The Melbourne University Cricket Club was founded in 1856, just three years after the University itself opened, and has been a competitor in District – now Premier – cricket since it was inaugurated in 1906-07.
The eligibility rules, which basically allowed only enrolled students to play for the Club, and which have now been abolished, usually meant that no matter how talented a team University fielded, it lacked the experience needed for ultimate success in the tough District competition. However, in its long history MUCC has won three premierships (1928/29, 1990/91, 1995/96) and one ‘unofficial’ premiership (1942/43).
It has been runner-up four times and has participated in the finals a further fourteen times. In addition, the Club has won the Club Championship five times (1964/65, 1995/96, 1997/98, 1998/99, 2007/08).
The most recent chapter in the Club’s history is prior to the 2008/09 season was its merging with the Melbourne University Women’s Cricket Club, making it one of the trail-blazers in implementing Cricket Victoria’s policy of integration.
MUCC boasts the finest playing and training facilities in the competition and benefits significantly from its longstanding relationship with Melbourne University Sport. Our facilities have recently been enhanced with a new $7 million pavilion which was completed in early 2014.
The Club currently fields four teams in the Victorian Premier Cricket competition (the top level of competition in Victoria), two teams in the MCC Club XI competition and a women’s team in the Victorian Women’s Cricket Association competition.