Cricket – Valiant UCC fall at final group stage hurdle

It was just not to be for UCC in this year’s Indoor Intervarsity tournament as they failed to progress from the group stages despite spirited performances. Just one more win was all that was required but having lost to a very strong DCU side and been pipped at the line by NUIG, even this morning’s humbling of RCSI was not enough to carry the Cork side through to the knockout phase.

Having won the opening game on Friday evening, UCC were well positioned for advancement, however the narrow defeat to NUIG was a major setback for Shahrukh Nawaz and his side and meant that they would have to defeat tournament favourites DCU and IT Sligo in order to proceed. A two wicket win over the Connacht side left things in the balance but DCU avenged last summer’s outdoor IV loss to leave UCC hoping that other results would go their way.

Unfortunately, things did not work out for last year’s finalists who finished the tournament with a resounding victory over RCSI this morning.