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A few words from 2022 Club President – Mortimer Kelleher

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

As a Mardyke man born and bred it is a great honour for me to be elected President of Cork County Cricket Club for the forthcoming 2022 Season. One way or another I have had an association with the Club going back to 1973 when the world was a completely different place to what it is now. It is my earnest intention to do my very best for the Club in the coming year. It is my great hope that the Club will go from strength to strength in the coming years particularly with our 150th Anniversary in 2024 on the horizon.


While I attended the Annual General Meeting on Zoom last December I was manifestly unable to unmute myself. Henceforth I will bear the epithet Mortimer the Silent!. That is a turn up for the books!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing President, Mr. Kieran Aherne for his sterling service to the Club over a period of some 16 years. Kieran was and will continue to be, a great ambassador for our sport.

Exactly the same can be said for our outgoing Honorary Treasurer Mr. David Griffin who has served our great Club in this capacity, largely unsung, since 1985. It is a great honour for me to be President of the Club the same year that David assumes the mantle of President of Cricket Ireland.

I look forward to seeing both Kieran and David at the Club and elsewhere throughout the year.

It would be remiss of me not to congratulate Peter Dineen on his election as Chairman of the Club. He very ably filled this role at provincial level just a few years ago and has also been involved at Cricket Ireland level. On a personal note, Peter is the first person that I remember meeting when I passed through the gates for the first time almost 50 years ago.

I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the late, great Dermot Giltinan who departed this life on the 14th of October last. Since I can remember he has epitomised the Cricket Club for me. His sister Deirdre has indicated to me that the family would like to hold a Memorial Service in the Club sometime in the Spring.

Finally, I wish all our members, patrons and supporters a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a prosperous and Cricket-filled New Year.

Mortimer Kelleher

President – Cork County Cricket Club
2022 Season

14th December 2021

Mort Kelleher succeeds Kieran Aherne as Club President

Monday, December 13th, 2021

Congratulations to Mortimer Kelleher who succeeds Kieran Aherne as 2022 Club President at the clubs Annual General Meeting.

Mort is a familiar face at the Mardyke and has made significant contributions as a captain and committee member over the years. We wish him every success in the role.

Outgoing President Kieran Aherne greets his successor Mortimer Kelleher at the Mardyke

Outgoing President Kieran Aherne greets his successor Mortimer Kelleher at the Mardyke

Two stalwarts step aside

Kieran Aherne is stepping down after 16 years as President and has done an immense job representing the club with great distinction during his tenure. As an ever-present at games both home & away, he has also overseen an extremely successful period for the club with 36 titles since he took office in 2005. No doubt he’ll remain a familiar figure at the Mardyke and will all still be referred to him as “Pres”! #ThanksPres

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** KPC Group Cricket Ireland Awards 2016, Thomas Prior Hall, Dublin 11/11/2016 Tildenet Club of The Year winners Cork County with George Bassett, Sales Executive at Tildenet Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

KPC Group Cricket Ireland Awards 2016, Tildenet Club of The Year winners Cork County with George Bassett, Sales Executive at Tildenet ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

David Griffin is also stepping aside as Honorary Treasurer having fulfiled the role in a thoroughly professional & diligent manner for the best part of three decades. David becomes Cricket Ireland President from April 2022 and we all wish him every success in the role. David will be succeeded by Talha Kayani who will assist in fulfiling the duties of Treasurer along with the other members of the committee.

New Chairperson role

At the AGM, the members unanimously endorsed the creation of the role of Chairperson with an amendment to Rule 8 of Club Consitution. The new role will see the Club President freed of the administrative duties as Chair of the Executive Committee and the new Chairperson will be in place for a 3-year term and will be the principal officer on the Club Executive Committee with responsibility for planning, organising and managing affairs of cricket in the Club. The chairperson will also have responsibility for the overall long-term direction of the club and would lead special projects such as planning the development (or redevelopment) of club infrastructure and facilities.

Cork County Cricket Club Chairman, Peter Dineen

Incoming Cork County Cricket Club Chairman, Peter Dineen

Peter Dineen was duly elected as the club’s first Chairman on a 3-year term until 2024. Peter is a former club captain and represented Munster at all levels as a top-order batsman. As a former Munster Cricket Chairman, Peter brings a wealth of experience to the role and will play an instrumental role in developing the club as it approaches its 150th anniversary.

List of 2022 Officers:

  • President: Mortimer Kelleher
  • Chairman: Peter Dineen
  • Secretary: Kevin O’Sullivan
  • Treasurer: Talha Kayani
  • Club Captain: Ross Durity

Team Captains

Ross Durity was re-elected as Club Captain for the 2022 season with Benji Marris as his vice. Both will act as the key figures of a leadership group to lead the 1st XI through both Munster, Leinster and All-Ireland competitions.

Other team captains also remain in situ for 2022:

  • 2nd XI: Robert Duggan
  • 3rd XI: Peter Barlow
  • 4th XI: Bilal Ashan

Great Black Friday discounts at Rebel Cricket

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Our friends at Rebel Cricket are running a Black Friday sale with up to 30% selected items until midnight on Monday.

From Friday morning through to midnight on Monday night, the following voucher codes can be used against purchases on www.rebelcricket.ie:

    • SM30 – 30% discount on all SM Cricket bats, bags, gloves and pads
    • BAT25 – 25% discount on any bats valued €500+
    • BAT20 – 20% discount on any bats valued €400+
    • BAT15 – 15% discount on any bats valued €200+
    • BAT10 – 10% discount against any other bats on the website.


If anyone would like any further information or would like to arrange to see any bats before buying, they can get in touch with our club member Bruce Newton at:

Rebel Cricket also have gift cards available on the website which could be a great Christmas gift idea.

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2021 Season Review

Saturday, October 30th, 2021

1st XI

Leinster Senior League Cup

Cork County commenced their season in the Leinster Senior League Cup when they welcomed Clontarf to the Mardyke. It was a significant moment with the club missing out on Cricket Leinster action in 2020 due to the Covid public health emergency. The highlights of the campaign were certainly the 5 run victory away at Malahide and 25 run victory at home against Railway Union.

Victorious Cork County side at Malahide


Premier Division T20 League

The Senior T20 competition changed in structure for 2021 and reverted to a round robin format due to the condensed nature of the season. Cork County were pipped at the post in their persuit of the sixth consecutive Premier T20 title, missing out on run rate to eventual winners Cork Harlequins.


Leinster Championship


Munster Premier Division


2nd XI

Division 1 T20 League

Cork County ended their trophy drought at 2nd XI level when they pipped Limerick Blasters to the Division 1 T20 League title. Finishing the season with an excellent Net Run Rate of +2.14, the Mardyke men clinched the title with a comprehensive victory in their final game away to Cork Harlequins 2.



Dermot ‘Galty’ Giltinan RIP

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

The club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dermot Giltinan overnight.

Our deepest condolences to his sister Deirdre, brother Noel, extended family, and friends at this time. Galty will be sorely missed at the Mardyke. 

To say we have lost a ‘Legend’ today does not do justice to Dermot’s legacy at the Mardyke and for Munster cricket as a whole throughout his life.

He was a mentor, teammate, friend, volunteer, supporter and above all a genuine and loyal cricket lover. You will be greatly missed!

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis. #RIP #ThanksGalt


Colts win first ever Leinster youth title

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

The Cork County Colts clinched the clubs’ first-ever Cricket Leinster title at youth level when they were confirmed as Leinster Boys Colts B League winners following a run of 4 wins out of 5 in their league campaign.

The legendary Railway Union opener Kenny Carroll along with Leinster Youth Secretary Aoife O’Brien were on hand to present captain Eshan O’Sullivan with the trophy in what was a historic moment for the club.

At a specially organised presentation ceremony organised by the Youth Committee, the players were presented with their medals in the company of parents and coaches. It was great to have parents, coaches and the President in attendance to enjoy the event and acknowledge the effort from all to ensure the campaign ran smoothly and the players performed at their best.

It was a terrific effort from all involved with all fixtures away from home demanding a huge commitment from players, parents & coaches. Plenty of hard work went into the preparation and players certainly relished the challenge.


County clinch 2021 Premier Division title in style

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

The 1st XI clinched the Munster Premier Division in style with a 156 run victory over local rivals Harlequins at the Mardyke. The victory leaves the side unbeaten in the league with just one fixture remaining against the same opposition.

The skipper Ross Durity won the toss and decided to bat and was keen to lead by example going on to make 86 with contributions down through the order from Byron McDonough (47*), Rudolph Pollard (36), Sunil Gautam (21) and Benji Marris (20).

With a target of 276 to defend, the County seamers were Scrooge-like in their discipline up top which laid the platform for the spinners led by Abubakar Saddique to weave their magic on a wearing pitch. Saddique finished with figures of 5-21 with the other spinners Eshan O’Sullivan 2-10 and Nabeel Anjum (2-16) also clipping in.

With Harlequins dismissed for 111, it was confirmed that the Premier Division title was returning to the Mardyke thanks to a lot of hard work from the squad who covered countless kilometres and had to battle out of some tough situations over the course of the campaign.


Cork County 276-6 (Durity 86, McDonough 47*, Pollard 36, Gautam 21, Marris 20) beat Harlequins 111 all out (Saddique 5-21, O’Sullivan 2-10, Anjum 2-16) by 156 runs at the Mardyke.

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.