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MCCU's Smith gets county ton Published: 10 September 2010

Durham MCC University Resuming on 70 not out, Smith progressed smoothly to his first County Championship century without offering a chance.

(MCCU) student Greg Smith struck a career best 158 not out for Leicestershire at Grace Road, as he continued a fine end to the season.

Resuming on 70 not out, Smith progressed smoothly to his first County Championship century without offering a chance.

The 21-year-old opener’s knock set up a potentially match-winning situation against Gloucestershire as Leicestershire set their visitors 488 to win.

Breakthrough year

Smith has made the most of his opportunities this summer, joining up with Leicestershire in July whilst continuing his Sociology studies at Durham.

In just four Championship matches he has plundered a prolific 405 runs at an average of over 80, impressing observers with his calm temperament at the top of the order.

He registered his maiden ton earlier this season for Durham MCCU against Nottinghamshire and has a further five half-centuries from 19 first-class appearances.

The promising former Oundle School pupil has thrived under Graeme Fowler’s tutelage at Durham after making his first-class debut for Leicestershire against Bangladesh A in 2008.

His fine progress at county level will please ex-England batsman Fowler, who coached Smith’s Durham to the MCCU title this season.

Another of Fowler's protégé’s, Tom Westley, has also made his mark at county level with Essex this year, scoring a career best 132 against Kent earlier this season.

About MCC Universities

Since 2005 MCC has funded six university cricket academies in England and Wales - the MCC Universities.

These are based at Durham, Loughborough, Leeds/Bradford, Cardiff, Oxford and Cambridge.

The aim of the MCCUs is to give talented young cricketers the chance to receive top-level coaching and playing opportunities whilst furthering their education.

In late 2009 MCC committed to giving the six MCCUs £225,000 each over a three-year period to run their playing programmes and ensure they can provide top-class coaching structures and facilities to students.

Around a fifth of all England-qualified players in the county system attended an MCCU.


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