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21 June 2011 | PR 11/74

Future cricket stars to compete in Twenty20 tournament

Loughborough University is to host a major Twenty20 cricket tournament for some of the best young players in the country.

The MCC Universities event on 24 – 25 June will see the Loughborough Students team take on Oxford in the first round.

The other University teams are taking part are Cambridge, Leeds/Bradford, Durham and Cardiff.

The tournament is being run by MCC Universities (MCCU), the scheme that aims to ensure that the best young cricketers are encouraged to go into Higher Education by providing them with opportunities to develop their cricket while studying at University.

Three current Loughborough University students, Sam Billings (Kent), Maurice Holmes (Warwickshire) and Ravi Patel (Middlesex) have all been offered contracts for the forthcoming season.

Numerous cricketers have been given professional contracts following on from their time at Loughborough, including England international Monty Panesar.

Loughborough University’s cricket head coach Graham Dilley said:

“The Twenty20 tournament is a fantastic idea from the MCC that gives all the MCCU students the opportunity to play an increasingly important form of the game. Loughborough University are proud to host this event which continues to raise the profile of Loughborough student cricket.”

The tournament also forms part of this year’s IAMLUFBRA campaign.

A package of a ticket for the Loughborough v Oxford match (1.15 start) and semi final (4.30 start) on Friday 24 June, along with an IAMLUFBRA T-Shirt are on sale for £12 at our online store at
https://store.lboro.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?catid=120&modid=1&compid=1
Individual tickets are also available online at £4.00 for concessions, £7.00 for adults.

The matches will be played on the Hazlegrave and Brockington cricket pitches on the University campus. To see Loughborough Students in action against Oxford at Brockington the gates open midday with match starting at 1.15pm.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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