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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!”

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.


 

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 Friday’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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County clinch 2017 Senior Cup in style

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Cork County won the Senior Cup at the Mardyke on Saturday by a convincing margin of 163 runs against Limerick. It was County’s 12th Senior Cup title since the turn of the century which included victories over County Galway and Midleton to progress to the Final.

Limerick having won the toss elected to bowl on a beautifully prepared pitch which received high praise from the umpires at the previous night’s Inter-pro Trophy game.

It soon became apparent that the pitch was proving a bit more difficult to read as the County openers struggled to get the ball away. By the time Gary King joined Stephan Grobler midway through the 13th over County had lost the wickets of Aaron Cawley, Cormac Hassett and Robert Duggan and were 3-34.

Progress continued to be slow with only three boundaries being scored in the next 11 overs. The pair kept the scoreboard ticking over with impressive running of singles which kept the Limerick fielders struggling to contain. By the 39th over, when on 59, Grobler edged and was caught behind, the partnership of 155 had proven a game changer.

King continued to find boundaries with more regularity and reached 151 in the penultimate over before he was bowled by Ibrahim Khan next ball. A wonderful innings which was appreciated even by the Limerick players who had been at the receiving end of it.

A target of 287 was a big ask for a Limerick side unused to playing on a tricky wicket which required patience. The Limerick innings opened in dramatic fashion with a flurry of extras and with the score on 33 Limerick had only scored 5 runs off the bat before Limerick Captain, Ziz Khan, was bowled by Aaron Cawley.

In sharp contrast to the bizarre opening, the next 18 overs saw only 34 runs being scored for the loss of a further 4 wickets with the dismissals of Khalil Ahmad, Farrukh Bhagat, Murtaza Sidiqi and Khalid Ahmad. Farman Yousafzai offered token resistance scoring 15 off 41 balls but by the time Mustafa Sidiqi scored 31 off 25, before being caught in the deep by Grobler, the game had already slipped away from the Shannonsiders.

The presentation ceremony was conducted by MCU President, Michael Hickey, who presented medals to both teams and the Senior Cup to Cormac Hassett. Gary King was deservedly awarded Man of the match for his match winning 151.

Senior Cup Final: 

Cork County 286-7 (King 151, Grobler 59, O’Reilly 28*, Khan 3-23) beat Limerick 123 all out (Sidiqi 31, Carey 2-17, O’Sullivan 2-20, Cawley 2-26) by 163 runs at the Mardyke. 

Munster Senior Cup Winners 2017

County retain Munster T20 crown in style

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Cork County retrain their Munster Senior T20 Blast title following two convincing victories over County Kerry and Cork Harlequins in the Semi-Final and Final, respectively. 

Munster Senior T20 Final: 
Cork County 81-3 (9 overs; King 36*, Saddique 27*) beat Cork Harlequins 80-8 (20 overs; Neppalli 3-9, Carey 2-13, Saddique 2-22) by 7 wickets. Scorecard: https://goo.gl/Ae7Hfi

Semi-Final:
Cork County 124-1 (11.2 overs; King 61*, Hassett 53) beat County Kerry 122-8 (20 overs; Anwar 48, Saddique 2-9, Duggan 2-14) by 9 wickets. Scorecard: https://goo.gl/kt5Luf

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U15s defeat Harlequins in Game 1 of Cork Youth Series

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Cork County U15s put in a mature team performance to record a comprehensive win their first game against Cork Harlequins as part of a 2017 Cork Youth Series. Put into bowl, County restricted Quins to 149 all out in 27 overs, with J Buss (23) and J. Gilbert (24) best of the Harlequins batsmen. For County Daniel Kennedy (3-28), Masroor Salam (2-16) Rioghan O’Sullivan (2-17) were the best of the bowlers, with all the team contributing in the field.

In reply County chased the total down in 30 overs for the loss of 2 wickets with Eshan O’Sullivan (49) and Rioghan O’Sullivan (30) the best of the County batsmen. Special mention must also go to Joe Bailey who fielded for Quins during the County innings, due to an unfortunate injury on the Quins side during the warm up between innings.

Congratulations to Daniel Kennedy and this team as they head into Game 2 on Friday, 7th July.

Cork County Cubs squad: Kennedy*, Salam, L Rahman, A Rahman, E O’Sullivan, R O’Sullivan, Alam, Hussain, Cullen, Farsi, S Bailey & J Bailey

Cork County U15 150-2 (Eshan 49, Rioghan 30*) beat Cork Harlequins U15 149-8 (Kennedy 3-28, Rioghan 2-17, Masroor 2-16) by 8 wickets at Farmers Cross.

Man of the Match: Rioghan O’Sullivan

Cork County U15s beat Cork Harlequins by 8 wickets

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Crusaders topple Hurricanes by 86 runs in Cork T20 Cup

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Captain Kevin O’Sullivan’s report:

Cork County Crusaders had a comfortable 86 run win over the Harlequins Hurricanes at Farmers Cross on Thursday evening thanks to some fantastic performances from County’s youth players.

Having been asked to bat, Eshan O’Sullivan and Peter Barlow looked steady at the crease before Eshan departed in the 9th over with the score on 42. Talha Kayani joined Peter and with the help of some inconsistent bowling managed to push the score to 156-1 from our allocated 20 overs, Barlow finishing on 68.

Thereafter, the younger talent took over with excellent performances from Danetjie Kennedy, Rioghan & Eshan O’Sullivan, Akhiyar Hussain and Jack Cullen all of whom took at least one wicket. Sachin Saxena also chipped in with wickets and despite Peter Barlow being allowed an over of leg spin, we secured an 86 run win in the 15th over.

Many thanks to Scott Mcnamara and Kevy Bray for their help tonight. Much appreciated! #CCCC

U13s hosted Headfort School at the Mardyke

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Cork County lost to Headfort School U13s at the Mardyke on Saturday. A very young County Cubs side, with many playing their first hard ball game, provided a competitive match to an older and more experienced Headfort School team. The game was played in an excellent spirit, which is a tribute to both Headfort and County’s approach to the game, while County players were a credit to the club and the experience will stand all in good stead.

Thanks to Youth Coordinator, John Simon, and also to the parents and families of the County players who helped out at the game today, providing a wonderful tea and company to the travelling team.  

Headfort School U13

The U13 Cork County Cubs side was as follows:

  1. Eshan O’Sullivan*
  2. Farhan Fahim
  3. Jabir Rahman
  4. Iftikhaar Rizwan
  5. Rahul Nath
  6. Joel Jomon
  7. Thomas Cullen
  8. Joe Bailey
  9. Tahmid Alam
  10. Niall Donnelly
  11. Felix Joby
  12. Cronan Healy Browne
  13. Sam Bailey

 

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

Weekend Review: 20th & 21st May

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Cork County faced a tough weekend of fixtures with the 1st XI taking on North County 1 in Leinster Division 1 and Co. Galway 1 in the Munster Premier Division while the 2nd XI travelled to Manor Fields in Adare to take on Limerick 2 in Division 1.

Leinster Division 1

County went into the tie in search of a much-needed win after disappointing recent results and following defeat in the Irish Senior Cup away to Bready. After a pleasant start to the day weather wise, the rain set in which meant the match ended up being reduced to 33 overs a side.

CCCC never really got going against North County and despite a not out 55 from captain Stephen Grobler the home side reached just 136 all out. For North County, Eddie Richardson (3-23) and Andrew Sheridan (3-27) were the pick of the bowlers. A target of 137 to win never looked enough and so it proved with North County winning by four wickets in the 26th over despite a flurry of late wickets for the Cork men. Gary King was the pick of the Cork County bowlers taking 3-28 in an excellent spell of quick seam bowling.

Cork County 136-8 (Grobler 55*, Coleman 29, E Richardson 3-23, Sheridan 3-27) lost to North County 141-6 (Grassi 41, Andrews 40, King 3-28, Saddique 2-33) by 4 wickets at the Mardyke. scorecard

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Munster Division 1

While the 1st XI faced the stiff test of North County 1 at the Mardyke, the 2nd XI made the trip up the N20 to face Limerick 2 at Adare. After losing the toss, the Cork men were put in to bat in damp conditions which suited the seam attack of Limerick. A steady start from Robert Duggan (49) followed by a powerful 73 from Anthony O’Reilly and finished off with 41 not out from Scott McNamara, saw the Leesiders to a sizeable 270-9.

In reply, early wickets from Justin McGurk and Saleem Mir (3-23) meant the Limerick innings never got going despite a big hitting 77 from Shane Burke. The hosts were finally all out for 191 and the win puts the 2nd XI top of the table with two wins from three. Next up they welcome Tipperary County 1 to the Mardyke in the Junior Cup Quarter Final.

Cork County 270-9 (O’Reilly 73, Duggan 49, McNamara 41*) beat Limerick 191 all out (Burke 77, Mir 3-23, Duggan 3-33) by 79 runs at Manor Fields, Adare.  scorecard

Munster Premier Division

Following a disappointing home defeat to North County, the 1st XI faced a stiff test in the Premier Division against Co. Galway who have always proved difficult opposition in both league and cup. With the wicket at the Mardyke still appearing a little green after the rain on Saturday, the hosts lost the toss and were asked to bowl with Gary King and Adil Hameed taking the new ball. 

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Despite the early loss of Mohammad Ali, Co. Galway relied on steady partnerships to reach 207-9 off their 50 overs despite some slack fielding from Cork County which included a number of dropped catches. The pick of the Cork County bowlers was young Diarmuid Carey with 4-40.

With 208 required to win, the home side lost opener Scott McNamara for just 3 after a steady start alongside Ross Durity. Robert Duggan came in a three and in partnership with Durity began to chip away at the Galway target despite some tight seam bowling from the visitors. County reached the target for the loss of just the one wicket thanks to the superb partnership of over 190 between Durity (102 off 132 balls) and Duggan (79 off 111 balls) which meant County have now won two from three in their quest to retain the Premier Division title. Next up are table toppers Limerick at the Mardyke on Sunday, 28th May.

Cork County 210-1 (Durity 102*, Duggan 79*) beat County Galway 208-9 (Carey 4-40) by 9 wickets at the Mardyke.  scorecard

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