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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The Dubliners had suffered a pre-game setback when fast bowler David Delany was withdrawn having tweaked a hamstring in Friday’s Wolves fixture.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)

 

2018 Summer Cricket Camps

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

cricket-summer-camps-2018Cork County Cricket Club will be hosting two Cricket Summer Camps during the months of July and August. The Summer Camps will last for 5 days (Monday to Friday) and take place between 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. daily under the supervision of our fully qualified coaches, Cormac Hassett and Jeremy Benton.

The Summer Camp will last for 5 days (Monday to Friday) and will take place on the following dates:

  • Week 1: 16th – 20th July
  • Week 2: 13th – 17th August

Cost

  • €100 per week
  • Discounts will be available for siblings

How to Register

If you wish to register for a place in either or both Cork Cricket Summer Camps then please contact Brenda Kennedy at Cork County Cricket Club, Richard Beamish Grounds, Mardyke, Cork or via the contact details below.

Contact Details

Brenda Kennedy (Youth Administrator)

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.”

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Subscription & Registration Evening

Monday, March 19th, 2018

We are only five short weeks away from what promises to be another exciting cricket season. Preparations for the new season have been ongoing since our AGM in December and the next few weeks will see activity levels at our club rise again as we move towards mid-April. I would like to thank all those who have assisted thus far, in particular those who organised and partook in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Our aim as a club is to constantly improve on our on-pitch performances at all levels and provide the best opportunity for playing members of all ages and abilities to play and enjoy competitive and social cricket.

In order to do so we need ongoing support through fundraising and sponsorship. Fantastic sponsorship opportunities are available to both individuals and businesses looking to support the development of cricket resources at all levels of the club to ensure ongoing development and future success. We would encourage any member who has a potential sponsorship lead to speak to a committee member or to visit the sponsorship page on our website.

We wish to inform members that 2018 membership subscriptions are now due at the rates detailed in the table below:

Type of Membership
Cost
Adult Full Playing €200
3rd Level Student (18+) €150
Schoolboy (15-18) €125
Unwaged €125
Youth (<15) €100
Pavilion €100
Family* €250

Notes:

* – Family Membership is 2 x Pavilion Members + 2 x Youth Members (+€50 for additional Youth members)

** – An additional €5 match fee will be apply to all players competing in home matches in MCU, LCU or National competitions, with funds going directly into cricket resources.

All fully paid up playing members will receive a new club playing shirt in every alternate year of their membership as part of their subscription package. Pavilion members will receive a free club cap or 50% discount on a club polo shirt in every alternate year as part of their subscription package. All new members will receive the appropriate shirt or cap in the year that they first join the club.

Subscriptions can be paid to the Treasurer David Griffin by cash or cheque. A registration evening has been organised for Sunday, 25th March, between 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. in the club bar. David and I will be on hand to collect subscriptions and if applicable, new membership forms. Members who would prefer to pay their membership in instalments should notify the Treasurer and the first instalment must be paid before the first match of the new season on Saturday, 21st April.

Alternatively, membership can be paid electronically to the following account:

  • Bank: Ulster Bank, St. Patrick’s Street, Cork
  • IBAN: IE74ULSB98548543678040
  • BIC: ULSBIE2D

Membership Form

 
On behalf of the Committee I would like to wish you all an enjoyable and successful 2018
season.
Yours sincerely,
Kevin O’Sullivan
Honorary Secretary
 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Cork County are delighted to be taking part in this years Cork St Patricks Festival with members of our Youth section accompanied by parents and adult members representing the club. #CorkGoesGreen

It’s a great opportunity to give the game of cricket a little exposure to the anticipated 50,000 visitors to the city on Saturday. Over 3,000 participants expected to take part tomorrow and it all begins at 1 p.m. so keep an eye out! The parade starts on the South Mall and moves up to the Grand Parade, along St. Patrick’s Street and finishes at Merchant’s Quay – just in time for the England v Ireland rugby match!

Full details: www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie

2018 Cork St. Patrick's Day Festival

Leinster Division 2 campaign opens away to Malahide

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Cork County will open the their Leinster Division 2 campaign against Malahide Cricket Club at the home of Irish cricket on Saturday, 21st April. The first fixture at the Mardyke will be against Balbriggan with two fixtures against Rush and Dublin University on the May bank holiday weekend before the visit of Strabane in the Irish Senior Cup. #WeAreCounty

Full list of fixtures can be viewed by clicking here.

2018 Leinster Division 2 Fixtures

Club Social: Talha’s Tandoori Night

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

LavishThe first big social night of 2018 sees Clubman of the Year, Talha Kayani, turning chef for the night (with the help of our sponsors Lavish) to serve up a feast of Asian cuisine including a hot dish or two for the aptly named Talha’s Tandoori Night! It all takes place on Friday, 16th February, in the clubhouse.

The buffet will begin serving from 6.30/7 p.m. onwards and will cost €10 per person with all proceeds going to club cricketing activities both on and off the field. There will also be drinks specials and raffles on the night so make sure you show your face.

Please indicate whether you will be able to attend to allow Talha to order the appropriate amount of ingredients for his Tandoori masterpiece! #WeAreCounty

talhas-tandoori-night

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.

Annual General Meeting – 4th December 2017

Monday, November 6th, 2017

All members are invited to the Annual General Meeting of Cork County Cricket Club takes place on Monday, 4th December 2017, commencing at 7.30 p.m. in the Clubhouse at the Mardyke, Cork.

The agenda of the meeting will be as follows:

  • Approval of AGM Minutes dated 5th December 2016
  • Secretary’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of Officers for 2018
  • Subscription levels for 2018
  • Amendments to Club Rules
  • Any other business

 
As always it is important that members make an effort to attend the AGM to stay engaged with the current issues facing the club and most importantly have your say in regard to its future progress.

Kind regards,

Kevin O’Sullivan
Honorary Secretary
 

Gary King scoops 2017 Player of the Year

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

The Annual Awards took place at the Mardyke on Sunday, 22nd October, which saw the top performers at all levels acknowledged for their efforts throughout the season.

Gary King scooped both the Senior Batsman and Player of the Year following some big performances during his inaugural season at the club. One of the highlights being a 150 in the Munster Senior Cup Final against Limerick.

Other notable winners include Abubakar Saddique who clinched the Senior Bowler of the Year while Daniel Kennedy received the ‘Most Promising Young Player’ award for his efforts as captain and bowler for the U15s.

The full list of winners are as follows:

  • Senior Player of the Year – Gary King
  • Senior Bowler of the Year – Abubakar Saddique
  • Senior Batsman of the Year – Gary King
  • 2nd XI Player of the Year – James Hunter
  • 3rd XI Player of the Year – Sajid Ali Khan
  • Most Promising Young Player – Daniel Kennedy
  • U15 Player of the Year – Rioghan O’Sullivan
  • U15 Batsman – Tahmid Alam
  • U15 Bowler – Tom Cullen
  • U12 Player of the Year – Sam Bailey
  • U12 Batsman – Jabir Rahman
  • U12 Bowler – Ifthikar Rizwaan
  • Club Person of the Year – Talha Kayani