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.
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
- Captain: Cormac Hassett
- Overseas Player: Jeremy Benton (NZ)
- Players in: Jeremy Benton, Shelford Meads, Atif Bashir
- Players Out: Stephan Grobler, Gary King & Marc Smith
- Young Players to watch: Diarmuid Carey, Aaron Cawley
After the highs of winning Division Two in 2016, Cork County came back down to earth enduring a tough campaign in the top flight which saw them relegated.
However there are grounds for optimism as they have some talented young cricketers who will join the regulars and three new faces who it’s hoped will compensate for the loss of Stephan Grobler and Gary King who were two big players for the Munstermen.
Diarmuid Carey and Aaron Cawley are two of the brightest talents at the club, and club spokesperson Rob Duggan has high hopes for both.
“Diarmuid had a real breakthrough season with the ball in 2017 in what was his first full season with the 1st XI and held his own against Leinster Division 1 opposition. His performances by the slow left armer against some of the best batsmen in Leinster certainly caught the eye of the Irish selectors and earned him a well earned call up to the Irish U17 winter training squad. He certainly has the right attitude and desire to continue his improvement and to build on his form with the ball last season and add some important runs with the bat.
“Aaron Cawley is coming off the back of an exciting winter with the Irish U19 squad as they took part in the World Cup in NZ and did everyone proud with some fantastic performances in the competition. Aaron proved to be a key member in the Irish seam attack which now sees him training with the Irish Wolfhounds squad. Unfortunately, due to representative commitments and injury Aaron missed much of our season in Division 1 which proved to be a big void to fill but hopefully he’ll be back leading our attack in 2018 and providing some crucial runs in our middle order.
The club’s pre-season preparations, like most clubs, have been hampered badly by the weather.
“With no suitable indoor practice facilities in the Munster region our pre-season has been badly affected by the extremely poor weather during the late winter/early spring period which has seen groundwork behind where groundsman Matt Reed would like it.”
Duggan is cautiously optimistic about Cork’s chances of further silverware for the forthcoming campaign.
“Following the whirlwind 2016 season which saw us clinch the Leinster Division 2 title and Cricket Ireland Club of the Year, 2017 proved to be a challenging one with the challenge of competing in Division 1 with a thin squad.
“Injuries and non availability at various stages proved costly and the season never really gained momentum.
“Locally, the club retained its Munster Senior Cup and T20 crowns as well the Premier Division title despite stiff competition from Limerick and County Kerry.
“It is always hard to predict how a season will go following relegation and following the departure of Stephan Grobler (overseas player) after 4 successful seasons it will see the younger players under the leadership of Cormac Hassett along with the experienced players such as Ross Durity, Morne Bauer and Abubakar Saddique to take the club forward in Leinster Division 2 as well as retaining our titles locally in Munster.
“With a growing and ambitions youth section, the club never takes for granted the ability to compete in Leinster league competition which provides a great pathway for its youngsters to progress from schools right up to Irish representative honours.”
Thursday, April 12th, 2018
The ashes of Noel Cantwell, one of Cork and Ireland’s greatest sportsmen, are to be scattered on a cricket pitch at the Mardyke close to where he was born.
On Friday, 13th April 2018, Noel Cantwell’s daughters will bring his ashes to the Cork County Cricket Club grounds on the Mardyke, where his all-round sporting prowess first started to shine. Cantwell batted for his country seven times and went on to play international soccer, winning 36 international caps and scoring 14 goals with the Republic of Ireland.
He also played rugby, but is probably best known for captaining Manchester United. Cantwell also played with West Ham United and joined Manchester United in 1960, making 121 league appearances with them; winning two league titles and an FA Cup winner’s medals.
Noel Cantwell died in 2005, aged 73, and his ashes were kept by his wife, Maggie, at their home in England. She died just before Christmas and their daughters, Kate and Liz, requested that his ashes be scattered at the Cork County Cricket Club.
Although his opportunities on the cricket field were restricted by his soccer commitments, Noel, and his brothers, Frank and Gerry, were one of a number of families who grew up in the late 1940s and 1950s in and around the Mardyke area and who became leading lights in Cork cricket focused on the Mardyke. Others from this era included Jim and Tom Kiernan, Pat Dineen, Jim Fitzgerald, Con Odlum, Danny Duggan, Noel and Dermot Giltinan and Billy Bradley to name but a few.
The three Cantwell brothers played their club cricket with Cork Bohemians, played with Cork County in friendlies against Dublin, Northern Irish and English opposition and all three played for Munster in Interprovincial matches in this period. Cork Bohemians were probably the dominant club side in Cork and Munster (pictured below) in this period winning the Senior League on six occasions in the 1950s. Frank also played in the South v North fixture in 1952 which was effectively an Irish final trial but only Noel would go on to play international cricket for Ireland.
Noel is pictured below with the Munster Cricket side at the Mardyke on 25th May 1951.
Noel Cantwell was a left handed bat and a right arm medium paced bowler. Contemporary accounts describe him as being a fluent stroke maker and a brilliant fielder. While Noel himself downplayed his ability as a bowler, he is noted as “having the habit of taking wickets at club level when most needed”. Noel Cantwell played five times for Ireland in the period 1956 to 1959. Of the relatively few matches played by Ireland in that period (generally three or four matches per year), quite a few were played in late August or September when his soccer commitments would have ruled him out of contention for selection.
In 2015, a laneway was named after the sporting legend near the Mardyke. The ceremony was attended by Roy Keane, FAI chief executive John Delaney, and rugby legends Tom Kiernan and Barry McCann.
Councillor Mick Finn said after the ceremony that he spoke with Cantwell’s daughters, who expressed the wish to bring his ashes to Cork. They decided to follow through with the idea after their mother died.
“It’s fantastic that a Cork son will finally be returning home for the last time,” said Mr Finn. “It was fitting to name the walkway after somebody with such achievements and it was fitting that Roy Keane was there on that day because Noel Cantwell was the Roy Keane of his day.”
- Sean O’Riordan (2018, 7th April). Man Utd captain Noel Cantwell’s ashes to be scattered in Cork. The Irish Examiner. Retrieved from https://www.irishexaminer.com/
- David Griffin (2015, 12th March). Noel Cantwell Honoured at Mardyke. Retrieved from http://www.cricketireland.ie/
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Cork County Cricket Club are delighted to welcome young New Zealander Jeremy Benton as our overseas player for the 2018 season with a busy schedule in Leinster Division 2, Munster Premier Division as well as numerous Cup competitions.
Jeremy (22) is a promising left-arm spinning all-rounder currently part of the Canterbury Cricket white ball squads. He made his T20 (Super Smash) debut in 2016, then earned his List A (Ford Trophy) debut in December 2017. To date, the talented all-rounder has played 11 domestic white ball matches – 3 Ford Trophy and 8 Super Smash. Highlights include his 47-ball 40* on his 50-over debut against Otago (coming it at number 8 with Canterbury reeling at 143-6) and his match-winning figures of 3-27 (4) helping the Kings to victory over the Central Stags. Full details available on CricInfo by clicking here.
A former Blackcaps U19 representative (2012-14), he also excelled for Christchurch Boys’ High School (2012-14), represented Canterbury U19s (2013/14), Canterbury A (2014-17) and Canterbury Country (2014-17).
Canterbury coach Gary Stead lauded Benton by saying “He’s got some really smart leadership capabilities. He’s an excellent fielder. I think he’ll turn into a real quality spinner… Down the track, he’ll be an integral part of our Canterbury line-up.”
We are sure everyone will give Jeremy a warm CCCC welcome once he arrives next week! He’ll be involved with coaching the youth section and assisting with the adult squads throughout the season. #WeAreCounty
Monday, March 19th, 2018
We are only five short weeks away from what promises to be another exciting cricket season. Preparations for the new season have been ongoing since our AGM in December and the next few weeks will see activity levels at our club rise again as we move towards mid-April. I would like to thank all those who have assisted thus far, in particular those who organised and partook in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Our aim as a club is to constantly improve on our on-pitch performances at all levels and provide the best opportunity for playing members of all ages and abilities to play and enjoy competitive and social cricket.
In order to do so we need ongoing support through fundraising and sponsorship. Fantastic sponsorship opportunities are available to both individuals and businesses looking to support the development of cricket resources at all levels of the club to ensure ongoing development and future success. We would encourage any member who has a potential sponsorship lead to speak to a committee member or to visit the sponsorship page on our website.
We wish to inform members that 2018 membership subscriptions are now due at the rates detailed in the table below:
|Type of Membership||
|Adult Full Playing||€200|
|3rd Level Student (18+)||€150|
* – Family Membership is 2 x Pavilion Members + 2 x Youth Members (+€50 for additional Youth members)
** – An additional €5 match fee will be apply to all players competing in home matches in MCU, LCU or National competitions, with funds going directly into cricket resources.
All fully paid up playing members will receive a new club playing shirt in every alternate year of their membership as part of their subscription package. Pavilion members will receive a free club cap or 50% discount on a club polo shirt in every alternate year as part of their subscription package. All new members will receive the appropriate shirt or cap in the year that they first join the club.
Subscriptions can be paid to the Treasurer David Griffin by cash or cheque. A registration evening has been organised for Sunday, 25th March, between 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. in the club bar. David and I will be on hand to collect subscriptions and if applicable, new membership forms. Members who would prefer to pay their membership in instalments should notify the Treasurer and the first instalment must be paid before the first match of the new season on Saturday, 21st April.
Alternatively, membership can be paid electronically to the following account:
- Bank: Ulster Bank, St. Patrick’s Street, Cork
- IBAN: IE74ULSB98548543678040
- BIC: ULSBIE2D
On behalf of the Committee I would like to wish you all an enjoyable and successful 2018
Friday, March 16th, 2018
Cork County are delighted to be taking part in this years Cork St Patricks Festival with members of our Youth section accompanied by parents and adult members representing the club. #CorkGoesGreen
It’s a great opportunity to give the game of cricket a little exposure to the anticipated 50,000 visitors to the city on Saturday. Over 3,000 participants expected to take part tomorrow and it all begins at 1 p.m. so keep an eye out! The parade starts on the South Mall and moves up to the Grand Parade, along St. Patrick’s Street and finishes at Merchant’s Quay – just in time for the England v Ireland rugby match!
Full details: www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie
Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
Cork County will open the their Leinster Division 2 campaign against Malahide Cricket Club at the home of Irish cricket on Saturday, 21st April. The first fixture at the Mardyke will be against Balbriggan with two fixtures against Rush and Dublin University on the May bank holiday weekend before the visit of Strabane in the Irish Senior Cup. #WeAreCounty
Full list of fixtures can be viewed by clicking here.
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
The first big social night of 2018 sees Clubman of the Year, Talha Kayani, turning chef for the night (with the help of our sponsors Lavish) to serve up a feast of Asian cuisine including a hot dish or two for the aptly named Talha’s Tandoori Night! It all takes place on Friday, 16th February, in the clubhouse.
The buffet will begin serving from 6.30/7 p.m. onwards and will cost €10 per person with all proceeds going to club cricketing activities both on and off the field. There will also be drinks specials and raffles on the night so make sure you show your face.
Please indicate whether you will be able to attend to allow Talha to order the appropriate amount of ingredients for his Tandoori masterpiece! #WeAreCounty
Monday, January 29th, 2018
Ireland’s first men’s Test match will be on home soil against Pakistan from Friday, May 11th to Tuesday, May 15th. It will be a historic moment following on from when Ireland and Afghanistan were given Test status in June 2017 to become the 11th and 12th Full Members of the ICC.
Obviously anticipation for the match is growing and there promises to be a significant contingent travelling from the Mardyke on Saturday, 12th May. Tickets have been purchased at the discounted club price of €27 for adults & €11 for U16s. Those who ordered tickets should arrange payment with Club Treasurer, David Griffin, as soon as possible by one of the following ways:
- Drop cash or cheques into the club;
- Post cheques to him at 6 Willow Court, Cross Douglas Road, Cork; or
- Bank transfer into David’s account – contact him at email@example.com or on 087 1467903.
The final list of members who requested tickets is as follows:
- Scott Mcnamara
- Charles Peter Sommerfield
- Cormac Hassett
- Ramesh Neppalli
- Chris Banon
- Paul McDowell x 2
- Hamza Asif
- Tim Clifford
- Anthony O Reilly
- Noelie Cronin
- Len Browne x 2
- Masroor Salam x 3
- Robert Duggan
- Ross Durity
- Sid Joshi
- Mortimer Kelleher
- Eoin Caomhánach
- Patrick Earley Mulcahy x 2
- Veena O’Sullivan x 3
- Brenda Kennedy x 5
- Farzaan Zulquernain
- Hamza Idrees
- MacKenzie family x 3
- Justin McGurk x 2
- Matt Reed
- John Ketch x 2
- Michael Stout
- Dermot (the barman)
- Abdul Jabbar Younus x 3
Great response from club members with a travelling party of almost 50. Transport is also being organised for the trip up and down so an update will be provided in due course.
Monday, January 15th, 2018
Cork County all-rounder Aaron Cawley took a wicket in each of his first two overs as Ireland went down by 7 wickets to Sri Lanka in their group match opener at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand on Saturday night.
Jamie Grassi’s 115-ball 75 and some late big-hitting from Josh Little and Aaron Cawley took Ireland past 200. When the same Cawley took two early wickets, the scent of victory was very much alive.
Ireland skipper Harry Tector won the toss and elected to bat, seeking to post a total that would put scoreboard pressure on the Sri Lankan chase. Despite an opening stand of 73 between Grassi and Mark Donegan (36), it took an 8th wicket stand of 34 between Little (25) and Cawley (9) to take Ireland to 206/8 off their 48 overs. The match was reduced to 48 overs a side after an hour’s play was lost to an early morning shower in Whangarei.
Ireland had the dream start in the field as Cork County’s Cawley took a wicket in each of his first two overs. In tandem with Little, Sri Lanka were in a little trouble at 16/2 off 6 overs. When Max Neville took a wicket of his own to reduce the Sri Lankans to 51/3, Ireland were well and truly in the game.
Speaking to ICC.com captain Harry Tector agreed. “We set a good platform, Mark Donegan and Jamie Grassi batted well up top, but we were unable to sort of kick on and get that big score to really put them under considerable pressure. And then we had them 9/2 and 51/3 and we were very much in the game.”
Sadly that was when Dhananjaya Lakshan and the captain Kamindu Mendis took over and brought the game away. Their unbeaten partnership of 157 saw Lakshan score a century and win Player of the Match before Mendis hit the winning runs.
As ever the Irish squad demonstrated their fight and spirit to continue battling in the field to the last.
Pakistan on Tuesday January 16th at 10.30am. (9.30pm on Monday January 15th Irish time)
Ireland v Sri Lanka, U19 World Cup Group D
Cobham Oval, Whangarei, New Zealand
Ireland 206-8 (48/48 Overs) Jamie Grassi 75, Mark Donegan 36, Josh Little 25; Kamindu Mendis 3-35 lost to Sri Lanka 208-3 (37.3 overs) Dhananjaya Lakshan 101*, Kamindu Mendis 74*; Aaron Cawley 2-26, Max Neville 1-51, Harry Tector 0-40 by 7 wickets.
Sunday, January 7th, 2018
The 2018 Munster Cup draws have been made with some tricky ties awaiting Cork County next summer including Cork derby against Cork Harlequins in the Senior Cup Quarter Final. WeAreCounty
Quarter-Final: v Cork Harlequins (A)
Senior Cup holders Cork County make the short trip to Farmers Cross to take on local rivals Cork Harlequins in the Quarter Final with Midleton awaiting the winners in the Semi-Final. The other Quarter Final sees 2017 finalists Limerick making the trip up the M18 to face Galway at Lydican with the winners setting up a home tie against County Kerry in the Semi Final.
Quarter-Final: v Cork Harlequins or Tipperary (A)
Junior Cup holders Cork Harlequins open their defence with a home Quarter Final against Tipperary County with the winners facing Cork County in the Semi-Final. Limerick make the trip to East Cork in the other Quarter Final to take on Midleton with a trip to the Oyster Oval awaiting in the Semi-Final.
Quarter-Final: v Limerick (H)
Minor Cup holders Limerick face a tricky trip to the Mardyke in the Quarter Finals to take on Cork County with the winners facing the victors of Midleton and Winner 1 (Cork Harlequins v Tipperary County). The other half of the draw sees a derby in The Kingdom when County Kerry take on North Kerry while Lismore await the winners of UCC and Waterford Districts.