Cork Cricket Club

Blog

Archive for the ‘Cricket Ireland’ Category

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.

CCCC-AIT20_2019

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.

IMG-0142_03

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.

daniel_pick-test_SA

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.

Host-Thando-Mkweto-whose-brother-Wandile--captained-u19SA-last-year

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

Narrow 16 run defeat for County in All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final

Monday, August 27th, 2018

In the first Semi-Final of The Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup, Cork County took on Leinster champions Clontarf at Bready. The T20 Finals day brought together the four champions from each province in order to crown the All-Ireland winners.

County come up short in All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final

Following a delayed start due to the wet overnight conditions, the game was reduced to 10 overs and after winning the toss, Clontarf skipper Stuart Poynter opted to bat first. Opener Coghlan batted through for an unbeaten 55 off 35 balls which pushed the Leinster champions to a total of 93-5 which looked tricky on a slow pitch.

Abubakar Saddique bowling for Cork County

The Dubliners had suffered a pre-game setback when fast bowler David Delany was withdrawn having tweaked a hamstring in Friday’s Wolves fixture. With his debut full cap beckoning this week a rest was the judicious solution.

In reply, County openers Cormac Hassett and Abubakar Saddique attempted to get the innings off to a positive start and after a slow first over then some began to find the boundary.

Aaron Cawley hits a big six at Bready

Clontarf bowlers Conor Kelly, Sameer Dutt and Obus Pienaar were particularly economical, and County losing wickets steadily, their task looked extremely difficult. Rob Duggan and Aaron Cawley hoisted a few plucky sixes towards the end but the Munster men fell 16 runs short.

ALL-IRELAND T20 CUP SEMI-FINAL

Bready, County Tyrone

Clontarf 93-3 [10 overs] (Coghlan 55*) beat Cork County 77-6 [10 overs] (Hassett 19, Kelly 2-12, Dutt 2-14) by 16 runs.  scorecard

Rob Duggan attempts a late surge in the run chase

(images courtesy of cricketeurope.com)

 

Ashes of former Cork County & Man Utd player Noel Cantwell to be scattered on the Mardyke

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

noel-cantwellThe ashes of Noel Cantwell, one of Cork and Ireland’s greatest sportsmen, are to be scattered on a cricket pitch at the Mardyke close to where he was born.

On Friday, 13th April 2018, Noel Cantwell’s daughters will bring his ashes to the Cork County Cricket Club grounds on the Mardyke, where his all-round sporting prowess first started to shine. Cantwell batted for his country seven times and went on to play international soccer, winning 36 international caps and scoring 14 goals with the Republic of Ireland.

He also played rugby, but is probably best known for captaining Manchester United. Cantwell also played with West Ham United and joined Manchester United in 1960, making 121 league appearances with them; winning two league titles and an FA Cup winner’s medals.

Noel Cantwell died in 2005, aged 73, and his ashes were kept by his wife, Maggie, at their home in England. She died just before Christmas and their daughters, Kate and Liz, requested that his ashes be scattered at the Cork County Cricket Club.

Although his opportunities on the cricket field were restricted by his soccer commitments, Noel, and his brothers, Frank and Gerry, were one of a number of families who grew up in the late 1940s and 1950s in and around the Mardyke area and who became leading lights in Cork cricket focused on the Mardyke.  Others from this era included Jim and Tom Kiernan, Pat Dineen, Jim Fitzgerald, Con Odlum, Danny Duggan, Noel and Dermot Giltinan and Billy Bradley to name but a few. 

The three Cantwell brothers played their club cricket with Cork Bohemians, played with Cork County in friendlies against Dublin, Northern Irish and English opposition and all three played for Munster in Interprovincial matches in this period.  Cork Bohemians were probably the dominant club side in Cork and Munster (pictured below) in this period winning the Senior League on six occasions in the 1950s.  Frank also played in the South v North fixture in 1952 which was effectively an Irish final trial but only Noel would go on to play international cricket for Ireland.

Noel is pictured below with the Munster Cricket side at the Mardyke on 25th May 1951.

Noel Cantwell pictured with the Munster Cricket side at the Mardyke on 25th May 1951

Noel Cantwell was a left handed bat and a right arm medium paced bowler.  Contemporary accounts describe him as being a fluent stroke maker and a brilliant fielder.  While Noel himself downplayed his ability as a bowler, he is noted as “having the habit of taking wickets at club level when most needed”.  Noel Cantwell played five times for Ireland in the period 1956 to 1959.  Of the relatively few matches played by Ireland in that period (generally three or four matches per year), quite a few were played in late August or September when his soccer commitments would have ruled him out of contention for selection. 

In 2015, a laneway was named after the sporting legend near the Mardyke. The ceremony was attended by Roy Keane, FAI chief executive John Delaney, and rugby legends Tom Kiernan and Barry McCann.

Councillor Mick Finn said after the ceremony that he spoke with Cantwell’s daughters, who expressed the wish to bring his ashes to Cork. They decided to follow through with the idea after their mother died.

“It’s fantastic that a Cork son will finally be returning home for the last time,” said Mr Finn. “It was fitting to name the walkway after somebody with such achievements and it was fitting that Roy Keane was there on that day because Noel Cantwell was the Roy Keane of his day.”

References:

Big Cork contingent to attend Ireland’s first Test match

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Ireland’s first men’s Test match will be on home soil against Pakistan from Friday, May 11th to Tuesday, May 15th. It will be a historic moment following on from when Ireland and Afghanistan were given Test status in June 2017 to become the 11th and 12th Full Members of the ICC.

ireland-pakistan

Obviously anticipation for the match is growing and there promises to be a significant contingent travelling from the Mardyke on Saturday, 12th May. Tickets have been purchased at the discounted club price of €27 for adults & €11 for U16s. Those who ordered tickets should arrange payment with Club Treasurer, David Griffin, as soon as possible by one of the following ways:

  • Drop cash or cheques into the club;
  • Post cheques to him at 6 Willow Court, Cross Douglas Road, Cork; or
  • Bank transfer into David’s account – contact him at dmagriffin6@hotmail.com or on 087 1467903.

The final list of members who requested tickets is as follows:

  • Scott Mcnamara
  • Charles Peter Sommerfield
  • Cormac Hassett
  • Ramesh Neppalli
  • Chris Banon
  • Paul McDowell x 2
  • Hamza Asif
  • Tim Clifford
  • Anthony O Reilly
  • Noelie Cronin
  • Len Browne x 2
  • Masroor Salam x 3
  • Robert Duggan
  • Ross Durity
  • Sid Joshi
  • Mortimer Kelleher
  • Eoin Caomhánach
  • Patrick Earley Mulcahy x 2
  • Veena O’Sullivan x 3
  • Brenda Kennedy x 5
  • Farzaan Zulquernain
  • Hamza Idrees
  • MacKenzie family x 3
  • Justin McGurk x 2
  • Matt Reed
  • John Ketch x 2
  • Michael Stout
  • Dermot (the barman)
  • Abdul Jabbar Younus x 3

Great response from club members with a travelling party of almost 50. Transport is also being organised for the trip up and down so an update will be provided in due course.

Cawley takes 2-26 in U19 World Cup opener

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Aaron_Cawley-310x466Cork County all-rounder Aaron Cawley took a wicket in each of his first two overs as Ireland went down by 7 wickets to Sri Lanka in their group match opener at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand on Saturday night.

Jamie Grassi’s 115-ball 75 and some late big-hitting from Josh Little and Aaron Cawley took Ireland past 200. When the same Cawley took two early wickets, the scent of victory was very much alive.

Ireland skipper Harry Tector won the toss and elected to bat, seeking to post a total that would put scoreboard pressure on the Sri Lankan chase. Despite an opening stand of 73 between Grassi and Mark Donegan (36), it took an 8th wicket stand of 34 between Little (25) and Cawley (9) to take Ireland to 206/8 off their 48 overs. The match was reduced to 48 overs a side after an hour’s play was lost to an early morning shower in Whangarei.

Ireland had the dream start in the field as Cork County’s Cawley took a wicket in each of his first two overs. In tandem with Little, Sri Lanka were in a little trouble at 16/2 off 6 overs. When Max Neville took a wicket of his own to reduce the Sri Lankans to 51/3, Ireland were well and truly in the game.

Speaking to ICC.com captain Harry Tector agreed. “We set a good platform, Mark Donegan and Jamie Grassi batted well up top, but we were unable to sort of kick on and get that big score to really put them under considerable pressure. And then we had them 9/2 and 51/3 and we were very much in the game.”

Sadly that was when Dhananjaya Lakshan and the captain Kamindu Mendis took over and brought the game away. Their unbeaten partnership of 157 saw Lakshan score a century and win Player of the Match before Mendis hit the winning runs.

As ever the Irish squad demonstrated their fight and spirit to continue battling in the field to the last.

Next Game

Pakistan on Tuesday January 16th at 10.30am. (9.30pm on Monday January 15th Irish time)

Ireland celebrate the wicket of Dhananjaya Lakshan (image: www.icc-cricket.com)

Ireland celebrate the wicket of Dhananjaya Lakshan (image: www.icc-cricket.com)

Ireland v Sri Lanka, U19 World Cup Group D

Cobham Oval, Whangarei, New Zealand

Ireland 206-8 (48/48 Overs) Jamie Grassi 75, Mark Donegan 36, Josh Little 25; Kamindu Mendis 3-35 lost to Sri Lanka 208-3 (37.3 overs) Dhananjaya Lakshan 101*, Kamindu Mendis 74*; Aaron Cawley 2-26, Max Neville 1-51, Harry Tector 0-40 by 7 wickets.

Match Highlights

https://www.icc-cricket.com/video/593994