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2021 Leinster Season Preview

Friday, June 4th, 2021

  • Club Captain: Ross Durity
  • Players In: Byron McDonough & Swaroop Burra
  • Young Players to watch: Eshan O’Sullivan & Sunil Gautam

2021 promises to be a fresh start for Cork County who had to sit out the 2020 Leinster season due to the logistical restrictions imposed by Covid last summer.

The club had a relatively successful season by winning the Munster T20 competition and then giving eventual winners YMCA a scare in the All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final.

Ross Durity returns as club captain to bring a wealth of experience and leadership to the side with some talented all-rounders including Rudolph Pollard, Abubakar Saddique and Alex Gasper complimented by the Munster Heat contingent of Harvey Wootton, Diarmuid Carey and Byron McDonough.

Youngsters Eshan O’Sullivan and Sunil Gautam had the opportunity to get another season of experience under their belt in 2020 and will be hoping to continue their development this summer by aiming to become regular features in the side over the coming months.




Ross Durity added: “With no overseas professional this season, it will very much be a squad effort and the attitude thus far in an ultra-condensed ‘pre-season’ has been excellent despite the weather! The attitude of the squad has been top class since we resumed training and with a very much a settled squad from last summer, we hope to cause a surprise or two this season.

“The early T20 competition will be a good test for the squad against some quality opposition so will give us a good indication of where we are and where we can improve. We’re all keen to get back to the 50 over format having missed out on that last summer so I think all the lads are looking forward to that in July onwards.”

Despite the poor recent weather and the rescheduling of IP fixtures, groundsman Matt Reed has got The Mardyke in good nick and we are certainly looking forward to welcoming clubs throughout the year and hopefully, some supporters later in the summer if the guidance allows.

The action kicks off on Bank Holiday Monday with Clontarf as visitors to the Mardyke.

(source: cricketeurope.com)



Give It A Bash For Girls – 30th May

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Cork County Cricket Club is offering a “Give it a Bash” session for Girls from 7 – 16yrs who have never played the game before. The session is open to non-members and will be run by our club coaches, in groups according to age.

In line with the ongoing Covid-19 guidelines, all attendees must register in advance to attend this event via the link below:

Give It A Bash Registration

Girls will have a chance to learn some of the basics of cricket including batting, bowling, fielding and wicket keeping as well as play some cricket!

Give It A Bash For Girls
We would ask all attendees to complete our ‘Covid Self Assessment Form‘ when they book and join the club for the day – the cost of this is €1 and we will ask you to sign a form on arrival. We will have a Covid-19 Officer on-site and we follow all government and Cricket Ireland guidelines.

Please arrive 15 mins before the session and note that the Pedestrian gate is closed – use the gate beside the Tennis club.

  • Each child should have a separate submission!
  • You also need to complete the ‘Covid Self Assessment Form‘ health questionnaire.

More Information

If you have any questions about the session and want to learn more then contact us at:

Pollard takes top prize at 2020 Virtual Awards

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

Cork County’s first and hopefully last virtual Awards Night take place on Friday, 30th April, as the club looked back on an eventful and challenging 2020 season that has been condensed due to the Covid health emergency resulting in a T20 only format across all levels of the game.

As the club was unable to celebrate the achievements and impact of members under more normal circumstances at an end of season dinner due to government restrictions, it was better late than never to have a look back as we prepare to look forward to the 2021 season.

  • Emerging Player of the Year – Danny Higgins
  • Noel Cantwell Young Player of the Year – Eshan O’Sullivan
  • 4th XI Batsman & Bowler of the Year – Bilal Ashan
  • 3rd XI Bowler of the Year – Shams Safi
  • 3rd XI Batsman of the Year – Abdul Jabbar Younus
  • 2nd XI Bowler of the Year – Kevin O’Sullivan
  • 2nd XI Batsman of the Year – Zuhair Shah
  • O’Donnell Senior Bowler of the Year – Rudolph Pollard
  • Senior Batsman of the Year – Abubakar Saddique
  • Club Person of the Year – Steve Ross
  • Noel Malloy Club Player of the Year – Rudolph Pollard

A big thanks to Abdul Younus who helped organise the event and to all the contributors – Steve Ross, Len Browne, Rob Duggan, Kevin O’Sullivan and Club President Kieran Aherne.

View the full presentation by clicking here.

2020 Awards Night… Belatedly

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Seeing as the club wasn’t able to host the 2020 Annual Awards Night due to the restrictions that have been in place since the end of last season, we will be naming the various award winners from U11s right up to the Club Player of the Year.

With the youth section recommencing training the week after then there is no better time to acknowledge the effects of players, teams and volunteers from a condensed 2020 season.

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It should be no longer than an hour so hope to see as many of you there as possible.

The awards will include:

  • U11s Highlights & Achievements
  • Colts Highlights & Achievements
  • U17 Batsman/Bowler of the Year
  • Emerging Player of the Year
  • Noel Cantwell Young Player of the Year
  • 4th XI Batsman/Bowler of the Year
  • 3rd XI Batsman/Bowler of the Year
  • 2nd XI Batsman/Bowler of the Year
  • O’Donnell Senior Bowler of the Year
  • Senior Batsman of the Year
  • Club Person of the Year
  • Noel Malloy Club Player of the Year

A Zoom link will be shared with members via email on the morning of Friday, 30th April.

A return to youth cricket training at the Mardyke

Friday, April 16th, 2021

Cork County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the return of Youth Cricket for the 2021 season. Adult cricket will return once public health restrictions ease, but in the meantime, it is all systems go for children from U9 to U17.

Youth Chair, Pat Donnelly said: “The club has been working hard in the off-season to get ready for a safe resumption of cricket. Despite the pandemic, we had a great season last year with over 70 children training and playing cricket twice a week. We’re looking forward to more of the same this year. with a busy schedule planned.”


Coaches Steve Ross (U14) and Robert Duggan (U17) ably assisted by a talented coaching team including Abdul Jabbar Younus and Len Browne among others have been working with an enthusiastic group of players and parents that has been growing year on year. The children learn new skills, make friends, and enjoy the challenges of cricket in a safe environment in the heart of the city. Children travel from all over Cork to play at the historic Mardyke grounds and the club works hard to create a welcoming environment for players and parents.

The success of the club is down to the enthusiasm and hard work of coaches like Steve Ross and Abdul Jabbar Younus who spend endless hours at the club during the summer. Groundsman Matt Reed has been working hard as always to get the ground in pristine condition and ready for a busy season, and everyone is now eagerly looking forward to the start of the season on April 26th.

New members of all ages and abilities are always welcome and you can contact the club at: youth@corkcountycricketclub.com. The club is also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Tough Leinster Senior League Cup Group Awaits

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Cork County was drawn in a tough-looking Group A of the SportsHub Leinster Senior League Cup which also contains last years winners YMCA who County also faced in the 2020 All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final.

The competition in its current format has only been run since 2019, with The Hills CC running out convincing winners in a home final against Phoenix. Whilst last year it was played out in T20 format where YMCA came out victorious against Railway Union in the competition’s final, on their way to winning the All-Ireland T20 for the curtailed season.

The draw has seen reigning champions YMCA joined in Group A by Premier League sides Leinster, 2019 Alan Murray Cup victors Malahide and 2019 runners-up Phoenix, along with last year’s runners-up Railway Union who are accompanied by their Championship counterparts, Balbriggan, Cork County and Dublin University.


Peter O’Brien RIP

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

The club wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the family & friends of Peter O’Brien who sadly passed away suddenly today.

A keen cricket fan, player, club member and above all a gentleman; Peter was a familiar face at the Mardyke whether donning his whites or watching his son Hugh in action. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hugh and the extended O’Brien family at this time. #RIP



2020 Christmas Raffle Results

Monday, December 21st, 2020

The draw for the 2020 Christmas Raffle took place in the surroundings of the old Pavilion at the Mardyke on Sunday, 20th December, at 8 p.m. 

There was an overwhelming response to this year’s raffle with members and supporters getting involved in the organisation and purchase of tickets which was great to see. With the proceeds going towards a worthwhile cause and some fantastic prizes up for grabs, then anticipation was high ahead of the big draw.

MC on the night Andy Wootton was ably assisted by Talha Kayani, Kevin O’Sullivan and Abdul Jabbar Younus who took care of proceedings to announce the various winners of the raffle. The winners were selected by using an online number randomizer to void any suggestions of impropriety or Russian interference! 🙂 

The winners were drawn in reverse order starting with the 10th prize and working its way up to the main prize of a 2 night B&B stay at The River Lee Hotel.

The winners were as follows:

  1. 2-night stay at The River Lee Hotel – Bilal Ahsan
  2. Complimentary Club Membership – Veena O’Sullivan
  3. €150 Meadows & Byrne Voucher – Abubakar Saddique
  4. €150 Vanilla Boutique Voucher – Tara Rahman
  5. Sunglasses from Kennedy’s Opticians – Matt Reed
  6. 12-month Pass for Blarney Castle & Gardens – Michael Stout
  7. Pirahna Cricket equipment – Steve Ross
  8. Selection of wines – Ross Durity
  9. Afternoon Tea at The Metropole Hotel – Matt Reed
  10. Uni Salon hair products – Desmond Lucey

The winners will be contacted individually to arrange delivery of the various prizes.

A huge thanks to all involved in organising and taking part in the quiz. Our original target of €1,500 was smashed with the club raising € 2,705 towards the construction of two permanent net bays in the southeastern corner of the grounds with work due to start in the spring once the ground dries up.

Officers elected for 2021 season

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of Cork County Cricket Club took place on Tuesday, 15th December, in the slightly unusual surroundings of Zoom due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

The meeting saw a review of a condensed and extremely challenging 2020 season with the Honorary Secretary’s Report while the Honorary Treasurer David Griffin gave an in-depth summary of the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the outlook for 2021.

The officers, team captains and committee members were then elected for the upcoming year.

  • President: Kieran Aherne
  • Treasurer: David Griffin
  • Secretary: Kevin O’Sullivan
  • Club Captain: Ross Durity
  • 2nd XI Captain: Robert Duggan
  • 3rd XI Captain: Peter Barlow
  • 4th XI Captain: Bilal Ahsan

Committee Members:

  • Len Browne
  • Robert Duggan
  • John Power
  • Abubakar Saddique
  • Abdul Jabbar Younus
  • Andrew Wootton
  • Pat Donnelly (Youth Committee Chair)

There was also praise for the hard work of Pat Donnelly who undertook the Covid-19 Safety Officer duties for the duration for the 2020 season. Without this tireless dedication and attention to detail then the training and games which the club was lucky to enjoy would not have been possible.

2021 Subscriptions

The Honorary Treasurer outlined adjustments to the annual membership subscriptions for the upcoming season and following no objections from the attendees, the new rates were passed and were applicable with immediate effect.




2020 Christmas Raffle

Monday, December 7th, 2020

We are delighted to launch the 2020 Club Christmas Raffle with some fantastic prizes up for grabs including the chance to win an eyewatering 2 Nights B&B at the River Lee Hotel in Cork, a €150 voucher for Meadows & Byrne, complimentary 2021 Club Membership among many others.

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All proceeds from the raffle are going directly to the construction of two permanent net bays with artificial wicket surfaces in the southeast corner of the ground opposite the Pavilion. The new training facility would allow youth and adults to improve their game in a friendly and safe environment in an almost year-round basis.

Preparations for the construction of these net bays are at an advanced stage and we hope to begin construction as soon as ground conditions allow.

Your support would be greatly appreciated and go directly to support all our members in their goal to practice and play their best at Cork County Cricket Club.

Purchase Tickets

Draw will take place on 20th December 2020 at 8:00pm.