Leeds Beckett students prepare for final at the Home of Cricket
The students; Steve Bullen, Chris Wakefield, Billy Root, Logan Weston, Alex Lilley, Ryan McKendry, Liam Watkinson, Kristian Martin, Archie Ogden and Kieran Grundy have all featured for the Leeds Bradford MCCU team who will face Cardiff MCCU on Tuesday 23 June in the Challenge Final.
Speaking ahead of the final Ian Smyth, Sports Development & Coaching Manager at Leeds Beckett said: “Reaching the MCCU Final at Lords for the third consecutive year is an outstanding achievement for all the students, coaches and support staff involved with the programme. There are currently 10 of our students in the squad and it will be a proud day for all concerned to play at the Home of Cricket. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of all involved to make this happen.”
Since 2005, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has funded six university cricket academies in England and Wales – the MCC Universities (MCCUs). The MCCUs are at Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Leeds, Loughborough and Oxford, and incorporate a total of thirteen institutions.
The MCCUs aim to give talented young cricketers the ability to receive top-level coaching and playing opportunities whilst furthering their education. Leeds Bradford MCCU is a squad comprised of students from Bradford College, Leeds Beckett University, Bradford University and the University of Leeds.
Leeds Bradford MCCU have a proud history with many cricketers going on to play professionally with a county and sometimes even internationally. A few alumni include Nottinghamshire and England left-arm fast bowler Harry Gurney; Yorkshire CCC seamer Steve Patterson, Lancashire CCC batsman Luis Reece and England Ladies’ Kate Cross.