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Jak's the lad for Oxford

Oxford MCCU’s Jak Martin has laid down the gauntlet to his fellow university batsmen in the pursuit of the 2010 Walter Lawrence Trophy

The Trophy is awarded to the player who makes the highest score from among the six MCC Universities, and the Oxford MCCU captain made 202 not out against Durham MCCU in the MCC Universities Championship match at the Racecourse Ground during their match on 21st-22nd April. With fellow opener Richard Coughtrie who scored 91, Martin put on 179, whilst Durham’s opener Luc Durandt scored 174.

Martin’s 202 not out is the highest score made by an MCCU player against one of the other five MCCUs or against one of the first-class counties so far this season.

It’s been a profitable week for MCCU batsman. Durham MCCU’s (and Essex CCC’s) Tom Westley made 158 against Cardiff MCCU, whilst Rory Burns made 103 for the Welsh side, and Leeds/Bradford’s Ross Whiteley scored 105 against Cardiff.

Cambridge MCCU’s Anand Ashok was the 2009 winner of the award for his unbeaten 164 scored against Oxford MCCU at Fenner’s on June 21 last year. Ashok became the fourth recipient of the silver medallion prize and the cheque for £1,000.

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