Calum MacLeod captained the 2nd XI to a 41 run win at Weetwood
STUMPS: Durham 2nd XI 231-9 v Leeds & Bradford MCCU XI 190 all out. Durham 2nd XI won by 41 runs at Weetwood.
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Alastair Maiden's 2nd XI recorded a comfortable victory at Weetwood, despite the late withdrawal of their most senior player.
England International Graham Onions had been due to make his comeback from injury in the game, but had to drop out of the squad during the morning.
Onions had been bowling in the nets earlier in the week and woke up with some stiffness in his back on Tuesday, so the 31 year old was rested as a precautionary measure.
Despite this late change to the plans, the second string proved too strong for the University students after winning the toss and electing to bat first.
Rammy Singh (42) and captain Calum Macleod (44) put on 91 for the first wicket but both fell just short of reaching their half-centuries, whilst Bradford born Usman Arshad struck two big sixes in his innings of 37.
Durham were in danger of not batting out their 50 overs, but Paul Coughlin (46*) helped squeeze out some valuable late runs, to set the hosts 232 to win.
In a game when a lot of batsmen got in but failed to make a big score, Daniel Young (45) and skipper Charles Roebuck (48) top-scored to give the Yorkshiremen hope at 113-2.
However, Max Morley (2-34) then took two wickets in successive balls to swing the game back towards Durham, and when Ryan Buckley (3-43) bowled Young, the result looked inevitable.
The students eventually stuttered to 190 all out, with Arshad claiming two late scalps to post impressive figures of 3-17 from seven overs.
Durham's 2nd XI are next in action on Monday the 9th of June when they take on Warwickshire in a Second XI trophy fixture at Kenilworth Wardens CC (11am start)