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Memorial Service for Dermot Giltinan

Saturday, March 26th, 2022

The club will be hosting a memorial service for the late, great Dermot Giltinan which will take place at the cricket grounds at Mardyke on Saturday, 9th April 2022.

The service, which will be led by Brother Martin of the Presentation Brothers, will allow many of his cricketing friends and clubmates to remember the great man and pay tribute to his lasting legacy at the Mardyke which was his second home.

Proceedings will commence at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, 9th April, so we very much look forward to seeing you from 2 p.m. on the day.

There will be a video conferencing link available for anyone who wishes to dial in and say a few words so please contact info@corkcountycricketclub.com to indicate if you wish to do so.

Dermot Giltinan Memorial Service

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Hassett to return for 2022 season

Sunday, February 13th, 2022

It’s the Return of the Mak(ka) with the news that Cormac Hassett will be returning to the Mardyke for the 2022 season. The club is delighted to have the extremely popular Victorian and Irish passport holder back on Leeside after a two year break due to Covid.

Cormac first represented the club with the 4th XI at 15 years of age back in 2011 while his family were spending a few months in Ireland. He later returned in 2015 for the first of a 5 season spell during which time he won a Leinster Championship title in 2016, five Munster Premier Division titles, three Senior Cups and four Senior T20 titles. He succeeded Stephan Grobler as Club Captain in 2018.

Cormac Hassett representing Cork County against Malahide in the 2019 All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final

Hassett has also been capped by the Munster Reds on six occasions making his debut against the Knights at Carrickfergus in 2017 in the Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Trophy. A fantastic innings of 49 against the Leinster Lightning at Sydney Parade in 2019 was certainly the highlight and he has scored 102 runs at a Strike Rate of 99.02 for the provincial franchise. 

Since leaving The Mardyke, Cormac has coached the Stratford Cricket Club to a premiership title and have also played a season in the Northern Territory for Pints Cricket Club. He is currently playing sub-district cricket in Melbourne for Ormond Cricket Club.

With the confirmation of the news, Hassett expressed his excitement at the planned return:

“The time has finally come! I can’t wait to get back down to the Mardyke for the season. I feel like I’m coming home after two long years away.”

“Leah and I are really looking forward to our summer in Cork and we can’t wait to see all of our friends in the Cork County community.”

“Good luck with the pre-season lads and I’ll see you all in April.”

 
 

Former Cork County and Munster player Tom Kiernan passes away

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

The club was saddened to learn of the passing of former Cork County, Bohemians and Munster batsman and all-round Cork sporting great Tom Kiernan. Brother of Jim, Tom represented both club and Munster with distinction and also was a product of Presentation Brothers College alongside another club legend Dermot Giltinan.

In his book ‘Long Shadows By De Banks’, Colm Murphy noted that “Tom Kiernan was highly regarded and was of international standard. However, it was rugby that he truly excelled. He was a regular at the Mardyke and on one occasion, immediately on returning back to Cork from a Lions’ Tour, he was to be seen at the nets giving advice to aspiring cricketers.”

“Besides cricket, there was always the refreshing swim at the weir!”

Bohemians Cricket Club at the Mardyke in Cork

Tom Kiernan is pictured above in the Bohemians side (far left back row) that graced the Mardyke for many years.

 

As a Life Member of the club, Tom continued to be a familiar face at the Mardyke down through the years and was often spotted at key fixtures and the clubs annual end of season dinners.

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Jim Fitzgerald and Tom Kiernan pictured at the 2014 Annual Awards Dinner at the River Lee Hotel.

 
Kiernan was also a legendary figure in Irish rugby and kicked the winning score the first time Ireland beat South Africa, in 1965, and captained the first Irish team to win a Test in Australia two years later.

He was capped 59 times for Ireland at full-back; 5 times for the Lions and captained the Lions in South Africa 1968.

At club level, he represented Cork Constitution, Munster and University College Cork with distinction.

Tom Kiernan in 1983. Picture: SPORTSFILE

Tom Kiernan in 1983. Picture: SPORTSFILE

 
After hanging up his boots, he was in charge of the Munster team which recorded a victory over New Zealand in 1978 and went on to coach Ireland between 1980 and 1983, including winning the Five Nations title in 1982.

Munster representative matches:

  • 1959: Munster Cricket Union XI v Australian Old Collegians at the Mardyke

Guinness Cup

  • 7th August 1966: Munster v South Leinster at the Mardyke
  • 13th August 1966: North West v Munster at Holm Field, Sion Mills
  • 19th August 1967: Munster v North West at the Mardyke
  • 31st May 1969: Munster v North West at the Mardyke
  • 5th July 1969: Munster v North Leinster at the Mardyke

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Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis.
 
 
 

2021 Season Review

Saturday, October 30th, 2021

1st XI

Leinster Senior League Cup

Cork County commenced their season in the Leinster Senior League Cup when they welcomed Clontarf to the Mardyke. It was a significant moment with the club missing out on Cricket Leinster action in 2020 due to the Covid public health emergency. The highlights of the campaign were certainly the 5 run victory away at Malahide and 25 run victory at home against Railway Union.

Victorious Cork County side at Malahide

 

Premier Division T20 League

The Senior T20 competition changed in structure for 2021 and reverted to a round robin format due to the condensed nature of the season. Cork County were pipped at the post in their persuit of the sixth consecutive Premier T20 title, missing out on run rate to eventual winners Cork Harlequins.

 

Leinster Championship

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Munster Premier Division

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2nd XI

Division 1 T20 League

Cork County ended their trophy drought at 2nd XI level when they pipped Limerick Blasters to the Division 1 T20 League title. Finishing the season with an excellent Net Run Rate of +2.14, the Mardyke men clinched the title with a comprehensive victory in their final game away to Cork Harlequins 2.

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Dermot ‘Galty’ Giltinan RIP

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

The club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dermot Giltinan overnight.

Our deepest condolences to his sister Deirdre, brother Noel, extended family, and friends at this time. Galty will be sorely missed at the Mardyke. 

To say we have lost a ‘Legend’ today does not do justice to Dermot’s legacy at the Mardyke and for Munster cricket as a whole throughout his life.

He was a mentor, teammate, friend, volunteer, supporter and above all a genuine and loyal cricket lover. You will be greatly missed!

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis. #RIP #ThanksGalt

 

Colts win first ever Leinster youth title

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

The Cork County Colts clinched the clubs’ first-ever Cricket Leinster title at youth level when they were confirmed as Leinster Boys Colts B League winners following a run of 4 wins out of 5 in their league campaign.

The legendary Railway Union opener Kenny Carroll along with Leinster Youth Secretary Aoife O’Brien were on hand to present captain Eshan O’Sullivan with the trophy in what was a historic moment for the club.

At a specially organised presentation ceremony organised by the Youth Committee, the players were presented with their medals in the company of parents and coaches. It was great to have parents, coaches and the President in attendance to enjoy the event and acknowledge the effort from all to ensure the campaign ran smoothly and the players performed at their best.

It was a terrific effort from all involved with all fixtures away from home demanding a huge commitment from players, parents & coaches. Plenty of hard work went into the preparation and players certainly relished the challenge.

 

County clinch 2021 Premier Division title in style

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

The 1st XI clinched the Munster Premier Division in style with a 156 run victory over local rivals Harlequins at the Mardyke. The victory leaves the side unbeaten in the league with just one fixture remaining against the same opposition.

The skipper Ross Durity won the toss and decided to bat and was keen to lead by example going on to make 86 with contributions down through the order from Byron McDonough (47*), Rudolph Pollard (36), Sunil Gautam (21) and Benji Marris (20).

With a target of 276 to defend, the County seamers were Scrooge-like in their discipline up top which laid the platform for the spinners led by Abubakar Saddique to weave their magic on a wearing pitch. Saddique finished with figures of 5-21 with the other spinners Eshan O’Sullivan 2-10 and Nabeel Anjum (2-16) also clipping in.

With Harlequins dismissed for 111, it was confirmed that the Premier Division title was returning to the Mardyke thanks to a lot of hard work from the squad who covered countless kilometres and had to battle out of some tough situations over the course of the campaign.

Result

Cork County 276-6 (Durity 86, McDonough 47*, Pollard 36, Gautam 21, Marris 20) beat Harlequins 111 all out (Saddique 5-21, O’Sullivan 2-10, Anjum 2-16) by 156 runs at the Mardyke.

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

County clinch Senior T20 title in final over thriller

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

The condensed Senior T20 Blast competition came to a thrilling end on August Bank Holiday Monday with a Cork derby pitting the two in-form sides so far against each other at the Mardyke.

Road to the Final

The 1st XI started the competition with a fixture against their ultimate final opponents which once against served up an exciting finale with Cork Harlequins clinching victory with the penultimate ball of the tie. County set a target of 145 to win having been well set at 97-1 after 10 so would feel they left 20/30 runs short. Cormac McCarthy-Hann hit the winning runs for the visitors with one ball remaining.

Cork County 144-9 [20 overs] (Pollard 39, Saddique 37, Shah 25, O’Reilly 3-27) lost to Cork Harlequins 145-7 [19.5 overs] (McCarthy-Hann 32*, R Jones 25*, Pollard 3-19) by 3 wickets. scorecard

Next up was a must-win tie with Midleton and County duly obliged with a comprehensive 7 wicket victory over the East Cork side. Having restricted the visitors to 126 with some excellent seam bowling, the top 3 led the way to victory with Wootton top-scoring with 46* ably assisted by Pollard with 40. 

Cork County 128-3 [13.2 overs] (Wootton 46*, Pollard 40, Saddique 22) beat Midleton 126-6 (Gasper 2-15, Pollard 2-23) by 7 wickets. scorecard

A Semi-Final trip to the Oyster Oval was the reward after the ultra-condensed pool stage and despite the wet and gloomy conditions County came out on top by 4 runs on DLS with 6 overs of the reply completed and the persistent rain set in on an already saturated outfield. 

Cork County 35-1 [6 overs] beat County Kerry 129-9 [20 overs] by 4 runs on DLS at the Oyster Oval. scorecard

Senior T20 Blast Semi-Final team

Stunning catch by Daniel Kennedy

Final

The final pitted the two Cork sides against each other once again and it proved to be another tight affair with County coming out on top with 3 balls to spare. Chasing 117, the reply got off to a slow start after the loss of Pollard early on but the skipper Abubakar Saddique showed some resistance with a hard-working 32 at the top of the order. The Quins attack showed great discipline in their bowling and prevented County from getting away.

Zuhair Shah provided some much-needed impetus in the middle order with 18* before having to leave the field A nasty ricochet of the ball to his face from a throw-in as he was making his ground for a quick single. Alex provided the finishing touch with a 6 over long-on to clinch the victory much to the relief of home side.

Special mentions for Harvey Wootton’s crucial run-out, Rob Duggan’s catch in the deep at long-on, the skipper Abubakar Saddique’s performance with bat and ball but the truly memorable moment has to be Alex Gasper’s tremendous leave in the 19th over with 5 runs still required!

Cork County 122-6 [19.3 overs] (Saddique 32, Gaspar 24*, Shah 18*) beat Cork Harlequins 116-8 [20 overs] (Carey 2-15, Wootton 1-14, Joshi 1-17) by 4 wickets at the Mardyke.

Munster Senior T20 Blast Winners

Safe ‘Return to Training’ – Protocols and Procedures

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Following the release of the Cricket Ireland guidelines around the ‘Return to Training’ protocols, the club has been working diligently to ensure that we meet all the requisite levels of preparedness and safety.

This has included the preparation of a Risk Assessment which has been submitted to Munster Cricket and the creation of a Covid-19 sub-committee which comprises of Kieran Aherne, Andy Wootton, Abdul Jabbar Younus, Robert Duggan, Pat Donnelly, Steve Ross, Matt Reed and Kevin O’Sullivan.

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