1st XI Cricket
The GKT CC 1st XI has confirmed its spot as the best university cricket team in London. The 1st XI compete in a higher BUCS Division than any other London University, winning 14 trophies in the past 4 years, with an overall record of 50 victories in our past 55 games, including unbeaten seasons in 2018 and 2021.
Where do we play?
Our home ground is Sunbury Cricket Club, previously voted as the best place in Surrey to play cricket. Outstanding facilities are paired with innovative technology, as PitchVision is available for use to record all home games which you can find on our YouTube channel GKTCC TV. There really is no better place to play competitive university cricket in the capital.
What competitions do we compete in?
The 1st XI compete in 5 competitions each year:
BUCS Cricket is the official national cricket competition for universities. Encompassing universities in England, Scotland and Wales, with 359 teams competing. The one-day league competition runs annually, including 5 fixtures against sides in your division. Following 4 successive promotions, the 1st XI now operate in BUCS Division 1A. The closest other cricket team in London resides in Division 3.
Unbeaten in BUCS since 2018, the 1s now seek higher sights in the BUCS Divisions, looking to reach the pinnacle of university cricket in the country over the next 2 years. Other London university cricket teams such as KCLCC, RUMS and LSE lie no higher than BUCS Division 3, underlining the national achievement of our 1st XI, and the standard they now compete.
LUSL (London Universities Sports League) is a T20 competition involving the strongest and most prestigious universities in London. Universities such as LSE, Imperial, KCL, RUMS and GKT (amongst others) compete for the coveted trophy in a league format including 6-7 fixtures a year.
GKT CC has won the trophy for 5 out of the past 6 years in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021.
The UH (United Hospitals) Cricket Tournament is a prestigious and traditional tournament dating back to the 1890s, involving the medical teams from Guy’s, RUMS, Imperial, Barts and George’s Medical School. Though reserved for those for study solely medical or dental related degrees, the competition has grown into arguably the most competitive around London.
GKT CC have dominated the UH scene since 2020, winning the last 5 trophies on offer. Highlights in 2021 include bowling Imperial out for just 35 in the UH Cup Group Stage, and defeating RUMS in the UH Cup Final to secure back to back titles.
GKT v KCL…the battle of the two official King’s sports sides; as a T20 fixture held in March, Macadam is always the first game of the season.
Part of a day of sports - with Rugby, Football, Hockey and many more also competing - held in a single location, Honor Oak Park, GKT plays KCL in an annual and competitive fixture.
GKT have won the past two Macadam fixtures, including a comfortable 7 wicket win in 2019. COVID-19 prevented the 2020 & 2021 tournaments, although GKTCC comfortably defeated KCLCC by 85 runs in 2021, remaining UNBEATEN by KCL since 2017.
2022 will mark the first ever NAMS (National Association of Medical Schools) Competition. An outdoor 2 day T10 competition involving medical teams across the country, all players studying any degree are eligible to represent the club as we host the inaugural tournament.