On Sunday Uxbridge CC played in the Middlesex Indoor 6 aside Cricket competition - the county knockout stage of the ECB Indoor National Club Championship. Uxbridge took 8 players to the competition: Leo Fernandes, Dhiraj Khullar, Aman Quadri, Jonathan Tall, Michael Stafford, Patrick Harper, Harpreet Sangha and Will Spicer (Team Manager).
Uxbridge's first game saw them up against a talented Mavericks side. Uxbridge got off to a good start knowing Mavericks were the team to beat in the competition. Despite losing Patrick Harper first ball of the innings Aman Quadri and Dhiraj Khullar rebuilt the innings however wickets fell regularly bringing Harpreet Sangha and Leo Fernandes to the crease who continued the good start hitting into the gaps and crucially running well between the wickets. Uxbridge finished with maximum batting bonus points after posting 123-4. Mavericks were bowled out for 91 following some tight bowling from the young Uxbridge attack.
In the second game Uxbridge tore through the Richmond batsman bowling them out for 28 in 6.3 overs. Jonathan Tall was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 1 wicket off 1.3 overs for 3 runs bowling a nagging angle across the right hander. Uxbridge were possibly a little relaxed with their chase and gave away early wickets crumbling to 14-3. Sangha (3 not out) and Fernandes (13 not out) again rebuilt and eventually knocked the runs off after 5.3 overs.
In the final game vs Queen Mary University Uxbridge knew they had to win to top the group and go through with QMU having already won 1 game and lost 1. Quadri and Khullar batted superbly and looked comfortable with Uxbridge racing along in the first 3 overs. Quadri reached 25 and retired bringing Harper to the crease who played some beautiful strokes including a flat on drive for 6 eventually retiring for 25. Quadri and Harper returned to continue their innings together after Uxbridge lost a couple of wickets. Uxbridge eventually finished on 120 to again secure maximum batting points. QMU were never in the game thanks to some quality bowling from Uxbridge's talented bowling attack and were dismissed for 60 runs giving Uxbridge 1st place.
A solid performance from a young talented Uxbridge side will now see us returning to Finchley to participate in the Middlesex area final vs the 4 other group stage winners - competing for a place in the ECB National Indoor Competition.