78 off 99 balls with ten fours and a six before he fell to a brilliant one-handed diving catch by James Poulson at extra cover off Weller.
However, Paul Stirling, with an unbeaten 56 off 65 balls, including seven fours, and Adam Rossington, who smashed 38 not out off 20 deliveries, kept up the run spree to enable Middlesex to declare at stumps.
Scores: Middlesex 430-4 dec (N Gubbins 116, D Malan 110, J Denly 78, P Stirling 56no) v Oxford MCCU.
7:30am Friday 29th May 2015
HENRY Henman kept up the family tradition with victory in the Henman’s Freeth tournament at Woodstock.
7:00am Friday 29th May 2015
TRIBUTES have been paid to Banbury sporting stalwart Robert ‘Bob’ Mitchelmore.
7:00am Friday 29th May 2015
Headington School celebrated their centenary with a seventh consecutive gold medal in the Girls Championship Eights at the National Schools’ Regatta at Nottingham, writes JOHN WIGGINS.
6:00am Friday 29th May 2015
Oxford Central (East Prawle, 9 sent 94): 1, 5, 7 K Shipperley 1275, 1196, 1176; 2, 3, 6 M/M R Ward 1209, 1208, 1179; 4, 17 T Irving 1207, 955; 8, 9, 10 D Fellows 1164, 1146, 1136; 11, 14, 15 M Kelly 1117, 1023, 1023; 12, 13, 16 M/M S Capon & son 1101, 1029, 988; 18, 19, 20 R Clarke 955, 731, 690.
9:00am Thursday 28th May 2015
OXFORD United’s ability to land their main targets this summer is down to selling players a vision for the future rather than offering the most money, according to chief executive Mark Ashton.
8:50am Thursday 28th May 2015
OXFORD United have announced big changes in their retail department, which will give them more control over their design of merchandise.
8:30am Thursday 28th May 2015
MORRIS Motors footballers will finally get their hands on the Oxfordshire Senior Cup on Saturday – more than 30 years after winning the final.
8:00am Thursday 28th May 2015
OXFORD’S amateur ice hockey team conquered France by winning the prestigious Lyon Friendship Tournament.
7:40am Thursday 28th May 2015
OXFORD City & County’s Paul Lopez is set to make his Middleton Cup debut for Oxfordshire against Buckinghamshire at Waddesdon on Saturday (2pm).
7:30am Thursday 28th May 2015
OXFORD Saints ran riot in their West Division 2 game at Torbay Trojans, winning 72-30.