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The Mardyke to host the Oman Cricket Association T20 training camp

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Oman flagCork 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.

For further information on these upcoming fixtures against Oman Cricket, please contact Cork County on 021-4272569 or

Cawley named in Ireland U19 World Cup squad

Friday, December 8th, 2017

DHcPayOVwAAMFtgCongratulations 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 U19 World Cup Squad Announced

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).

Hassett named 1st Team Captain for 2018

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.

Cormac Hassett to captain Cork County in 20182018 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.

Carey named in Irish U17 Winter Training squad

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

d.carey-selection_squareCork 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).

Matt Reed nominated for 2017 Groundsman of the Year

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.  

Annual General Meeting – 4th December 2017

Monday, November 6th, 2017

All members are invited to the Annual General Meeting of Cork County Cricket Club takes place on Monday, 4th December 2017, commencing at 7.30 p.m. in the Clubhouse at the Mardyke, Cork.

The agenda of the meeting will be as follows:

  • • Approval of AGM Minutes dated 5th December 2016
  • • Secretary’s Report
  • • Treasurer’s Report
  • • Election of Officers for 2018
  • • Subscription levels for 2018
  • • Amendments to Club Rules
  • • Any other business

As always it is important that members make an effort to attend the AGM to stay engaged with the current issues facing the club and most importantly have your say in regard to its future progress.

Kind regards,

Kevin O’Sullivan
Honorary Secretary

Gary King scoops 2017 Player of the Year

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

The Annual Awards took place at the Mardyke on Sunday, 22nd October, which saw the top performers at all levels acknowledged for their efforts throughout the season.

Gary King scooped both the Senior Batsman and Player of the Year following some big performances during his inaugural season at the club. One of the highlights being a 150 in the Munster Senior Cup Final against Limerick.

Other notable winners include Abubakar Saddique who clinched the Senior Bowler of the Year while Daniel Kennedy received the ‘Most Promising Young Player’ award for his efforts as captain and bowler for the U15s.

The full list of winners are as follows:
Senior Player of the Year – Gary King
Senior Bowler of the Year – Abubakar Saddique
Senior Batsman of the Year – Gary King
2nd XI Player of the Year – James Hunter
3rd XI Player of the Year – Sajid Ali Khan
Most Promising Young Player – Daniel Kennedy
U15 Player of the Year – Rioghan O’Sullivan
U15 Batsman – Tahmid Alam
U15 Bowler – Tom Cullen
U12 Player of the Year – Sam Bailey
U12 Batsman – Jabir Rahman
U12 Bowler – Ifthikar Rizwaan
Club Person of the Year – Talha Kayani

2017 Annual Awards Dinner

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

It’s that time of the year again when the top performers and most valued club members are recognised at the Annual Awards Dinner at the Mardyke. The 2017 season proved to be a tough one both on and off the field with resources pushed the limits due to commitments at both club and interprovincial levels.

Despite the increased workload, the club performed admirably and the 1st XI retained their Munster Premier Division, Senior Cup and Senior T20 titles; while Scot Jeffers and his 2nd XI pushed for the Division 1 title right until the final round of games. The 3rd XI endured a transitional season during which a number of the Cork County Cubs made league debuts which bodes well for the coming seasons.

The Awards Dinner will take place on Sunday, 22nd October, starting at 6 p.m. at the Mardyke with awards to be presented at both the Youth and Adult sections. All member, parents and supporters are welcome so we look forward to seeing you on the 22nd October! #WeAreCounty 



Cork County bids farewell to Stephan Grobler

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

The Club said farewell to overseas professional Stephan Grobler at a BBQ on Sunday evening which saw members of all ages in attendance to say their goodbyes to the South African. 

The South African all rounder has spent 4 seasons at Cork County during which time the club has competed in Leinster Division 1 on two occasions, continue to dominate more locally in Munster and ultimately helped the club receive the honour of ‘Club of the Year’ in 2016.

Stephan’s influence has been felt at every level of the club, from the U11s right up to the 1st XI with his professionalism an example to all. Not only was he a great cricketer but also a gentleman and great ambassador for the club as captain and leader. It was fitting that he captained the Munster Reds during their return to senior inter-provincial cricket in 2017.

We wish Stephan and his family well in the years to come and there will always be a warm welcome for him at the Mardyke. Go well Steph! #WeAreCounty 🇿🇦

Munster record

  • 50 Overs: 1,416 runs @ 81.48 & 15 wickets @ 22.73
  • T20: 391 runs @ 75.72 & 5 wickets @ 27.0

Leinster & Irish Cup record

  • Batting: 2,028 runs @ 40.56
  • Bowling: 88 wickets @ 16.99



Some memories

County return to Leinster Division 2 for 2018 season

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Cork County completed their Leinster Division 1 campaign with a disappointing 181 run defeat to Phoenix at Phoenix Park on Saturday, 2nd September. The result did not directly impact on County’s once relegation was confirmed following defeat at home to YMCA two weeks earlier.

Though relegation was a disappointment for the club following on from the memorable Division 2 title win last season, everyone at Cork County looks forward to competing for that title once again in 2018.

The Cork County side who took on Phoenix in their final Division 1 fixture of the 2017 season.



County clinch 2017 Senior Cup in style

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Cork County won the Senior Cup at the Mardyke on Saturday by a convincing margin of 163 runs against Limerick. It was County’s 12th Senior Cup title since the turn of the century which included victories over County Galway and Midleton to progress to the Final.

Limerick having won the toss elected to bowl on a beautifully prepared pitch which received high praise from the umpires at the previous night’s Inter-pro Trophy game.

It soon became apparent that the pitch was proving a bit more difficult to read as the County openers struggled to get the ball away. By the time Gary King joined Stephan Grobler midway through the 13th over County had lost the wickets of Aaron Cawley, Cormac Hassett and Robert Duggan and were 3-34.

Progress continued to be slow with only three boundaries being scored in the next 11 overs. The pair kept the scoreboard ticking over with impressive running of singles which kept the Limerick fielders struggling to contain. By the 39th over, when on 59, Grobler edged and was caught behind, the partnership of 155 had proven a game changer.

King continued to find boundaries with more regularity and reached 151 in the penultimate over before he was bowled by Ibrahim Khan next ball. A wonderful innings which was appreciated even by the Limerick players who had been at the receiving end of it.

A target of 287 was a big ask for a Limerick side unused to playing on a tricky wicket which required patience. The Limerick innings opened in dramatic fashion with a flurry of extras and with the score on 33 Limerick had only scored 5 runs off the bat before Limerick Captain, Ziz Khan, was bowled by Aaron Cawley.

In sharp contrast to the bizarre opening, the next 18 overs saw only 34 runs being scored for the loss of a further 4 wickets with the dismissals of Khalil Ahmad, Farrukh Bhagat, Murtaza Sidiqi and Khalid Ahmad. Farman Yousafzai offered token resistance scoring 15 off 41 balls but by the time Mustafa Sidiqi scored 31 off 25, before being caught in the deep by Grobler, the game had already slipped away from the Shannonsiders.

The presentation ceremony was conducted by MCU President, Michael Hickey, who presented medals to both teams and the Senior Cup to Cormac Hassett. Gary King was deservedly awarded Man of the match for his match winning 151.

Senior Cup Final: 

Cork County 286-7 (King 151, Grobler 59, O’Reilly 28*, Khan 3-23) beat Limerick 123 all out (Sidiqi 31, Carey 2-17, O’Sullivan 2-20, Cawley 2-26) by 163 runs at the Mardyke. 

Munster Senior Cup Winners 2017