On the road with MCC Universities
Published: 31 July 2012
Lord's TV joined the MCC Universities combined XI for the Blackpool leg of their second XI championship road trip as they took on a very strong Lancashire team.
MCC Universities' combined XI are selected from the six MCCUs following their performances at one of the six centres of excellence earlier in the summer.
Watch: On the road with the MCC Universities
The team, coached by former England batsman Clive Radley, compete in the second XI championship three-day competition. They play their nine fixtures in nine straight weeks later in the summer, to allow for university commitments earlier in the summer, and the experience allows the youngsters a fantastic insight into the life of a professional cricketer - as captain Rob Woolley explained.
"That's the life of a professional cricketer," the Cambridge MCCU seamer told Lord's TV.
"It's driving up and down the M6 trying to get to a game and being expected to perform when you get there. I think that's the life - you get on with it, roll your sleeves up and perform the best you can."
Lancashire put out a side not dissimilar to their first team, which featured England internationals Ajaml Shahzad and Sajid Mahmood.
And Radley was pleased to see his side having an opportunity to put themselves in the spotlight.
He said: "You look at the side they're playing against today... it can only do them good and if they perform will it could do them a lot of good.
"If one of them got a hundrad today then it would certaintly be noticed around the country by the county coaches."