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3 July 2008 PR 08/100

Loughborough cricket win Challenge Final at Lords

The Loughborough University Cricket Centre of Excellence (UCCE) team has capped an outstanding season with victory at the MCC Challenge Final this week at Lords.

Batting first, the students overturned a determined Leeds/Bradford UCCE side on Monday (30 June) in London at the home of English cricket, winning by 66 runs.

Two solid partnerships through Tom Flowers and Arun Harinath, and later Jonny Hughes and Dan Pratt, provided the backbone for a Loughborough innings that saw surprise early exits for some of the University’s best.

A concerted comeback after the seventh wicket saw Loughborough approach a century to leave the field at 217-9.

Superior bowling by Loughborough’s Gavin Baker after the break kept Leeds/Bradford’s attack at bay, the 19-year-old taking five wickets in just eight overs. A James Moorhouse and Chris Prowting partnership provided the only threat to Loughborough, the pair clocking up 70 runs together.

With Leeds/Bradford unable to catch Loughborough’s lead the Midlanders won the title, taking the spoils on their first Final appearance in three years.

The MCC Challenge Final is the culmination of the MCC Universities Championships which involves the MCC’s six university-based centre of excellence programmes. Loughborough beat Durham, Oxford and Leeds/Bradford on their way to the final.

Monday saw a Loughborough double-header at Lords as the women’s UCCE side – the only one in the country, took on a best of the rest team that included three England internationals and an Australian A player.

Loughborough captain Kayleigh Alsop was named player of the match, scoring 47 runs in partnership with Jasmine Titmus and bowler Vicky Ball was also on top form, taking two wickets in one over, one of which was England player Caroline Atkins. Despite a strong effort from Loughborough, the University side lost by four wickets.

Loughborough’s UCCE teams have had an outstanding season, both sides winning the British Universities Championships and the men adding the MCC Twenty20 Championship title to their honours.

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  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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