Cricket: Former Students Make Durham Very Proud
(10 September 2017)
It's been a quite brilliant summer for some of Durham University Cricket's former students with Tom Westley making his Test debut for England and 2016 graduate Cameron Steele making an immediate impact during his first year at Durham County.
The spotlight has, understandably, been shone firmly on former Durham student Tom Westley (St. Cuthbert's Society) who made his debut in July against South Africa in the Third Test. A score of 59 in England's second innings announced his arrival onto the big stage and whilst runs were a little hard to come by in the middle, a score of 44 in this summer’s final Test helped England secure a series win over the West Indies.
Whilst at Durham, Westley was coached by former Head Coach Graeme Fowler before settling at Essex where he was coached by Paul Grayson. Paul completed the loop by taking on the Head Coach role at Durham in 2015! When asked about his time at Durham Westley spoke very positively:
"The years I spent at Durham University were hugely influential for me, not only as a cricketer, but also as a person.
I went to University with a dual purpose: to play cricket but also to get a degree. I had managed to pick up several injuries whilst playing for Essex C.C.C and England under 19's and that made me think about life after cricket. Durham was the perfect solution for me to improve as a sportsman but also to study at a world class academic institution. Not only this, Durham allows you to make lifelong friends and memories."
Elsewhere former student, Cameron Steele (Collingwood College), who captained Durham University during the 2015 season, is currently averaging 44.78 in this season's County Championship, placing him amongst the top ten run scorers in Division 2.
In total six former Durham students are competing in the County Championship with a cumulative total of 44 since the creation of the University Centre of Excellence programme.
Our coaches have also been busy this summer with Paul Grayson taking on the role of Head Coach of the Yorkshire Diamonds in the ECB Kia Women's SuperLeague which now runs throughout August. Gareth Breeze, our Lead Women's Coach, was also part of the coaching team as the Diamonds narrowly missed out on the knockout stages.
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