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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Munster Reds and Cork County all-rounder Aaron Cawley was named in the Cricket Ireland Shapoorji Pallonji Men’s Senior Academy squad for 2018. The news comes shortly on the back of his inclusion in the Ireland squad which flies out to New Zealand in the coming weeks to take part in the ICC U19 World Cup.
36 players were named in the latest Cricket Ireland Shapoorji Pallonji Senior and Emerging Academies for the year ahead. 21 of those are in the senior ranks, with five players gaining elevation from last year’s Emerging squad.
They are Rush top-order batsman Stephen Doheny, North County paceman Fionn Hand, Ballyspallen all-rounder Graham Kennedy, Merrion opening bowler Max Neville and Ireland U19 captain Harry Tector, an off-spinner and top order batsman with YMCA and Munster Reds.
Other new faces in the squad include left-arm spinners Ross Allen and Tom Stanton along with emerging fast bowlers David Delany and Aaron Cawley. Six of the senior Academy squad have international experience with James Shannon, Simi Singh, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Sean Terry and Lorcan Tucker all capped at senior level.
As well as international honours the Academy was rewarded with individual honours for James Shannon, Simi Singh and Harry Tector at the Turkish Airlines Cricket Ireland Awards 2017, while Academy Coach Ryan Eagleson was awarded Coach of the Year.
There are no fewer than 12 new additions to the Emerging group, five of whom will be representing Ireland Under 19’s in the World Cup next month in New Zealand. They are Phoenix all-rounder Ian Anders, Coleraine leg-spinner Varun Chopra, Pembroke’s talented all-rounder JJ Garth, Rush batting prodigy Neil Rock and Clontarf batsman Andrew Vincent.
Academy Manager Peter Johnston is really pleased with this years intake of players saying: “We have two really strong Academy groups. It’s great to see the potential in the Emerging group while the Senior Academy contains some exciting athletes who are pushing hard for opportunities with the Wolves and senior team. Indeed, with central contracts still to be announced in the New Year, there is a chance one or two players may move up into the senior squad then.
“Every year the bar gets raised and we are developing good depth covering all bases. While our programme offers a great deal of support, ultimately it comes down to the athletes to take ownership and they should not see their efforts as a sacrifice, but as a positive decision to be the best they can be at their sport and play against the best in the world.”
The Senior and Emerging Academy train weekly on a regional basis in North County, Jordanstown, and Bready with the support of Ryan Eagleson and Ian McGregor. In addition to these sessions specialist guest coaches are brought in for skill set weekends throughout the winter. There are also a number of educational sessions, drawing from other sports, sport psychology and wellbeing. While Academy players follow fitness programs put in place by lead Strength and Conditioning Coach Brendan Connor.
There will be an Easter Academy training camp at the European Centre in La Manga, followed by a Wolves tour to the West country to play Bath and Gloucestershire. The final stages are also being compiled for a busy summer programme at all levels.
“This pre-season formula certainly helped many of our players to kick-start their season and have momentum going into the domestic season, and I don’t see next year as being any different. With so many exciting Irish and Wolves fixtures planned for next summer, along with our First-Class domestic Provincial competition there has never been a better time to be an emerging player.”
CRICKET IRELAND SHAPOORJI PALLONJI SENIOR ACADEMY
Ross Allen, Rory Anders, Aaron Cawley, David Delany, Stephen Doheny, Shane Getkate, Fionn Hand, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, James McCollum, Robert McKinley, Max Neville, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Nathan Smith, Tom Stanton, Harry Tector, Jack Tector, Sean Terry, Lorcan Tucker.
CRICKET IRELAND SHAPOORJI PALLONJI EMERGING ACADEMY
Ian Anders, Varun Chopra, JJ Garth, Gavin Hoey, James Hunter, Kyle Magee, Reece Malone, Oliver Metcalfe, Cian Nulty, Marcus Poskitt, Neil Rock, Sean Stanton, Alex Stiles, Mitchell Thompson, Andrew Vincent.
Friday, December 8th, 2017
Congratulations to our talented all-rounder Aaron Cawley on his selection for the Cricket Ireland 15-man squad for next month’s ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand.
This is a fantastic achievement for the young Tipperary man making him the first Munster & Cork County player to feature at such a prestigious international tournament.
Andrew Vincent of Clontarf is the only addition to the 14 that clinched the qualification tournament in Jersey this summer to secure the World Cup berth in a dramatic encounter against Scotland.
Harry Tector is one of ten Leinster-based players in the squad, which also contains three representatives from the North-West, and one each from the NCU and Munster.
Under 19 Head Coach Ryan Eagleson is urging his young charges to make their mark on the global stage, as many international superstars have done in the past.
“Many of today’s cricket stars have played in past under 19 World Cups and this is a huge opportunity for this group of Irish cricketers to make a name for themselves,” said Eagleson.
“There’s the added incentive of Test cricket now for this talented bunch, and strong displays in the tournament will definitely put them in the shop window with a new senior Head Coach at the helm later this month too.”
World Cup Preparations
Eagleson outlined preparations for the tournament in which the Irish have been drawn in Group D alongside the Asian triumvirate of Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“We’ve been training hard both at home and at a recent warm weather camp at the European Centre in La Manga. The players have all been putting in the hard yards with early morning gym sessions and regular skills based sessions and national weekends too. There’s a definite excitement in the camp as we build towards January.
“We have a training camp planned in New Zealand where we will play two matches against a strong Auckland side as well as three days of practice to adjust to local conditions. We then travel to Christchurch for two official warm up matches against England and Canada.
“We will play our group games in Whangarei where two of our squad Mark Donegan and Sam Murphy have been playing locally over the winter which will be of great benefit not only to the pair, but the entire squad with their accumulated knowledge.”
Ireland face Sri Lanka in their first Group game on January 14th before taking on Pakistan two days later. The Afghanistan clash is down for decision on Saturday January 20th. Go well AC! ☘️🇮🇪 #BackingAC #BackingGreen
Ireland Under 19 World Cup squad:
Harry Tector (Capt) (YMCA/LCU), Ian Anders (Phoenix/LCU), Aaron Cawley (Cork County/MCU), Varun Chopra (Coleraine/NWCU), Mark Donegan (The Hills/LCU), JJ Garth (Pembroke/LCU), Jamie Grassi (North County/LCU), Reece Kelly (Bready/NWCU), Graham Kennedy (Ballyspallen/NWCU), Josh Little (Pembroke/LCU), Sam Murphy (YMCA/LCU), Max Neville (Merrion/LCU), Neil Rock (Rush/LCU), Morgan Topping (Waringstown/NCU), Andrew Vincent (Clontarf/LCU).
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
At the recent Annual General Meeting saw the election of Club Officers for the 2018 season. A reasonably well attended meeting saw three new captains elected for next season with Cormac Hassett taking the 1st XI captaincy reins from Stephan Grobler while Scott McNamarra and Talha Kayani take over the 2nd XI and 3rd XI, respectively.
2018 Elected Officers
- President: Kieran Aherne
- Secretary: Kevin O’Sullivan
- Treasurer: David Griffin
2018 Elected Captains:
- 1st XI: Cormac Hassett
- 2nd XI: Scott McNamarra
- 3rd XI: Talha Kayani
- 1️⃣ Len Browne
- 2️⃣ Robert Duggan
- 3️⃣ Talha Kayani
- 4️⃣ Ronnie McDowell
- 5️⃣ John Power
- 6️⃣ Andy Wootton
There were special mentions for Matt Reed on his nomination for Irish Groundsman of the Year, and also for both Aaron Cawley & Diarmuid Carey on their call ups to the Irish representative squads at U19 and U17 levels, respectively.
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
Cork County’s Diarmuid Carey has been named in the Cricket Ireland U17 winter training squad ahead of a busy schedule in 2018.
The selection comes after an extremely impressive 2017 season during which Diarmuid became a mainstay of the 1st XI bowling attack with his consistent off spin and hard work.
20 players have been named at Under 7 level, and Lead Coach Nigel Jones can’t wait to help mould the next generation of Irish senior cricketers.
“I’m excited by the potential and balance of this squad,” said Jones. “Along with my fellow coaching group, we believe that we have selected an exciting group of players who will benefit greatly from an intense winter programme ahead of a busy 2018 schedule.
“The profile of the squad sees no fewer than eight players returning from the 2017 match programme and in addition to this we have named nine players who are effectively a year young qualifying for U16 level. We believe that their (U16) development will be further supported by the returning squad players, who are essentially responsible for continuing to drive squad standards and culture, pushing this exciting group forward throughout 2018.
“I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Ireland U17 coaching management group to congratulate those who have been selected and to wish them well with the winter programme ahead,” concluded Jones.
Congratulations to Diarmuid on his well deserved selection and we wish him all the best in the months to come!
U17 Winter Squad
Max Burton (NCU), Diarmuid Carey (MCU), Nathan Doak (NCU), JJ Garth (LCU), Gavin Hoey (LCU), James Hunter (NCU), Seanan Jones (MCU), Kyle Magee (NWCU), Reece Malone (NCU), Gregory McFaul (NWCU), Oliver Metcalfe (NCU), Cian Nulty (LCU), Marcus Poskitt (NWCU), Neil Rock (LCU), Scott Ruttle (LCU), Alex Stiles (LCU), Mitchell Thompson (LCU).
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
Congratulations to Matt Reed on his well deserved nomination for the Notts Sports Groundsman of the Year at the Cricket Ireland Awards. We can’t praise his work highly enough. The standard of wickets and condition of the facilities at the Mardyke over recent years is a testament to his great work! Best of luck Matty!
Full List of Nominations:
- Turkish Airlines Men’s International Player of the Year: Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Paul Stirling.
- Hanley Energy Women’s International Player of the Year: Gaby Lewis, Rachel Delaney, Isobel Joyce.
- The Sunday Independent Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year Award: Jacob Mulder, Aoife Beggs, Rachel Delaney.
- Hanley Energy Inter-Pro Player of the Year: George Dockrell, Kevin O’Brien, James Shannon.
- Flogas Male Youth International Player of the Year: Harry Tector, Josh Little, Graham Kennedy, Mitchell Thompson.
- Devenish Female Youth International Player of the Year: Gaby Lewis, Orla Prendergast, Amy Hunter.
- Shapoorji Pallonji Male Academy Player of the Year: James Shannon, Simi Singh
- Shapoorji Pallonji Female Academy Player of the Year: Lara Maritz, Leah Paul.
- Notts Sports Groundsman of the Year: Dale McDonough, Matt Reed, Trevor Hamilton.
- IAA Official of the Year: Mary McElwee, Gerard O’Sullivan, Andrew Mooney.
- Clear Treasury Coach of the Year: Julie Logue, Kamal Merchant, Ryan Eagleson.
- Toyota Super 3s Player of the Year: Kim Garth, Laura Delany, Mary Waldron.
- O’Neills Club Player of the Year: George Dockrell, Nigel Jones, David Rankin.
- Tildenet Club of the Year: Waringstown CC, Ballyspallen CC, Limerick CC.
Oasis Volunteer of the Year, in honour of Derek Scott; Cricket Writer’s of Ireland Hall of Fame Award and Gibney’s Outstanding Contribution to Irish Cricket, in honour of John Wright to be announced on the night.
The winners of all the awards will be announced at the Cricket Ireland Awards on the evening of Friday, 17th November, in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, with live updates on Twitter @irelandcricket throughout the event.