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Preparations begin for 2019 season following AGM

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

The 2018 Cork County Cricket Club Annual General Meeting took place on Monday, 26th November, at the Mardyke. As always the meeting offered a forum for members to to engage with the clubs committee and regarding the season just gone and looking to the challenges that lie ahead in 2019.

The elected officers from the meeting were as follows:

  • President: Kieran Aherne
  • Secretary: Kevin O’Sullivan
  • Treasurer: David Griffin
  • Club Captain: Robert Duggan
  • 2nd XI Captain: Kevin O’Sullivan
  • 3rd XI Captain: Abdul Jabbar Younus

Committee Members:

  • Talha Kayani
  • Abdul Jabbar Younus
  • Andrew Wootton
  • Len Browne
  • John Power

A motion from the Youth sub-committee was approved at the meeting which will see a member of that committee attending each of the main committee’s meetings.

The Club Captain will Chair the selection sub-committee and will nominate a captain for Cricket Leinster competitions in due course, but will be the de facto captain in all other 1st XI competitions unless otherwise stated.

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Munster Cricket AGM

The Munster Cricket AGM took place on Sunday, 2nd December, at the Mardyke and saw a number of Cork County members elected to roles on the Executive for the coming season.

David Griffin was re-elected as Chairperson for another three term and will continue to oversee the implementation of the Munster Cricket Strategic Plan and the ongoing work to enhance the governance structures of the Union.

Robert Duggan, Veena O’Sullivan & Matt Reed were also elected as ordinary members to the Executive for 2019 and we thank them for their commitment and work for the club and Union. In fact, Veena O’Sullivan is only the second female member of the Munster Cricket Executive Committee following in the footsteps of Amanda Lanigan who served as President from 2005 to 2007.

Philip Short RIP

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

dineen_jack-shortCork County Cricket Club offer their sympathies to the Short family following the passing of Philip Short, brother of former player & Irish international Jack and son of Frank who was Club President in 1976.

His brother Jack Short, pictured (right) alongside Peter Dineen, first gained representative honours for Munster Schools, and also, from an early age playing for Bohemians and Cork County. He later went on to play 11 First Class fixtures for Ireland between 1974 and 1984 and was inducted into the Cricket Ireland Hall of Fame in 2014.

Full details are available on RIP.ie

County clinch 6th consecutive Premier Division title

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Cork County clinched their 6th consecutive All Rounder Cricket Premier Division title with a game still to play following victory over Limerick at Adare on Saturday.

The Mardyke men knew that avoiding defeat against Limerick would mean they could not be caught at the top of the Premier Division table with the final game of the season still to play.

A dominant display with the ball in batsmen friendly conditions on the Adare artificial saw Cork County restrict the home side to just 120. The pick of the bowlers were Abubakar Saddique (3-7), Joseph George (3-11) and Munster Reds skipper Jeremy Benton (3-25).

The reply go off to a shaky start with the loss of 3 early wickets but an excellent partnership between Saddique (43*) and opener Harry Broadhurst (35*) saw the visitors home with 6 wickets to spare.

2018 Munster Premier Division Champions

The skipper Cormac Hassett was clearly delighted to have clinched the title with a game still to play following an impressive season in which they lost just one fixture to date.

“The boys have put in a huge effort once again this season. Competing in two league competitions is always a tough ask but the squad have really stuck at it and suffering just one defeat in the Premier Division all season is a fantastic return for all the hard work!”

“A sixth league title in succession is a fantastic achievement and shows the commitment of the players and club to maintaining our success in Munster.  In addition to our Senior T20 Blast title, it has been a good season despite missing out on a possible Senior Cup due to a bowl-out earlier in the season!”

2018 Premier Division

PosTeamPWLNRBPPoints%
1Cork County 1119112721782.80
2Limerick 1106312415464.00
3Cork Harlequins 1105322014060.00
4County Kerry 111380248430.55
5County Galway 11019082811.20

Munster Premier Division

1st September, Adare.

Limerick 120 all out (Saddique 3-7, Jose 3-11, Benton 3-25) lost to Cork County 123-4 (Saddique 43, Broadhurst 35) by 6 wickets.


 

Carey stars in Southern XI win against NCU U17s

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Diarmuid Carey’s 43 with the bat and 6-31 with the ball, combined with excellent knocks of 69 (Seanan Jones) and 59 (Stephen Black) helped the Southern XI to a commanding 50 run victory over the NCU in CIYMS on the first day of the 2018 U17 inter-provincial tournament. This propelled the Southern XI to the top of standings in this year’s tournament following a victory over Leinster 3 weeks ago.

Carey stars in Southern XI win against NCULike all inter-pros, the first day began with an early morning start. However, unlike other years, the sun was shining and the weather is set fair for the entire week. After a victory over Leinster three weeks ago, the Southern XI should have been feeling confident but in their way today was a strong NCU side who had also won their first game (vs NWCU) and whose team had won the corresponding fixture in the U-15’s competition two years ago.

The first thing evident upon arriving at the ground this morning was the sight of a used wicket and a rock hard, rapid outfield. With the sun also out in force, it would be a long toil in the field for whoever had to bowl first. The wicket was clearly going to deteriorate for the second innings, making the toss crucial. Jones called correctly and his delight was evident as he shouted “we’ll have a bat” and ran off gleefully to his team. The Southern XI had the advantage but the pressure was now on to make use of the good batting conditions at their disposal. 

After a quick start, the Southern XI were 16-2 after 3 overs, with Allison accounting for McDonough and Archer early on. From that point, however, the Southern XI dominated. The NCU bowlers were consistently off with their lengths which Black (59, 9 fours) & Jones (69, 8 fours & 1 six) picked off with ease. Black drove well, bisecting mid-off and cover with high frequency. Jones accumulated singles and used his strength to put away the bad ball, highlighted by a big six over the mid-wicket boundary. Neither the seamers nor the spinners could gain any control and as both players brought up their fifties, it seemed as if nothing would unsettle them. Then at 122-2, Black missed a sweep off Malone and was bowled. Suddenly the NCU had an opening they could try and exploit. 

However, what followed was almost the complete opposite. Carey (43, 4 fours & 1 six) joined Jones and the two Corkmen proceeded to take the game to the NCU. Their partnership of 55 came at a run a ball and was highlighted by two lovely reverse swept 4s by Jones, and a couple of extra cover driven 4s by Carey, followed by a 6 for Carey over cow. After 34 overs, the Southern XI were 175-3 with a score of 300 on the cards if the Munster lads kept going. The break seemed to rejuvenate the bowlers and there was a marked improvement in their line and length. A couple of overs later, Jones walked past a ball from Glass and was stumped. Soon after Carey was bowled by Simmonite. From then on, the innings faltered a little and the boundaries became harder to come by. Askew hit a quick-fire 27 (2 fours & 1 six), while some good running and poor fielding helped the Southern XI finish with a highly competitive 259 all out. Allison was the pick of the bowlers with 4-43 off his 9 overs. It was a good comeback by the NCU, who would have fancied themselves as a batting team to begin with. However, with runs on the board, the scoreboard pressure and deteriorating wicket would surely give the Southern XI a good chance. 

The NCU seemed to quell some of the Southern XI’s hope with their opening stand. Jones and MacNulty bowled solidly, but Warke (29, 5 fours) & Metcalf (33, 5 fours) set the NCU off at a good pace. Their opening stand of 69 in 15 overs was highlighted by exquisite drives to the cover fence. They showed that the wicket was still a good track and the Southern XI struggled to pile on pressure. Captain Jones opted to turn to spin. McDonnell (1-29) was tight from the outset, bowling with flight and providing good control. Carey was the more aggressive of the pair, pitching the ball quite full which was greeted with a meaty shot over extra cover for four in his first over. However, both bowlers were extracting variable bounce and spin from the pitch and Carey’s second over produced a double wicket maiden. Metcalf pulled a shorter ball into the hands of deep mid-wicket and then two balls later, Warke was beaten in flight and skied a catch straight to mid-on. McDonnell then had Clarke flick a ball to the man at short mid-wicket and next over Malone hit Carey straight to the man at deep mid-wicket. 69-0 had suddenly become 76-4. 

Burton and Hunter then started to rebuild for the NCU. They put on 40 with ease as Jones rotated his spinners looking for a break through. Just as the NCU looked set to dominate, however, a mix-up led to both batsman ending up at the same end and Burton was run out for 25. Jones brought Carey back on and his first over accounted for Reid. Once again the NCU were in trouble at 118-6. 139 more runs were still required from the final 18 overs. Hunter (68, 9 fours) and Glass started to chip away at the deficit as the Southern XI brought back in the seamers. On this variable bouncing pitch, this provided a relief from the spinners and the batsmen very quickly settled and started finding the boundary. Some poor fielding and well-timed shots brought the game back into the balance. With 10 overs to go, the NCU required just 81, with two well settled batsmen at the crease and a quick outfield at their disposal.

Carey, with two overs left, was brought back for his third spell. Once again, he struck early as he spun one past Glass’s advancing feet to have him stumped and complete his five wicket haul. In his next over he tossed one up to Hunter who could only find the safe hands of long-off completing his excellent bowling display with 10-2-31-6. MacNulty (1-37) and Jones (1-47) then put the game beyond doubt with an excellent display of the death bowling. Their yorkers were almost unhittable and they each took a wicket at the death to finally bowl the NCU out for 209, a victory by 50 runs. 

After two matches it leaves the Southern XI on top of the standings with 2 wins, ahead of Leinster & NCU with 1 win each. The final 50 over game is tomorrow against the NWCU before the T20s commence on Thursday. It was a great all-round team performance by the Southern XI, exemplified by the runs from Jones, Black & Carey and the wickets spread amongst nearly all the bowlers. A special mention must also be made about the superb catching display throughout their bowling effort. But in the end, the day belonged to Carey whose 6-31 was the highlight of a great win.

Scorecard

Source: Cian Carey for www.cricketeurope.com

County make it 3 Senior T20 titles in 3 seasons

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Cork County completed a hat-trick of Munster Senior T20 titles with an emphatic 93 run victory over Limerick at the Mardyke on June bank holiday Monday. The first silverware of the 2018 season was up for grabs a little earlier than usual but the weather played its part to make it a memorable weekend of T20 action.

Following victories over Midleton and County Kerry in Group B of the qualifying stages, Cork County went into Finals Day where they faced local rivals Cork Harlequins in the first Semi-Final of the day. The holders booked their spot in the Final with a convincing 10 wicket victory over Harlequins after a commanding bowling and fielding display restricted the men from Farmers Cross to just 78.

After losing the toss and being inserted by Limerick, County posted a challenging total of 212-6 off their 20 overs with Jeremy Benton, Cormac Hassett and Nabeel Anjum in particular striking some big blows for the Cork men aided by more classical strokes by opener Robert Duggan.

With the ball, Shelford Meads in partnership with the left arm spinners of Sid Joshi and Jeremy Benton proved too tight and incisive for the Limerick top order who were soon falling way behind the rate required and losing wickets. A wonderful caught and bowled by young Daniel Kennedy topped off a fine display in the field by County as they clinched their third title in as many seasons.

Munster Senior T20 Blast Final

Cork County 212-6 (Hassett 56, Benton 51, Duggan 43, Nabeel 28) beat Limerick 119-9 (MS Sidiqi 35, Meads 3-15, Nabeel 3-15) by 93 runs at the Mardyke.

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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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.

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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.

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Cawley named in 2018 Irish Senior Academy squad

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

aaron-cawley-ireland-squadMunster Reds and Cork County all-rounder Aaron Cawley was named in the Cricket Ireland Shapoorji Pallonji Men’s Senior Academy squad for 2018. The news comes shortly on the back of his inclusion in the Ireland squad which flies out to New Zealand in the coming weeks to take part in the ICC U19 World Cup.

36 players were named in the latest Cricket Ireland Shapoorji Pallonji Senior and Emerging Academies for the year ahead. 21 of those are in the senior ranks, with five players gaining elevation from last year’s Emerging squad.

They are Rush top-order batsman Stephen Doheny, North County paceman Fionn Hand, Ballyspallen all-rounder Graham Kennedy, Merrion opening bowler Max Neville and Ireland U19 captain Harry Tector, an off-spinner and top order batsman with YMCA and Munster Reds.

Other new faces in the squad include left-arm spinners Ross Allen and Tom Stanton along with emerging fast bowlers David Delany and Aaron Cawley. Six of the senior Academy squad have international experience with James Shannon, Simi Singh, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Sean Terry and Lorcan Tucker all capped at senior level.

As well as international honours the Academy was rewarded with individual honours for James Shannon, Simi Singh and Harry Tector at the Turkish Airlines Cricket Ireland Awards 2017, while Academy Coach Ryan Eagleson was awarded Coach of the Year.

There are no fewer than 12 new additions to the Emerging group, five of whom will be representing Ireland Under 19’s in the World Cup next month in New Zealand. They are Phoenix all-rounder Ian Anders, Coleraine leg-spinner Varun Chopra, Pembroke’s talented all-rounder JJ Garth, Rush batting prodigy Neil Rock and Clontarf batsman Andrew Vincent.

Academy Manager Peter Johnston is really pleased with this years intake of players saying:  “We have two really strong Academy groups. It’s great to see the potential in the Emerging group while the Senior Academy contains some exciting athletes who are pushing hard for opportunities with the Wolves and senior team. Indeed, with central contracts still to be announced in the New Year, there is a chance one or two players may move up into the senior squad then.

“Every year the bar gets raised and we are developing good depth covering all bases. While our programme offers a great deal of support, ultimately it comes down to the athletes to take ownership and they should not see their efforts as a sacrifice, but as a positive decision to be the best they can be at their sport and play against the best in the world.” 

The Senior and Emerging Academy train weekly on a regional basis in North County, Jordanstown, and Bready with the support of Ryan Eagleson and Ian McGregor. In addition to these sessions specialist guest coaches are brought in for skill set weekends throughout the winter. There are also a number of educational sessions, drawing from other sports, sport psychology and wellbeing. While Academy players follow fitness programs put in place by lead Strength and Conditioning Coach Brendan Connor. 

There will be an Easter Academy training camp at the European Centre in La Manga, followed by a Wolves tour to the West country to play Bath and Gloucestershire. The final stages are also being compiled for a busy summer programme at all levels.

“This pre-season formula certainly helped many of our players to kick-start their season and have momentum going into the domestic season, and I don’t see next year as being any different. With so many exciting Irish and Wolves fixtures planned for next summer, along with our First-Class domestic Provincial competition there has never been a better time to be an emerging player.”

CRICKET IRELAND SHAPOORJI PALLONJI SENIOR ACADEMY

Ross Allen, Rory Anders, Aaron Cawley, David Delany, Stephen Doheny, Shane Getkate, Fionn Hand, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, James McCollum, Robert McKinley, Max Neville, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Nathan Smith, Tom Stanton, Harry Tector, Jack Tector, Sean Terry, Lorcan Tucker.

CRICKET IRELAND SHAPOORJI PALLONJI EMERGING ACADEMY

Ian Anders, Varun Chopra, JJ Garth, Gavin Hoey, James Hunter, Kyle Magee, Reece Malone, Oliver Metcalfe, Cian Nulty, Marcus Poskitt, Neil Rock, Sean Stanton, Alex Stiles, Mitchell Thompson, Andrew Vincent.

Cawley named in Ireland U19 World Cup squad

Friday, December 8th, 2017

DHcPayOVwAAMFtgCongratulations to our talented all-rounder Aaron Cawley on his selection for the Cricket Ireland 15-man squad for next month’s ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand.

This is a fantastic achievement for the young Tipperary man making him the first Munster & Cork County player to feature at such a prestigious international tournament. 

Andrew Vincent of Clontarf is the only addition to the 14 that clinched the qualification tournament in Jersey this summer to secure the World Cup berth in a dramatic encounter against Scotland.

Harry Tector is one of ten Leinster-based players in the squad, which also contains three representatives from the North-West, and one each from the NCU and Munster.

Under 19 Head Coach Ryan Eagleson is urging his young charges to make their mark on the global stage, as many international superstars have done in the past.

“Many of today’s cricket stars have played in past under 19 World Cups and this is a huge opportunity for this group of Irish cricketers to make a name for themselves,” said Eagleson.

“There’s the added incentive of Test cricket now for this talented bunch, and strong displays in the tournament will definitely put them in the shop window with a new senior Head Coach at the helm later this month too.”

World Cup Preparations

Eagleson outlined preparations for the tournament in which the Irish have been drawn in Group D alongside the Asian triumvirate of Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“We’ve been training hard both at home and at a recent warm weather camp at the European Centre in La Manga. The players have all been putting in the hard yards with early morning gym sessions and regular skills based sessions and national weekends too. There’s a definite excitement in the camp as we build towards January. 

“We have a training camp planned in New Zealand where we will play two matches against a strong Auckland side as well as three days of practice to adjust to local conditions. We then travel to Christchurch for two official warm up matches against England and Canada.

“We will play our group games in Whangarei where two of our squad Mark Donegan and Sam Murphy have been playing locally over the winter which will be of great benefit not only to the pair, but the entire squad with their accumulated knowledge.”

Ireland face Sri Lanka in their first Group game on January 14th before taking on Pakistan two days later. The Afghanistan clash is down for decision on Saturday January 20th. Go well AC! ☘️?? #BackingAC #BackingGreen

Ireland U19 World Cup Squad Announced

Ireland Under 19 World Cup squad:

Harry Tector (Capt) (YMCA/LCU), Ian Anders (Phoenix/LCU), Aaron Cawley (Cork County/MCU), Varun Chopra (Coleraine/NWCU), Mark Donegan (The Hills/LCU), JJ Garth (Pembroke/LCU), Jamie Grassi (North County/LCU), Reece Kelly (Bready/NWCU), Graham Kennedy (Ballyspallen/NWCU), Josh Little (Pembroke/LCU), Sam Murphy (YMCA/LCU), Max Neville (Merrion/LCU), Neil Rock (Rush/LCU), Morgan Topping (Waringstown/NCU), Andrew Vincent (Clontarf/LCU).

Gary King scoops 2017 Player of the Year

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

The Annual Awards took place at the Mardyke on Sunday, 22nd October, which saw the top performers at all levels acknowledged for their efforts throughout the season.

Gary King scooped both the Senior Batsman and Player of the Year following some big performances during his inaugural season at the club. One of the highlights being a 150 in the Munster Senior Cup Final against Limerick.

Other notable winners include Abubakar Saddique who clinched the Senior Bowler of the Year while Daniel Kennedy received the ‘Most Promising Young Player’ award for his efforts as captain and bowler for the U15s.

The full list of winners are as follows:

  • Senior Player of the Year – Gary King
  • Senior Bowler of the Year – Abubakar Saddique
  • Senior Batsman of the Year – Gary King
  • 2nd XI Player of the Year – James Hunter
  • 3rd XI Player of the Year – Sajid Ali Khan
  • Most Promising Young Player – Daniel Kennedy
  • U15 Player of the Year – Rioghan O’Sullivan
  • U15 Batsman – Tahmid Alam
  • U15 Bowler – Tom Cullen
  • U12 Player of the Year – Sam Bailey
  • U12 Batsman – Jabir Rahman
  • U12 Bowler – Ifthikar Rizwaan
  • Club Person of the Year – Talha Kayani