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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 corkcountycc@gmail.com

Abubakar Saddique named 2018 Player of the Year

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

The River Lee Hotel hosted a fantastic night of celebration and reflection at the Annual Awards Dinner which honoured some of the key performers both on and off the field.  It was also great to have MCC member and former Irish international Reinhardt Strydom on hand to present the awards on the night.

The award winners on the night were as follows:

  • Noel Molloy Player of the Year: Abubakar Saddique
  • Batsman of the Year: Ross Durity
  • O’Donnell Bowler of the Year: Abubakar Saddique
  • 2nd XI Player of the Year: Peter Barlow
  • 3rd XI player of the Year: Sajid Khan
  • Noel Cantwell Young Player of the Year: Diarmuid Carey
  • Emerging Player of the Year: Eshan O’Sullivan
  • Club Person of the Year: Tegwyn de Freitas

A huge thanks to our friends at The River Lee Hotel for hosting such a wonderful event in their newly renovated dining room. Special mention also to our club partners Blarney Castle and Gardens & Dennehy’s Health & Fitness and all other sponsors for their continued support throughout the season. #WeAreCounty

Philip Short RIP

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

dineen_jack-shortCork County Cricket Club offer their sympathies to the Short family following the passing of Philip Short, brother of former player & Irish international Jack and son of Frank who was Club President in 1976.

His brother Jack Short, pictured (right) alongside Peter Dineen, first gained representative honours for Munster Schools, and also, from an early age playing for Bohemians and Cork County. He later went on to play 11 First Class fixtures for Ireland between 1974 and 1984 and was inducted into the Cricket Ireland Hall of Fame in 2014.

Full details are available on RIP.ie

2018 Annual Awards Dinner

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

With the 2018 season coming to a close, it’s that time of the year again when we prepare to look back on a busy few months and celebrate the efforts of players, supporters and volunteers at all levels in the club.

The Annual Awards Dinner will take place with our sponsors at the The River Lee Hotel on the Western Road with tickets costing €35 per person. Your ticket will include a full 3-course meal and drinks reception (with a Halal option also available).

2018 has proved to be a challenging season once again but there has been plenty of positives and individual performance of note on and off the field throughout the season.

Further details regarding the night be announced in due course.

2018 Annual Awards Dinner

The event is open to all members so to reserve your tickets please contact one of the following with the number of tickets you require:

County clinch 6th consecutive Premier Division title

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Cork County clinched their 6th consecutive All Rounder Cricket Premier Division title with a game still to play following victory over Limerick at Adare on Saturday.

The Mardyke men knew that avoiding defeat against Limerick would mean they could not be caught at the top of the Premier Division table with the final game of the season still to play.

A dominant display with the ball in batsmen friendly conditions on the Adare artificial saw Cork County restrict the home side to just 120. The pick of the bowlers were Abubakar Saddique (3-7), Joseph George (3-11) and Munster Reds skipper Jeremy Benton (3-25).

The reply go off to a shaky start with the loss of 3 early wickets but an excellent partnership between Saddique (43*) and opener Harry Broadhurst (35*) saw the visitors home with 6 wickets to spare.

2018 Munster Premier Division Champions

The skipper Cormac Hassett was clearly delighted to have clinched the title with a game still to play following an impressive season in which they lost just one fixture to date.

“The boys have put in a huge effort once again this season. Competing in two league competitions is always a tough ask but the squad have really stuck at it and suffering just one defeat in the Premier Division all season is a fantastic return for all the hard work!”

“A sixth league title in succession is a fantastic achievement and shows the commitment of the players and club to maintaining our success in Munster.  In addition to our Senior T20 Blast title, it has been a good season despite missing out on a possible Senior Cup due to a bowl-out earlier in the season!”

2018 Premier Division

PosTeamPWLNRBPPoints%
1Cork County 1119112721782.80
2Limerick 1106312415464.00
3Cork Harlequins 1105322014060.00
4County Kerry 111380248430.55
5County Galway 11019082811.20

Munster Premier Division

1st September, Adare.

Limerick 120 all out (Saddique 3-7, Jose 3-11, Benton 3-25) lost to Cork County 123-4 (Saddique 43, Broadhurst 35) by 6 wickets.


 

Narrow 16 run defeat for County in All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final

Monday, August 27th, 2018

In the first Semi-Final of The Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup, Cork County took on Leinster champions Clontarf at Bready. The T20 Finals day brought together the four champions from each province in order to crown the All-Ireland winners.

County come up short in All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final

Following a delayed start due to the wet overnight conditions, the game was reduced to 10 overs and after winning the toss, Clontarf skipper Stuart Poynter opted to bat first. Opener Coghlan batted through for an unbeaten 55 off 35 balls which pushed the Leinster champions to a total of 93-5 which looked tricky on a slow pitch.

Abubakar Saddique bowling for Cork County

The Dubliners had suffered a pre-game setback when fast bowler David Delany was withdrawn having tweaked a hamstring in Friday’s Wolves fixture. With his debut full cap beckoning this week a rest was the judicious solution.

In reply, County openers Cormac Hassett and Abubakar Saddique attempted to get the innings off to a positive start and after a slow first over then some began to find the boundary.

Aaron Cawley hits a big six at Bready

Clontarf bowlers Conor Kelly, Sameer Dutt and Obus Pienaar were particularly economical, and County losing wickets steadily, their task looked extremely difficult. Rob Duggan and Aaron Cawley hoisted a few plucky sixes towards the end but the Munster men fell 16 runs short.

ALL-IRELAND T20 CUP SEMI-FINAL

Bready, County Tyrone

Clontarf 93-3 [10 overs] (Coghlan 55*) beat Cork County 77-6 [10 overs] (Hassett 19, Kelly 2-12, Dutt 2-14) by 16 runs.  scorecard

Rob Duggan attempts a late surge in the run chase

(images courtesy of cricketeurope.com)

 

Carey stars in Southern XI win against NCU U17s

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Diarmuid Carey’s 43 with the bat and 6-31 with the ball, combined with excellent knocks of 69 (Seanan Jones) and 59 (Stephen Black) helped the Southern XI to a commanding 50 run victory over the NCU in CIYMS on the first day of the 2018 U17 inter-provincial tournament. This propelled the Southern XI to the top of standings in this year’s tournament following a victory over Leinster 3 weeks ago.

Carey stars in Southern XI win against NCULike all inter-pros, the first day began with an early morning start. However, unlike other years, the sun was shining and the weather is set fair for the entire week. After a victory over Leinster three weeks ago, the Southern XI should have been feeling confident but in their way today was a strong NCU side who had also won their first game (vs NWCU) and whose team had won the corresponding fixture in the U-15’s competition two years ago.

The first thing evident upon arriving at the ground this morning was the sight of a used wicket and a rock hard, rapid outfield. With the sun also out in force, it would be a long toil in the field for whoever had to bowl first. The wicket was clearly going to deteriorate for the second innings, making the toss crucial. Jones called correctly and his delight was evident as he shouted “we’ll have a bat” and ran off gleefully to his team. The Southern XI had the advantage but the pressure was now on to make use of the good batting conditions at their disposal. 

After a quick start, the Southern XI were 16-2 after 3 overs, with Allison accounting for McDonough and Archer early on. From that point, however, the Southern XI dominated. The NCU bowlers were consistently off with their lengths which Black (59, 9 fours) & Jones (69, 8 fours & 1 six) picked off with ease. Black drove well, bisecting mid-off and cover with high frequency. Jones accumulated singles and used his strength to put away the bad ball, highlighted by a big six over the mid-wicket boundary. Neither the seamers nor the spinners could gain any control and as both players brought up their fifties, it seemed as if nothing would unsettle them. Then at 122-2, Black missed a sweep off Malone and was bowled. Suddenly the NCU had an opening they could try and exploit. 

However, what followed was almost the complete opposite. Carey (43, 4 fours & 1 six) joined Jones and the two Corkmen proceeded to take the game to the NCU. Their partnership of 55 came at a run a ball and was highlighted by two lovely reverse swept 4s by Jones, and a couple of extra cover driven 4s by Carey, followed by a 6 for Carey over cow. After 34 overs, the Southern XI were 175-3 with a score of 300 on the cards if the Munster lads kept going. The break seemed to rejuvenate the bowlers and there was a marked improvement in their line and length. A couple of overs later, Jones walked past a ball from Glass and was stumped. Soon after Carey was bowled by Simmonite. From then on, the innings faltered a little and the boundaries became harder to come by. Askew hit a quick-fire 27 (2 fours & 1 six), while some good running and poor fielding helped the Southern XI finish with a highly competitive 259 all out. Allison was the pick of the bowlers with 4-43 off his 9 overs. It was a good comeback by the NCU, who would have fancied themselves as a batting team to begin with. However, with runs on the board, the scoreboard pressure and deteriorating wicket would surely give the Southern XI a good chance. 

The NCU seemed to quell some of the Southern XI’s hope with their opening stand. Jones and MacNulty bowled solidly, but Warke (29, 5 fours) & Metcalf (33, 5 fours) set the NCU off at a good pace. Their opening stand of 69 in 15 overs was highlighted by exquisite drives to the cover fence. They showed that the wicket was still a good track and the Southern XI struggled to pile on pressure. Captain Jones opted to turn to spin. McDonnell (1-29) was tight from the outset, bowling with flight and providing good control. Carey was the more aggressive of the pair, pitching the ball quite full which was greeted with a meaty shot over extra cover for four in his first over. However, both bowlers were extracting variable bounce and spin from the pitch and Carey’s second over produced a double wicket maiden. Metcalf pulled a shorter ball into the hands of deep mid-wicket and then two balls later, Warke was beaten in flight and skied a catch straight to mid-on. McDonnell then had Clarke flick a ball to the man at short mid-wicket and next over Malone hit Carey straight to the man at deep mid-wicket. 69-0 had suddenly become 76-4. 

Burton and Hunter then started to rebuild for the NCU. They put on 40 with ease as Jones rotated his spinners looking for a break through. Just as the NCU looked set to dominate, however, a mix-up led to both batsman ending up at the same end and Burton was run out for 25. Jones brought Carey back on and his first over accounted for Reid. Once again the NCU were in trouble at 118-6. 139 more runs were still required from the final 18 overs. Hunter (68, 9 fours) and Glass started to chip away at the deficit as the Southern XI brought back in the seamers. On this variable bouncing pitch, this provided a relief from the spinners and the batsmen very quickly settled and started finding the boundary. Some poor fielding and well-timed shots brought the game back into the balance. With 10 overs to go, the NCU required just 81, with two well settled batsmen at the crease and a quick outfield at their disposal.

Carey, with two overs left, was brought back for his third spell. Once again, he struck early as he spun one past Glass’s advancing feet to have him stumped and complete his five wicket haul. In his next over he tossed one up to Hunter who could only find the safe hands of long-off completing his excellent bowling display with 10-2-31-6. MacNulty (1-37) and Jones (1-47) then put the game beyond doubt with an excellent display of the death bowling. Their yorkers were almost unhittable and they each took a wicket at the death to finally bowl the NCU out for 209, a victory by 50 runs. 

After two matches it leaves the Southern XI on top of the standings with 2 wins, ahead of Leinster & NCU with 1 win each. The final 50 over game is tomorrow against the NWCU before the T20s commence on Thursday. It was a great all-round team performance by the Southern XI, exemplified by the runs from Jones, Black & Carey and the wickets spread amongst nearly all the bowlers. A special mention must also be made about the superb catching display throughout their bowling effort. But in the end, the day belonged to Carey whose 6-31 was the highlight of a great win.

Scorecard

Source: Cian Carey for www.cricketeurope.com

2018 Summer Cricket Camps

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

cricket-summer-camps-2018Cork County Cricket Club will be hosting two Cricket Summer Camps during the months of July and August. The Summer Camps will last for 5 days (Monday to Friday) and take place between 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. daily under the supervision of our fully qualified coaches, Cormac Hassett and Jeremy Benton.

The Summer Camp will last for 5 days (Monday to Friday) and will take place on the following dates:

  • Week 1: 16th – 20th July
  • Week 2: 13th – 17th August

Cost

  • €100 per week
  • Discounts will be available for siblings

How to Register

If you wish to register for a place in either or both Cork Cricket Summer Camps then please contact Brenda Kennedy at Cork County Cricket Club, Richard Beamish Grounds, Mardyke, Cork or via the contact details below.

Contact Details

Brenda Kennedy (Youth Administrator)

County make it 3 Senior T20 titles in 3 seasons

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Cork County completed a hat-trick of Munster Senior T20 titles with an emphatic 93 run victory over Limerick at the Mardyke on June bank holiday Monday. The first silverware of the 2018 season was up for grabs a little earlier than usual but the weather played its part to make it a memorable weekend of T20 action.

Following victories over Midleton and County Kerry in Group B of the qualifying stages, Cork County went into Finals Day where they faced local rivals Cork Harlequins in the first Semi-Final of the day. The holders booked their spot in the Final with a convincing 10 wicket victory over Harlequins after a commanding bowling and fielding display restricted the men from Farmers Cross to just 78.

After losing the toss and being inserted by Limerick, County posted a challenging total of 212-6 off their 20 overs with Jeremy Benton, Cormac Hassett and Nabeel Anjum in particular striking some big blows for the Cork men aided by more classical strokes by opener Robert Duggan.

With the ball, Shelford Meads in partnership with the left arm spinners of Sid Joshi and Jeremy Benton proved too tight and incisive for the Limerick top order who were soon falling way behind the rate required and losing wickets. A wonderful caught and bowled by young Daniel Kennedy topped off a fine display in the field by County as they clinched their third title in as many seasons.

Munster Senior T20 Blast Final

Cork County 212-6 (Hassett 56, Benton 51, Duggan 43, Nabeel 28) beat Limerick 119-9 (MS Sidiqi 35, Meads 3-15, Nabeel 3-15) by 93 runs at the Mardyke.

CricketEurope 2018 LCU Preview: Cork County

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

Cork County 1 v Pembroke at the Mardyke, August 2018.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 takes 2 wickets v Sri Lanka

“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.

Munster Senior Cup Winners 2017

“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.”

(Source: www.cricketeurope.com)

Ashes of former Cork County & Man Utd player Noel Cantwell to be scattered on the Mardyke

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

noel-cantwellThe 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 pictured 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.”

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