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Carey named in Irish U17 Winter Training squad

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

d.carey-selection_squareCork County’s Diarmuid Carey has been named in the Cricket Ireland U17 winter training squad ahead of a busy schedule in 2018. 

The selection comes after an extremely impressive 2017 season during which Diarmuid became a mainstay of the 1st XI bowling attack with his consistent off spin and hard work.

20 players have been named at Under 7 level, and Lead Coach Nigel Jones can’t wait to help mould the next generation of Irish senior cricketers.

“I’m excited by the potential and balance of this squad,” said Jones. “Along with my fellow coaching group, we believe that we have selected an exciting group of players who will benefit greatly from an intense winter programme ahead of a busy 2018 schedule.

“The profile of the squad sees no fewer than eight players returning from the 2017 match programme and in addition to this we have named nine players who are effectively a year young qualifying for U16 level.  We believe that their (U16) development will be further supported by the returning squad players, who are essentially responsible for continuing to drive squad standards and culture, pushing this exciting group forward throughout 2018.

“I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Ireland U17 coaching management group to congratulate those who have been selected and to wish them well with the winter programme ahead,” concluded Jones.

Congratulations to Diarmuid on his well deserved selection and we wish him all the best in the months to come! 

U17 Winter Squad

Max Burton (NCU), Diarmuid Carey (MCU), Nathan Doak (NCU), JJ Garth (LCU), Gavin Hoey (LCU), James Hunter (NCU), Seanan Jones (MCU), Kyle Magee (NWCU), Reece Malone (NCU), Gregory McFaul (NWCU), Oliver Metcalfe (NCU), Cian Nulty (LCU), Marcus Poskitt (NWCU), Neil Rock (LCU), Scott Ruttle (LCU), Alex Stiles (LCU), Mitchell Thompson (LCU).

Matt Reed nominated for 2017 Groundsman of the Year

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Congratulations to Matt Reed on his well deserved nomination for the Notts Sports Groundsman of the Year at the Cricket Ireland Awards. We can’t praise his work highly enough. The standard of wickets and condition of the facilities at the Mardyke over recent years is a testament to his great work! Best of luck Matty! 

Full List of Nominations:

  • Turkish Airlines Men’s International Player of the Year: Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Paul Stirling. 
  • Hanley Energy Women’s International Player of the Year: Gaby Lewis, Rachel Delaney, Isobel Joyce. 
  • The Sunday Independent Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year Award: Jacob Mulder, Aoife Beggs, Rachel Delaney.
  • Hanley Energy Inter-Pro Player of the Year: George Dockrell, Kevin O’Brien, James Shannon. 
  • Flogas Male Youth International Player of the Year: Harry Tector, Josh Little, Graham Kennedy, Mitchell Thompson.
  • Devenish Female Youth International Player of the Year: Gaby Lewis, Orla Prendergast, Amy Hunter.
  • Shapoorji Pallonji Male Academy Player of the Year: James Shannon, Simi Singh
  • Shapoorji Pallonji Female Academy Player of the Year: Lara Maritz, Leah Paul.
  • Notts Sports Groundsman of the Year: Dale McDonough, Matt Reed, Trevor Hamilton.
  • IAA Official of the Year: Mary McElwee, Gerard O’Sullivan, Andrew Mooney.
  • Clear Treasury Coach of the Year: Julie Logue, Kamal Merchant, Ryan Eagleson.
  • Toyota Super 3s Player of the Year: Kim Garth, Laura Delany, Mary Waldron.
  • O’Neills Club Player of the Year: George Dockrell, Nigel Jones, David Rankin.
  • Tildenet Club of the Year: Waringstown CC, Ballyspallen CC, Limerick CC.

Oasis Volunteer of the Year, in honour of Derek Scott; Cricket Writer’s of Ireland Hall of Fame Award and Gibney’s Outstanding Contribution to Irish Cricket, in honour of John Wright to be announced on the night.

The winners of all the awards will be announced at the Cricket Ireland Awards on the evening of Friday, 17th November, in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, with live updates on Twitter @irelandcricket throughout the event.  

Clontarf await at All-Ireland T20 Finals Day

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

AIT20_SEMIS_A4-340x481A festival of cricket is promised for the inaugural All-Ireland T20 Finals Day on Sunday August 20th, as the four provincial winners face off to be crowned Ireland’s T20 champion for 2017. Bready, Clontarf, Cork County and Waringstown are the four sides who have made it through to finals day.

The two semi-finals will begin at 11am at Lisburn and Waringstown, while the final will take place at Waringstown with an anticipated start time of 4pm.

The draw for the semi-finals took place and threw up two intriguing ties;

Clontarf and Cork County will go head to head at Lisburn, while Bready and Waringstown will meet at The Lawn in the other semi-final.

Clontarf overcame Pembroke by just 3 runs in the LCU final, a half-century from Andrew Poynter (52) and 47 from Brad Barnes proving crucial.

Cork County were convincing victors in the MCU final taking just 9 overs to chase down a target of 81 to defeat Cork Harlequins by seven wickets.

Bready beat Coleraine by 9 wickets in the NWCU final with Irosh Samarasooriya taking 2-20 as Coleraine were restricted to 125/6 before hitting 66* to seal victory.

Waringstown toppled North Down by 26 runs in the NCU final, thanks in no small part to 101* off just 54 balls from James Hall.

All-Ireland T20 Semi-Finals, Sunday August 20th:

  • •  Waringstown v Bready at Waringstown CC, 11am
  • •  Clontarf v Cork County, at Lisburn CC, 11am
  • •  Final – Waringstown CC, 4pm anticipated start time



RedFM’s Big Red Bench 2017 Season Preview

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

RedFM’s Big Red Bench look ahead to the upcoming 2017 season which sees Cork County return to Leinster Division 1 after clinching promotion and the Division 2 title in dramatic style last season.

Ruairi O’Hagan chatted to Andy Wootton and Robert Duggan to get their thoughts on preparations and what to expect during the early stages of the new season. With a tough opening fixture away to fellow promoted side Leinster CC at Rathmines on Saturday, 22nd April, followed by an eagerly anticipated first home fixture against Champions Clontarf on Saturday, 29th April, it promises to be an exciting start to the season. #WeAreCounty



Girls/Ladies Section – Expression of Interest

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

One of Cork County Cricket Club’s goals for the 2017 season is to develop a girl’s/ladies section by creating a welcoming environment where girls can play and socialise at the Mardyke. In order to kick start this process we are reaching out to our existing and non members to ascertain the following as well as make some commitments to you:

1. Is there demand and Are there enough girls/ladies who want to play?

This is key for us as a club. We need a critical core group of players to set up a section for girls/ladies, so this is a key consideration for us ahead of the season.

2. Marketing

While we may get a core group of players it’s also vital that we get additional support and player numbers. We do this by marketing and primarily this is done via the network of parents at the clubs as well as at schools where Cork county are actively engaged in Cricket Ireland development programmes with links to multiple primary schools in the area. We will make sure our club is represented positively in schools and that girls know cricket is a genuine option for them.

3. First impressions count

We’re all affected by first impressions so we want to make sure what we’re offering lives up to your expectations, which is why your Opinion Counts. Let us know what you want from cricket and what you want in training sessions. We want all our members to feel engaged and have ownership in the club. We also want to make sure that those who engage with this process can feel proud of having helped develop our girls/ladies section themselves.

Ireland v Australia - WWT20 March 26th 2016 (source: Cricket Ireland)

4. Parents

You all have a part to play. As a father of a 6 year old daughter I know that cricket is not just a sport for boys, but most of our Mums and Dad’s who have kids at the club won’t have played cricket. However as many of you know, if you talk to members we are all prepared to spend time explaining the many benefits cricket offers. This is key to change assumptions.

5. Development

As far as we are aware we are the only club in Munster looking at setting up a girls/ladies section so game time will be limited this season. However, if we get a critical mass of players we do have extensive contacts in Leinster to be able to organise games as we look to get our first season underway.

Next Steps

Email me at to indicate that either you or your child would be interested in cricket this season. Following this we will hope to get a session at the club with Irish women’s international Ciara Metcalfe, who is available to offer up some time to try help promote women’s cricket in Munster, while also organising structured training sessions.

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Aaron Cawley receives scholarship to Denstone College

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Best of luck to Aaron Cawley who will be attending Denstone College for the remainder of the school term on a summer cricket scholarship. The move forms part of a Cricket Ireland Academy backed initiative for the young seam bowler who has a busy summer ahead for club, province and country!

Aaron will train and play with Denstone from mid-April to June under the tutelage of the very experienced Level-4 cricket coach Simon Guy and his performance team.

“Central to the importance of cricket at Denstone has been the recruitment of Director of Cricket Performance Simon Guy, one of the most experienced Level 4 coaches in the country. He has worked for England Under 17 and Under 19 following his 16-year career for Yorkshire and Suffolk.”


Full credit for this initiative goes to Peter Johnston of the Cricket Ireland Academy and head coaches Ryan Eagleson (Ireland U/19’s) and Nigel Jones (Ireland U/17’s) and, of course, Denstone College for arranging this unique opportunity.

Aaron will gain invaluable experience during his stay at the renowned college where, along with his academic studies, he will practice cricket daily with top coaches and have unrestricted access to Denstone’s state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor cricket facilities. He will also play several T-20 and 50 over games a week, including some two-day fixtures.

It’s a rear and unique opportunity but he will miss some important early games this season for his club Cork County, who, after excellent performances in LCU Div 2 last season won outright promotion to Div 1. However, Aaron will return a much stronger player when the college term finishes (and during the mid-term break).

Cork County awarded 2016 Irish Club of the Year

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

2016 Club of the Year - Cork County Cricket ClubCork County are the winners of the prestigious Tildenet Club of the Year Award after a superb 2016 season for the Munster club during which in addition to winning the Leinster Division Two title, they also retained the Munster Premier Division title.

The Leinster Division 2 triumph included nine straight wins which saw the Leesiders overcome hot favourites Leinster CC and clinch automatic promotion back to Division 1. Success in the Munster Premier Division saw County remain unbeaten in the competition and safely reain their league crown. The 1st XI’s T20 side, the Cork County Rebels, also retained their Senior T20 League title without a loss in the competition.

The Leinster Division 2 triumph was also the clubs second Leinster league title in four seasons following their Division 3 triumph in 2013.

This award is the result of all the hard work and commitment of players, supporters, committee members, sponsors and volunteers who have made Cork County the great club it is today. Not forgetting those members who have passed away over recent years.

Other awards handed out on the night saw Ireland stars Ed Joyce and Ciara Metcalfe have been rewarded for impressive international seasons by being named winners of the top prizes at the 2016 KPC Group Cricket Ireland Awards.

Joyce fought off tough competition from Kevin O’Brien and Tim Murtagh to claim the KPC Group International Men’s Player of the Year award. He scored 522 runs during the qualification period at an average of 58, scoring two centuries against Afghanistan. It’s a hat-trick for Joyce, who previously won the award in 2013 and 2015.

Ciara Metcalfe scooped the International Women’s Player of the Year award,  beating off the challenge of Isobel Joyce and Kim Garth. The Hills’ leg-spinner Metcalfe was rewarded after an excellent season saw her take 22 wickets at just 15.59, helping Ireland to wins over both South Africa and Bangladesh. She also took 4 for 15 against Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup.

Barry McCarthy is this year’s Sunday Independent Aengus Fanning Emerging Player of the Year. The 24 year-old enjoyed a remarkable debut season in international cricket, taking 18 ODI wickets in just eight matches, including four-wicket hauls against Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Former Ireland wicket-keeper Paul Jackson became the 13th inductee to the Cricket Ireland Hall of Fame, which is voted for by the Cricket Writers of Ireland. Jackson joins fellow Irish cricketing legends Simon Corlett, Mike Halliday, Stephen Warke, Ivan Anderson, Gerry Duffy, Ginger O’Brien, Ossie Colhoun, Roy Torrens, Dougie Goodwin, Jack Short, Alf Masood and Alec O’Riordan.

Full details of the 2016 Cricket Ireland can be viewed by clicking here.

The winning line up from the 5th Annual Cricket Ireland Awards! #CIAwards2016

Club Treasurer, David Griffin, and Club President, Kieran Aherne, pictured with the other 2016 Cricket Ireland Award winners


Full List of Award Winners:

  • KPC Group International Men’s Player of the Year – Ed Joyce
  • International Women’s Player of the Year – Ciara Metcalfe
  • Aengus Fanning Sunday Independent International Emerging Player of the Year – Barry McCarthy
  • Flogas Junior Player of the Year – Lorcan Tucker
  • Shapoorji Pallonji Academy Player of the Year – Josh Little
  • Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Player of the Year – John Anderson
  • Toyota Super 3’s Player of the Year – Eimear Richardson
  • O’Neills Club Player of the Year –  John Anderson
  • Notts Sports Coach of the Year – Rob O’Connor
  • IAA Official of the Year – Paul Reynolds
  • Tildenet Club of the Year – Cork County
  • Oasis Group Volunteer of the Year – Herbie Honohan
  • Gibneys Outstanding Contribution to Irish Cricket Award – Eddie Lewis
  • Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame Award – Paul Jackson


Aaron Cawley named in U17 & U19 Ireland squads

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Cricket Ireland have named both U17 and U19 Winter Training squads ahead of a crucial period for the respective age groups.

Cork County’s Aaron Cawley has been rewarded with a place in both Irish winter training squads following impressive performances with the ball for the club in Leinster Division 2 and for the Ireland U17 side during their tour of the UK last season.


Ireland U19 Squad

2017 is particularly vital for Ryan Eagleson’s Under 19 side as they attempt to qualify for the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand.

The former Irish international has named a squad of 18 for the winter programme, including Ireland’s latest cap – left-arm paceman Josh Little from Pembroke.

“With the 2018 Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand the prize, a big summer lies ahead for the squad,” said Lead Coach Eagleson.

“The qualifying tournament will take place in August with the winner getting the “golden ticket” of a place at the World Cup so there is so much at stake.

“Harry Tector, Josh Little and Varrun Chopra played at this year’s World Cup in Bangladesh so they know what to expect at that level. There is good continuity within the youth set-up with 12 members of last year’s successful under 17’s named in the group.”

The Ireland U19 squad in full is as follows:

  • Ian Anders (Phoenix/LCU)
  • Dean Brogan (Rush/LCU)
  • Jack Burton (Carrickfergus/NCU)
  • Jack Carson (Waringstown/NCU)
  • Aaron Cawley (Cork County/MCU)
  • Varun Chopra (Coleraine/NW)
  • Mark Donegan (The Hills/LCU)
  • Jamie Grassi (North County/LCU)
  • Reece Kelly (Bready/NW)
  • Graham Kennedy (Ballyspallen/NW)
  • Josh Little (Pembroke/LCU)
  • Sam Murphy (YMCA/LCU)
  • Max Neville (Merrion/LCU)
  • Connor O’Gorman (Leinster/LCU)
  • Sam Streek (YMCA/LCU)
  • Harry Tector (YMCA/LCU)
  • Morgan Topping (Waringstown/NCU)
  • Andrew Vincent (Clontarf/LCU)


Ireland U17 Squad

Cricket Ireland also announced its U17 training squad, with Lead Coach Nigel Jones and his fellow coaches naming 19 players for the winter schedule.

The squad included three Munster representatives following impressive performances for club, province and country last season with Kaasim Baloch (Limerick), Aaron Cawley (Cork County) and Seanan Jones (Cork Harlequins) all getting the call up for a busy 2017 season. It will be Aaron’s second season with the U17 squad following an impressive 2016 with club and country.

The squad is clearly a talented group with no fewer than eight players also included in the older Under 19 squad as well.

Jones is excited at the talented grouping and is expecting strong performances from his young charges in the coming months.

“I along with my fellow coaching group believe that we have an exciting group of players to work with,” said Jones. “There are no fewer than eight players returning from the 2016 Ireland U17 programme and in addition to this we have named nine players who are only 16 years old and eligible next year as well.

“We believe that their development will be further supported by the returning squad players who will be responsible for setting the standards and pushing this exciting group of players forward into the 2017 season.

“I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Ireland U17 coaching management group to congratulate all those who have been selected and to wish them well with the winter programme ahead.”

The Ireland U17 squad in full is as follows:

  • Ian Anders (Phoenix/LCU)
  • Kaasim Baloch (Limerick/MCU)
  • Eoin Barron (Railway Union/LCU)
  • Jack Carson (Waringstown/NCU)
  • Aaron Cawley (Cork County/MCU)
  • Varun Chopra (Coleraine/NW)
  • Adam Clarke (Templepatrick/NCU)
  • JJ Garth (Pembroke/LCU)
  • Seanan Jones (Cork Harlequins/MCU)
  • Josh Little (Pembroke/LCU)
  • James McClean (Ballymena/NCU)
  • Gregory McFaul (Bready/NW)
  • Rory McGovern (YMCA/LCU)
  • Max Neville (Merrion/LCU)
  • Cian Nulty (Balbriggan/LCU)
  • Marcus Poskitt (Coleraine/NW)
  • Neil Rock (Rush/LCU)
  • Harry Tector (YMCA/LCU)
  • Andrew Vincent (Clontarf/LCU)


County clinch Leinster Division 2 title in dramatic style

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

IMG_0204Cork County clinched their first Leinster Division 2 title following a dramatic afternoon of action both at the Mardyke and in Rathmines. The standings prior to the final round of games saw Leinster in first position on 222.5 points while County were not too far behind on 218 points. A win for Cork County against Balbriggan at the Mardyke would at least confirm a promotion playoff place against the second bottom team in Division 1 and depending on the result of the Leinster v Terenure fixture, could even clinch the title!

Balbriggan also had their eyes firmly on a promotion playoff place and so the final fixture at the Mardyke would prove pivotal to both teams. Winning the toss, Cork County skipper Stephan Grobler had no hesitation putting the visitors in to bat following a delayed start due to the wet ground conditions.

The 32 over a side game got off to a flyer with Balbriggan openers, Warsop and Ahmed, taking the attack to the County bowlers at almost a run a ball. After the dismissal of Warsop, overseas professional Farrukh continued the frantic pace with some fiercely struck cut shots off the bowling of Morne Bauer.

Once Junaid Amin took the prized wicket of Farrukh (30) which left Balbriggan on 98-4, the Cork County attack continued to take wickets at regular intervals to reduce the visitors to 135 all out. The spin twins of Abubakar Saddique (3-26) and Stephan Grobler (3-13) inflicting most of the damage to the Balbriggan middle and lower order.

In response, Cork County lost their skipper Grobler (11) with the score on 22 and he was soon followed by the in-form Bauer to LBW for just 2. Hassett joined Ross Durity at the crease and the two went about rebuilding the innings putting on 45 for the third wicket before Hassett fell victim to a sharp short pitched delivery from Nulty.

Duggan and Durity continued the rebuilding job and looked to be guiding the home side to within touching distance of the 136 required to win with both batsmen scoring reasonably freely. While looking to cut a short of length delivery from Nulty, Duggan directed it a little finer than he hoped and found the safe hands of Paddy Martin in the slips leaving County on 93-4.

Ross DurityWith plenty of batting to come, it was hoped that the remaining 43 runs shouldn’t prove too difficult but a mini collapse by the lower middle order caused much anxiety in the crowd with Mubeen Ali (5), Abubakar Saddique (4) and Aidan Kelleher (1) all falling cheaply to leave the home side on 119-7 and still requiring another 19 runs to win and overs to go rapidly disappearing.

After reaching an excellent half century despite the fall of wickets at the other end, Durity (51) was caught and bowled by Farrukh while looking to take the attack to the spinner which left County needing 8 to win with two wickets remaining. The clam heads of Tim Clifford and Junaid Amin saw County home to a nail biting 2 wicket win with just 5 balls remaining and confirm their place in the promotion playoff.

However, the drama wasn’t done just yet! Leinster and Terenure were still scraping it out in Rathmines with Terenure closing in on the target of 136 to win (ironically the same as what Cork County had to chase). The final over saw Terenure requiring 10 to win – in the event they managed 9 and a tie which denied Leinster the crown.

Leinster will now play-off for promotion against either Railway Union or Merrion for the Division One slot, while Cork County are automatically promoted as Leinster Division 2 CHAMPIONS!!!

Leinster Division 2:

Cork County 136-8 (Durity 51, K Bilal 3-37, Nulty 3-27) beat Balbriggan 135 all out (Mehdi 33, Farrukh 30, Grobler 3-13, Saddique 3-26) by 2 wickets at the Mardyke.  scorecard

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League Tables Cricket Leinster 05-09-2016

Aaron Cawley selected in Irish U17 squad for Scotland & England tour

Monday, July 18th, 2016

aaron-cawley-u17Cork County’s Aaron Cawley has been named in a 13-player Ireland U17 squad which will take on traditional rivals Scotland in four games, before travelling south to face Worcestershire in a further five matches in August

The side will be captained by Harry Tector of YMCA with players from 11 different clubs across fall four Unions.

“We feel we have selected a well-balanced side that offers a variety of options in all three disciplines,” said Head Coach Nigel Jones.  “With a view to an Under 19 World Cup in 2018 time our side reflects a long-term goal to develop, with no fewer than eight  players available for selection in next seasons Under 17 series.

“As well as this a number of our squad have experience playing with the U19’s – three players having participated in theU19 World Cup earlier this year in Bangladesh.”

Assistant coach Niall McDonnell added: “We have thoroughly enjoyed working with this talented group of young men for the past eight months.  There are many dedicated and intrinsically motivated players who seek to forge a career in cricket.

“As a management team we share a philosophy to develop the person in order to develop a player.  With this in mind, it is great to see that so many of our players from the winter training programme have produced performances to merit selection, whilst equally pleasing to see two players selected as reserves who were not initially part of this squad.

“As always when working with a group of young people we are mindful that some will be disappointed, we hope to continue to help these players develop and thank the players and their parents for such outstanding support over the recent months.”

Ireland U17 Squad
Harry Tector (captain) (YMCA), Jamie Grassi (vice captain) (North County),  Ian Anders (Phoenix),  Aaron Cawley (Cork County), Varun Chopra (Coleraine), Reece Kelly (Bready), Graham Kennedy (Ballyspallen),  Josh Little (Pembroke),  Sam Murphy (YMCA), Max Neville (Merrion), Morgan Topping (Waringstown), Andrew Vincent (Clontarf), Jonathan Waite (Waringstown).


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