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County fall short against YMCA in AIT20 Semi-Final

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Cork County took on Leinster Champions YMCA in the Semi-Final of the All-Ireland T20 Cup at Sydney Parade. A positive display with the ball restricted the Dubliners to 131 from their 20 but the YM bowling attack proved too strong and denied County gaining any momentum in their chase. You can read the CricketEurope match report below:

It wasn’t straightforward though as an impressive bowling display by the Munster men had YM in deep trouble at 62 for 5 with their much-vaunted trio of internationals back in the hutch, as well as skipper Jack Tector and younger brother Tim.

Skipper Abubakar Saddique (2-19) and Rudolph Pollard (4-30) did most of the early damage, but with the game in the balance a vital run a ball stand of 45 between Bobby Gamble (30) and Wilhelm de Klerk (20) saved the Claremont Road side.

13 September 2020; Nabeel Anjum of Cork County celebrates after bowling Jack Tector of YMCA during the All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final match between YMCA and Cork County at Pembroke Cricket Club in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

South African born Pollard, who now works in Ireland, is a former Boland U19 leg-spinner who converted to seam.

He suffered early punishment from Harry Tector (26 from 11 balls) but gained revenge by bowling him with the final delivery of his first spell.

He returned to dismiss Bobby Gamble and Rory Anders with the first two balls of his next spell to claim a hat-trick that went unnoticed at the time.

Tom Anders dented his figures by striking three boundaries from the last four balls, to give a final total of 131 – something for the YMCA attack to defend.

And defend it they did, with something to spare as the Cork innings never gained momentum at any stage.

Curtis Campher gave his best display in YM colours taking 4 for 13, with there were also two wickets apiece for Simi Singh and Rory Anders. Opening bowlers Mikey O’Reilly and Tom Anders also took one scalp apiece as the bowling unit had no weak links – Cork 91 all out.

“We are delighted to get the win after being on the rocks at 62 for 5,” skipper Tector told CricketEurope afterwards.

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“All credit to Bobby Gamble and Wilhelm de Klerk for their brilliant partnership which got us to a total that was probably par on the pitch.

“I thought the bowling unit were outstanding for us sticking to their plans very well, with Curtis doing exceptionally with his four wickets.

“It’s certainly been a great few days for the club and we are really looking forward to next weekend and an All-Ireland final against Donemana. Hopefully we can finish the season off with two more wins.”

The final is scheduled for Belmont on Saturday 19th, but maybe moved with Comber a possibility.

With the winners next Saturday scheduled to play CIYMS on Sunday, there may be a possibility of playing back-to-back games on Saturday to save the winners an overnight stay or having to travel again on Sunday.

(source: CricketEurope)

Scorecard

Leinster winners await in All-Ireland T20 Cup

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Cork County will face the winners of the Cricket Leinster T20 competition at the Semi-Final stage of the Clear Currency All-Ireland T20 Cup in Dublin on Sunday, 13th September. As winners of the Munster T20 Blast, County will face either YMCA or Railway Union for a place in the prestigious final.

Due to the condensed nature of the season, the Clear Currency All-Ireland T20 Cup is the only All-Ireland competition taking place and so there is heightened interest in this seasons competition with European Cricket League qualification up for grabs also.

Munster Senior T20 Blast Winners 2020

Fixture schedule 

The Clear Currency All-Ireland T20 Cup schedule, as it currently stands, is:

Semi-finals:

  • Semi-final 1 – NWCU club v CIYMS* (at Bready, 1 pm Saturday 12 September)
  • Semi-final 2 – Cricket Leinster club v Cork County* (at Pembroke 1 pm, Sunday 13 September)

 

  • Final (at Belmont, Saturday 19 September)
  • Play-off for European Cricket League (at Belmont, Sunday 20 September)

* Please note: CIYMS – last year’s winners – have already qualified as the Northern Cricket Union’s representative, and Cork County qualified as Munster Cricket Union’s representative. The representative from North West Cricket Union will be determined on 5 September, while Leinster’s representative will be determined on 12 September.

The Final will be live-streamed, with details announced shortly.

In addition, an extra match has been added to the schedule this year, with the European Cricket League play-off. In 2019 it was announced that the All-Ireland T20 Cup winners would go on to represent Ireland in the European Cricket League. Last year’s winners, CIYMS, were set to compete this summer until the pandemic saw this year’s competition cancelled. To acknowledge the unfortunate circumstances, this year the 2019 and 2020 Clear Currency All-Ireland T20 Cup winners will playoff to identify Ireland’s representative at the 2021 European Cricket League.

The play-off will be played at Belmont on Sunday 20 September – however, if CIYMS win the Cup again in 2020 then no play-off will be required.

Cork County Squad

  1. Abubakar Saddique Wattoo*
  2. Rudolph Pollard
  3. Benji Marris+
  4. Nabeel Anjum
  5. Harvey Wootton
  6. Zuhair Shah
  7. Diarmuid Carey
  8. Alex Gaspar
  9. Daniel Kennedy
  10. Brandon Kruger
  11. Sid Joshi
  12. Eshan O’Sullivan
  • Scorer: Talha Kayani
  • Coach: Robert Duggan

County clinch Senior T20 title in final over thriller

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

The condensed Senior T20 Blast competition came to a thrilling end on August Bank Holiday Monday with a Cork derby pitting the two in-form sides so far against each other at the Mardyke.

Road to the Final

The 1st XI started the competition with a fixture against their ultimate final opponents which once against served up an exciting finale with Cork Harlequins clinching victory with the penultimate ball of the tie. County set a target of 145 to win having been well set at 97-1 after 10 so would feel they left 20/30 runs short. Cormac McCarthy-Hann hit the winning runs for the visitors with one ball remaining.

Cork County 144-9 [20 overs] (Pollard 39, Saddique 37, Shah 25, O’Reilly 3-27) lost to Cork Harlequins 145-7 [19.5 overs] (McCarthy-Hann 32*, R Jones 25*, Pollard 3-19) by 3 wickets. scorecard

Next up was a must-win tie with Midleton and County duly obliged with a comprehensive 7 wicket victory over the East Cork side. Having restricted the visitors to 126 with some excellent seam bowling, the top 3 led the way to victory with Wootton top-scoring with 46* ably assisted by Pollard with 40. 

Cork County 128-3 [13.2 overs] (Wootton 46*, Pollard 40, Saddique 22) beat Midleton 126-6 (Gasper 2-15, Pollard 2-23) by 7 wickets. scorecard

A Semi-Final trip to the Oyster Oval was the reward after the ultra-condensed pool stage and despite the wet and gloomy conditions County came out on top by 4 runs on DLS with 6 overs of the reply completed and the persistent rain set in on an already saturated outfield. 

Cork County 35-1 [6 overs] beat County Kerry 129-9 [20 overs] by 4 runs on DLS at the Oyster Oval. scorecard

Senior T20 Blast Semi-Final team

Stunning catch by Daniel Kennedy

Final

The final pitted the two Cork sides against each other once again and it proved to be another tight affair with County coming out on top with 3 balls to spare. Chasing 117, the reply got off to a slow start after the loss of Pollard early on but the skipper Abubakar Saddique showed some resistance with a hard-working 32 at the top of the order. The Quins attack showed great discipline in their bowling and prevented County from getting away.

Zuhair Shah provided some much-needed impetus in the middle order with 18* before having to leave the field A nasty ricochet of the ball to his face from a throw-in as he was making his ground for a quick single. Alex provided the finishing touch with a 6 over long-on to clinch the victory much to the relief of home side.

Special mentions for Harvey Wootton’s crucial run-out, Rob Duggan’s catch in the deep at long-on, the skipper Abubakar Saddique’s performance with bat and ball but the truly memorable moment has to be Alex Gasper’s tremendous leave in the 19th over with 5 runs still required!

Cork County 122-6 [19.3 overs] (Saddique 32, Gaspar 24*, Shah 18*) beat Cork Harlequins 116-8 [20 overs] (Carey 2-15, Wootton 1-14, Joshi 1-17) by 4 wickets at the Mardyke.

Munster Senior T20 Blast Winners

Safe ‘Return to Training’ – Protocols and Procedures

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Following the release of the Cricket Ireland guidelines around the ‘Return to Training’ protocols, the club has been working diligently to ensure that we meet all the requisite levels of preparedness and safety.

This has included the preparation of a Risk Assessment which has been submitted to Munster Cricket and the creation of a Covid-19 sub-committee which comprises of Kieran Aherne, Andy Wootton, Abdul Jabbar Younus, Robert Duggan, Pat Donnelly, Steve Ross, Matt Reed and Kevin O’Sullivan.

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Cricket Ireland ‘Return to Training’ protocols released

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Cricket Ireland has released its COVID-19 Safe Return to Training Protocols for club cricket in Ireland and launched a series of online COVID-19 Safety Education courses to train nominated club representatives on implementing the protocols on the ground.

The protocols released today include detailed guides and checklists for preparing a cricket club for restarting activity including cleaning guides, a risk assessment, booking forms and contact tracing process, advice regarding training practices that comply with social distancing and health protocols, and access for a nominated representative for each cricket club to undertake an accredited online training course for dedicated COVID-19 Club Safety Officers.

Clubs will need to register through an online form for the Covid-19 Education and Awareness Training.

If a club’s nominated COVID-19 Safety Officer has already completed accredited COVID-19 Safety training through an alternate provider they are not required to complete the Cricket Ireland course. However, details of the alternate course completed must be lodged with their Provincial Union. 

Provincial Unions have appointed COVID-19 Safety Support Officers who are assigned to clubs in their regions and will be supporting clubs back to activity. While we have developed an approved set of protocols and provided guidelines for implementation, our strong advice to clubs prior to restarting any coordinated activity is to contact your insurer and discuss any matters regarding liability in regards to individual policies. Cricket activity should not resume until a club is set up to comply with the requirements in the return-to-train protocols.”

The detailed documents are now available at: www.cricketireland.ie/covid-19 and any enquiries or issues that arise should be directed to Provincial Unions via the nominated COVID-19 Safety Support Officer.

Cork County is currently undertaking a Risk Assessment prior to submission to Muster Cricket and acquiring the necessary hygiene equipment through the Cricket Ireland channels.

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Cricket Ireland receives in-principle approval to Return-to-Training

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Cricket Ireland has received provisional approval for club cricket to move towards a restart of activity in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Limited cricket training will be able to resume once two key requirements are fulfilled:

  1. the Irish Government / Northern Ireland Executive formally notify that their respective jurisdiction is moving to Phase 2 / Step 2, and
  2. cricket clubs undertake pre-opening protocol compliance measures and undertake training.

Following extensive research and consultation, Cricket Ireland made its submission to the two Governments on 22 May seeking approval to restart cricket activity. Following positive engagement with Sport Ireland and Sport NI, the Return-to-Training Protocols have now been approved for implementation in the Republic of Ireland, with Sport NI noting the protocols can be communicated to clubs in Northern Ireland ahead of implementation.

This means that Provincial Unions and clubs can actively progress their COVID-19 safety preparation work in anticipation of each Government’s progression to Phase 2 / Step 2 of respective roadmaps to reopening.

The first stage of this work will be for education and resources to be delivered to clubs – this will commence from next week and must be undertaken before actual club cricket training activity can commence.

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Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:

“We are delighted that the hard work and collegiate approach is taken to develop the protocols was met positively by sports and health authorities. My thanks to Cricket Ireland staff who led the development, research and consultation process, and to the Provincial Unions who have supported our detailed and deliberate approach.”

“Our priority from the outset was to take a safety-first approach – to ensure the health of players, coaches, volunteers and families. We have appreciated the enthusiasm of cricket players to get outdoors once more to start training and fitness work, particularly with the recent beautiful weather, but we have ensured that – as a sport – following public health directives has been our main responsibility.”

“With this in mind, it’s important that we remind our club and grassroots family that the 20km radius rule still applies to club cricketers, and that the ability to restart training depends upon being able to comply with the protocols. We fully understand that it won’t feel like normal, and there will be more work than usual to implement and properly monitor hygiene protocols and social distancing, but we are sure everyone recognises their role in controlling the spread of the virus and protecting the vulnerable in our community.”

“We will, through the Provincial Unions, help guide and educate clubs on what is required to comply with the safety protocols. We have approved the provision of signage and online education to commence immediately. We anticipate some clubs will take longer than others in being able to restart activity, so we’ll be putting further recommendations to the Cricket Ireland Board later this month to support clubs in implementing these protocols.”

“There will undoubtedly be some details still to resolve during implementation, but we will provide advice on issues as they arise. If we work together on meeting these protocols, then we can begin to look towards an eventual resumption of competitive matches later in the roadmap – a scenario that seemed very distant to many just a few weeks ago.”

“That all said, the spirit of the Government’s roadmap has been about looking forward cautiously but also positively, so that’s what we shall do. So, while it’s not quite ‘back to normal’, it is a positive step for all involved in our sport. We just hope the weather holds now that we’re back!”

The next step for club cricket in Ireland

The approval to restart cricket activity at club level is strictly dependent upon the Irish Government confirming a move to Phase 2 and the Northern Ireland Executive confirming a move to Step 2 of their roadmaps to reopening, respectively.

In coming days Cricket Ireland, in partnership with Provincial Unions, will make available information packs for all clubs across Ireland which will include:

  • Detailed guides and checklists for preparing a cricket club for restarting activity (including cleaning guides)
  • Risk assessment
  • Booking forms & contact tracing process
  • Support for safety signage
  • Advice regarding training practices that comply with social distancing and health protocols
  • Accredited online education for dedicated COVID-19 Club Safety Officers and Provincial Union staff (these training courses will commence from next week)

Support and guidance will be available as we transition through to the next phase of reopening our sport, with information available in the coming days.

The Great Lockdown Quiz Part 2

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Following the successful first instalment of the Great Lockdown Quiz, it will be returning on Saturday night, 16th May, to test your general knowledge and have a bit of fun in the process.

Once again, the quiz will be hosted on Zoom and a link will be sent to everyone who purchases a ticket. All participants will be broken into teams of 3 or 4 so if you want to be in a particular team then please add it to the note when you purchase your ticket. If you wear your club shirt then your team will automatically get a bonus point!

The winners will receive a €50 bar voucher which can be used to purchase pool tokens, club cap or used merely as a bar tab plus other great spot prizes up for grabs!

Tickets are €5 per person with all proceeds going to the ongoing running of the club and towards expenses for any potential cricket season.

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The Great Lockdown Quiz Part 2

Club Statement: COVID-19 Update

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Dear Members,

In light of the ongoing public health emergency regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Irish Government has announced a number of measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, including the temporary closure of educational institutions and discontinuation of mass gatherings.

Following advice from Munster Cricket and Cricket Ireland, this will affect Club activities as follows:

  • U17 & U15 training scheduled for Ballycurreen (Warehouse) shall be postponed until Saturday, 4th April;
  • U13 training at Ballyphehane Community Centre is now complete and likely recommence outdoors at the Mardyke in mid-April;
  • Adult training scheduled for Ballycurreen (Warehouse) shall be postponed until Sunday, 5th April; and
  • Registration evening on Thursday 19th March shall be postponed until Thursday, 2nd April.

The Munster Cricket Union are addressing the situation and will issue an advisory in relation to fixtures within the next few weeks. The season is due to commence on Saturday, 18th April, and at this stage, it is expected that the season to go ahead as scheduled.

The general public is asked to follow this advice and keep informed of this ongoing outbreak.

If you have any concerns in relation to this or if you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Committee.

Committee
Cork County Cricket Club

Kayani & Hassett nominated at Irish Cricket Awards

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

The 2020 Turkish Airlines Irish Cricket Awards will be held in Dublin on Friday, 28 February, with some familiar faces nominated in two categories at the event. Talha Kayani has been nominated in the Techfynder Club Official of the Year category in recognition of his tireless work in assisting the 1st team as its official scorer and an important member of the club organisation and administration.

Cormac Hassett had a breakthrough season with the Munster Reds at IP20 level with a standout innings of 49 against Leinster at Syndey Parade. Hassett has been an integral part of the club both on and off the field since 2015 and broke into the Reds set up towards the end of the 2017 season.

Techfynder Club Official of the Year Nominees:

  • Joe Connolly
  • David Caldwell
  • Talha Kayani

Test Triangle Inter-Provincial Player of the Year Nominees:

  • Andrew Balbirnie
  • Cormac Hassett
  • Graham Hume
  • Harry Tector

Cork County Team of the 2010s

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

Following much debate amongst the selection committee, we are pleased to introduce the Cork County 1st XI of the 2010s captained by Stephan Grobler who is also the sides one allowed overseas professional:

Cork County Team of the Decade