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Cork Cricket Club

Saddique elected as 2023 Club Captain

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Cork County Cricket Club was held on Thursday, 15th December, with a strong turnout of members in attendance.

The club’s Chairman, Peter Dineen, began the meeting by thanking the members for their support over the past year which was then followed by the Club Secretary’s report in which Kevin O’Sullivan outlined the key achievements of the club. These included winning the Munster Divisions 1 & 4, a Division 3 T20 title, U13 and U15 successes, and extending the club’s sponsorship deal with Blarney Castle & Gardens.

Talha Kayani presented the club’s financial report, which showed a challenging year following the reopening of facilities with the easing of Covid restrictions earlier in the year. Like many other amateur clubs, we face a challenging cost environment with inflationary pressures impacting most of our cost base.

There was also a significant capital investment with the construction of two new net bays which was partially funded by a sports capital grant. The new net bays are a fantastic resource and will contribute greatly to cricket activities at the club.

The AGM moved to the election of team captains with Abubakar Saddique becoming the 2023 Club Captain following the end of a two year stint by Ross Durity. A huge thanks to Ross who guided the 1st XI during a challenging period which saw the impact of Covid and an ever-demanding fixture schedule making a tough job even more difficult. Ross will no doubt continue to be a key figure in the side both as an experienced player and a top-class batsman.

Abubakar Saddique
2023 Club Captain – Abubakar Saddique

Robert Duggan remains as 2nd XI captain while there are fresh faces at the 3rd & 4th XI level with Ashwani Tomar and Rahul Sethi duly elected into the respective captaincy roles. 

There were three new faces elected to the committee with Kevin Bray, Pat Donnelly and Sid Joshi coming on board. 

After the election of officers and captains, the floor was opened for questions and discussions from the members. The committee is looking forward to another successful season on and off the field.

A summary fo the elected officers and captains:

  • President: Mortimer Kelleher
  • Chairman: Peter Dineen
  • Secretary: Pat Donnelly
  • Treasurer: Talha Kayani
  • Club Captain: Abubakar Saddique
  • 2nd XI Captain: Robert Duggan
  • 3rd XI Captain: Ashwani Tomar
  • 4th XI Captain: Rahul Sethi

Ordinary members of the committee:

  • Robert Duggan
  • Kevin Bray
  • Kevin O’Sullivan
  • Abdul Jabbar Younus
  • Sid Joshi
  • Diarmuid Carey
  • John Power

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