Cambridge University Cricket Club
CUCC is the cricket club for male students of Cambridge University. It has a proud history dating back to 1820, and Fenner's ground, the home of the Club since 1848, is justly famous. CUCC has produced many great cricketers over the years, including 21 test captains, 62 other test players and noted senior administrators. The captains extend from Ivo Bligh, who regained the Ashes in Australia in 1882/3, to Mike Atherton, who led England a record 54 times between 1993 and 2001. In the late 19th and early 20th century Cambridge Blues AG Steel, Lord Hawke, GL Jessop, FS Jackson and KS Ranjitsinji were dominant figures in the English game. Since the second world war, no fewer than ten Cambridge men have captained their countries: Norman Yardley, George Mann, Freddie Brown, Peter May, Ted Dexter, Tony Lewis, Mike Brearley and Mike Atherton (England), Deryck Murray (West Indies) and Majid Khan (Pakistan). Since the year 2000, John Crawley and Ed Smith (England) and Andy Whittall (Zimbabwe) have all played test cricket.
Until 2000, the much coveted cricket Blue was awarded to those who represented CUCC in an annual three-day Varsity Match against Oxford University Cricket Club, generally held at Lord's. Since then the three-day match has been replaced by a one-day match at Lord's and a four-day match either at Fenner's or The Parks. Blues are now awarded to those players appearing in either match. Since 2008 an annual Twenty20 fixture has also been played, which has attracted large crowds in both cities.
In recent years womens' cricket has become popular at Cambridge University and CUWCC now have an active fixture list and an annual Varsity Match against Oxford. This is currently played on the Nursery Ground at Lord's on the same day as the CUCC versus OUCC Varsity Match. For more details about CUWCC, please visit the CUWCC section.