Men's Cricket Win MCCU Championship
(21 June 2018)
Durham University’s men’s cricket team were yesterday crowned Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Universities Challenge Final winners – for the first time in eight years – after defeating rivals Loughborough University.
The University’s women’s team also made it to the finals – where they too faced Loughborough University – but were overcome ultimately by the opposing side, despite a valiant effort.
The MCC’s Head of Cricket, and Durham alumnus, John Stevens presented the trophy to the victorious team – trained by Head Coach, Paul Grayson.
Durham's cricket teams will have just one day off before preparing for next week’s British Universities & Colleges Sport finals where they will again face Loughborough.
“Cricket is in Durham’s DNA”
Celebrating the team’s success, Director of Experience Durham, Quentin Sloper, said: “Cricket is in Durham’s DNA and to finally be back at the top of the university game is fantastic for everyone associated with sport at Durham.
“The players and support staff have been magnificent all season. In sport, you get what you deserve and this is a very hard working and talented squad who, in our opinion, have got exactly what they deserve.
“The work we do in partnership with both the MCC and Durham County Cricket Club has been pivotal to our success. We’d like to thank all of our partners for their continuing support.”
New cricket centre and sporting opportunities
Durham University prides itself on a longstanding tradition of sporting prowess and is currently constructing a new cricket centre, due to be completed in August 2019.
Speaking of the new centre, Quentin Sloper continued: “We’re particularly committed to growing the women’s game at a grassroots level and we’re hopeful the new centre will act as a hub for women’s cricket development across County Durham and the wider North East region.”
Soon there will begin work on a major new sports and wellbeing facility at the University’s Maiden Castle site in the south west of the City.
The £31 million project also includes a 12 court multi-use sports hall, suitable for international and national competitions; a martial arts dojo; a fitness suite; purpose-built recovery facilities; and high performance weights rooms.
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