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1st XI Complete Impressive Senior Treble

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Cork County completed an impressive Senior treble following confirmation that they retained the Premier Division title on Sunday.

The 1st XI were confirmed as Premier Division champions on Sunday which followed on from their Senior Cup success the previous week. In addition to the Senior T20 Blast trophy which they won earlier in the summer, it is their second treble of Senior trophies in three seasons.

2019 Munster Senior Treble

2019 SENIOR CUP

A century for Cormac Hassett and a five-wicket haul from Abubakar Saddique helped Cork County to a 206-run win against County Kerry in the Senior Cup Final.

An opening stand of 130 between centurion Hassett and Brandon Kruger laid the perfect platform for Cork to post a daunting total. Hassett top scored with 103, while Kruger hit 55.

The middle order kept the momentum going as Jeremy Benton made 48, Robert Duggan 33, and Zubair Shah an unbeaten 31 in their total of 363 for 6.

Kerry were never in the chase with only Qassim’s 39 the major resistance as they made 157.

2019 Munster Senior Cup Winners

Abubabkar Saddique claimed 5 for 15, Nabeel Anjum 2-30, while a special word of praise for teenage spinner Diarmuid Carey who probably deserved better than his 1-28 off 10 overs.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the win in the cup final and for me personally to contribute with a century is a huge bonus,” said centurion Cormac Hassett.

“My opening partnership of 130 with Brandon Kruger really set the tone for the day and I aimed to take the attack to the Kerry bowlers from the off.

“The middle order really backed us up to help put on a big total and the bowlers were excellent to deny Kerry any room to get going.

“All in all a great overall team performance.”

Scorecard

At The Mardyke, Cork County beat County Kerry by 206 runs

Cork County 363-6 (50 overs; Cormac Hassett 103, Brandon Kruger 55, Jeremy Benton 48, Rob Duggan 33, Zuhair Shah 31*)

County Kerry 157 all out (43.2 overs; Qassim 39, Abubakar Saddique 5-15, Nabeel Anjum 2-30) 

 

 

Cork County lose out to Malahide in All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Cork County and Malahide battled it out at sun-soaked Stormont in Belfast in the first Semi-Final Sunday Independent All-Ireland Twenty20 Cup.

The Leinster champions eventually getting over the line chasing a target of 131 with 3.2 overs to spare despite 3-15 from Diarmuid Carey.

25 August 2019; Cork County team prior to the All-Ireland T20 Cricket Semi-final match between Cork County and Malahide at Stormont in Belfast. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Cork County finished on 130-7 from their allocation with Brandon Kruger (42) top-scoring. In reply, Greg Ford (39*) and Damien Mortimer (31*) got Malahide over the line with 3.2 overs to spare.

Diarmuid Carey and Jeremy Benton were the picks of the County bowlers with good support from Harvey Wootton. Full scorecard

Malahide progressed to the final where they faced NCU side CIYMS at the same venue. CIYMS put in a dominant display to lift their first ever All-Ireland title after winning by seven wickets to be crowned Sunday Independent All-Ireland Twenty20 Cup champions.

Malahide await in All-Ireland T20 Finals

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

The draw for the semi-finals of the Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup has been completed in Dublin, with opponents and venues determined for the matches on Sunday, 25th August 2019.

Cork County have been drawn to face Cricket Leinster champions Malahide in the first Semi-Final which will be held at Stormont.

The Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup began in 2017. The competition features the winners of the four Provincial T20 club competitions who play two semi-finals followed by a final.

The 2019 semi-finals will start at 11am, and be held concurrently at Stormont and CIYMS in Belfast. The two winners will then progress to the final at Stormont starting at 4pm.

NB: The North West Cricket Union’s representative will be decided after a play-off match between Brigade and Donemana on Thursday 15 August 2019.

After the draw was conducted at Cricket Ireland’s Offices, the semi-finals are:

  • Cork County v Malahide (Stormont)
  • CIYMS v Brigade or Donemana (CIYMS)

There is free entry to each match, and live scoring will be available via the My Cricket Ireland app or www.mycricket.ie.

Past Winners

  • 2018: Waringstown beat Clontarf by 7 runs.
  • 2017: Clontarf beat Waringstown by 10 runs.

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Senior Cup Final rescheduled for 31st August

Monday, August 5th, 2019

The 2019 Senior Cup Final between County Kerry and Cork County has been rescheduled for Saturday, 31st August, at the Mardyke following the postponement of the original fixture on the 4th August.

Having won the toss, Cork County captain Robert Duggan opted to put Kerry in to bat first and despite some early economical bowling from the Cork side, County Kerry reached 93-2 at drinks with Awais Saghir and Qassim Butt commendable resistance and application.

After the drinks break, County quickly removed both batsmen and soon piled the pressure on the middle and lower order before the forecast rain arrived to put a halt to proceedings with County Kerry on 168-9 after 46.2 overs.

With no more play possible, both sides will meet again on Saturday, 31st August, at the Mardyke.

Cork County captain Robert Duggan with his counterpart from County Kerry at the toss

Wootton & Kruger star in 258 run win over Kerry

Monday, July 1st, 2019

It proved to be a good day out for the 1st XI in Tralee as they defeated County Kerry by 258 runs in the Munster Premier Division.

A stunning team performance saw the team bounce back from their narrow defeat to Balbriggan on Saturday with special mention for fantastic knock of 152 from Harvey Wootton and a cracking spell of spin bowling (6-28) from Brandon Kruger.

Cork County 307 all out (Wootton 152, Kruger 66, Durity 24) beat County Kerry 49 all out (Kruger 6-28, Carey 2-6) by 258 runs at the Oyster Oval.

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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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!

 

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

Daniel Kennedy reports from South Africa

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Howzit from sunny Johannesburg, I started my stay at the prestigious St. Stithians School on the 16th January, where I was admitted into Mountstephens boarding house where I was met with a cluster of accommodating students and staff. They helped me a lot by showing me around the boarding house and the school, where I also met my host Thando Makwetu who used to captain Gauteng U15A which is the provincial team where I am staying, though they are a much higher standard than ours. Thando’s older brother Wandile Makwetu also played cricket. He was captain of South Africa’s U19 side on their tour of England last year and now plays for the Multiply Titans in Pretoria.

Daniel Kennedy presents Wim Jansen with a Munster cap

In my first week in the school I attended the same classes as my host. I found the school work a lot harder than Ireland, as they are a whole half year ahead of us. The school is amazing it has 4 different schools on its campus. At the Boys College we had 7 different cricket pitches, one of which was equipped with flood lights to play day/night matches and was overlooked by a beautiful restaurant with an honours board which had all the name of sportsmen and women who represented South Africa.

I was very lucky to get a chance to play there. The main pitch which the first team play on was stunning, the pitch was quick and bouncy, and the pavilion was really nice. The dressing rooms had jerseys of all the cricketers who represented South Africa at any level including Wiaan Mulder and Kagiso Rabada and next to that you had the cricket offices where I first met the Director of cricket at Saints, Wim Jansen who used to play at Pembroke with Ted Williamson. Mr Jansen was very helpful, and he was able to get me lots of game time.

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The school day was very different to a typical school day in Ireland, but I loved the difference. I was in the boarding house so I would have to wake up at 6 to be ready for room checks at 6:40 we would then go to breakfast at 7:00 to start the day at 7:40. We would normally start with chapel where we would all gather for announcements or war cry’s which was great fun and it was amazing to see how passionate the boys were about their school, after which we would go to school until 2:40, as exchange students we were allowed to go down to the cricket nets during school hours to have private coaching session with Peter Stringer who used to play for Yorkshire. The sessions were very beneficial, and Mr Stringer had so much experience in the game it was great to be able to pick his brain.

The training was very tough in the beginning as it was hard to adapt to the hard-bouncy pitches, which also were a joy to bowl on. The high altitude, as Jo’burg sits at 1,750 metres, took some initial adjustment and the scorching heat didn’t help as it was consistently over 30 degrees, but I got used to it quickly.

Daniel Kennedy and Brandon Kruger in South Africa

I got to play 5 matches in Jo’burg for St. Stithians and I was lucky enough to play to 2 games for a club in Pretoria called Harlequins. Steve Kruger, who was here, at Cork County last season and will be returning again this summer was extremely helpful and I would like to thank him for setting up the games for me. He is also the Head Coach at Harlequins in Pretoria. The game time was invaluable, and I was able to learn a lot. The highlight of my matches was being able to play in a day/night match which was a great experience for myself and the other exchanges, who wouldn’t have the the facilities back home. It was amazing to play under the lights and to see what the ball does, it swung miles and because of the low pressure the ball was able to travel a lot further.

It was great to experience life outside of cricket in South Africa also, I was able to meet my cousins who live here, go on a game drive which is amazing as you can see animals in their natural habitats and the sunsets were beautiful. The food there was also excellent and it great to try all the foods my mother who is also from Jo’burg would have grown up on.

If anyone decides to visit this wonderful place I would definitely recommend trying, boerewors roll which is a bit like a hot dog, any good steak house as the flavouring the put on is amazing and spar letta Creme Soda is a great pairing for any food. I went home to the Makwetu’s nearly every weekend and I was welcomed by Thando’s parents, Miranda and Kimi Makwetu who were gracious and kind hosts and helped me with whatever I needed and were able to get Thando and I tickets to the Pink ODI at Wanderers. It was amazing to be part of such a momentous occasion and the atmosphere was electric and although South Africa lost, I had a great day. I’d like to thank the Makwetu’s for making my trip so great.

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Just before I left South Africa St. Stithians 1st team had won the Johnny Waite Cup final, which is a big competition in Johannesburg, and the school that won would represent the Lions, which is the cricket franchise in Jo’burg, in the Coca-Cola T20 Schools competition in which the six best cricket schools in the country plus two development teams get pitted against each other at the end of the season in a cricket week.

I was amazed to see how much work went into to the competition. All the boys got amazing new kit complete with everything you could imagine, from match shirts to Coca-Cola head phones and at an opening ceremony they all received their certificates for their participation in the event. All the matches were live streamed on the cricket South Africa and PitchVision YouTube channel. The whole experience for the boys must have been invaluable, especially since St. Stithians won the competition for the 4th time in the six years it had been running.

They had a whole presentation and an interview with the captains. The whole idea of the structure of the tournament is to give the boys a taste of what the life of a professional cricketer might be like and it was great to see. The boys received cash prizes for man of the match or if they obtained batsman or bowler of the tournament, which I’m sure we’d appreciate here. All in all, it was great to see how this sort of thing was set up a got me thinking it would be quite easy to do if we got the right sponsorship here.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my whole experience of being in South Africa and would love to go back again. The cricket experience I had here was invaluable and I hope to take it into the new season in Ireland. I would like to thank St. Stithians for allowing me into their school and to Mr Jansen and Mr Stringer for helping me with my cricket training and experience in the school and also to Mrs Gretchen Maruggi for organising the trip for me. Lastly, I’d like to thank the Makwetu Family for allowing into their home and to Thando and all the other boarders for making my time at Saints so wonderful.

Daniel Kennedy
Cork County CC & Bandon Grammar School

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.