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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

Thanks for the memories 2019… Roll on 2020

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

Thanks for the memories 2019… A look back on a season which had its ups and downs which culminated a Munster Senior Treble but it also saw the club lose some significant club members who passed away during the year.

What a decade the 2010s have been…

  • Premier Division: πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†
  • Senior Cup: πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†
  • Senior T20 Blast: πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†
  • Leinster Division 2: πŸ†
  • Leinster Division 3: πŸ†
  • Cricket Ireland Club of the Year: πŸ†

Here’s to more great memories in the 2020s! #WeAreCounty πŸ‡¬πŸ‡¦

Jim Cahill RIP

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Jim Cahill on Christmas morning after a brief illness.

Aged 95, Jim was one of our oldest members having played & umpired for the club over many years while more recently being a dedicated supporter on the sidelines.

Jim Cahill RIP

Our condolences to Jim’s wife Margot and his family and friends at this time. #RIP #WeAreCounty πŸ‡¬πŸ‡¦

Cork County lose out to Malahide in All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Cork County and Malahide battled it out at sun-soaked Stormont in Belfast in the first Semi-Final Sunday Independent All-Ireland Twenty20 Cup.

The Leinster champions eventually getting over the line chasing a target of 131 with 3.2 overs to spare despite 3-15 from Diarmuid Carey.

25 August 2019; Cork County team prior to the All-Ireland T20 Cricket Semi-final match between Cork County and Malahide at Stormont in Belfast. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Cork County finished on 130-7 from their allocation with Brandon Kruger (42) top-scoring. In reply, Greg Ford (39*) and Damien Mortimer (31*) got Malahide over the line with 3.2 overs to spare.

Diarmuid Carey and Jeremy Benton were the picks of the County bowlers with good support from Harvey Wootton. Full scorecard

Malahide progressed to the final where they faced NCU side CIYMS at the same venue. CIYMS put in a dominant display to lift their first ever All-Ireland title after winning by seven wickets to be crowned Sunday Independent All-Ireland Twenty20 Cup champions.

Malahide await in All-Ireland T20 Finals

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

The draw for the semi-finals of the Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup has been completed in Dublin, with opponents and venues determined for the matches on Sunday, 25th August 2019.

Cork County have been drawn to face Cricket Leinster champions Malahide in the first Semi-Final which will be held at Stormont.

The Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup began in 2017. The competition features the winners of the four Provincial T20 club competitions who play two semi-finals followed by a final.

The 2019 semi-finals will start at 11am, and be held concurrently at Stormont and CIYMS in Belfast. The two winners will then progress to the final at Stormont starting at 4pm.

NB: The North West Cricket Union’s representative will be decided after a play-off match between Brigade and Donemana on Thursday 15 August 2019.

After the draw was conducted at Cricket Ireland’s Offices, the semi-finals are:

  • Cork County v Malahide (Stormont)
  • CIYMS v Brigade or Donemana (CIYMS)

There is free entry to each match, and live scoring will be available via the My Cricket Ireland app or www.mycricket.ie.

Past Winners

  • 2018: Waringstown beat Clontarf by 7 runs.
  • 2017: Clontarf beat Waringstown by 10 runs.

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Daniel Kennedy reports from South Africa

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Howzit from sunny Johannesburg, I started my stay at the prestigious St. Stithians School on the 16th January, where I was admitted into Mountstephens boarding house where I was met with a cluster of accommodating students and staff. They helped me a lot by showing me around the boarding house and the school, where I also met my host Thando Makwetu who used to captain Gauteng U15A which is the provincial team where I am staying, though they are a much higher standard than ours. Thando’s older brother Wandile Makwetu also played cricket. He was captain of South Africa’s U19 side on their tour of England last year and now plays for the Multiply Titans in Pretoria.

Daniel Kennedy presents Wim Jansen with a Munster cap

In my first week in the school I attended the same classes as my host. I found the school work a lot harder than Ireland, as they are a whole half year ahead of us. The school is amazing it has 4 different schools on its campus. At the Boys College we had 7 different cricket pitches, one of which was equipped with flood lights to play day/night matches and was overlooked by a beautiful restaurant with an honours board which had all the name of sportsmen and women who represented South Africa.

I was very lucky to get a chance to play there. The main pitch which the first team play on was stunning, the pitch was quick and bouncy, and the pavilion was really nice. The dressing rooms had jerseys of all the cricketers who represented South Africa at any level including Wiaan Mulder and Kagiso Rabada and next to that you had the cricket offices where I first met the Director of cricket at Saints, Wim Jansen who used to play at Pembroke with Ted Williamson. Mr Jansen was very helpful, and he was able to get me lots of game time.

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The school day was very different to a typical school day in Ireland, but I loved the difference. I was in the boarding house so I would have to wake up at 6 to be ready for room checks at 6:40 we would then go to breakfast at 7:00 to start the day at 7:40. We would normally start with chapel where we would all gather for announcements or war cry’s which was great fun and it was amazing to see how passionate the boys were about their school, after which we would go to school until 2:40, as exchange students we were allowed to go down to the cricket nets during school hours to have private coaching session with Peter Stringer who used to play for Yorkshire. The sessions were very beneficial, and Mr Stringer had so much experience in the game it was great to be able to pick his brain.

The training was very tough in the beginning as it was hard to adapt to the hard-bouncy pitches, which also were a joy to bowl on. The high altitude, as Jo’burg sits at 1,750 metres, took some initial adjustment and the scorching heat didn’t help as it was consistently over 30 degrees, but I got used to it quickly.

Daniel Kennedy and Brandon Kruger in South Africa

I got to play 5 matches in Jo’burg for St. Stithians and I was lucky enough to play to 2 games for a club in Pretoria called Harlequins. Steve Kruger, who was here, at Cork County last season and will be returning again this summer was extremely helpful and I would like to thank him for setting up the games for me. He is also the Head Coach at Harlequins in Pretoria. The game time was invaluable, and I was able to learn a lot. The highlight of my matches was being able to play in a day/night match which was a great experience for myself and the other exchanges, who wouldn’t have the the facilities back home. It was amazing to play under the lights and to see what the ball does, it swung miles and because of the low pressure the ball was able to travel a lot further.

It was great to experience life outside of cricket in South Africa also, I was able to meet my cousins who live here, go on a game drive which is amazing as you can see animals in their natural habitats and the sunsets were beautiful. The food there was also excellent and it great to try all the foods my mother who is also from Jo’burg would have grown up on.

If anyone decides to visit this wonderful place I would definitely recommend trying, boerewors roll which is a bit like a hot dog, any good steak house as the flavouring the put on is amazing and spar letta Creme Soda is a great pairing for any food. I went home to the Makwetu’s nearly every weekend and I was welcomed by Thando’s parents, Miranda and Kimi Makwetu who were gracious and kind hosts and helped me with whatever I needed and were able to get Thando and I tickets to the Pink ODI at Wanderers. It was amazing to be part of such a momentous occasion and the atmosphere was electric and although South Africa lost, I had a great day. I’d like to thank the Makwetu’s for making my trip so great.

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Just before I left South Africa St. Stithians 1st team had won the Johnny Waite Cup final, which is a big competition in Johannesburg, and the school that won would represent the Lions, which is the cricket franchise in Jo’burg, in the Coca-Cola T20 Schools competition in which the six best cricket schools in the country plus two development teams get pitted against each other at the end of the season in a cricket week.

I was amazed to see how much work went into to the competition. All the boys got amazing new kit complete with everything you could imagine, from match shirts to Coca-Cola head phones and at an opening ceremony they all received their certificates for their participation in the event. All the matches were live streamed on the cricket South Africa and PitchVision YouTube channel. The whole experience for the boys must have been invaluable, especially since St. Stithians won the competition for the 4th time in the six years it had been running.

They had a whole presentation and an interview with the captains. The whole idea of the structure of the tournament is to give the boys a taste of what the life of a professional cricketer might be like and it was great to see. The boys received cash prizes for man of the match or if they obtained batsman or bowler of the tournament, which I’m sure we’d appreciate here. All in all, it was great to see how this sort of thing was set up a got me thinking it would be quite easy to do if we got the right sponsorship here.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my whole experience of being in South Africa and would love to go back again. The cricket experience I had here was invaluable and I hope to take it into the new season in Ireland. I would like to thank St. Stithians for allowing me into their school and to Mr Jansen and Mr Stringer for helping me with my cricket training and experience in the school and also to Mrs Gretchen Maruggi for organising the trip for me. Lastly, I’d like to thank the Makwetu Family for allowing into their home and to Thando and all the other boarders for making my time at Saints so wonderful.

Daniel Kennedy
Cork County CC & Bandon Grammar School

Kit Donation to Cork Direct Provision Centre

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Following a recent appeal on Twitter from Roos Demol (@vlnierland) and Deirdre O’Shaughnessy (@deshocks) looking for cricket equipment for residents at the Direct Provision Centre on the Kinsale Road, a number of members got together to gather up old equipment to donate. 

A big thanks for Andy Wootton, in particular, who donated a significant amount of old bats, pads & cricketing accessories. Also a special mention to Abdul Jabbar Younus, Scot McNamara, Sean Cawley and Robert Duggan for donating other bits and pieces.  

Direct Provision Centre donation

There was great interest through social media with the guys from the Direct Provision Centre putting the new equipment to use immediately once they returned to their residence on the Kinsale Road. It is hoped to continue to liaise with the group with coaching to be organised over the coming months in the lead up to the season. #WeAreCounty

Thanks for the memories 2018

Monday, December 31st, 2018

2018 was such a busy year both on and off the field with many highs and lows and little success sprinkled along the way so here’s a little look back on the season just gone as we look forward to 2019 with plenty of optimism. Not forgetting the friends we have lost over the past 12 months including Ann O’Connell, Ollie Barriscale & Philip Short.

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