Teesside University Cricket team is back up and running and ready to hit its opponents for six after a break of five years.
The move will see the Teesside back playing competitive cricket.
The team will begin its new campaign with an indoor fixture over Sunderland in the New Year.
Crime and Investigation Student James Houmark has taken on the role of Chairman and can’t wait to get started with the team and is relishing the challenges ahead.
James said: “Teesside haven’t had a cricket team for a number of years and it is a sport which is really popular in the North East.”
“We have lots of students here at the University who were wanting to play cricket so I thought it would be a good idea to set the team up again.
“Teesside University has a range of cultures studying here including people from Asia, India and Sri Lanka so to have people from around the world involved is really good.
“I really wanted to put Teesside back on cricketing map again.”
Crime Science Student Henry Moore, who is treasurer of the team, said: “Our main aim for the coming season is to field a full team every game with the plan of entering some local competitions such as the Middlesbrough Indoor Cricket League.”
“Eventually our main aim is to join the BUCS university league and play competitive games against other universities from around the country.
“The University cricket team has in the past folded, but now we are here to stay and want to play successful cricket.
“Other universities such as Durham are well known for their cricket so this is something which I want to bring to Teesside.
“Hopefully there will also be opportunities for our players to join local clubs in the area and play cricket for a club side.”
The team is now planning friendlies for the winter and have plans in place to take on York, Manchester, Edinburgh and Northumbria in the indoor format.
The team’s first outdoor game of the 2017 season will be in April when it will face Sunderland University.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the team or would like more information can contact team officials through their Facebook page at “Teesside University Cricket” or on twitter at @TeessideCricket