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Sports Hub Announced as Apparel Supplier

Friday, February 3rd, 2023

Cork County Cricket Club is excited to announce a three-year agreement with Sports Hub as its official apparel supplier. Sports Hub, one of the largest cricket stores in Ireland, will provide top-quality gear to players of all levels, ensuring they look and perform their best on the pitch.

This partnership marks a significant step forward for Cork County Cricket Club, as players will now have access to the latest and greatest club apparel and the agreement will provide members with exclusive discounts and offers, making it easier for them to stay equipped for success.

“We are thrilled to have Sports Hub on board as our official apparel supplier,” said Abubakar Saddique, Club Captain. “Sports Hub has a long-standing reputation for providing top-notch cricket gear, and we are excited to offer our members access to their products. This partnership will benefit our players in a big way, allowing them to perform at their best on the pitch.”

With the support of Sports Hub, Cork County Cricket Club is poised for a successful season and beyond. The club is dedicated to providing a safe, supportive environment at the Mardyke where players of all ages and abilities can grow and excel in the sport they love.

So, get ready to take your game to the next level with the latest gear from Sports Hub. Join Cork County Cricket Club today and be a part of a community that is dedicated to promoting the sport of cricket and developing future stars.

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Indoor Nets commence

Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

Cork County Cricket Club is pleased to announce the start of indoor cricket net sessions at Douglas Community School, starting on Saturday, 4th February. These sessions will run for a six-week period and provide players with a chance to work on their skills, get some much-needed practice, and have fun with fellow cricket enthusiasts.

Whether you’re a seasoned player or just starting out, these sessions are a great opportunity to improve your game and get ready for the upcoming season. Coaches and experienced players will be on hand to provide guidance, advice, and support, so you can take your skills to the next level.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your gear ready and join us for these exciting indoor cricket net sessions at Douglas Community School. Spots are limited, so be sure to sign up soon!

The Best of 2022 Countdown

Sunday, January 1st, 2023

Welcome to our ‘Best of 2022’ countdown! Each year, we reflect on the amazing moments and achievements of the past season. As we count down from number 10 to the top spot, relive the most memorable moments of 2022.

  • #10 – To kick off our look back on 2022, the completion of the net bay construction is certainly a big highlight from the year and has proved to be a huge asset to the club and our members.
  • #9 – A colourful return to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade after a two year gap with a large and energised turnout from the youth section. It was great to see cricket on the streets of #Cork with the Lord Mayor also joining in!
  • #8 – Acknowledging some of the wonderful individual and team performances throughout the season. Too many to choose from — nail-biting match winners, 5 wicket hauls, 50s, 100s… Well done to everyone!
  • #7 – A wonderful finale to the season for the youth section with recognition of achievements at all levels with the U13s and U15s collecting their Munster trophies and medals. A fitting way to celebrate a successful season!
  • #6 – A first Division 3 title for Bilal Ahsan and his 4th XI squad was just reward following a challenging league campaign. Congrats to Bilal and the whole squad on a terrific effort throughout the highs & lows of the season!
  • #5 – The club competed in two All- Ireland Youth Semi-Finals, a first for any Munster club side. Though both results didn’t go our way, the boys and girls on both sides can be proud of their achievements. Well done to all involved!
  • #4 – Once again the Mardyke was looking pristine with some excellent wickets produced throughout the summer. Matt, Francois and the team helped maintain the very high standards that are often taken for granted at the Mardyke.
  • #3 – A first Division 1 title since 2010 ended a long wait for the club with 10 wins, 2 defeats and 2 No results ensuring the 2nd XI finished top of the pile. Well done to Rob Duggan and the squad for their efforts throughout the campaign.
  • #2 – A huge shout out to all of the hard work and organisation of the volunteers and coaches who helped make each of the youth levels function so well from the beginners at ‘Give It A Bash’ and the Softball Academy right up to the U17s.
  • #1 – Number 1 in our countdown has to be the wonderful memorial match in honour of the late, great Dermot Giltinan. For many, it was a chance to remember the great man and pay tribute to his legacy in the game of cricket in Cork and beyond.

Saddique elected as 2023 Club Captain

Friday, December 16th, 2022

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Cork County Cricket Club was held on Thursday, 15th December, with a strong turnout of members in attendance.

The club’s Chairman, Peter Dineen, began the meeting by thanking the members for their support over the past year which was then followed by the Club Secretary’s report in which Kevin O’Sullivan outlined the key achievements of the club. These included winning the Munster Divisions 1 & 4, a Division 3 T20 title, U13 and U15 successes, and extending the club’s sponsorship deal with Blarney Castle & Gardens.

Talha Kayani presented the club’s financial report, which showed a challenging year following the reopening of facilities with the easing of Covid restrictions earlier in the year. Like many other amateur clubs, we face a challenging cost environment with inflationary pressures impacting most of our cost base.

There was also a significant capital investment with the construction of two new net bays which was partially funded by a sports capital grant. The new net bays are a fantastic resource and will contribute greatly to cricket activities at the club.

The AGM moved to the election of team captains with Abubakar Saddique becoming the 2023 Club Captain following the end of a two year stint by Ross Durity. A huge thanks to Ross who guided the 1st XI during a challenging period which saw the impact of Covid and an ever-demanding fixture schedule making a tough job even more difficult. Ross will no doubt continue to be a key figure in the side both as an experienced player and a top-class batsman.

Abubakar Saddique
2023 Club Captain – Abubakar Saddique

Robert Duggan remains as 2nd XI captain while there are fresh faces at the 3rd & 4th XI level with Ashwani Tomar and Rahul Sethi duly elected into the respective captaincy roles. 

There were three new faces elected to the committee with Kevin Bray, Pat Donnelly and Sid Joshi coming on board. 

After the election of officers and captains, the floor was opened for questions and discussions from the members. The committee is looking forward to another successful season on and off the field.

A summary fo the elected officers and captains:

  • President: Mortimer Kelleher
  • Chairman: Peter Dineen
  • Secretary: Pat Donnelly
  • Treasurer: Talha Kayani
  • Club Captain: Abubakar Saddique
  • 2nd XI Captain: Robert Duggan
  • 3rd XI Captain: Ashwani Tomar
  • 4th XI Captain: Rahul Sethi

Ordinary members of the committee:

  • Robert Duggan
  • Kevin Bray
  • Kevin O’Sullivan
  • Abdul Jabbar Younus
  • Sid Joshi
  • Diarmuid Carey
  • John Power

Hassett named 2022 Player of the Year

Monday, November 28th, 2022

Cormac Hassett was named the Noel Malloy Player of the Year at the 2022 Annual Awards Dinner at the Mardyke last Friday, 25th November.

The keeper/batsman had an impressive season with the bat and gloves and had already been awarded the Satchwell Cup for the best wicketkeeper in the Leinster Championship and the 1st XI Batsman of the Year. Cormac amassed 364 runs at an average of 33 in the Championship and averaged an impressive 41 in the Munster Premier T20 competition. He also was capped at Munster Reds level once again.

The evening also saw awards presented at 2nd, 3rd and 4th XI levels and was preceded by the Youth section so it proved to be a very well attended and enjoyable night.

Nabeel Anjum took home the O’Donnell Bowler of the Year award following an excellent season with the ball in all competitions. Nabeel took 17 wickets at an average of 27.8 in the Leinster Championship and 11 wickets at 17.9 in the Munster Premier Division.

There were also two special presentations made on the night to recognise achievements both on and off the field. Firstly, Ross Durity was recognised for having played over a hundred fixtures (119) for the club in Cricket Leinster competitions, joining Robert Duggan in the century club with still a few seasons left in the tank!

Club stalwart David Griffin was also acknowledged for his year as Cricket Ireland President during which time he has overseen Ireland’s recent successes at the T20 World Cup and the full return of cricketing activity following the Covid pandemic. David is the latest President of Cricket Ireland to originate from Cork County following on from Pat Dineen back in 1987.

The full list of award winners is as follows:

Noel Malloy Player of the Year — Cormac Hassett

1st XI Batter of the Year — Cormac Hassett

O’Donnell Bowler of the Year — Nabeel Anjum

2nd XI Batter of the Year — Niall Donnelly

2nd XI Bowler of the Year — Arpit Ahuja

Noel Cantwell Young Player of the Year — Niall Donnelly

3rd XI Batter of the Year — Ashwani Tomar

3rd XI Bowler of the Year — Justin McGurk

4th XI Batter of the Year — Rahul Sethi

4th XI Bowler of the Year — Pratheek Chappanda

Special Recognition — Ross Durity (100 fixtures in Leinster competitions)

Special Acknowledgement — David Griffin (Cricket Ireland President)

Youth Awards

Prior to the adult awards, the youth section has its own ceremony to celebrate a successful season with acknowledgements of participation, enjoyment and progression from the U11 up to the U15 level.

The U13s won both the Munster T20 League and Super League while the U15s also finished as Super League champions. Both went on to represent Munster at the All-Ireland Semi-Finals which was a first for the province. Well done to all involved and the Youth Committee for organising such a wonderful evening

U15 Level

Player of the Year — Abas Faizi

Most Improved Player — Sara Kamel

U13 Level

Most Improved Player — John Kennedy

Strength of Character Award — Alessandro DeFreitas

Team Player — William Stevens

Leadership Award — Mark Donnelly

Player of the Year — Cillian Ross

U11 Level

Most committed child, with regular attendances & consistent performances in games:

  • Male — Elham Momand
  • Female — Lara Byrne

Player who improved the most in a season — Taha Abdul Wahab

Most exceptional performance in a match — Adam Cooney

Players who brought fun & friendliness to their team:

  • Muhammed Ayaan Kiani
  • Ruairí Newton
  • Suzanne Karmel

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Notice of 2022 Annual General Meeting

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

All members are invited to attend the 2022 Annual General Meeting of Cork County Cricket Club which will take place at the Mardyke at 7.30pm on Thursday, 15th December.

The proposed agenda is set out below:

  1. Apologies
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the 2021 Annual General Meeting
  3. Hon. Secretary’s Report
  4. Hon. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Election of Captains, Officers and Committee Members for 2023
  6. Ratification of Child Safeguarding personnel for 2023
  7. Membership Subscriptions 2023
  8. Any Other Business

The Committee wishes to encourage all members to attend the AGM, which is a vital part of the Club’s calendar and is crucial to the successful operation of the Club. The AGM allows all members the opportunity to express their views on the future direction of the Club.








2022 Annual Awards Dinner

Sunday, November 6th, 2022

The Annual Awards Dinner will take place on Friday, 25th November, in the old Pavilion at the Mardyke to celebrate the achievements and top performers from the 2022 season. The Youth section will have their awards at 6 pm prior to the Club Dinner at 7 pm followed by the main awards ceremony.

Annual Awards 2022 - Cork County Cricket Club

 

Plenty of members put in colossal effort throughout a long season and the annual dinner is always a great occasion to get together and look back on the highs and lows, especially the successes at all levels.

The U13s and U15s both won their respective league campaigns and reached the All-Ireland Semi-Finals making them the first Munster sides to do so in those age groups. The 2nd and 4th XI were crowned champions of their respective divisions while the 3rd XI clinched the Division 2 T20 title.

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Exceptional youth success celebrated at the Mardyke

Monday, September 26th, 2022

On an autumnal Friday evening at the Mardyke, more than 80 excited kids celebrated an exceptional season representing Cork County Cricket Club at various youth levels in Munster competitions.

After a full season of cricket, teams at U11, U13 and U15 gathered to receive their trophies and medals, and enjoy their end-of-season party, organised by Sukhi Byrne and the youth committee.

Cork County Chairman, Peter Dineen, presented U11 medals to delighted players and commented “This is a great evening for the club, and thoroughly deserved by all the players and parents. The founding father of our youth section, Dermot Giltinan, passed away just over a year ago, and he would be so proud of the youth section today.

John Buss, Operations Manager at Munster Cricket, was on hand to present the U13 and U15 trophies in the Munster Super Leagues and T20 competitions.

Cork County made a clean-sweep at U13 and U15 this year, a testament to the hard work of coaches Steve Ross, Mick Hull and Bruce Newton. Both teams went on to represent Munster at All-Ireland level, where anomalies in regulations saw them face older teams in away fixtures.  Cricket Ireland has promised to iron these out for next year.

The U13 T20 was won by the Cork County Sharks, captained by Cillian Ross, and the U13 Super League was won by the Cork County U13s captained by Mark Donnelly.

At the U15 level, Cork County won both competitions and was captained by Cronan Healy-Browne.

John Buss from Munster Cricket praised the players for their hard work in training and the great spirit they showed in the competitions. He praised the club and youth committee for their efforts in coaching, training and supporting their players.

The youth section at Cork County continues to thrive and a full programme of winter training will commence in the coming weeks. Older youth players continue to develop. Exposure at the adult level, as well as youth interprovincials, saw the likes of Niall Donnelly (16) make his first team debut during the final round of competitive fixtures, and there’s plenty more talent waiting to prove themselves.

The cricket season comes to an end this weekend and Matt Reed, the club Grounds Manager, will get to work preparing for next season when Cork County hope to build on a very successful season.








Cork County reach two All-Ireland Youth Semi-finals

Thursday, September 1st, 2022

On a balmy August evening last year, the Cork County Colts team, 4th year schools and below, were presented with their trophy and medals, having won the Leinster Colts league. It’s all about developing youth cricket. Given that cricket has been played in The Mardyke since the 1850’s, you might ask what more needs to be developed, and such are the travails of sport.

Dermot Giltinan, ‘The Galt’, championed cricket for decades, and his recent star-studded Memorial match testified to the esteem in which he was held. But like the Olympics, the torch needs to be carried by many. Brenda Kennedy, Veena O’Sullivan, John Simon and others have all championed the cause for several years, and on that evening last August, the current Senior Youth Coach, Steve Ross, looked at the trophy and the happy smiling faces and vowed to replicate that success.

Cork County U15 team

True to his steely word, the U13s and U15s won the Munster Super League campaigns at their age grade.

On Sunday 4th, and Saturday 10th September the U13s and U15s, respectively, will travel to Dublin to play Pembroke and Phoenix in the All-Ireland semi-final of their competitions.

Over the past four years, Steve Ross with his trademark quiet, direct style has coached, mentored and developed a squad of novices into committed and dedicated players. His coaching style is unrelenting and determined. Tough training, high standards and total commitment are his watchwords – and you reap what you sow. As with all good teams, the leader is only as good as the team around them, and Mick Hull (U15 Coach), Bruce Newton and former Munster U15 Coach, Abdul Jabbar Younus, have been instrumental in developing the U15 squad of players. 1st team captain Ross Durity and 2nd team captain Rob Duggan have also been generous with their time to support coaches when needed.

Cork_County_CC_U13_Team

Qualification came via wins against Limerick City, Limerick Blasters, Cork Harlequins and Galway CC in both leagues. All of which were tough games but an All-Ireland semi-final is another level again. Cricket in Dublin is so good that it has produced Eoin Morgan, Kevin and Niall O’Brien and Ed Joyce – world-class cricket players. Harry Terctor leads the charge for the next generation.

It’s a tough ask to travel to Dublin to play away fixtures against the strong Leinster champions, but to borrow a phrase from Declan Kidney, “pressure is a privilege”.

Regardless of results in Dublin, the Cork County U13s and U15s are Munster Champions in their respective Munster Super Leagues.

A possible Schools League, played in September, is further testament to the growth of cricket in Cork – and it’s no surprise that there’s lots of cricket on The Mardyke, after all, “its’ where we sported and played…!”

Fixtures:

Sunday 04 September, U13 All-Ireland Semi-final
Pembroke CC v Cork County CC

Saturday 10 September, U15 All-Ireland Semi-final
Phoenix CC v Cork County CC








Dermot J. Gilitinan Memorial Match

Monday, July 11th, 2022

As President of Cork County Cricket Club for the 2022 season, I would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to the Memorial Match for our late esteemed member Dermot J. Giltinan between a Cork County XI and an Ed Joyce XI on Wednesday, 27th July, starting at 2 p.m.

However, it is not merely another match. It will be a further celebration of Dermot’s life and his immense contribution to Cork, Munster and Irish cricket over the years. It will counterpoint the Memorial Service held for Dermot at the club on Saturday afternoon, 9th April, which was so wonderfully organised by our very own Ali Khan.

It will be an opportunity for you to renew acquaintances with old friends and meet new ones. The match will be augmented by a Q & A session conducted by our old friend Alan Lewis and the man answering the questions will, of course, be Ed Joyce, another old friend of Dermot and the club.

In conclusion, I look forwards to seeing you and your family on the day if you can make it.

With warmest personal regards.

Yours sincerely,

Mortimer Kelleher
President

 

Dermot Giltinan Memorial Match