Loughborough and Cross win T20 Championship

18 Jun

Matthew CrossMatthew Cross and his Loughborough MCCU team-mates have won the National T20 tournament for the second time in 3 years.

It is a great finish to Cross’s 3 years at Loughbough University, where he graduates this summer in Chemical Engineering.

The close relationship between the Nottinghamshire CCC and Loughborough coaching staff has allowed Cross to develop his skills as a top order batsman/keeper at both the ECB national performance centre and at Trent Bridge. The young Scotland professional has been enjoying the challenge of playing with 3 top teams, and has already hit explosive centuries for the Notts 2X1, Loughborough MCCU and Scotland U19’s, all in one day formats.

In yesterday’s National T20 Finals, Loughborough powered past Oxford MCCU in the semi final. Despite being put into bat on a difficult wicket, Loughborough posted 156 at almost 8 runs per over and then bowled out a talented Oxford side for just 86. Standing up and pressuring the batsmen throughout, Cross made 3 dismissals, with a catch and 2 stumpings.

Matthew has been opening the batting and keeping for Loughborough and Notts 2X1 in T20 and one-day formats, and he made key contribution with the bat and gloves in the Final against Leeds/Bradford MCCU.

Loughborough fielded first and restricted Leeds/Bradford to just 132 for 8 off their 20 overs. Cross made 3 further dismissals in the final, with a catch and 2 stumpings, as Loughborough kept strong pressure on a top-quality Leeds/Bradford side who had been unbeaten so far this season in all MCCU competitions – until this final.

Crossy then opened the batting for Loughborough chasing 133 to win, and he played the anchor role in taking Loughborough through to 84 for 3 off 12 overs, with a contribution of 35. With this solid start, Loughborough went on to reach their target with 7 wickets and an over to spare – being crowned National T20 Champions for 2013 and repeating their success of two years ago.

Matthew made an impressive debut for the Notts Outlaws this season in a 40 over match vs. Leicestershire. He opened the batting for Notts and struck 55 off 39 balls. He is expected to get more opportunities with Notts once his Loughborough cricket commitments are completed.

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