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Eshan O’Sullivan Lord’s it up at MCC Academy

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

My first memory of seeing the Lords cricket ground was when I went to see Ireland play England. I was 5 years old then. Now I am 14 and I was there this time to have some coaching at the Marylebone Cricket Club Academy. I was honoured to be there as one of two kids from Munster as I knew this was a great opportunity and I feel very grateful to Munster Cricket Union. I was both nervous and excited to head over to London.

My first day, I arrived early, waited in the café. As I looked out on the nursery ground, I saw the Middlesex team training, well known players like Eoin Morgan, Stephen Finn, Dawid Malan, Paul Stirling and Tim Murtagh were all there looking relaxed. It was fascinating to see a professional squad train up close.

Eshan O'Sullivan & Harry Egerton at the MCC Academy

When I entered the training arena, I realised how massive it was. They had very advanced equipment like many bowling machines that could bowl different variations of seam and spin like the Merlin etc.  We had 3 coaches and they started with an introduction to our day. We did some basic fielding and warm up drills. Harry Egerton from Waterford and I won both fielding competitions, this gave us confidence.

We got divided into different groups and we had a regular nets session where we took turns to bat and bowl. Most of the boys were 15 years old and were mostly from London. It was good to see the standard for my age group in England. I was shown some technical things that I could adjust with my batting and bowling. We concluded the day by playing a mini game. I was on a hat trick and finished with 5 wickets. I only got to face 4 balls and I scored 12 runs. I felt confident at the end of the day and went home tired, but I was excited about going back for the second day.

Eshan O'Sullivan at Lord's

 

I had to wake at 6:30 am, carry my kit and travel for an hour and a half in a crowded train and tube to get to Lords. I was lucky that the sun was shining both days. This meant we could start Day 2 by training on the Nursery before the Middlesex team came for their session. This was a real treat. The grass was green and neat, the wicket looked really nice and we were allowed to field against the backdrop of the famous Lord’s Media Centre. Again, the Middlesex stars were all around and it was unbelievable that we were sat next to them. We padded up and this time the coaches had set up 8 nets, each net had a different drill. 7 of the nets had a bowling machine.

I enjoyed all the nets. I loved ‘the Paceman’ the most as the ball was set to 70 miles per hour and it was a joy to face. It could swing sometimes, and I loved that! I really like it when the ball comes on to the bat. After lunch they took us on a lovely tour of Lords, we sat in the high chairs in the famous Long room. There were so many memorabilia from the past. I even got to go to the English dressing room which has been done up for the upcoming World Cup.

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I got to stand on the famous balcony too. The dressing room had all the statistics of the famous players. They told us that we too could aspire to play for the MCC when we turned 18. We would need to show our potential and if the selectors felt there was some promise then we would get in and that would mean we could play for 5 years and become a member of the MCC. I know that is a big ask but I could not help but leave dreaming about how exciting things could be. I also left feeling more determined to keep improving my game and do whatever it takes to be good.

The 2019 season is about to begin, and this is where I must start, playing for my club, Cork County, maybe even for Munster and then hope for the best. I cannot wait!

 

Picket Club launched for new fence construction

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Cork County Cricket Club is excited to announce the creation of ‘Club Picket’. This project will involve the continuation of a white picket fence along the boundary of the iconic Richard Beamish Grounds in Cork.

As a supporter, you’re now able to etch your name in the history of the Mardyke and buy into this development and further improve one of the most picturesque sporting venues in Ireland.

The Picket Club | Cork County Cricket Club

Not only will you be supporting Cork County Cricket Club, but you will also experience further benefits such as:

  • Name located on a plaque on your own 2-meter section on picket fence.
  • Name listed on the ‘Picket Club’ page on www.corkcountycricketclub.com.

How to get involved

The following are the two options in which you can support the cause:

  1. €200 Special Offer – Two Plaques Located on the numbers of your choice on the picket fence.
  2. €125 – One Plaque located on the picket fence.
  3. €100 per picket for orders greater than 2.

With this, you can help assure the success of Cricket at Cork County continues to grow and assist in helping the club become the leaders of cricket in Ireland. Cork County will be able to continue with many exciting plans throughout the club and carry on expanding significant operations.

Registration

To register your interest in being part of this initiative then please fill out our online Registration Form below or via Google Forms:

Register Online

Please do not hesitate to contact regarding any questions about the initiate.

Jeremy Benton

Jeza391@hotmail.com | +353 (083) 002 7381

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Big turnout at first Youth Open Day

Monday, April 29th, 2019

The first Youth Open Day of 2019 proved to be a huge success with over 45 kids in attendance at the Mardyke for a fun-filled session of cricket activities and drills.

It was great to see both boys and girls from across Cork City and beyond turning up to learn more about the game of cricket and many get involved.

A huge thanks to Steve Ross and Duncan Mackenzie for organising and also to Jim Doran, Sid Joshi, John Power & Frank Kennedy who assisted the coaching team.

Cork County caters for kids of all ages (5-15+) so if you’re interested then please contact us at ccyouthcricket@gmail.com

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.

CricketEurope 2018 LCU Preview: Cork County

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

  • Captain: Cormac Hassett
  • Overseas Player: Jeremy Benton (NZ)
  • Players in: Jeremy Benton, Shelford Meads, Atif Bashir
  • Players Out: Stephan Grobler, Gary King & Marc Smith
  • Young Players to watch: Diarmuid Carey, Aaron Cawley

Cork County 1 v Pembroke at the Mardyke, August 2018.After the highs of winning Division Two in 2016, Cork County came back down to earth enduring a tough campaign in the top flight which saw them relegated.

However there are grounds for optimism as they have some talented young cricketers who will join the regulars and three new faces who it’s hoped will compensate for the loss of Stephan Grobler and Gary King who were two big players for the Munstermen.

Diarmuid Carey and Aaron Cawley are two of the brightest talents at the club, and club spokesperson Rob Duggan has high hopes for both.

“Diarmuid had a real breakthrough season with the ball in 2017 in what was his first full season with the 1st XI and held his own against Leinster Division 1 opposition. His performances by the slow left armer against some of the best batsmen in Leinster certainly caught the eye of the Irish selectors and earned him a well earned call up to the Irish U17 winter training squad. He certainly has the right attitude and desire to continue his improvement and to build on his form with the ball last season and add some important runs with the bat.

Aaron Cawley takes 2 wickets v Sri Lanka

“Aaron Cawley is coming off the back of an exciting winter with the Irish U19 squad as they took part in the World Cup in NZ and did everyone proud with some fantastic performances in the competition. Aaron proved to be a key member in the Irish seam attack which now sees him training with the Irish Wolfhounds squad. Unfortunately, due to representative commitments and injury Aaron missed much of our season in Division 1 which proved to be a big void to fill but hopefully he’ll be back leading our attack in 2018 and providing some crucial runs in our middle order.

The club’s pre-season preparations, like most clubs, have been hampered badly by the weather.

“With no suitable indoor practice facilities in the Munster region our pre-season has been badly affected by the extremely poor weather during the late winter/early spring period which has seen groundwork behind where groundsman Matt Reed would like it.”

Duggan is cautiously optimistic about Cork’s chances of further silverware for the forthcoming campaign.

“Following the whirlwind 2016 season which saw us clinch the Leinster Division 2 title and Cricket Ireland Club of the Year, 2017 proved to be a challenging one with the challenge of competing in Division 1 with a thin squad.

“Injuries and non availability at various stages proved costly and the season never really gained momentum.

“Locally, the club retained its Munster Senior Cup and T20 crowns as well the Premier Division title despite stiff competition from Limerick and County Kerry.

Munster Senior Cup Winners 2017

“It is always hard to predict how a season will go following relegation and following the departure of Stephan Grobler (overseas player) after 4 successful seasons it will see the younger players under the leadership of Cormac Hassett along with the experienced players such as Ross Durity, Morne Bauer and Abubakar Saddique to take the club forward in Leinster Division 2 as well as retaining our titles locally in Munster.

“With a growing and ambitions youth section, the club never takes for granted the ability to compete in Leinster league competition which provides a great pathway for its youngsters to progress from schools right up to Irish representative honours.”

(Source: www.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.”

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Cork County bids farewell to Stephan Grobler

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

The Club said farewell to overseas professional Stephan Grobler at a BBQ on Sunday evening which saw members of all ages in attendance to say their goodbyes to the South African. 

The South African all rounder has spent 4 seasons at Cork County during which time the club has competed in Leinster Division 1 on two occasions, continue to dominate more locally in Munster and ultimately helped the club receive the honour of ‘Club of the Year’ in 2016.

Stephan’s influence has been felt at every level of the club, from the U11s right up to the 1st XI with his professionalism an example to all. Not only was he a great cricketer but also a gentleman and great ambassador for the club as captain and leader. It was fitting that he captained the Munster Reds during their return to senior inter-provincial cricket in 2017.

We wish Stephan and his family well in the years to come and there will always be a warm welcome for him at the Mardyke. Go well Steph! #WeAreCounty ??

Munster record

  • 50 Overs: 1,416 runs @ 81.48 & 15 wickets @ 22.73
  • T20: 391 runs @ 75.72 & 5 wickets @ 27.0

Leinster & Irish Cup record

  • Batting: 2,028 runs @ 40.56
  • Bowling: 88 wickets @ 16.99

 


 

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Diarmuid Carey visits MCC Cricket Academy

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

diarmuid-careyCork County youngster Diarmuid Carey enjoys a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a 2-day coaching clinic at the MCC Cricket Academy at Lord’s as part of an ever-improving tie between Munster Cricket and the MCC. Diarmuid will be joined by Kaasim Alam of Limerick CC.

The initiative arose following the visit of the MCC to the Mardyke last August when Fraser Stewart (MCC Cricket Academy Manager) saw talent of both youngsters during a Munster Development XI fixture when the touring side were beaten at the Mardyke last August.

The pair made the relatively short trip to the iconic Lord’s ground on Tuesday, 11th April, and will take part in a two days coaching clinic by some of the MCC’s leading coaches.

It’s a fantastic chance for the two lads to soak up as much as they can as they continue their development as cricketers. The experience should set Diarmuid in good stead as he looks ahead to a busy season of cricket for County in both Munster and Leinster league and cup competitions.

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 johnsimon381@gmail.com 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.

John Simon

Leinster Division 2 Review: Cork County win last 9 to grab title

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Cork County 1- Champions (Predicted 4th)

  • • Batting Rating: 120
  • • Bowling Rating: 122
  • • RpO for: 4.64
  • • RpO against: 4.27

 
By mid-June, Cork County 1 were in spot of bother after losing to Dublin University, Leinster and Malahide in their first four matches. There was only one way they could win the league after that start, and that was by winning their remaining nine matches – a task that was achieved in an amazing late season run. It was Cork County’s second league title in Leinster, to go with their 2013 Division 3 crown.

Most of the games on that run in were healthy victories, although the nerves must have been frayed on the last game of all, when chasing 135 against Balbriggan, County found themselves at 119-7 and 128-8, with only Ross Durity standing up to the Balbriggan bowlers. Tom Clifford and Muhammad Junaid Amin got the required eight runs, and then there was a short wait to see if Leinster could win their last game against Terenure – they couldn’t.

Four players passed 200 league runs for the season, Cormac Hassett had a supporting role with 213 runs at 19.36, Ross Durity a very decent 271 runs at 30.11, Morne Bauer a very decent indeed 289 runs at 57.8 and Stephan Grobler 423 runs at 42.3. Five bowlers got into double wickets in the league, with Morne Bauer (12 at 23.08), Ahmed Billal Bhatti (12 at 25) and Muhammad Junaid Amin (12 at 25.42).

Two bowlers dominated though. Aaron Cawley has a major breakthrough season with 23 wickets at 15.61, with his skipper breaking a record held by two Leinster players – Joe Carroll and Corey Edwards. Stephan Grobler took 31 wickets at 11.23, the previous record being 30 in a league season.

Read the full Division 2 Review on www.cricketleinster.ie

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