Ten of Cardiff Met's most promising cricket stars are celebrating playing their part in the 12-strong squad to be named University Challenge Cup Champions at last week's Marylebone Cricket Club Universities Championships at Lord's Cricket Ground.
The Cardiff South Wales squad includes 24 players, all currently playing 2nd Xl County Championship cricket, with seven of the squad signed at 1st Class County Cricket Clubs.
Cardiff batted first and set a total of 291 with outstanding batting performances from Cardiff Met players Alex Milton with 63 runs (he is signed with Worcestershire CCC) and Jack Scriven scoring 73.
Loughborough fell short with Alex Thomson from Cardiff Met's Cardiff School of Education taking five wickets at the home of world cricket.
Cardiff MCCU narrowly missed out on the title to Leeds University at the same prestigious venue two years ago and Mark O'Leary, Cardiff South Wales MCCU Head Cricket Coach and Cricket Lecturer at Cardiff Met, said: "The lads have been outstanding – since missing out to Leeds, some of our third year players have had a score to settle and they definitely did it in style this time round!
"Lord's is the best place in the world to play and our first and second year players from across all schools here are showing huge promise to keep up the standards leading into the winter training programme.
"Seven players in the squad have been contracted with cricket counties, which shows the level of play within the squad.
"We are on the road between March 10 and July 1, so this result is testament to the squad who are away from home at least three days a week and having to fit in their studies. Two of these weeks were on a pre-season first class elite tour of Barbados."
The Cardiff South Wales MCCU (Crimson Caps) was formed by Cardiff Met, Cardiff University and the University of South Wales and are sponsored by Insight Law. With funding from the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), Cardiff MCCU aims to give talented young cricketers the chance to receive top-level coaching and playing opportunities while furthering their education.