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Sports Hub Announced as Apparel Supplier

Friday, February 3rd, 2023

Cork County Cricket Club is excited to announce a three-year agreement with Sports Hub as its official apparel supplier. Sports Hub, one of the largest cricket stores in Ireland, will provide top-quality gear to players of all levels, ensuring they look and perform their best on the pitch.

This partnership marks a significant step forward for Cork County Cricket Club, as players will now have access to the latest and greatest club apparel and the agreement will provide members with exclusive discounts and offers, making it easier for them to stay equipped for success.

“We are thrilled to have Sports Hub on board as our official apparel supplier,” said Abubakar Saddique, Club Captain. “Sports Hub has a long-standing reputation for providing top-notch cricket gear, and we are excited to offer our members access to their products. This partnership will benefit our players in a big way, allowing them to perform at their best on the pitch.”

With the support of Sports Hub, Cork County Cricket Club is poised for a successful season and beyond. The club is dedicated to providing a safe, supportive environment at the Mardyke where players of all ages and abilities can grow and excel in the sport they love.

So, get ready to take your game to the next level with the latest gear from Sports Hub. Join Cork County Cricket Club today and be a part of a community that is dedicated to promoting the sport of cricket and developing future stars.

Viat Sports Hub at kbsportshub.ie

The Best of 2022 Countdown

Sunday, January 1st, 2023

Welcome to our ‘Best of 2022’ countdown! Each year, we reflect on the amazing moments and achievements of the past season. As we count down from number 10 to the top spot, relive the most memorable moments of 2022.

  • #10 – To kick off our look back on 2022, the completion of the net bay construction is certainly a big highlight from the year and has proved to be a huge asset to the club and our members.
  • #9 – A colourful return to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade after a two year gap with a large and energised turnout from the youth section. It was great to see cricket on the streets of #Cork with the Lord Mayor also joining in!
  • #8 – Acknowledging some of the wonderful individual and team performances throughout the season. Too many to choose from — nail-biting match winners, 5 wicket hauls, 50s, 100s… Well done to everyone!
  • #7 – A wonderful finale to the season for the youth section with recognition of achievements at all levels with the U13s and U15s collecting their Munster trophies and medals. A fitting way to celebrate a successful season!
  • #6 – A first Division 3 title for Bilal Ahsan and his 4th XI squad was just reward following a challenging league campaign. Congrats to Bilal and the whole squad on a terrific effort throughout the highs & lows of the season!
  • #5 – The club competed in two All- Ireland Youth Semi-Finals, a first for any Munster club side. Though both results didn’t go our way, the boys and girls on both sides can be proud of their achievements. Well done to all involved!
  • #4 – Once again the Mardyke was looking pristine with some excellent wickets produced throughout the summer. Matt, Francois and the team helped maintain the very high standards that are often taken for granted at the Mardyke.
  • #3 – A first Division 1 title since 2010 ended a long wait for the club with 10 wins, 2 defeats and 2 No results ensuring the 2nd XI finished top of the pile. Well done to Rob Duggan and the squad for their efforts throughout the campaign.
  • #2 – A huge shout out to all of the hard work and organisation of the volunteers and coaches who helped make each of the youth levels function so well from the beginners at ‘Give It A Bash’ and the Softball Academy right up to the U17s.
  • #1 – Number 1 in our countdown has to be the wonderful memorial match in honour of the late, great Dermot Giltinan. For many, it was a chance to remember the great man and pay tribute to his legacy in the game of cricket in Cork and beyond.

Exceptional youth success celebrated at the Mardyke

Monday, September 26th, 2022

On an autumnal Friday evening at the Mardyke, more than 80 excited kids celebrated an exceptional season representing Cork County Cricket Club at various youth levels in Munster competitions.

After a full season of cricket, teams at U11, U13 and U15 gathered to receive their trophies and medals, and enjoy their end-of-season party, organised by Sukhi Byrne and the youth committee.

Cork County Chairman, Peter Dineen, presented U11 medals to delighted players and commented “This is a great evening for the club, and thoroughly deserved by all the players and parents. The founding father of our youth section, Dermot Giltinan, passed away just over a year ago, and he would be so proud of the youth section today.

John Buss, Operations Manager at Munster Cricket, was on hand to present the U13 and U15 trophies in the Munster Super Leagues and T20 competitions.

Cork County made a clean-sweep at U13 and U15 this year, a testament to the hard work of coaches Steve Ross, Mick Hull and Bruce Newton. Both teams went on to represent Munster at All-Ireland level, where anomalies in regulations saw them face older teams in away fixtures.  Cricket Ireland has promised to iron these out for next year.

The U13 T20 was won by the Cork County Sharks, captained by Cillian Ross, and the U13 Super League was won by the Cork County U13s captained by Mark Donnelly.

At the U15 level, Cork County won both competitions and was captained by Cronan Healy-Browne.

John Buss from Munster Cricket praised the players for their hard work in training and the great spirit they showed in the competitions. He praised the club and youth committee for their efforts in coaching, training and supporting their players.

The youth section at Cork County continues to thrive and a full programme of winter training will commence in the coming weeks. Older youth players continue to develop. Exposure at the adult level, as well as youth interprovincials, saw the likes of Niall Donnelly (16) make his first team debut during the final round of competitive fixtures, and there’s plenty more talent waiting to prove themselves.

The cricket season comes to an end this weekend and Matt Reed, the club Grounds Manager, will get to work preparing for next season when Cork County hope to build on a very successful season.








Cork County reach two All-Ireland Youth Semi-finals

Thursday, September 1st, 2022

On a balmy August evening last year, the Cork County Colts team, 4th year schools and below, were presented with their trophy and medals, having won the Leinster Colts league. It’s all about developing youth cricket. Given that cricket has been played in The Mardyke since the 1850’s, you might ask what more needs to be developed, and such are the travails of sport.

Dermot Giltinan, ‘The Galt’, championed cricket for decades, and his recent star-studded Memorial match testified to the esteem in which he was held. But like the Olympics, the torch needs to be carried by many. Brenda Kennedy, Veena O’Sullivan, John Simon and others have all championed the cause for several years, and on that evening last August, the current Senior Youth Coach, Steve Ross, looked at the trophy and the happy smiling faces and vowed to replicate that success.

Cork County U15 team

True to his steely word, the U13s and U15s won the Munster Super League campaigns at their age grade.

On Sunday 4th, and Saturday 10th September the U13s and U15s, respectively, will travel to Dublin to play Pembroke and Phoenix in the All-Ireland semi-final of their competitions.

Over the past four years, Steve Ross with his trademark quiet, direct style has coached, mentored and developed a squad of novices into committed and dedicated players. His coaching style is unrelenting and determined. Tough training, high standards and total commitment are his watchwords – and you reap what you sow. As with all good teams, the leader is only as good as the team around them, and Mick Hull (U15 Coach), Bruce Newton and former Munster U15 Coach, Abdul Jabbar Younus, have been instrumental in developing the U15 squad of players. 1st team captain Ross Durity and 2nd team captain Rob Duggan have also been generous with their time to support coaches when needed.

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Qualification came via wins against Limerick City, Limerick Blasters, Cork Harlequins and Galway CC in both leagues. All of which were tough games but an All-Ireland semi-final is another level again. Cricket in Dublin is so good that it has produced Eoin Morgan, Kevin and Niall O’Brien and Ed Joyce – world-class cricket players. Harry Terctor leads the charge for the next generation.

It’s a tough ask to travel to Dublin to play away fixtures against the strong Leinster champions, but to borrow a phrase from Declan Kidney, “pressure is a privilege”.

Regardless of results in Dublin, the Cork County U13s and U15s are Munster Champions in their respective Munster Super Leagues.

A possible Schools League, played in September, is further testament to the growth of cricket in Cork – and it’s no surprise that there’s lots of cricket on The Mardyke, after all, “its’ where we sported and played…!”

Fixtures:

Sunday 04 September, U13 All-Ireland Semi-final
Pembroke CC v Cork County CC

Saturday 10 September, U15 All-Ireland Semi-final
Phoenix CC v Cork County CC








Dermot J. Gilitinan Memorial Match

Monday, July 11th, 2022

As President of Cork County Cricket Club for the 2022 season, I would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to the Memorial Match for our late esteemed member Dermot J. Giltinan between a Cork County XI and an Ed Joyce XI on Wednesday, 27th July, starting at 2 p.m.

However, it is not merely another match. It will be a further celebration of Dermot’s life and his immense contribution to Cork, Munster and Irish cricket over the years. It will counterpoint the Memorial Service held for Dermot at the club on Saturday afternoon, 9th April, which was so wonderfully organised by our very own Ali Khan.

It will be an opportunity for you to renew acquaintances with old friends and meet new ones. The match will be augmented by a Q & A session conducted by our old friend Alan Lewis and the man answering the questions will, of course, be Ed Joyce, another old friend of Dermot and the club.

In conclusion, I look forwards to seeing you and your family on the day if you can make it.

With warmest personal regards.

Yours sincerely,

Mortimer Kelleher
President

 

Dermot Giltinan Memorial Match








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)








New Youth Committee for 2022 season

Monday, January 24th, 2022

Following the club AGM last December, the process of selecting a new Youth Committee for the upcoming 2022 season began. Sukhi Byrne was duly elected as the new Vice-Chairperson and will be the acting Chair until one is appointed.

Pat Donnelly who held the role of YC Chairperson indicated that he wished to step down and so a new committee was formed to carry on the excellent work that Pat had been undertaking in his role for the previous two years. Pat had overseen significant growth in the youth section and the establishment of regular events and camps to increase engagement and access to coaching for your members. 2021 saw the first ‘Give It A Bash For Girls’ event and also the Colts side winning their Leinster Boys Colts B League, a first Leinster title for the club at youth level. 

The new Youth Committee will be as follows:

  • Sukhi Byrne (Vice-Chairperson)
  • Robbie Mason (Coaching Coordinator)
  • Simon Blake (Internal League Coordinator)
  • Nick Tulloch (Internal League Coordinator)
  • Tom Spalding (Munster Liasion Officer)
  • Steve Ross (Munster Liasion Officer)
  • Susan O’Connell (Parents Liason & Child Liaison Officer)
  • Stephen Byrne (Parents Liason Officer)
  • Beth Brint (Welfare Officer)

If you have any queries regarding Youth cricket then please contact us at youth@corkcountycricketclub.com.
 
Sukhi Byrne
 
 








A few words from 2022 Club President – Mortimer Kelleher

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

As a Mardyke man born and bred it is a great honour for me to be elected President of Cork County Cricket Club for the forthcoming 2022 Season. One way or another I have had an association with the Club going back to 1973 when the world was a completely different place to what it is now. It is my earnest intention to do my very best for the Club in the coming year. It is my great hope that the Club will go from strength to strength in the coming years particularly with our 150th Anniversary in 2024 on the horizon.

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While I attended the Annual General Meeting on Zoom last December I was manifestly unable to unmute myself. Henceforth I will bear the epithet Mortimer the Silent!. That is a turn up for the books!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing President, Mr. Kieran Aherne for his sterling service to the Club over a period of some 16 years. Kieran was and will continue to be, a great ambassador for our sport.

Exactly the same can be said for our outgoing Honorary Treasurer Mr. David Griffin who has served our great Club in this capacity, largely unsung, since 1985. It is a great honour for me to be President of the Club the same year that David assumes the mantle of President of Cricket Ireland.

I look forward to seeing both Kieran and David at the Club and elsewhere throughout the year.

It would be remiss of me not to congratulate Peter Dineen on his election as Chairman of the Club. He very ably filled this role at provincial level just a few years ago and has also been involved at Cricket Ireland level. On a personal note, Peter is the first person that I remember meeting when I passed through the gates for the first time almost 50 years ago.

I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the late, great Dermot Giltinan who departed this life on the 14th of October last. Since I can remember he has epitomised the Cricket Club for me. His sister Deirdre has indicated to me that the family would like to hold a Memorial Service in the Club sometime in the Spring.

Finally, I wish all our members, patrons and supporters a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a prosperous and Cricket-filled New Year.

Mortimer Kelleher

President – Cork County Cricket Club
2022 Season

14th December 2021








2021 Leinster Season Preview

Friday, June 4th, 2021

  • Club Captain: Ross Durity
  • Players In: Byron McDonough & Swaroop Burra
  • Young Players to watch: Eshan O’Sullivan & Sunil Gautam

2021 promises to be a fresh start for Cork County who had to sit out the 2020 Leinster season due to the logistical restrictions imposed by Covid last summer.

The club had a relatively successful season by winning the Munster T20 competition and then giving eventual winners YMCA a scare in the All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final.

Ross Durity returns as club captain to bring a wealth of experience and leadership to the side with some talented all-rounders including Rudolph Pollard, Abubakar Saddique and Alex Gasper complimented by the Munster Heat contingent of Harvey Wootton, Diarmuid Carey and Byron McDonough.

Youngsters Eshan O’Sullivan and Sunil Gautam had the opportunity to get another season of experience under their belt in 2020 and will be hoping to continue their development this summer by aiming to become regular features in the side over the coming months.

 

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Ross Durity added: “With no overseas professional this season, it will very much be a squad effort and the attitude thus far in an ultra-condensed ‘pre-season’ has been excellent despite the weather! The attitude of the squad has been top class since we resumed training and with a very much a settled squad from last summer, we hope to cause a surprise or two this season.

“The early T20 competition will be a good test for the squad against some quality opposition so will give us a good indication of where we are and where we can improve. We’re all keen to get back to the 50 over format having missed out on that last summer so I think all the lads are looking forward to that in July onwards.”

Despite the poor recent weather and the rescheduling of IP fixtures, groundsman Matt Reed has got The Mardyke in good nick and we are certainly looking forward to welcoming clubs throughout the year and hopefully, some supporters later in the summer if the guidance allows.

The action kicks off on Bank Holiday Monday with Clontarf as visitors to the Mardyke.

(source: cricketeurope.com)

 

 








2020 Christmas Raffle

Monday, December 7th, 2020

We are delighted to launch the 2020 Club Christmas Raffle with some fantastic prizes up for grabs including the chance to win an eyewatering 2 Nights B&B at the River Lee Hotel in Cork, a €150 voucher for Meadows & Byrne, complimentary 2021 Club Membership among many others.

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All proceeds from the raffle are going directly to the construction of two permanent net bays with artificial wicket surfaces in the southeast corner of the ground opposite the Pavilion. The new training facility would allow youth and adults to improve their game in a friendly and safe environment in an almost year-round basis.

Preparations for the construction of these net bays are at an advanced stage and we hope to begin construction as soon as ground conditions allow.

Your support would be greatly appreciated and go directly to support all our members in their goal to practice and play their best at Cork County Cricket Club.

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Draw will take place on 20th December 2020 at 8:00pm.