The cricket season only finished eight weeks ago, but for Teesside University cricketers, the indoor BUCS (British Universities and College Sport) league is only just beginning.
The annual universities cricket league, which takes place at the Emirates Riverside in Chester le Street, gets underway tomorrow with Teesside competing in the Scottish and Northern A division.
The Scottish and Northern A division features some tough opponents in the group stages, as Teesside will take on Durham, Newcastle and Liverpool John Moores.
Teesside University Chairman Alan Lofthouse said of the 2018/19 indoor campaign: “I’m looking forward to the challenge we have ahead of us against some good university teams.
“We’re as ready as we can be. The team put a lot of hours into training and I feel we are ready.”
While wicketkeeper Aaron Mitchell added: “This is my first season playing indoor BUCS cricket, so it will be a new challenge for me, especially as I have only ever played outdoor cricket back home in Essex, so it will be good to see what the quality is like in this part of the country.”
In tomorrow’s opening fixture Teesside take on Durham University, the side who won the 2018 One Day British Universities Championship, with Mitchell adding: “I don’t know much about the universities [Durham] myself, but know they are good universities so to beat these teams will be a good scalp and will also improve the reputation of Teesside University.”
Anyone interested in getting involved with the team or who would like more information can contact team officials through their Facebook page at “Teesside University Cricket” or on Twitter at @TeessideCricket