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 7 trophies in the past 2 years, with an overall record of 26 victories in 29 games since 2018. 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. There really is no better place to play competitive university cricket in the capital.
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 2 successive promotions, the 1st XI now operate in BUCS Division 2A. Taking 30 out of a possible 30 points, 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 KCL, RUMS and LSE lie no higher than BUCS Division 4, 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 3 out of the past 4 years, in 2016, 2018 and 2019. Last year saw a NRR victory for the 1st XI, as scores of 270-3 against Imperial and 325-2 against RUMS saw GKT CC pip Imperial and LSE on the final day of the season.
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 had an extremely successful year in UH in 2019, winning the T20 Finals Day, but finishing runners up in the 50 over final - the only competition we didn’t win last year.
2020 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.
A T20 fixture held in March, Macadam is always the first game of the season. Part of a day of sports 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.