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Cook snared by MCCU student Published: 08 April 2014

Alastair Cook walks off after being dismissed for Essex
Alastair Cook walks off after being dismissed for Essex

20-year-old Cambridge University student Alasdair Pollock has picked up a prize scalp in Cambridge MCCU’s First Class match against Essex - England captain Alastair Cook.

Pollock, who studies Geography at Robinson College, dismissed Cook on the first day of the MCC Universities match at Fenner’s.

Having picked up the first wicket of Jaik Mickleburgh, Pollock struck again to trap Cook leg before for 39.

He then continued his fine spell to take the wicket of Tom Westley, to finish the first day with figures of 3/50.

"It's all a bit surreal to be honest", said Pollock. "It was such a good experience, and I knew I had a chance of getting him out.

"I'm just glad I got one to swing back and hit the pads. I bowled to [fellow left-hander] Zafar Ansari of Surrey when he was at Cambridge last year, so I just wanted to get the ball in a decent area.

"Hopefully I'll get the chance again in the second innings, but we've got four first innings wickets to get first, so I'm trying not to think too far ahead."

The innings was Cook’s first since returning from England’s ill-fated tour to Australia, where he oversaw defeats in the Test and ODI series'.

The Essex side contained internationals Ravi Bopara, Monty Panesar and James Foster.

Thanks to 65 from Ben Foakes and an unbeaten 63 from Bopara, Essex finished day one on 249/6.

Cook will lead England in the first Test of the summer, against Sri Lanka at Lord's, starting on Thursday 12 June.

MCC Cricket Annual 2013: MCC Universities


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