JONATHAN Trott may have failed with the bat against Oxford MCCU, but he confirmed he is a more than useful bowler with two wickets in The Parks yesterday.

The England and Warwickshire Test player, making his return to first-class cricket after coming home early from the Ashes Series in Australia with a stress-related illness, finished with impressive figures of 5-3-8-2 as the game fizzled out into a predictable draw.

The Bears declared on their overnight 388-7, the first day having been lost to rain, and were then held up by some stubborn batting from the students.

Lloyd Sabin, Steve Leach and Will Marriott all got into the 20s before James Poulson weighed in with 40 off 40 balls as the teams agreed on an early finish with Oxford on 181-9 dec.