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David Griffin confirmed as Cricket Ireland President

Sunday, May 1st, 2022

David Griffin has been confirmed as the new President of Cricket Ireland following their Annual General Meeting on the 1st May, replacing Philip Black who has been President since 2020.

Player, administrator, umpire and Board Director – these are the titles that David has collected over the last 50 years within Irish cricket. Now he can proudly add: ‘Cricket Ireland President’.

David’s long and distinguished career within cricket – on and off the field – began in 1972 when attending Trinity College Dublin. He played for 12 years for Pembroke Cricket Club, becoming the Honorary Secretary of the club from 1976 to 1982.

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His professional career then took him to Cork, where he joined Cork County Cricket Club in 1985 – eventually rising to captain of the 1st XI in 1989 and 1990, and playing a further decade for the club before his playing retirement after the 2000 season. Following retirement from playing, David umpired in Munster Cricket on a regular basis up to 2019.

David remembers that time fondly:

“Cork County is a great club to be involved with and the Mardyke is one of the nicest places in which to play cricket in Ireland. The club has been a huge part of my life since I moved to Cork and I have played and worked with a great group of people during this time. Off the field, I became Honorary Secretary of Cork County in 1986 and continued in that role until 2001, when I changed jobs and became Honorary Treasurer of the club. I stepped down from this role at the club AGM in December 2021.”

David’s involvement with Munster Cricket’s administrative side began in 1986 and he remained involved with the provincial setup on an almost continuous basis from then until this year. At various times, he even acted as a selector or team manager for the Munster inter-provincial team – now known as the Munster Reds. David had two terms as President of the Union in 1999-2001 and 2014-15, and became chairperson of Munster Cricket in 2016 – and held that role until 2021.

“The development of Munster Cricket is something I am very proud to be associated with. Cricket in Munster is run by passionate and dedicated volunteers who have the belief that cricket is a community game that brings together people of different backgrounds and abilities in the common enjoyment of this great game. In recent years, the great work of these volunteers has been brought to a new level since the appointment of our General Manager, Joe Moynihan, in 2019 and the more recent appointment of development and operations staff. It has been very satisfying to see Munster clubs make national club competition finals, to be named or shortlisted for the national club of the year award and to have been involved in bringing the Munster Reds back into the Interprovincial T20 and T50 competitions. These achievements show the progress and potential of the game in the Province.”

David has also had extensive involvement in cricket at a national level too – firstly as the Munster Delegate to the Irish Cricket Union Executive from 1991 to 2001, then as Chair of the Finance Committee in 2002-03, as the Munster delegate to the Cricket Committee from 2014-16, and finally as the Munster nominee to the Cricket Ireland Board from 2017 to 2022, and as Chair of the Cricket Ireland Audit & Risk Committee from 2020-22.

His next chapter is set to be a busy one:

“The 2022 home season is the biggest international programme we have seen in Ireland, with 25 matches across the Irish men’s and women’s senior sides – then followed by a Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in October. But the Presidency is not just about the senior showcase matches – I am just as much looking forward to the opportunity to travel to many club grounds around Ireland and take in the domestic game as much as possible.

“I have been involved in provincial and regional cricket for many decades and know the importance of the grassroots game to our sport. This will be a big year for our sport at all levels, and I hope I can meet as many of the wonderful players, coaches, volunteers, umpires, scorers and administrators across this island who help sustain and grow our sport.”

(source: cricketireland.ie)

North Kildare await in 2022 Irish Senior Cup

Monday, February 28th, 2022

The draw for the 1st Round of the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup took place over the weekend and sees Cork County drawn at home to fellow Championship side North Kildare Cricket Club.
 
The Irish Senior Cup makes a welcome return after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 50-over competition sees the top-ranked clubs from the various provincial unions contest the knockout competition.
 
The first round tie will take place on 21st May with a reserve date of 29th May. Looking forward to having cup action back on Leeside! #WeAreCounty
 
2022 Irish Senior Cup - First Round Draw v North Kildare

Hassett to return for 2022 season

Sunday, February 13th, 2022

It’s the Return of the Mak(ka) with the news that Cormac Hassett will be returning to the Mardyke for the 2022 season. The club is delighted to have the extremely popular Victorian and Irish passport holder back on Leeside after a two year break due to Covid.

Cormac first represented the club with the 4th XI at 15 years of age back in 2011 while his family were spending a few months in Ireland. He later returned in 2015 for the first of a 5 season spell during which time he won a Leinster Championship title in 2016, five Munster Premier Division titles, three Senior Cups and four Senior T20 titles. He succeeded Stephan Grobler as Club Captain in 2018.

Cormac Hassett representing Cork County against Malahide in the 2019 All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final

Hassett has also been capped by the Munster Reds on six occasions making his debut against the Knights at Carrickfergus in 2017 in the Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Trophy. A fantastic innings of 49 against the Leinster Lightning at Sydney Parade in 2019 was certainly the highlight and he has scored 102 runs at a Strike Rate of 99.02 for the provincial franchise. 

Since leaving The Mardyke, Cormac has coached the Stratford Cricket Club to a premiership title and have also played a season in the Northern Territory for Pints Cricket Club. He is currently playing sub-district cricket in Melbourne for Ormond Cricket Club.

With the confirmation of the news, Hassett expressed his excitement at the planned return:

“The time has finally come! I can’t wait to get back down to the Mardyke for the season. I feel like I’m coming home after two long years away.”

“Leah and I are really looking forward to our summer in Cork and we can’t wait to see all of our friends in the Cork County community.”

“Good luck with the pre-season lads and I’ll see you all in April.”

 
 

Former Cork County and Munster player Tom Kiernan passes away

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

The club was saddened to learn of the passing of former Cork County, Bohemians and Munster batsman and all-round Cork sporting great Tom Kiernan. Brother of Jim, Tom represented both club and Munster with distinction and also was a product of Presentation Brothers College alongside another club legend Dermot Giltinan.

In his book ‘Long Shadows By De Banks’, Colm Murphy noted that “Tom Kiernan was highly regarded and was of international standard. However, it was rugby that he truly excelled. He was a regular at the Mardyke and on one occasion, immediately on returning back to Cork from a Lions’ Tour, he was to be seen at the nets giving advice to aspiring cricketers.”

“Besides cricket, there was always the refreshing swim at the weir!”

Bohemians Cricket Club at the Mardyke in Cork

Tom Kiernan is pictured above in the Bohemians side (far left back row) that graced the Mardyke for many years.

 

As a Life Member of the club, Tom continued to be a familiar face at the Mardyke down through the years and was often spotted at key fixtures and the clubs annual end of season dinners.

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Jim Fitzgerald and Tom Kiernan pictured at the 2014 Annual Awards Dinner at the River Lee Hotel.

 
Kiernan was also a legendary figure in Irish rugby and kicked the winning score the first time Ireland beat South Africa, in 1965, and captained the first Irish team to win a Test in Australia two years later.

He was capped 59 times for Ireland at full-back; 5 times for the Lions and captained the Lions in South Africa 1968.

At club level, he represented Cork Constitution, Munster and University College Cork with distinction.

Tom Kiernan in 1983. Picture: SPORTSFILE

Tom Kiernan in 1983. Picture: SPORTSFILE

 
After hanging up his boots, he was in charge of the Munster team which recorded a victory over New Zealand in 1978 and went on to coach Ireland between 1980 and 1983, including winning the Five Nations title in 1982.

Munster representative matches:

  • 1959: Munster Cricket Union XI v Australian Old Collegians at the Mardyke

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  • 7th August 1966: Munster v South Leinster at the Mardyke
  • 13th August 1966: North West v Munster at Holm Field, Sion Mills
  • 19th August 1967: Munster v North West at the Mardyke
  • 31st May 1969: Munster v North West at the Mardyke
  • 5th July 1969: Munster v North Leinster at the Mardyke

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Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis.
 
 
 

2022 Leinster Senior League Cup Draw

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022

The season isn’t far once you see competition draws being made with the first being the group stages of the Sports Hub Leinster Senior League Cup which sees our 1st XI in Group A alongside some familiar faces and high-quality Premier League opposition.

The group includes the 2021 finalists Merrion and YMCA along with fellow Premier League sides Clontarf and Balbriggan. Leinster, North Kildare, Rush and Cork County join them from the Championship in what looks like a formidable looking pool.

We’re looking forward to getting started!

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Renew your membership ahead of the 2022 season or if you’re new to Cork or simply want to get involved at the Mardyke then simply fill out our membership form:

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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

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Munster Premier Division

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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.

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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)

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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

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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