Durham MCC University
|Durham MCC University|
|Home ground:||The Racecourse|
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). As of 2012 (with the inclusion of Cardiff and Leeds/Bradford), they are one of six 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; only matches against a first-class county are accorded this status. 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. The team's home ground is The Racecourse, famous for holding Durham County Cricket Club's first first-class match in 1992.
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.
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