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.
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.
Sunday, August 6th, 2017
A festival of cricket is promised for the inaugural All-Ireland T20 Finals Day on Sunday August 20th, as the four provincial winners face off to be crowned Ireland’s T20 champion for 2017. Bready, Clontarf, Cork County and Waringstown are the four sides who have made it through to finals day.
The two semi-finals will begin at 11am at Lisburn and Waringstown, while the final will take place at Waringstown with an anticipated start time of 4pm.
The draw for the semi-finals took place and threw up two intriguing ties;
Clontarf and Cork County will go head to head at Lisburn, while Bready and Waringstown will meet at The Lawn in the other semi-final.
Clontarf overcame Pembroke by just 3 runs in the LCU final, a half-century from Andrew Poynter (52) and 47 from Brad Barnes proving crucial.
Cork County were convincing victors in the MCU final taking just 9 overs to chase down a target of 81 to defeat Cork Harlequins by seven wickets.
Bready beat Coleraine by 9 wickets in the NWCU final with Irosh Samarasooriya taking 2-20 as Coleraine were restricted to 125/6 before hitting 66* to seal victory.
Waringstown toppled North Down by 26 runs in the NCU final, thanks in no small part to 101* off just 54 balls from James Hall.
All-Ireland T20 Semi-Finals, Sunday August 20th:
- • Waringstown v Bready at Waringstown CC, 11am
- • Clontarf v Cork County, at Lisburn CC, 11am
- • Final – Waringstown CC, 4pm anticipated start time
Thursday, July 20th, 2017
The Mardyke will play host to its second baseball game of the past century when the University College Cork All Americans take on the Cork Rebel Alliance on Tuesday, 25th July, at 5.30 p.m. ⚾️
The game marks the centenary of the first baseball exhibition game in Europe between the USS Melville & USS Trippe during World War One.
The match is a casual and friendly event with €5 Entry fee. All proceeds go to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Cork County retrain their Munster Senior T20 Blast title following two convincing victories over County Kerry and Cork Harlequins in the Semi-Final and Final, respectively.
Munster Senior T20 Final:
Cork County 81-3 (9 overs; King 36*, Saddique 27*) beat Cork Harlequins 80-8 (20 overs; Neppalli 3-9, Carey 2-13, Saddique 2-22) by 7 wickets. Scorecard: https://goo.gl/Ae7Hfi
Cork County 124-1 (11.2 overs; King 61*, Hassett 53) beat County Kerry 122-8 (20 overs; Anwar 48, Saddique 2-9, Duggan 2-14) by 9 wickets. Scorecard: https://goo.gl/kt5Luf
— Cork County CC 🏏 (@Cork_CountyCC) July 3, 2017
Friday, June 30th, 2017
Cork County U15s put in a mature team performance to record a comprehensive win their first game against Cork Harlequins as part of a 2017 Cork Youth Series. Put into bowl, County restricted Quins to 149 all out in 27 overs, with J Buss (23) and J. Gilbert (24) best of the Harlequins batsmen. For County Daniel Kennedy (3-28), Masroor Salam (2-16) Rioghan O’Sullivan (2-17) were the best of the bowlers, with all the team contributing in the field.
In reply County chased the total down in 30 overs for the loss of 2 wickets with Eshan O’Sullivan (49) and Rioghan O’Sullivan (30) the best of the County batsmen. Special mention must also go to Joe Bailey who fielded for Quins during the County innings, due to an unfortunate injury on the Quins side during the warm up between innings.
Congratulations to Daniel Kennedy and this team as they head into Game 2 on Friday, 7th July.
Cork County Cubs squad: Kennedy*, Salam, L Rahman, A Rahman, E O’Sullivan, R O’Sullivan, Alam, Hussain, Cullen, Farsi, S Bailey & J Bailey
Cork County U15 150-2 (Eshan 49, Rioghan 30*) beat Cork Harlequins U15 149-8 (Kennedy 3-28, Rioghan 2-17, Masroor 2-16) by 8 wickets at Farmers Cross.
Man of the Match: Rioghan O’Sullivan
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