UCC finish as runners-up in 2015 Indoor Intervarsity Championships
On Friday last, UCC made the long trip to the University of Ulster to compete in the 2015 IUCA Indoor Intervarsity Championships. The reigning champions travelled North with a strong squad and were quietly confident of continuing their good run in this competition in recent years.
UCC’s first game was against Dublin City University and despite the long trip; the Leesiders hit their stride straight away with an impressive 4 wicket win. Three wickets apiece for Thomas Raju and Junaid Amin set up an easy run chase and an impressive start to the tournament.
Following a well-earned rest, UCC returned to Hall 1 on Saturday morning and overcame Dundalk IT by 5 wickets. Having won the toss UCC managed to bundle Dundalk out for 56 but took their time getting the runs, Mohammad Qassim striking the winning runs in the eighth over after Shahrukh Baig had reached the mandatory retirement score of 25.
UCC’s good form continued when they faced a tricky IT Sligo side. An outstanding fielding performance and economical bowling laid the foundation for another 5 wicket win but this time aware of the need to boost their net run rate, UCC took just 3.1 overs to pass the victory post.
The host University were next in line to face the Cork side and the home support certainly played a part as UUJ racked up 91-5 from their allocated overs before bowling UCC out for 60 to boost their own qualification hopes while denting those of Junaid Amin and his team.
UCC finished Day 2 of the competition in joint second place with only group whipping boys Dublin University to play but knew that a big IT Sligo win over DCU would knock UCC out of the tournament. Luckily for the defending champions, DCU did them a favour in overcoming the Connacht men, while UCC racked up the tournament record score of 173-3 to ensure semi-final qualification.
IT Carlow were the opponents having topped group B in what proved to be the game of the tournament. Having been sent in to bat, UCC made 96-4 but looked to be heading for defeat until captain Junaid Amin picked up three wickets and carried his team to a nail-biting 1 run victory.
That win set up a repeat of last year’s final against the University of Ulster but unfortunately for UCC they could not match last year’s feat, falling 55 runs short and being forced to settle for second place in what was a truly outstanding IUCA Indoor Intervarsity Championship.
UCC Cricket Club would like to thank the Irish Universities Cricket Association and the University of Ulster for organising and hosting such an excellent competition which was extremely enjoyable for all involved.