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2006/07 Season

The most successful campaign to date for Cardiff/Glamorgan MCCU.

Winners - MCCU Two Day Championship

Winners - MCCUChallenge One Day Trophy at Lord's

2007/8 Season

Finalists - British Universities and Colleges Sport Championship

2008/9 Season

Winners - MCCU Challenge One Day Trophy at Lord's

Finalists - British Universities and Colleges Sport Championship


Simon Butler, a Cardiff University student, was awarded the prestigious Walter Laurence Trophy for 2007. (An MCC award for the highest score by a University batsman in the MCC Universities matches played against each other or the first-class Counties. Simon scored an impressive 163 for Cardiff MCCU against Leeds/Bradford MCCU on 3rd May.)

Six Cardiff University players were selected to represent Cardiff UCCE during the season 2006/07.

Chris Smith, Simon Butler, Rob Foster, Aled Lloyd, James Excell and John Mills.


Background Information

In 2004 the administration and financial support for the established University Cricket Centre of Excellence (UCCE) programme transferred to the MCC.

The Centre was originally initiated by the England & Wales Cricket Board in 1999.

The MCCU at Cardiff operates as a successful partnership between Cardiff University, Glamorgan University and UWIC.

There are at present 20 aspiring professional cricketers who are playing for the MCCU Cardiff whilst studying at one of the three universities. The centre is one of six university centres across the UK which include Loughborough, Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and Leeds.

Cardiff University graduates with current professional contracts.

Mark Pettini - Essex (Captain 2007)

James Tomlinson - Hampshire     


2008 MCC tour to South Africa

In March 2008 two Cardiff University students were selected to be part of the MCC team to tour South Africa. Both Chris Smith and Simon Butler must be congratulated on this achievement and Sport & Exercise would like to thank Chris for the following blog of their memorable trip.

'The squad met at Lords Cricket Ground on the 13th march eagerly awaiting the upcoming tour and after a 12 hour delay with the outgoing flight the touring party landed at Cape Town late on the 14th March. A couple of rest days ensued with general acclimatisation and a squad net session. 

There were three warm up matches in the form of one day games, of which two were lost and one won. The latter of these games was played at Newlands CC, a fantastic ground, the Lords of South Africa. Despite losing that game it was a fantastic experience to play at that ground, Simon Butler getting off the mark with a six in the first over. We then moved on to the three one-day internationals, the first being played at a Belville, a wonderful club ground. Unfortunately the game was lost by 14 runs, however, the team managed to overcome their South African University rivals in Stellenbosch with a 4 run victory, thanks to some superb spin bowling and fielding in the last 15 overs. 

The final one day match, unfortunately, did not live up to its expectations as the tourists were bowled out cheaply and the South Africans knocked off the runs fairly comfortably. The final match of the tour saw a three day test take place between the two sides. South African universities batted first and slowly edged there way to 200 all out, before the MCC universities managed to reach 236, a handy lead on a very slow wicket that was proving hard to score on. The South Africans then batted on to 250-8, leaving 55 overs for the tourists to chase an unlikely target of 215, seen as the run-rate of the match was only just over 2 an over, and after losing a couple of early wickets the pace of the innings was lost and whilst a few late wickets gave the South African’s a sniff of victory, the MCC side held firm and the draw was in the end a fair result. 

The tour as a whole was a great success. Both Simon Butler and myself performed ably and it was a great experience to have a pre-season in very different conditions to those used to back here in the UK. In between the matches there were four or five rest days that involved a small amount of travelling around Cape Town, a trip up Table Mountain and general beach days. It was a fabulous trip for which we are both grateful to the MCC for selection, as well as to Cardiff University and Cardiff MCCU for their support over the past three years, and this year in particular, that has enabled us to profit from the scheme.'


For more information on Cardiff/Glamorgan MCCU please contact:

Mr Paul Jones

Telephone:02920 879715
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