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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.  

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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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Weekend Review: 13th & 14th May

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Irish Senior Cup

It was that time of the year again when the 1st Round of the Irish Senior Cup took centre stage and Cork County made the longest trip to face North West side Bready at Mason Road near Derry. A weakened squad due to injuries, suspensions and unavailability made the 800km trip to the North West. 

In a rain affected game Bready reached 264-8 in their 46 overs. Bready overseas professional Samarasooriya was their top scorer with 81 with Gary Kings taking 4-55 for County.

In reply, Cork County reached 30-0 after 9 overs with Durity and Coleman well set at the crease before the rain set in and a further reduction set the away side a DLS target of 206 in 32 overs. Unfortunately, once the batsmen resumed their innings the wicket had quickened up and the skiddy conditions made the run chase all that more difficult. In Cork County’ 149-7 from their 32 overs, Stephan Grobler scored 35 and young Diarmuid Carey finished on 20* leaving Bready 56 run (DLS) winners.

Bready 267-8 (Samarsooriya 81, Rankin 35, King 4-55) beat Cork County 132-7 (Grobler 35, Carey 20*, Barr 3-35) by 62 runs on D/L at Mason Road.

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Munster Division 2

Cork County III made it two wins from two with a hard fought victory over North Kerry at the Mardyke. Openers Abdul Jabbar Younus (86) and Paul McDowell (97*) led the way with an excellent opening partnership to set the visitors a target of 262 to win. Sajid Khan did the damage for County taking 3-19 as North Kerry were reduced to 200-8 off their 40 overs.

Cork County 261-3 (McDowell 97*, A.J.Younus 86) beat North Kerry 200-8 (Packet 56, S Khan 3-29) by 61 runs at the Mardyke.

May Bank Holiday Weekend Results

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

A very mixed weekend of results for Cork County with the 1st XI suffering two disappointing defeats to Clontarf 1 and County Kerry 1 in both Leinster Division 1 and the Munster Premier Division, respectively. However, there were big wins for the 2nd and 3rd XI’s as they both opened their respective league campaigns with full points.

Cork County finished on 100-6 from 24 overs before bad light stopped play which meant they lost by 55 runs on DLS to the Leinster Champions. Clontarf finished on 208-7 from 43 overs. Cork County were penalised 24 runs for slow over rate which resulted in a final ‘effective’ total of 232 which was DLS adjusted and resulted in a target of 248 in 43 overs.

Cork County’s innings was interrupted at the end of the first over with the score 2 for no loss. When play resumed, Cork County reached 100-6 from 24 overs when play was called off due to bad light. The DLS par at that time was 155.

In Munster Division 1, the 2nd XI recorded an impressive 8 wicket victory chasing 249 in just 30 overs against County Kerry 2 at the Oyster Oval on Saturday. Despite the blustery and showery conditions, Cork County reached their target almost 5 overs to spare thanks to excellent centuries from Marc Smith (124) and Robert Duggan (110*).

The Oyster Oval

On Sunday, the 1st XI sought to make it two from two in the Premier Division but came up short by 17 runs chasing just 157 on a good wicket at a blustery Oyster Oval. Marc Smith once again led the way with 44 but no one gave the necessary support to see County home with Yakub Ali (4-10) causing most of the damage. The result and performance will hopefully be a wake up call for the champions who will need to up their game once league action returns in a few weeks!

The 3rd XI got their Division 2 campaign off to a winning start on bank holiday Monday with a 78 run victory over Lismore 1 at the Mardyke. 64 from Paul McDowell helped the home side to 207-8 off their 40 overs. In reply, Lismore were bowled out for 129 with Saleen Mir (4-25) and young Eshan O’Sullivan (3-0) doing most of the damage.

Weekend Results:

Saturday, 29th April

Leinster Division 1

Clontarf 232-7 (Mooney 59, Gallagher 39) beat Cork County 100-6 (Mooney 3-16, Delany 3-19) from 24 overs by 55 runs (DLS) (including 24 penalty runs for slow over rate) at the Mardyke.  scorecard

Munster Division 1

Cork County 248-2 (Smith 124, Duggan 110*) beat County Kerry 247-7 off 45 overs (Ahmed 68) by 8 wickets at The Oyster Oval.

Sunday, 30th April

Munster Premier Division

County Kerry 157 all out (Y. Ali 38, Kelleher 3-15) beat Cork County 140 all out (Smith 44, Y Ali 4-10) by 17 runs at The Oyster Oval.

Monday, 1st May

Munster Division 2

Cork County 207-8 (P. McDowell 64) beat Lismore 129 all out (S. Mir 4-25, E. O’Sullivan 3-0) by 78 runs at the Mardyke.
 
 

County clinch Leinster Division 2 title in dramatic style

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

IMG_0204Cork County clinched their first Leinster Division 2 title following a dramatic afternoon of action both at the Mardyke and in Rathmines. The standings prior to the final round of games saw Leinster in first position on 222.5 points while County were not too far behind on 218 points. A win for Cork County against Balbriggan at the Mardyke would at least confirm a promotion playoff place against the second bottom team in Division 1 and depending on the result of the Leinster v Terenure fixture, could even clinch the title!

Balbriggan also had their eyes firmly on a promotion playoff place and so the final fixture at the Mardyke would prove pivotal to both teams. Winning the toss, Cork County skipper Stephan Grobler had no hesitation putting the visitors in to bat following a delayed start due to the wet ground conditions.

The 32 over a side game got off to a flyer with Balbriggan openers, Warsop and Ahmed, taking the attack to the County bowlers at almost a run a ball. After the dismissal of Warsop, overseas professional Farrukh continued the frantic pace with some fiercely struck cut shots off the bowling of Morne Bauer.

Once Junaid Amin took the prized wicket of Farrukh (30) which left Balbriggan on 98-4, the Cork County attack continued to take wickets at regular intervals to reduce the visitors to 135 all out. The spin twins of Abubakar Saddique (3-26) and Stephan Grobler (3-13) inflicting most of the damage to the Balbriggan middle and lower order.

In response, Cork County lost their skipper Grobler (11) with the score on 22 and he was soon followed by the in-form Bauer to LBW for just 2. Hassett joined Ross Durity at the crease and the two went about rebuilding the innings putting on 45 for the third wicket before Hassett fell victim to a sharp short pitched delivery from Nulty.

Duggan and Durity continued the rebuilding job and looked to be guiding the home side to within touching distance of the 136 required to win with both batsmen scoring reasonably freely. While looking to cut a short of length delivery from Nulty, Duggan directed it a little finer than he hoped and found the safe hands of Paddy Martin in the slips leaving County on 93-4.

Ross DurityWith plenty of batting to come, it was hoped that the remaining 43 runs shouldn’t prove too difficult but a mini collapse by the lower middle order caused much anxiety in the crowd with Mubeen Ali (5), Abubakar Saddique (4) and Aidan Kelleher (1) all falling cheaply to leave the home side on 119-7 and still requiring another 19 runs to win and overs to go rapidly disappearing.

After reaching an excellent half century despite the fall of wickets at the other end, Durity (51) was caught and bowled by Farrukh while looking to take the attack to the spinner which left County needing 8 to win with two wickets remaining. The clam heads of Tim Clifford and Junaid Amin saw County home to a nail biting 2 wicket win with just 5 balls remaining and confirm their place in the promotion playoff.

However, the drama wasn’t done just yet! Leinster and Terenure were still scraping it out in Rathmines with Terenure closing in on the target of 136 to win (ironically the same as what Cork County had to chase). The final over saw Terenure requiring 10 to win – in the event they managed 9 and a tie which denied Leinster the crown.

Leinster will now play-off for promotion against either Railway Union or Merrion for the Division One slot, while Cork County are automatically promoted as Leinster Division 2 CHAMPIONS!!!

Leinster Division 2:

Cork County 136-8 (Durity 51, K Bilal 3-37, Nulty 3-27) beat Balbriggan 135 all out (Mehdi 33, Farrukh 30, Grobler 3-13, Saddique 3-26) by 2 wickets at the Mardyke.  scorecard

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Cubs star for Munster XI in U14 Challenge match

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Congratulations to the Cork County Cubs players who starred for the Munster U14 XI who beat Cork Harlequins by 6 wickets at Farmers Cross on Wednesday, 24th August. The Cubs players involved were Eshan and Rioghan O’Sullivan, Alex McAllen, Haroon Saffi, Masroor Salam and Daniel Kennedy.

Each of the Cork County youngsters contributed on the day with the O’Sullivan brothers and Haroon each taking a wicket as the Munster team dismissed Harlequins in 31 overs for just 79. Best of the Harlequins batsmen were Hickey (24) and Higgins (12). Egerton was the stand out Munster bowler with figures of 3-10 off 6 overs.

In reply, the Munster XI chased down the target of 80 in 25 overs, with C. Egerton 17*, E. O’Sullivan 13 and S. O’Reilly 12 the best of the Munster XI batsmen.

Our sincere thanks to Cork Harlequins for organising the challenge fixture at Farmers Cross.

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