News & Events
Monday, May 25th, 2015
Cork County Cricket Club and Munster Cricket are delighted to announce that Oman Cricket Association, one of the ICC Associate countries participating in the upcoming T20 World Cup Qualifiers, will base themselves at the Mardyke in Cork for their pre-tournament training camp. As the tournament is being hosted by Ireland and Scotland, The Oman Cricket squad and management wish to acclimatise to local conditions by training and playing practice matches during their period in Cork.
The Oman Cricket Squad will arrive in Cork on the 15th June and will use the Cork County ground at the Mardyke as their training base from then until the end of June. Accommodation for their stay is kindly provided by our main Club sponsors The River Lee Hotel and during this period, they will play the following T20 challenge games at the Mardyke:
- v Munster (Wednesday, 17th June)
- v Cork County (Thursday, 18th June)
- v Munster (Monday, 22nd June)
- v Cork County (Thursday, 25th June)
All of these games will start at 2pm and will be played in coloured clothing under the ICC T20 World Cup competition regulations. Entry will be free of charge for each match with food and refreshments available in the Clubhouse.
Cork County and Munster Cricket look forward to the opportunity to test their best players against international opposition and believe this series of games will greatly increase the profile of cricket in Cork and across Munster. It is hoped that large numbers of cricket supporters in Munster will be able to attend the games and experience International T20 cricket at the famous Mardyke ground.
Thursday, June 15th, 2017
A busy weekend awaits with a mix of fixtures in both 50 & 20 over formats. The 1st XI welcome Leinster Division 1 table toppers Phoenix to the Mardyke on Saturday (1 p.m.) while the 2nd XI face a long journey to take on Tipperary County in a crucial Munster Division 1 fixture.
On Sunday, the Munster Senior T20 Blast takes centre stage with the Rebels seeking to retain their crown. First game against Cork Harlequins starts at 10 a.m. while the Rebels are next in action at 4.30 p.m. against Midleton.
The weekend finishes with a trip to Port Laois on Monday evening to take on Pembroke in a Leinster Division 1 refix at 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 15th, 2017
Captain Kevin O’Sullivan’s report:
Cork County Crusaders had a comfortable 86 run win over the Harlequins Hurricanes at Farmers Cross on Thursday evening thanks to some fantastic performances from County’s youth players.
Having been asked to bat, Eshan O’Sullivan and Peter Barlow looked steady at the crease before Eshan departed in the 9th over with the score on 42. Talha Kayani joined Peter and with the help of some inconsistent bowling managed to push the score to 156-1 from our allocated 20 overs, Barlow finishing on 68.
Thereafter, the younger talent took over with excellent performances from Danetjie Kennedy, Rioghan & Eshan O’Sullivan, Akhiyar Hussain and Jack Cullen all of whom took at least one wicket. Sachin Saxena also chipped in with wickets and despite Peter Barlow being allowed an over of leg spin, we secured an 86 run win in the 15th over.
Many thanks to Scott Mcnamara and Kevy Bray for their help tonight. Much appreciated! #CCCC
Monday, June 12th, 2017
Cork County lost to Headfort School U13s at the Mardyke on Saturday. A very young County Cubs side, with many playing their first hard ball game, provided a competitive match to an older and more experienced Headfort School team. The game was played in an excellent spirit, which is a tribute to both Headfort and County’s approach to the game, while County players were a credit to the club and the experience will stand all in good stead.
Thanks to Youth Coordinator, John Simon, and also to the parents and families of the County players who helped out at the game today, providing a wonderful tea and company to the travelling team.
The U13 Cork County Cubs side was as follows:
- Eshan O’Sullivan*
- Farhan Fahim
- Jabir Rahman
- Iftikhaar Rizwan
- Rahul Nath
- Joel Jomon
- Thomas Cullen
- Joe Bailey
- Tahmid Alam
- Niall Donnelly
- Felix Joby
- Cronan Healy Browne
- Sam Bailey
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
The weekend set a tough schedule for Cork County with the 1st XI facing a trip to Syndey Parade to take on Pembroke in Leinster Division 1 followed by a home fixture against Premier Division table-toppers Limerick. The 2nd XI began their quest to bring back some silverware with a home tie against Tipperary County in the Munster Junior Cup on Saturday.
Leinster Division 1
The trip to Pembroke proved to be in vain with an extremely wet weather front making its way up the N8 & N7 and keeping the travelling party company to wash out most of the fixtures in Dublin on the day. The game will now be refixed as a T20 at Laois CC within the coming weeks.
Munster Junior Cup
The Quarter Finals of the 2017 Junior Cup presented County with a tough challenge against Tipperary County who had defeated them in the Final of the same competition two seasons previous. With the 1st XI taking the poor weather from Friday evening up with them to Dublin, the Mardyke was left bathed in sunshine and a good hard track left from Friday nights Hanley Energy IP20 clash.
Winning the toss, Scot Jeffers decided to bat and put a score on the board but some early seam movement saw openers Paul McDowell and Peter Barlow depart without working the scoreboard. In form Robert Duggan never really got going and following his departure due to a mix up between the wickets, James Hunter, Anto O’Reilly (46) and Darren Fogarty (24) helped guide the home side to an under par 177 all out.
The Tipperary response never really gathered momentum with the loss of key wickets at opportune times for the County bowling attack. The turning point was the introduction of Duggan taking 4-32 off his 8 overs and nullifying the hard hitting middle order including their skipper Ginson Abraham. The County captain Scot Jeffers then brought himself on to remove the tail by taking 3-15 and secure his side a place in the Junior Cup Semi-Final at home to County Kerry 2.
Cork County 177 all out (O’Reilly 46, Fogarty 24, Thomas 3-18) beat Tipperary County 92 all out (Duggan 4-32, Jeffers 3-15) by 85 runs at the Mardyke.
Munster Premier Division
A top of the table clash awaited in the Premier Division with pace setters Limerick making the trip to the Mardyke to take on the defending champions. After an impressive 9 wicket victory over Galway, County were in confident mood and the addition of Munster Reds paceman Aaron Cawley gave the home side added confidence.
Winning the toss, skipper Stephan Grobler opted to bat which proved to be the correct decision with Gary King making his maiden century for the club (129 off 133 runs) assisted by contributions from Aaron Cawley (50) and Ian Coleman (22). County finished on 273-9 off their 50 overs.
In reply, the Shannonsiders needed a solid partnership to kickstart their innings but the loss of wickets at regular intervals despite some ill disciplined bowling and sub standard fielding by the home side. At the start of the 23rd over and with the visitors 105-5 (Duggan 2-22), the rain became too strong to continue which meant Limerick were 53 runs behind the DLS par score so needed the weather to clear and the action to return if they stood any chance of winning. In the end, the rain never cleared and the captains shook hands leaving County with a deserved win on their route to retaining the Premier Division title.
Cork County 273-9 (King 129*, Cawley 50, Coleman 22) beat Limerick 105-5 (Duggan 2-22) by 53 runs on DLS after rain stopped play in the 23rd over at the Mardyke. scorecard
Thursday, May 25th, 2017
The Mardyke plays host to the first game for the Munster Reds in the Hanley Energy T20 Series on Friday evening starting at 5pm. Munster Cricket will be taking a step forward into history, and we want you to be a part of it!
It’s a huge day for Munster Cricket, as the senior representative side, the Munster Reds, take on the Northern Knights in the Hanley Energy Interprovincial T20 Series, a milestone step for Munster, having been out of the Interprovincial competition for so long.
With plenty going on before, during, and after the game on Friday to keep those of all ages entertained, come down and see the fast-paced, smashing action of a Twenty20 in person!
Sea of Red
Munster Cricket are asking for all of those coming down on Friday evening to wear red, and create a ‘Sea of Red’ to support the side in their first game at the top level.
We have seen the incredible effect this has produced for other sporting sides from the province, and we know that every single advantage counts on the field of play.
Gates will be open in the Mardyke at 4pm ahead of a 5pm start, and we encourage fans to come down early and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Mardyke, with a fully stocked bar, including confectionary and drinks for the smaller ones, serving throughout the game and into the evening.
We will also have kids cricket games going on before and during the match, to give kids their first chance to pick up a bat, or have a bowl, in a fun and safe environment. This will be supervised by the Munster Regional Development Officer Jim Doran, who has over 10 years’ experience delivering fun cricket courses to children of all ages, but parents are welcome to come and get involved!
There will be a DJ playing music ahead of the game, and scorecards on the day for all to take their own score and bring it home as a momento. There is no assigned seating at the ground, so fans are encouraged to bring their own seats, or better yet a blanket, and enjoy a scenic sunset with a picnic on the banks of the Lee.
Tickets are available on the gate, and are priced:
- • €5 for adults
- • €2 for a child.
The match will begin at 5 and end before 9pm, and with all this going on the Mardyke offers the best value for Friday night entertainment in the city!
Please note the following:
- • No one will be able to enter the stadium with alcohol or glass.
- • Please do not enter the pitch area at any time and adhere to the stadium ground regulations
- • There will be stewards and security on site to assist you with your enquiries on the day, and to ensure that the event runs smoothly and safely, so please respect their requests.
Traffic & Travel
Mardyke Walk will remain open to traffic during the game, but for health and safety reasons restrictions will be in place. Parking will not be available in the immediate vicinity of the ground, and supporters are encouraged to use alternative methods of transport if possible.
The Mardyke Cricket Ground is just a 15 minute walk from Cork’s city centre, with directions posted below. Bus Eireann city services 205 (Dir: CIT) & 208 (Dir: Bishopstown) also stop a short walk from the ground, and run regularly, see the timetables below.
If one wishes to drive there is disc parking in the residential areas around the ground, and also private parking in the St Finbarr’s Car Park on Wandesford Quay.
From Cork City:
Go westbound down Washington Street, as far as the junction with Donovan’s Road, where you will see the main gates of University College Cork. Turn right and then take the first left onto Mardyke Walk, the entrance gate is 150 yards on the right.
From Dennehy’s Cross:
Carry into the city on the Wilton Road, passing the AIB Bank on your left, and the junction with Gaol’s Cross, the road will follow to the left to Dyke Parade and take the first left onto Mardyke Walk, the entrance gate is 150 yards on the right.
Bus 205: Cork Kent Station – Patrick’s Street – Washington Street – UCC – CIT
Bus 208: Mayfield – City Centre – UCC – Bishopstown
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
Cork County faced a tough weekend of fixtures with the 1st XI taking on North County 1 in Leinster Division 1 and Co. Galway 1 in the Munster Premier Division while the 2nd XI travelled to Manor Fields in Adare to take on Limerick 2 in Division 1.
Leinster Division 1
County went into the tie in search of a much-needed win after disappointing recent results and following defeat in the Irish Senior Cup away to Bready. After a pleasant start to the day weather wise, the rain set in which meant the match ended up being reduced to 33 overs a side.
CCCC never really got going against North County and despite a not out 55 from captain Stephen Grobler the home side reached just 136 all out. For North County, Eddie Richardson (3-23) and Andrew Sheridan (3-27) were the pick of the bowlers. A target of 137 to win never looked enough and so it proved with North County winning by four wickets in the 26th over despite a flurry of late wickets for the Cork men. Gary King was the pick of the Cork County bowlers taking 3-28 in an excellent spell of quick seam bowling.
Cork County 136-8 (Grobler 55*, Coleman 29, E Richardson 3-23, Sheridan 3-27) lost to North County 141-6 (Grassi 41, Andrews 40, King 3-28, Saddique 2-33) by 4 wickets at the Mardyke. scorecard
Munster Division 1
While the 1st XI faced the stiff test of North County 1 at the Mardyke, the 2nd XI made the trip up the N20 to face Limerick 2 at Adare. After losing the toss, the Cork men were put in to bat in damp conditions which suited the seam attack of Limerick. A steady start from Robert Duggan (49) followed by a powerful 73 from Anthony O’Reilly and finished off with 41 not out from Scott McNamara, saw the Leesiders to a sizeable 270-9.
In reply, early wickets from Justin McGurk and Saleem Mir (3-23) meant the Limerick innings never got going despite a big hitting 77 from Shane Burke. The hosts were finally all out for 191 and the win puts the 2nd XI top of the table with two wins from three. Next up they welcome Tipperary County 1 to the Mardyke in the Junior Cup Quarter Final.
Cork County 270-9 (O’Reilly 73, Duggan 49, McNamara 41*) beat Limerick 191 all out (Burke 77, Mir 3-23, Duggan 3-33) by 79 runs at Manor Fields, Adare. scorecard
Munster Premier Division
Following a disappointing home defeat to North County, the 1st XI faced a stiff test in the Premier Division against Co. Galway who have always proved difficult opposition in both league and cup. With the wicket at the Mardyke still appearing a little green after the rain on Saturday, the hosts lost the toss and were asked to bowl with Gary King and Adil Hameed taking the new ball.
Despite the early loss of Mohammad Ali, Co. Galway relied on steady partnerships to reach 207-9 off their 50 overs despite some slack fielding from Cork County which included a number of dropped catches. The pick of the Cork County bowlers was young Diarmuid Carey with 4-40.
With 208 required to win, the home side lost opener Scott McNamara for just 3 after a steady start alongside Ross Durity. Robert Duggan came in a three and in partnership with Durity began to chip away at the Galway target despite some tight seam bowling from the visitors. County reached the target for the loss of just the one wicket thanks to the superb partnership of over 190 between Durity (102 off 132 balls) and Duggan (79 off 111 balls) which meant County have now won two from three in their quest to retain the Premier Division title. Next up are table toppers Limerick at the Mardyke on Sunday, 28th May.
Cork County 210-1 (Durity 102*, Duggan 79*) beat County Galway 208-9 (Carey 4-40) by 9 wickets at the Mardyke. scorecard
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Irish Senior Cup
It was that time of the year again when the 1st Round of the Irish Senior Cup took centre stage and Cork County made the longest trip to face North West side Bready at Mason Road near Derry. A weakened squad due to injuries, suspensions and unavailability made the 800km trip to the North West.
In a rain affected game Bready reached 264-8 in their 46 overs. Bready overseas professional Samarasooriya was their top scorer with 81 with Gary Kings taking 4-55 for County.
In reply, Cork County reached 30-0 after 9 overs with Durity and Coleman well set at the crease before the rain set in and a further reduction set the away side a DLS target of 206 in 32 overs. Unfortunately, once the batsmen resumed their innings the wicket had quickened up and the skiddy conditions made the run chase all that more difficult. In Cork County’ 149-7 from their 32 overs, Stephan Grobler scored 35 and young Diarmuid Carey finished on 20* leaving Bready 56 run (DLS) winners.
Bready 267-8 (Samarsooriya 81, Rankin 35, King 4-55) beat Cork County 132-7 (Grobler 35, Carey 20*, Barr 3-35) by 62 runs on D/L at Mason Road.
Munster Division 2
Cork County III made it two wins from two with a hard fought victory over North Kerry at the Mardyke. Openers Abdul Jabbar Younus (86) and Paul McDowell (97*) led the way with an excellent opening partnership to set the visitors a target of 262 to win. Sajid Khan did the damage for County taking 3-19 as North Kerry were reduced to 200-8 off their 40 overs.
Cork County 261-3 (McDowell 97*, A.J.Younus 86) beat North Kerry 200-8 (Packet 56, S Khan 3-29) by 61 runs at the Mardyke.
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
The draw for the Golden Ticket took place in the Clubhouse ahead of the clubs trip to Bready for their 1st Round Irish Senior Cup tie at Mason Road. The big draw was rescheduled from its original date of the 29th April to accommodate some late entries once the season had started.
Supporting Cricket at the Mardyke
President Kieran Aherne and Groundsman Matt Reed were on hand to conduct the draw which saw a total of 21 entries. The list of entries were as follows:
- Abbey Healthcare
- William Bradley & Co
- Fota Island Resort
- Salon Shop
- Piranha Cricket / MCA
- Vanilla Boutique (Fermoy)
- Brownes Bookbinders
- DAF Truck Services
- Prime Time
- Miss Diva Master Lashes
- O’Flynn’s Gourmet Sausages
- Swan Beds
- Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind
- Athula Fusion Foods
- Bunnyconnellan Bar & Restaurant
- Further Education Group
- Dennehys Health & Fitness
PwC drawn as the winning ticket and their logo will now be used on the Cork County coloured kit for the Irish and Munster Senior Cups as well as all T20 competitions for the remainder of the 2017 season. Big thanks to all those who entered and each will be acknowledged on a Sponsors board in the Clubhouse entrance. All monies will be going directly back into on-field cricketing activities. #WeAreCounty
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
A very mixed weekend of results for Cork County with the 1st XI suffering two disappointing defeats to Clontarf 1 and County Kerry 1 in both Leinster Division 1 and the Munster Premier Division, respectively. However, there were big wins for the 2nd and 3rd XI’s as they both opened their respective league campaigns with full points.
Cork County finished on 100-6 from 24 overs before bad light stopped play which meant they lost by 55 runs on DLS to the Leinster Champions. Clontarf finished on 208-7 from 43 overs. Cork County were penalised 24 runs for slow over rate which resulted in a final ‘effective’ total of 232 which was DLS adjusted and resulted in a target of 248 in 43 overs.
Cork County’s innings was interrupted at the end of the first over with the score 2 for no loss. When play resumed, Cork County reached 100-6 from 24 overs when play was called off due to bad light. The DLS par at that time was 155.
In Munster Division 1, the 2nd XI recorded an impressive 8 wicket victory chasing 249 in just 30 overs against County Kerry 2 at the Oyster Oval on Saturday. Despite the blustery and showery conditions, Cork County reached their target almost 5 overs to spare thanks to excellent centuries from Marc Smith (124) and Robert Duggan (110*).
On Sunday, the 1st XI sought to make it two from two in the Premier Division but came up short by 17 runs chasing just 157 on a good wicket at a blustery Oyster Oval. Marc Smith once again led the way with 44 but no one gave the necessary support to see County home with Yakub Ali (4-10) causing most of the damage. The result and performance will hopefully be a wake up call for the champions who will need to up their game once league action returns in a few weeks!
The 3rd XI got their Division 2 campaign off to a winning start on bank holiday Monday with a 78 run victory over Lismore 1 at the Mardyke. 64 from Paul McDowell helped the home side to 207-8 off their 40 overs. In reply, Lismore were bowled out for 129 with Saleen Mir (4-25) and young Eshan O’Sullivan (3-0) doing most of the damage.
Saturday, 29th April
Leinster Division 1
Clontarf 232-7 (Mooney 59, Gallagher 39) beat Cork County 100-6 (Mooney 3-16, Delany 3-19) from 24 overs by 55 runs (DLS) (including 24 penalty runs for slow over rate) at the Mardyke. scorecard
Munster Division 1
Cork County 248-2 (Smith 124, Duggan 110*) beat County Kerry 247-7 off 45 overs (Ahmed 68) by 8 wickets at The Oyster Oval.
Sunday, 30th April
Munster Premier Division
County Kerry 157 all out (Y. Ali 38, Kelleher 3-15) beat Cork County 140 all out (Smith 44, Y Ali 4-10) by 17 runs at The Oyster Oval.
Monday, 1st May
Munster Division 2
Cork County 207-8 (P. McDowell 64) beat Lismore 129 all out (S. Mir 4-25, E. O’Sullivan 3-0) by 78 runs at the Mardyke.
Friday, April 21st, 2017
The 1st XI open their Leinster Division 1 and Munster Premier Division campaigns with two away fixtures on the opening weekend of the season. #WeAreCounty
🏆 Pre-Season T20 Friendlies
🏏 Bangor Cricket Club
📍 The Mardyke
🗓️ Saturday (10.30am, 2 & 5.30 pm)
1. Scot Jeffers*
2. Robert Duggan
3. Scott Mcnamara+
4. Kevy Bray
5. Ramesh Neppalli
6. Sam Zai
7. Justin McGurk
8. John Simon
9. Daniel Kennedy
11. Aidan Kelleher
12. Kevin O’Sullivan
13. John Power
14. Matt Reed