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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

Clontarf pip County on matchday 2 of Leinster Championship

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

County were pipped narrowly by Clontarf on the penultimate ball of the game on matchday 2 of the Leinster Championship with the home side unable to defend their total of 229 at the Mardyke.

Cork batted first and were in trouble early. Jose George went for 2 bowled by Shariful Islam. One run later, Ross Durity was caught by Macalister Wright again off the bowling of Islam. Cork 2-11 in the third over. Cormac Hassett and Brandon Kruger brought the score to 60 before Hassett was bowled by Macalister Wright for 22. Jeremy Benton joined Kruger for the biggest partnership of the innings.

They had put on 75 when Kruger was caught by Andrew Vincent from the bowling of David Vincent for 41. 15 runs later Jeremy Benton who made an excellent 50, went the same way as Kruger, again caught by Andrew Vincent off the bowling of David Vincent. It was then time for the Shariful Islam show. Harvey Wootton was bowled by Islam for 0. Aaron Cawley fell lbw to Islam for 4. Anthony O’Reilly was bowled by Islam for 5.

Muhammad Zuhair Shah was run out by Islam for 17. Kevin O’Sullivan remained not out 2. All through the Islam mayhem, Robert Duggan fought the good fight, he was left stranded on 46 at the end. Cork ending up 221 for 9.

Clontarf’s bowling was dominated by Shariful Islam who took 5-40, David Vincent 2-37and Macalister Wright 1-26 the other wicket takers.

Clontarf Openers Andrew Delany and Robert Forrest batted well. they had put on 46 before Delany fell to Robert Duggan, caught by Cormac Hassett for 14. Eoghan Delany made 15 when he fell to Brandon Kruger, caught by Jeremy Benton. Macalister Wright joined Robert Forest and the pair battle hard to put on 97 in 18 overs before Forest Fell for a fine 84 with 7 fours and 1 six.

The next nine overs only produced 28 runs, after which Andrew Vincent was run out by Jeremy Benton for 14. Macalister Wright went soon after for an excellent 55 with 2 fours and 2 sixes, lbw to Kevin O’Sullivan. A slight wobble. Conor Gallagher at the crease. Shariful Islam couldn’t produce the fireworks he did on the field and went caught Hassett bowled by Kevin O’Sullivan for 2. David Vincent went soon afterwards caught Duggan again bowled by O’Sullivan for 5. Things getting a little tight at that stage with over running out. But Kevin Prior 2 not out and Conor Gallagher 22 not out from 26 guided Tarf home, just.

Cork bowled gallantly but just failed to defend their total, but extras didn’t help. Kevin O’Sullivan with 3-14 starred. Brandon Kruger 2-48 and Robert Duggan 1-63 also took wickets. The heroics of Shariful Islam with the ball giving Clontarf a close 3 wicket victory.

Leinster Championship

Cork County 229-9 (Benton 50, Duggan 46, Kruger 41, Islam 5-40) lost to Clontarf 232-7 (Forrest 84, Wright 55, O’Sullivan 3-14) by 3 wickets at the Mardyke.  scorecard

(source: cricketeurope.com)

4th consecutive Senior T20 Blast title clinched

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Cork County clinched their 4th consecutive Senior T20 Blast title with a commanding 6 wicket win over Co. Galway at the Mardyke following a long weekend of T20 action.

The Cork men proved irresistible in the competition once completing yet another clean sweep with victories over Cork Harlequins, Limerick City, Limerick and then Co. Galway in the Final.

County remain unbeaten in the Senior T20 Blast since its inception back in 2016 and have really set the bar for other clubs in the province in the T20 format and will no doubt see several of their players get recognition with the Heat and Reds.

Galway too won both their Pool B games against County Kerry and Limerick before going on to defeat Limerick City in a thrilling run chase in their Semi-Final.

Great credit to the grounds staff at the Mardyke who provided an excellent venue for Group A and the Finals Day.

2019 SENIOR T20 BLAST FINAL

Cork County 136-4 [16.5 overs] (Benton 55, Kruger 29, Hassett 17) beat County Galway 134 all out [19.5 overs] (Uddin 51, Mullen 26, Duggan 3-20, Wootton 2-23) by 6 wickets at the Mardyke.

2019 T20 Champions

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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

County face Cork derby in 2018 Senior Cup opener

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

The 2018 Munster Cup draws have been made with some tricky ties awaiting Cork County next summer including Cork derby against Cork Harlequins in the Senior Cup Quarter Final. WeAreCounty 

Senior Cup: 

Quarter-Final: v Cork Harlequins (A)

Senior Cup holders Cork County make the short trip to Farmers Cross to take on local rivals Cork Harlequins in the Quarter Final with Midleton awaiting the winners in the Semi-Final. The other Quarter Final sees 2017 finalists Limerick making the trip up the M18 to face Galway at Lydican with the winners setting up a home tie against County Kerry in the Semi Final.

senior-cup-draw_2018_FINAL

Junior Cup: 

Quarter-Final: v Cork Harlequins or Tipperary (A)

Junior Cup holders Cork Harlequins open their defence with a home Quarter Final against Tipperary County with the winners facing Cork County in the Semi-Final. Limerick make the trip to East Cork in the other Quarter Final to take on Midleton with a trip to the Oyster Oval awaiting in the Semi-Final.

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Minor Cup:

Quarter-Final: v Limerick (H)

Minor Cup holders Limerick face a tricky trip to the Mardyke in the Quarter Finals to take on Cork County with the winners facing the victors of Midleton and Winner 1 (Cork Harlequins v Tipperary County).  The other half of the draw sees a derby in The Kingdom when County Kerry take on North Kerry while Lismore await the winners of UCC and Waterford Districts.

minor-cup-draw_2018

Weekend Review: 27th & 28th May

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

The weekend set a tough schedule for Cork County with the 1st XI facing a trip to Syndey Parade to take on Pembroke in Leinster Division 1 followed by a home fixture against Premier Division table-toppers Limerick. The 2nd XI began their quest to bring back some silverware with a home tie against Tipperary County in the Munster Junior Cup on Saturday. 

Leinster Division 1

The trip to Pembroke proved to be in vain with an extremely wet weather front making its way up the N8 & N7 and keeping the travelling party company to wash out most of the fixtures in Dublin on the day. The game will now be refixed as a T20 at Laois CC within the coming weeks.

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Munster Junior Cup

The Quarter Finals of the 2017 Junior Cup presented County with a tough challenge against Tipperary County who had defeated them in the Final of the same competition two seasons previous. With the 1st XI taking the poor weather from Friday evening up with them to Dublin, the Mardyke was left bathed in sunshine and a good hard track left from Friday nights Hanley Energy IP20 clash.

Winning the toss, Scot Jeffers decided to bat and put a score on the board but some early seam movement saw openers Paul McDowell and Peter Barlow depart without working the scoreboard. In form Robert Duggan never really got going and following his departure due to a mix up between the wickets, James Hunter, Anto O’Reilly (46) and Darren Fogarty (24) helped guide the home side to an under par 177 all out.

The Tipperary response never really gathered momentum with the loss of key wickets at opportune times for the County bowling attack. The turning point was the introduction of Duggan taking 4-32 off his 8 overs and nullifying the hard hitting middle order including their skipper Ginson Abraham. The County captain Scot Jeffers then brought himself on to remove the tail by taking 3-15 and secure his side a place in the Junior Cup Semi-Final at home to County Kerry 2.

Cork County 177 all out (O’Reilly 46, Fogarty 24, Thomas 3-18) beat Tipperary County 92 all out (Duggan 4-32, Jeffers 3-15) by 85 runs at the Mardyke. 

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Munster Premier Division

A top of the table clash awaited in the Premier Division with pace setters Limerick making the trip to the Mardyke to take on the defending champions. After an impressive 9 wicket victory over Galway, County were in confident mood and the addition of Munster Reds paceman Aaron Cawley gave the home side added confidence.

Winning the toss, skipper Stephan Grobler opted to bat which proved to be the correct decision with Gary King making his maiden century for the club (129 off 133 runs) assisted by contributions from Aaron Cawley (50) and Ian Coleman (22). County finished on 273-9 off their 50 overs.

In reply, the Shannonsiders needed a solid partnership to kickstart their innings but the loss of wickets at regular intervals despite some ill disciplined bowling and sub standard fielding by the home side. At the start of the 23rd over and with the visitors 105-5 (Duggan 2-22), the rain became too strong to continue which meant Limerick were 53 runs behind the DLS par score so needed the weather to clear and the action to return if they stood any chance of winning. In the end, the rain never cleared and the captains shook hands leaving County with a deserved win on their route to retaining the Premier Division title.

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Cork County 273-9 (King 129*, Cawley 50, Coleman 22) beat Limerick 105-5 (Duggan 2-22) by 53 runs on DLS after rain stopped play in the 23rd over at the Mardyke.  scorecard

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

 

 

Boost your business profile in the Golden Ticket Draw

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Cork County are offering a great opportunity for a local or national business or organisation to win significant match shirt brand positioning and sponsor benefits during the clubs’ participation in the Irish Senior Cup as well as Leinster and Munster T20 Cup competitions this season.

Key details of the Golden Ticket Draw include:

  • • €100 per ticket
  • • 30 entrants limit
  • • Opportunity to win main shirt sponsorship for Irish Cup and T20 competitions
  • • Coordinated Media and Social Media exposure
  • • Free Senior Player Sponsorship
  • • Acknowledged on Club Partner Board in Clubhouse

 

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The draw will be made at the Cork County clubhouse on Saturday, 29th April 2017, following the Leinster Division 1 fixture v Clontarf CC, and announced live via the clubs website and social media channels.

All other entrants will benefit in being drawn as a Player Sponsor to one of our senior players and also recognised as a club partner.

For full details download the Information leaflet by clicking here.

County win away at Balbriggan to make it 3 in a row

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Cork County 1st XI made it three wins from three in Leinster Division 2 following an impressive 49 run win on D/L away at high flying Balbriggan. Stephan Grobler and his side were coming into the match on the back of two comprehensive 9 wicket victories against North Kildare (H) and Terenure (A), respectively.

Following a slow start to the season, the return of Morne Bauer and Abubakar Saddique to the side has given a menacing look to the bowling attack with some top quality seam bowling from Bauer and Aaron Cawley in particular causing much of the damage against North Kildare and Terenure. However, on this occasion it was an impressive 138 run opening partnership between Ross Durity and Grobler put County in a commanding position to chase down the Balbriggan’s total of 257 before the rain came and put an end to proceedings.

The win at Balbriggan has left County in 4th position in Division 2 and in pursuit of both Leinster and Balbriggan in the two positions above them. Dublin University sit on top of the pile having completed their seven fixtures (receiving double points for each result) but are not permitted to be promoted so the chase for the final two promotion slots is really up for grabs following County’s upturn in form.

This season sees the introduction of a play-off match between the second last team in Division 1 and the second placed team in Division 2 to decide who goes up and who goes in the other direction. Next up for Cork County is an in-form Rush side at the Mardyke on Saturday (1 p.m.) with the north Dublin side coming off the back of a win a National Cup Quarter Final win against Balbriggan.

Leinster Division 2

P W T NR L BP Pts
Dublin University
7
4
0
0
3
46
206
Balbriggan
7
5
0
0
2
16
136
Leinster
6
5
0
0
1
29
129
Cork County
7
4
0
0
3
19
99
Malahide
7
3
0
0
4
11
91
Rush
6
3
0
0
3
17
77
North Kildare
7
2
0
0
5
11
51
Terenure
7
1
0
0
6
21
51

 

Approximate standings as of 12th July 2016.

Browse through some images from the match below courtesy of Joe Curtis ©

Cork County take on Railway Union in the Irish Senior Cup

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Cork County face into a big Irish Senior Cup 1st Round showdown on Saturday, 7th May, when Railway Union Cricket Club visit the Mardyke. With the likes of Irish international Kevin O’Brien and overseas professional Charith Fernando in their ranks it promises to be an exciting encounter!

2016 Irish Senior Cup

The action kicks off at 12.30pm with all support for Stephan and the lads more than welcome. #WeAreCounty

The Cork County side is as follows:

  1. Stephan Grobler*
  2. Ross Durity
  3. Ian Coleman+
  4. Morne Bauer
  5. Cormac Richardson
  6. Chris Banon
  7. Bhatti Ahmed Bilal
  8. Qassim Butt
  9. Robert Duggan
  10. Aaron Cawley
  11. Junaid Amin
  12. Tim Clifford

Scorers: Talha Kayani & Abdul Jabbar Younus