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MCCU players top First Class averages Published: 27 September 2010

Two MCC University products, Greg Smith and Jigar Naik, finished top of the 2010 English first-class batting and bowling averages.

Racking up the runs

Current Durham MCCU student Smith and former Loughborough MCCU student Naik both enjoyed excellent seasons with Leicestershire.

Smith, who is starting his third year studying Sociology at Durham, played seven first-class games in 2010 racking-up 652 runs at a superb average of 93.14.

The 21-year-old scored three centuries against Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and eventual County Champions Nottinghamshire as well as making 97 at Lord’s in Durham’s MCC Universities Challenge Final (56 KB) victory over Loughborough.

Naik turning heads

Naik, who attended Loughborough between 2005 and 2008, averaged just 17.68 with the ball as he took 35 wickets. The off-spinner recorded his first first-class five wicket haul against Surrey - taking 7-96.

Smith’s team-mate at Durham, Tom Westley, also enjoyed a successful finish to the season as he led Essex II to the Second Eleven Trophy.

At just 21, Westley captained a side including former Zimbabwe batsman Grant Flower to victory over Lancashire II, and so completed a captaincy double after leading Durham MCCU to their MCC Universities Challenge win.


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