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County Championship round-up: Vaughan flunks examination at hands of students

Michael Vaughan, not exactly awash with England runs of late, got his Yorkshire season off to the worst possible start yesterday, falling for a duck against the might of Bradford/ Leeds University at Headingley. With the Test series against New Zealand starting in a month the captain needs some big scores to breed confidence but while his team-mates amassed 384 for 6, Vaughan lasted just six balls.

Rob Key and Owais Shah, two batsmen also eager to make England runs this summer, fared slightly better yesterday. Darren Pattinson took 5 for 22 as Nottinghamshire dismissed Kent for 162 in the First Division at Canterbury. A knock of 79 off 163 balls from Key was Kent's saving grace. Notts were 121 for 3 in reply at the close of play.

In the Second Division, Shah hit a century as Middlesex started strongly against Leicestershire at Grace Road. Shah fired 116, with 16 fours and one six, in a first-day tally of 257 for 5.

Worcestershire were bowled out for 249 by neighbours Warwickshire at Edgbaston.