Former England captain Alastair Cook made a century in his first innings since retiring from Test cricket while batting for Essex in a pre-season game.
Cook, 34, who was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, scored his 64th first-class hundred against Cambridge MCCU at Fenner’s.
He reached his hundred before tea off 200 balls and was 150 not out when Essex declared on 387-5.
England’s record run-scorer bowed out in September with 147 against India.
Cook hit 21 boundaries off the student attack and shared a fourth-wicket stand of 217 with Adam Wheater, who made 130 off 162 balls, including three sixes.
The match is one of six three-day games being played by counties against university teams in preparation for the start of the 2019 County Championship season on 5 April.