The end of 2012 was met with the tragic news that Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities captain Tom Hardman had died at the age of 21.
Many marks of respect were paid to the young bowling all-rounder, and the performances of his team-mates on the field this summer have provided an equally fitting tribute.
Leeds/Bradford dominated university cricket in 2013, securing three out of the four trophies available to the MCCUs at the start of the summer.
Leeds/Bradford MCCU bowler Zafir Patel
In the two-day MCCU Championship, Head Coach Andrew Lawson’s squad were the only team to remain unbeaten throughout the competition, claiming three victories alongside two draws to win the Championship title for the second time, and book their place in the showcase MCCU Challenge Final.
Taking on Championship runners-up, Cardiff MCCU, in a 50-over contest at Lord’s on Friday 21 June, Leeds/Bradford appeared to be cruising to a modest Cardiff total of 143, before a collapse either side of a heavy rain shower caused play to be suspended for more than an hour. Chasing a revised total of 118 from 37 overs, the Yorkshire-based students scraped home in the final over, to win by three wickets.
The third and final piece of silverware for Leeds/Bradford MCCU this summer came from an inaugural victory in the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) Men's Cricket Championship.
A hard-fought win by five wickets against Loughborough MCCU at Wormsley Cricket Ground on Monday 24 June, provided an appropriate end to a memorable season for the Leeds/Bradford students.