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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

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.

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.

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)

County off to winning start in Leinster Championship

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Cork County got their Leinster Championship campaign off to a winning start with a hard fought 10 run win over Railway Union at the Mardyke.

Cork batted first, and the top four all got starts in difficult circumstances. Jose George an excellent 57 from 50 balls, Robert Duggan 24 from 43 balls, Cormac Hassett a run a ball 37 and Jeremy Benton 23, Harvey Wotton and Muhammad Zuhair Shah went for 0 and 2. Ritesh Sah made 21 and Aaron Cawley made 21 and 23 at close to a run a ball. Kevin O’Sullivan went for 1 leaving Abdul Jabbar Younus not our 4 and Daniel Kennedy not out 1. Cork made a rain affected 221 for 9 in 39.2 overs.

Andy Jackson 3-26, Shariq Khan 1-24, Glenn Querl 1-33, Eoin Barron 1-44 the wicket takers. There was also 2 run outs. Railway Union needed 191 on D/L. They lost Glen Querl early for 4. Saad Ullah Khan and Hashir Sultan put on 48 before Sultan went for 26.

Saad Ullah Khan scored a run a ball 47. Eoin Barron 7 and Hashir Sultan 17 went quickly. Ali Elahi and Ciaran Divney battled with 29 and 19, but the Cork bowlers were on top. Eoghan Grehan 3, Shariq Kahn 6 and Andy Jackson 4 with Digamber Mishra 4 not out left Railway all out for 180 in 37 overs. Jeremy Benton 3-30, Kevin O’Sullivan 3-36, Daniel Kennedy 1-3, Jose George 1-23 and Harvey Wootton 1-35 the wicket takers. Cork winning by 11 runs on D/L.

Leinster Championship

Cork County 221-9 (Jose 57, Hassett 37, Duggan 24, Cawley 24) beat Railway Union 180 all out (Khan 47, Barron 29, Benton 3-30, O’Sullivan 3-37) by 10 runs on DLS 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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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!”

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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.


 

Narrow 16 run defeat for County in All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final

Monday, August 27th, 2018

In the first Semi-Final of The Sunday Independent All-Ireland T20 Cup, Cork County took on Leinster champions Clontarf at Bready. The T20 Finals day brought together the four champions from each province in order to crown the All-Ireland winners.

County come up short in All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final

Following a delayed start due to the wet overnight conditions, the game was reduced to 10 overs and after winning the toss, Clontarf skipper Stuart Poynter opted to bat first. Opener Coghlan batted through for an unbeaten 55 off 35 balls which pushed the Leinster champions to a total of 93-5 which looked tricky on a slow pitch.

Abubakar Saddique bowling for Cork County

The Dubliners had suffered a pre-game setback when fast bowler David Delany was withdrawn having tweaked a hamstring in Fridayโ€™s Wolves fixture. With his debut full cap beckoning this week a rest was the judicious solution.

In reply, County openers Cormac Hassett and Abubakar Saddique attempted to get the innings off to a positive start and after a slow first over then some began to find the boundary.

Aaron Cawley hits a big six at Bready

Clontarf bowlers Conor Kelly, Sameer Dutt and Obus Pienaar were particularly economical, and County losing wickets steadily, their task looked extremely difficult. Rob Duggan and Aaron Cawley hoisted a few plucky sixes towards the end but the Munster men fell 16 runs short.

ALL-IRELAND T20 CUP SEMI-FINAL

Bready, County Tyrone

Clontarf 93-3 [10 overs] (Coghlan 55*) beat Cork County 77-6 [10 overs] (Hassett 19, Kelly 2-12, Dutt 2-14) by 16 runs.  scorecard

Rob Duggan attempts a late surge in the run chase

(images courtesy of cricketeurope.com)

 

County return to Leinster Division 2 for 2018 season

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Cork County completed their Leinster Division 1 campaign with a disappointing 181 run defeat to Phoenix at Phoenix Park on Saturday, 2nd September. The result did not directly impact on County’s once relegation was confirmed following defeat at home to YMCA two weeks earlier.

Though relegation was a disappointment for the club following on from the memorable Division 2 title win last season, everyone at Cork County looks forward to competing for that title once again in 2018.

The Cork County side who took on Phoenix in their final Division 1 fixture of the 2017 season.

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