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.
12:00pm Sunday 4th October 2015
SEE the key moments as Oxford United won for the second time on the road in the space of five days with a 3-1 success at Accrington Stanley.
4:57pm Saturday 3rd October 2015
LIAM Sercombe scored twice in the final 11 minutes to give Oxford United their second away victory in five days.
6:08pm Saturday 3rd October 2015
1:56pm Saturday 3rd October 2015
All the news from Oxford United's trip to Accrington Stanley in Sky Bet League Two.
9:30am Saturday 3rd October 2015
DANNY Hylton says Oxford United need to ignore the unique challenges posed by a trip to Accrington Stanley if they are to secure back-to-back wins on the road.
8:20am Saturday 3rd October 2015
OXFORD United could name the same starting line-up for the fourth game in a row at in-form Accrington Stanley.
8:00am Saturday 3rd October 2015
THAME’S promotion to the Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League has been approved.
7:20am Saturday 3rd October 2015
SEAN Walkinshaw is targeting silverware on his first visit to Misano this weekend in the penultimate round of the Blancpain Sprint Series.
6:40am Saturday 3rd October 2015
TOM Avery returns as Oxford City Stars host Solent Devils in English National League South Division 1 tomorrow (6.15).
6:20am Saturday 3rd October 2015
ELLIE Broome won bronze for Kidlington & Gosford at the Nuneaton Open meet.