Student bats his way to cricket award

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Jak Martin, captain of Oxford Marylebone Cricket Club Universities (MCCU) squad was named Player of the Month for April.

Jak Martin, captain of Oxford Marylebone Cricket Club Universities’ (MCCU) squad has been named Player of the Month for April.

The award is in recognition of two of Jak’s outstanding batting performances –  in particular, 202 not out against Durham MCCU and 81 against Hampshire.

The Sport and Coaching student has enjoyed a fantastic start to the season. The left-handed opener’s fine performances at the crease helped Oxford move up to second in the MCCU Championship after three matches.

Oxford MCCU Head Coach Graham Charlesworth said: “The most pleasing aspect of Jak’s game is his willingness to bat for a long time. His double hundred against Durham came in over 300 balls. It may not be the most fashionable trait in a cricketer at the moment, but counties still want players to be able to bat for periods of time when the game requires it.”

Graham commented: “As captain he has benefited immensely from skippering his club side Banstead for the past two seasons in the Surrey Championship. He is a great man manager and very popular amongst the players here at Oxford. He’s now in his third year and it would be so nice for Jak to finish off his time here with some silverware.”

Oxford MCCU is made up of the best cricketers from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes. It provides a unique opportunity for players like Jak who want to continue receiving professional cricket coaching and training while pursuing their studies in higher education.