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Leeds/Bradford MCCU student bags five against Somerset

Lilley trapped Craig Kieswetter LBW for a duck
Lilley trapped Craig Kieswetter LBW for a duck

Leeds/Bradford MCCU bowler Alex Lilley has taken five wickets against county opposition in his side's First Class match against Somerset.

After only six overs on the first day of the match at Taunton were possible, due to rain, Leeds/Bradford MCCU ripped through their illustrious opponents, with Lilley in fine form.

To get Kieswetter out without scoring was great

The 21-year-old, who studies Sport Business Management at Leeds Metropolitan University, took 5/41 against Division One Somerset, who are boasting international players Marcus Trescothick, Nick Compton and Craig Kieswetter.

"For us uni lads playing against a county is win/win, we can play no fear, 'enjoy yourself' cricket" said former Yorkshire junior-pro Lilley.

"Today I was the one who took five wickets, but it could have been any of the lads, so today I was the lucky one.

"I didn't get to bowl at Trescothick, which is just as well! But to get Kieswetter out without scoring was great.

"The thing that's struck us most about facing county players is just how big they all are! Some of their lads are huge!"

After reducing Somerset to 126/9 the county's final-wicket partnership combined for a frustrating 66 runs, and Lilley believes this can be a positive for Leeds/Bradford.

"It flattened out a bit as the day went on, and you can see that in their last wicket parternship, so hopefully we'll be able to exploit that and get on top."

Leeds/Bradford will face Cardiff MCCU next week in the MCCU Two-Day competition.

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