Historic achievement

Leeds/Bradford UCCE, formerly known as MCCU, is set to play in their sixth BUCS National Premier Final at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground on Tuesday 2 July. This match marks their third consecutive final, highlighting the team’s consistent and continued excellence. The team has previously clinched the title in 2013, 2016, and 2022, while finishing as runners-up in 2019 and 2023.

Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport, said:

‘It’s fantastic news for our Leeds men’s team.  They have worked immensely hard throughout the winter months and this has paid off through their performances across the season. The support staff including our head coach, strength and conditioning coach, physios and the grounds staff at Sports Park Weetwood have ensured that our players have been supported well and I’m delighted that they have reached this fitting final at Lords.’

Leeds Cricket team batting

Pathway to professional cricket

Established in 2001, Leeds/Bradford UCCE is part of the University Centres of Cricketing Excellence (UCCE).. These centres offer young, aspiring cricketers exceptional training during the winter months and competitive matches over the summer, all while they continue their education. The UCCE programme serves as a pathway to professional cricket, providing players with opportunities to showcase their talents,  thereby enhancing their chances of securing professional contracts.

Notable alumni

Over the years, numerous players from Leeds/Bradford UCCE have advanced to professional cricket. Notable alumni include Joe Leach (Worcestershire), Luis Reece (Derbyshire), Ben Slater (Nottinghamshire), Ross Whiteley (Derbyshire), Nick Gubbins (Hampshire), Martin Andersson (Middlesex), Josh de Caires (Middlesex), Harry Duke (Yorkshire), Jordan Thompson (Yorkshire), Billy Root (Glamorgan), Taylor Cornall (Worcestershire), Alex Blake (Kent), Tom Craddock (Essex), Dan Hodgson (Yorkshire), George Scott (Gloucestershire), Ivan Thomas (Kent), Toby Roland-Jones (Middlesex), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Moin Ashraf (Northamptonshire), Jonathan Webb (Warwickshire), and Matthew Higginbottom (Derbyshire).

Leeds UCCE player Joe Pocklington throwing the ball

International representation

Several players have also represented England and England Lions, including Toby Roland-Jones and Harry Gurney for England, and Nick Gubbins for England Lions. Additionally, alumni Craig Wallace (Scotland), Brad Kruger (Netherlands), and Abhishek Prabakar (USA) have represented other national teams.

Looking forward

As we look forward to welcoming the next cohort of players in September, the hope is to continue fostering their development both as cricketers and individuals while they pursue their university studies.

Best of luck to this year’s team in the BUCS Final at Lord’s. Let’s hope for a victorious day for the Yellows!