Loughborough MCC University

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Loughborough MCC University
ECB Academy Lboro.JPG
The main academy building
Captain: Sam Billings
Coach: Vacant
Founded: 2003
Home ground: Haslegrave Ground
First-class debut: Somerset
in 2003
at Taunton
Official website: Loughborough MCCU

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


The coaching centre is largely funded by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). It is also the location of England's National Cricket Academy and is frequently used by the England team as a training base.[1]

Loughborough MCCU are one of six MCCU teams in Britain, and are considered first-class 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 was overseen by assistant coach and former Test opening bowler Graham Dilley being Loughborough’s head coach, until his death in 2011, in charge of the technical programme. He was assisted by coaching support which has recently included Nottinghamshire’s Paul Johnson (batting) and Chris Read (wicket-keeping). Dilley is assisted by: a director of cricket for development monitoring and academic mentoring; a fitness advisor experienced with both county clubs and ECB; a sports psychologist; a physiotherapist working with the squad on physical screening, injury prevention regimes and remedial treatment; and a range of additional generic sports science and sports medicine back-up on the Loughborough campus.[1]

Since obtaining first-class status in 2003, the university has produced a large number of cricketers who have obtained professional county contracts, while others such as Monty Panesar have gone on to play international cricket.[2]


On-campus facilities include:[3]

  • Two first-class standard cricket grounds
  • Full run-up indoor nets
  • Grass and artificial outdoor net provision
  • Access to the university’s strength and conditioning and aerobic fitness centres
  • Facilities for technical analysis, and integrated cross-training

Current squad[edit]

For past players see Category:Loughborough University cricketers

The current squad for the 2011 season is:[4]

Name Nat Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Darius D'Souza  Canada RHB RM
Danny Cox  England RHB Occasional wicket-keeper
Nitesh Patel  England RHB ROB
Dimitri Ratnayake  Sri Lanka RHB RS
William Tavaré  England RHB RM
Tom Winslade  England RHB OB
Alex Phillips  England RHB
Robert Taylor  England LHB LM Also plays for Leicestershire
Oliver Wilkin  England RHB RM
Michael Turns  England RHB RM
Oliver James  Wales RHB ROB
Tom Winslade  England RHB ROB
Harveer Gandam  England RHB RFM
Euan Brock  England RHB SLA
Sam Billings (captain)  England RHB Also plays for Kent
David Murphy  England RHB Also plays for Northamptonshire
Matt Cross  Scotland RHB Scotland Under-19 player
Adam Soilleux  England RHB RMF
Ravi Patel  England RHB SLA
Maurice Holmes  England RHB ROB Also plays for Warwickshire
Martin Fearon  England RHB ROB
Ian Sturmer  England RHB RM
Suheil Tandon  Canada RHB RMF


  1. ^ a b "About Loughborough MCCU". www.loughboroughmccu.com. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "What is a MCCU?". www.loughboroughmccu.com. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Facilities & Services". www.loughboroughmccu.com. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Player profiles". www.loughboroughmccu.com. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 

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