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30 May 2008 PR 08/69

Loughborough’s Spriegal gets senior Surrey cricket call-up

Loughborough University Cricket Centre of Excellence (UCCE) captain Matt Spriegal made his debut for the Surrey senior side this week in a pair of Friends Provident Trophy fixtures against county sides Essex and Sussex.

The 21-year-old sports science student bowled eight economical overs against Essex on Sunday (25 May) and batted at number three against Sussex on Wednesday (28 May), scoring 17 runs in a rain-affected match.

Spriegal has also been named in the squad for Surrey’s LV County Championship match against Somerset at Whitgift starting today (30 May -2 June).

The Loughborough captain first caught the eyes of the Surrey selectors at the start of the season when the University faced the county side at the Oval. Spriegal scored half a century to impress Surrey coach Alan Butcher and captain Mark Butcher.

Loughborough Cricket Performance Manager Alexia Walker is delighted with Spriegal’s call-up, which highlights the quality of the University cricket programme.

“Matt has been performing so well for us and it’s great news Surrey have called him up on the back of his recent efforts,” she said. “It’s unusual for someone of his age to burst into a senior side and it’s very rare for it to happen during the season.

“He is a great example of what the UCCE system is about. We support students in their education whilst giving them the skills to go on to become a professional cricketer. Matt’s call-up proves the system is working.”

Spriegal made his first class debut for Loughborough against Somerset in April 2007 and has previously toured with the Surrey U19s, British Universities and MCC Universities.

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  1. Free of charge photographs of Matt Spriegal are available from Amanda Overend.
  2. 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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