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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.
 
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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.

Leinster winners await in All-Ireland T20 Cup

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Cork County will face the winners of the Cricket Leinster T20 competition at the Semi-Final stage of the Clear Currency All-Ireland T20 Cup in Dublin on Sunday, 13th September. As winners of the Munster T20 Blast, County will face either YMCA or Railway Union for a place in the prestigious final.

Due to the condensed nature of the season, the Clear Currency All-Ireland T20 Cup is the only All-Ireland competition taking place and so there is heightened interest in this seasons competition with European Cricket League qualification up for grabs also.

Munster Senior T20 Blast Winners 2020

Fixture schedule 

The Clear Currency All-Ireland T20 Cup schedule, as it currently stands, is:

Semi-finals:

  • Semi-final 1 – NWCU club v CIYMS* (at Bready, 1 pm Saturday 12 September)
  • Semi-final 2 – Cricket Leinster club v Cork County* (at Pembroke 1 pm, Sunday 13 September)

 

  • Final (at Belmont, Saturday 19 September)
  • Play-off for European Cricket League (at Belmont, Sunday 20 September)

* Please note: CIYMS – last year’s winners – have already qualified as the Northern Cricket Union’s representative, and Cork County qualified as Munster Cricket Union’s representative. The representative from North West Cricket Union will be determined on 5 September, while Leinster’s representative will be determined on 12 September.

The Final will be live-streamed, with details announced shortly.

In addition, an extra match has been added to the schedule this year, with the European Cricket League play-off. In 2019 it was announced that the All-Ireland T20 Cup winners would go on to represent Ireland in the European Cricket League. Last year’s winners, CIYMS, were set to compete this summer until the pandemic saw this year’s competition cancelled. To acknowledge the unfortunate circumstances, this year the 2019 and 2020 Clear Currency All-Ireland T20 Cup winners will playoff to identify Ireland’s representative at the 2021 European Cricket League.

The play-off will be played at Belmont on Sunday 20 September – however, if CIYMS win the Cup again in 2020 then no play-off will be required.

Cork County Squad

  1. Abubakar Saddique Wattoo*
  2. Rudolph Pollard
  3. Benji Marris+
  4. Nabeel Anjum
  5. Harvey Wootton
  6. Zuhair Shah
  7. Diarmuid Carey
  8. Alex Gaspar
  9. Daniel Kennedy
  10. Brandon Kruger
  11. Sid Joshi
  12. Eshan O’Sullivan
  • Scorer: Talha Kayani
  • Coach: Robert Duggan

Cricket Ireland ‘Return to Training’ protocols released

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Cricket Ireland has released its COVID-19 Safe Return to Training Protocols for club cricket in Ireland and launched a series of online COVID-19 Safety Education courses to train nominated club representatives on implementing the protocols on the ground.

The protocols released today include detailed guides and checklists for preparing a cricket club for restarting activity including cleaning guides, a risk assessment, booking forms and contact tracing process, advice regarding training practices that comply with social distancing and health protocols, and access for a nominated representative for each cricket club to undertake an accredited online training course for dedicated COVID-19 Club Safety Officers.

Clubs will need to register through an online form for the Covid-19 Education and Awareness Training.

If a club’s nominated COVID-19 Safety Officer has already completed accredited COVID-19 Safety training through an alternate provider they are not required to complete the Cricket Ireland course. However, details of the alternate course completed must be lodged with their Provincial Union. 

Provincial Unions have appointed COVID-19 Safety Support Officers who are assigned to clubs in their regions and will be supporting clubs back to activity. While we have developed an approved set of protocols and provided guidelines for implementation, our strong advice to clubs prior to restarting any coordinated activity is to contact your insurer and discuss any matters regarding liability in regards to individual policies. Cricket activity should not resume until a club is set up to comply with the requirements in the return-to-train protocols.”

The detailed documents are now available at: www.cricketireland.ie/covid-19 and any enquiries or issues that arise should be directed to Provincial Unions via the nominated COVID-19 Safety Support Officer.

Cork County is currently undertaking a Risk Assessment prior to submission to Muster Cricket and acquiring the necessary hygiene equipment through the Cricket Ireland channels.

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Thanks for the memories 2019… Roll on 2020

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

Thanks for the memories 2019… A look back on a season which had its ups and downs which culminated a Munster Senior Treble but it also saw the club lose some significant club members who passed away during the year.

What a decade the 2010s have been…

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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:

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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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