Cricket Club Update 13-14
After successfully overcoming UCD in the quarter finals, the men’s cricket team travelled to Dublin for the IUCA semi final (Wednesday 3rd) and final (Thursday 4th). After some typically wet Irish weather overnight, the semi final was reduced to a 25 over per side game.
Batting first, UU racked up an impressive 180 off their overs. Ryan Dennison was the main contributor with 102 runs before being dismissed off the last ball. He was well supported by Andrew Magee (41) and Richard McCarthy (25).
In reply, NUIG struggled against the pace of Christy Harkness and Harry Doyle. Tim Carson cleaned up the final few NUIG wickets giving UU a strong win by 115 runs.
The Final took place the next day against UUC. Cork, having beaten our rivals QUB, were much fancied to win the tournament having won the indoor championship held at UUJ in February.
Winning the toss UU skipper Andrew Magee asked Cork to bat on what turned out to be a less bowler friendly wicket than the day before. The UU bowlers struggled on what was now a flat wicket and Cork raced to 308 off their 50 overs.
In reply UU managed only 99 falling at the last hurdle again in the IUCA tournament final.
This has been an excellent year for the club both on and off the field. Finishing 3rd and runners up in both varsity tournaments is huge success for the committed band of players that we currently have. We have also had 4 players represent Irish Universities. I have no doubt in saying that the future of University of Ulster cricket looks bright.
I would like to take this final chance as captain before I pass the job over to Matthew McCord to thank a few people. Firstly Andy McCulloch; his vision and hard work is one of the driving forces behind UU cricket and his support this year has been priceless. Secondly, I would like to thank the players who have represented the club this year and supported me as captain.Finally, and as always, I would like to collectively thank Nigel, Jane, Charlie and Lynanne for their support off the pitch helping to grow the club.
UUCC Captain 2013-14