Durham MCC University

Durham MCC University
Durham MCC University
Durham University Cricket Ground - geograph.org.uk - 506132.jpg
Coach: England Graeme Fowler
Captain: England Tom Westley
Founded: 2001
Home ground: The Racecourse
First-class debut: Durham
in 2001
at Riverside

Durham MCC University (previously known as Durham University Centre of Cricketing Excellence) is a cricket coaching centre based at Durham University in Durham, County Durham, England and the name under which the university's cricket team plays.



The coaching centre is largely funded by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).[1] They are one of four university teams in England who are considered a first-class team, when playing against other first-class sides. This means that a game against another university would not be considered first class; one against a county side which holds first-class status would. The cricket coaching is overseen by coach and former Test player Graeme Fowler being the university’s head coach, in charge of the technical programme since its inception in 2001.[2] The teams home ground is The Racecourse, famous for holding Durham County Cricket Club's first first-class match in 1992.[2]

Since obtaining first-class status in 2001, the university has produced a large number of cricketers who have obtained professional county contracts, while others such as James Foster have gone on to play international cricket. Prior to first-class status, players such as Andrew Strauss and Nasser Hussain played for the university's cricket club.

Current squad

For past players see Category:Durham University cricketers

The current squad for the 2011 season is:[3]

Name Nat Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Chris Jones  England RHB RM Also plays for Somerset
Luc Durandt  England LHB RM
Greg Smith  England RHB LB Also plays for Leicestershire
Rishabh Shah  England RHB LB
Daniel Newton  England RHB RM
Seren Waters  Kenya RHB LB Has played ODIs for Kenya
Iwan Jenkins  Wales RHB
Tom Westley (captain)  England RHB ROB Also plays for Essex
Shan Masood  Pakistan LHB RMF Also plays for Habib Bank Limited
Luke Blackaby  England LHB LM
Luke Patel  England RHB ROB
Charles Legget  Scotland RHB RM
Alex Turner  England RHB LB
Pete Vickers  England RHB RMF
James Atkinson  Hong Kong RHB Has played ODIs for Hong Kong
Joshua Smith  England LHB
Chris Roper  England RHB RM
Max Scarr  England LHB SLA
Alex Deuchar  England RHB RM
George Harper  England RHB LMF
Jonathan Salt  England RHB  ?
Michael Kearns  England RHB RMF


  1. ^ "MCC Universities information & history". www.lords.org. http://www.lords.org/mcc/mcc-universities/. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Durham MCCU". www.mccuniversities.org. http://www.mccuniversities.org/durham/. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Player profiles". www.mccuniversities.org. http://www.mccuniversities.org/durham/player-profiles/. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 

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