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Celebrating 150 Years of Cork County Cricket Club

Friday, April 5th, 2024

In a historic commemoration of the club’s rich legacy, Cork County Cricket Club recently marked the 150th anniversary since its inception. The journey began in 1874 when the inaugural meeting was convened under the chairmanship of Sir Thomas Tobin on the 4th of April 1874 at the Imperial Hotel in Cork.

Led by President Mortimer Kelleher and Chairman Peter Dineen, the current committee gathered at the very location where it all began to pay homage to this significant milestone. Among the distinguished attendees were former Club President Kieran Aherne and esteemed club stalwart David Griffin, who served as both President of Cricket Ireland and a long-standing officer of the club.

Accompanied by current committee members Robert Duggan, Talha Kayani, Diarmuid Carey, Sid Joshi, Kevin O’Sullivan, Pat Donnelly, Susan O’Connell, and Rahul Sethi, the group convened at the Imperial Hotel. Together, they captured a commemorative photograph on the grand staircase of the hotel foyer, mirroring a similar effort by the club committee during the centenary celebrations in 1974.

Photo recreating the 1974 centenary celebration photo, featuring the current Cork County Cricket Club committee (including President Mortimor Kelleher, Chairman Peter Dineen, Robert Duggan, Talha Kayani, Diarmuid Carey, Sid Joshi, Kevin O'Sullivan, Pat Donnelly, Susan O'Connell, and Rahul Sethi) on the steps of the grand staircase at the Imperial Hotel in Cork, commemorating the club's 150th anniversary.
Photo recreating the 1974 centenary celebration photo, featuring the current Cork County Cricket Club committee (including President Mortimor Kelleher, Chairman Peter Dineen, Robert Duggan, Talha Kayani, Diarmuid Carey, Sid Joshi, Kevin O’Sullivan, Pat Donnelly, Susan O’Connell, and Rahul Sethi) on the steps of the grand staircase at the Imperial Hotel in Cork, commemorating the club’s 150th anniversary.

The event served as a poignant reminder of the club’s enduring legacy and the profound impact it has had on the cricketing community in Cork and beyond over the past century and a half. As Cork County Cricket Club embarks on its 150th year, the spirit of camaraderie and dedication to the sport continues to thrive, ensuring a bright future for generations of cricket enthusiasts to come.

This special gathering marks the official kick-off of a year-long celebration planned by the club. We look forward to sharing more details about upcoming events as we commemorate 150 years of cricketing excellence and camaraderie at Cork County Cricket Club.

Save the Date: 2023 Annual Awards Night

Friday, November 24th, 2023

Cork County Cricket Club is thrilled to announce that the Annual Awards Night will take place on Friday, 19th January 2024, at the exquisite 4-Star River Lee Hotel.

While it is an opportunity to bask in the many achievements of 2023, this night is more than just an awards ceremony. It marks the prelude to our grand 150th-anniversary celebrations for one of the oldest clubs in the city. Consider this event the kickoff to a year of festivities, reflections, and anticipation for the remarkable journey ahead.

Event Highlights:

🥂 Prosecco/Orange Juice Reception on Arrival

🍽️ Sumptuous 3-course Meal:

  • 2 Starter Options
  • 2 Main Course Options
  • 2 Dessert Options
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Exciting Details:

🎙️ Former Irish international John Mooney will be joining us as a guest speaker on the night and brings with him a wealth of experience with 64 ODIs, 27 T20 internationals as well as 17 First Class appearances to his name. John also took on the role of specialist fielding coach for the Danish and Afghanistan national sides.

All-rounder John Mooney representing Ireland

🎉 Speeches and Awards

Running Order:

  • 18:00: Guests arrive for a lively drinks reception
  • 19:00: Seating arrangements commence
  • 19:15: Guests comfortably seated
  • 19:30: Dinner service begins with orders taken and wines poured
  • 21:00: Unveiling of speeches and awards during dessert

Tickets:

🏆 Club Achievements in 2023:

  • Premier Division
  • Premier T20 League
  • Division 1
  • Division 2 T20 Cup
  • Division 3 T20 Cup
  • U17 T20 League
  • U13 Super League
  • U13 T20 League
  • Munster Team of the Year

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of 2023 and set the stage for an extraordinary 150th anniversary season. Let the festivities begin! 🌟 #AnnualAwardsNight #CCCC150

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Triumphant Sweep at 2023 Munster Cricket Awards

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023

Cork County Clinches 20 Player & Team Honours

Cork County Cricket Club emerged with an impressive haul of 20 awards across various divisions and age groups at the prestigious 2023 Munster Cricket Awards. The club’s unparalleled success was celebrated at the ceremony which took place at the Charleville Park Hotel, highlighting both team and individual achievements.

Team Awards

  • Premier Division Champions – Cork County 1
  • Premier T20 Champions – Cork County 1
  • Division 1 Champions – Cork County 2
  • Division 2 T20 Champions – Cork County 3
  • Division 3 T20 Champions – Cork County 4
  • U13 T20 League Champions – Cork County U13 Sharks
  • U13 Super League Champions – Cork County U13
  • U17 T20 League Champions – Cork County U17
  • Munster Team of 2023 – Cork County 1

Individual Awards

  • Premier T20 Batter of 2023 – Stefano Di Bartolomeo
  • Premier T20 Bowler of 2023 – Hamdullah Safi
  • Division 2 Batter of 2023 – Ishaan Singh Seehra
  • Division 2 T20 Batter of 2023 – Ishaan Singh Seehra
  • Division 3 Batter of 2023 – Rahul Sethi
  • Division 3 T20 Batter of 2023 – Prateek Chappanda
  • U17 Leagues Batter of 2023 – Niall Donnelly
  • U15 Female Player of 2023 – Ciara Spalding
  • U13 Leagues Batter of 2023 – Hashim Bilal Ahsan
  • U13 Leagues Bowler of 2023 – Elmond Momand
  • U13 Player of 2023 – Eddie Ross

The club’s dedication to fostering a vibrant cricketing community, where individuals of all ages and abilities can excel, has once again been recognised, with 11 individual and team award recipients across both adult and youth levels.

Congratulations to all the winners for their outstanding contributions to Cork County Cricket Club’s phenomenal success in 2023. Here’s to more triumphs and cricketing excellence during our 150th anniversary season in 2024!

2023 Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, November 14th, 2023

All members are invited to attend the 2023 Annual General Meeting of Cork County Cricket Club which will take place at the Mardyke at 7.30pm on Thursday 14th December 2023.

The proposed agenda is set out below for your information.

  • Apologies
  • Approval of the Minutes of the 2022 Annual General Meeting
  • Hon. Secretary’s Report
  • Hon. Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of Captains, Officers and Committee Members for 2024
  • Ratification of Child Safeguarding personnel for 2024
  • Membership Subscriptions 2024
  • 150th Anniversary Celebrations in 2024
  • Any Other Business

The Committee wishes to encourage all members to attend the AGM, which is a vital part of the Club’s calendar and is crucial to the successful operation of the Club. The AGM allows all members the opportunity to express their views on the future direction of the Club as we look forward to the momentous 150th celebrations.

U13 and U17 Achievements Shine Bright

Wednesday, October 4th, 2023

Youth cricket in Cork County has never been more vibrant, and the recent awards ceremony was a testament to the talent and dedication of our young cricketers. Under the warm embrace of the sun, Cork County Cricket Club celebrated the remarkable achievements of its U13 and U17 squads in the 2023 Munster Cricket competitions. The event not only marked a glorious moment for the players but also highlighted the club’s commitment to nurturing young cricketing talent.

Behind every successful youth program, there is a dedicated team that works tirelessly to ensure the players have the best possible experience. The Youth Committee of Cork County Cricket Club played a pivotal role in organizing the awards ceremony and supporting the young cricketers throughout their journey. Their commitment to fostering talent and providing a nurturing environment deserves special recognition.

The U13 and U17 squads of Cork County Cricket Club have been on an outstanding journey throughout the season, showcasing their skills, determination, and passion for the game. Their hard work resulted in more silverware:

  • U13 T20 Cup
  • U13 Super League
  • U17 T20 Cup

The awards ceremony was graced by the presence of Jack Filen, the President of Munster Cricket. His attendance not only added prestige to the event but also showed Munster Cricket’s unwavering support for youth cricket development. Mr. Filen’s words of encouragement and praise motivated the young cricketers and instilled a sense of pride in their accomplishments.

No celebration is complete without delicious treats, and the young cricketers were in for a delightful surprise thanks to Lavish Foods. The generous contribution of Lavish Foods added flavour to the event, and their tasty treats were enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

Cork County Cricket Club looks forward to continued success and growth in youth cricket, driven by the enthusiasm and passion of these remarkable young players.

Cork County’s Quest for Historic Treble

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023

As Cork County Cricket Club gears up for the Munster Senior Cup final against County Kerry Cricket Club, they have their sights set on achieving a remarkable treble this season. Already crowned champions in the Senior T20 Blast and Premier Division, Cork County now aims to add the Senior Cup to these.

The prospect of securing the treble is a testament to the talent and hard work of the Cork County squad who juggle both Munster and Leinster commitments. Their performances in the Senior T20 Blast and Premier Division have been consistent throughout, earning them well-deserved titles and recognition in the Munster cricket scene.

Now, with the Senior Cup final on the horizon, Cork County has the opportunity to cap off an extraordinary season with another significant achievement. Winning the Senior Cup would not only solidify a dominant season in Munster but also add a historic chapter to their storied legacy in the competition.

Since the inception of the Senior T20 Blast in 2016, the Munster Senior treble has been a rare and coveted feat, and achieving it would be a source of immense pride for Cork County Cricket Club who has achieved the accolade on two previous occasions in 2017 and 2019. It’s a testament to their commitment and determination, and it reflects the strong cricketing culture and tradition within the club.

If the weather permits, the Senior Cup final promises to be a thrilling encounter, with County facing a Kerry side buoyed by the addition of Monil Patel to their ranks and following victories at the Quarter and Semi-Final stages against Harlequins and Limerick, respectively. The Mardyke will be buzzing with excitement, and spectators can expect a fiercely competitive match as these two talented sides take the field.

A victory would mean a first Senior Cup title for the club in the 2020s following the two gap due to Covid and since their last victory in 2019. The club has won 20 Senior Cup titles since 1987 and won six in a row during the 2001 to 2006 period.

2023 Munster Senior Cup Final

Sunday, 24th September, at the Mardyke (11.30am)

2023 1st XI Season Preview

Friday, April 21st, 2023

As the 2023 cricket season approaches, Cork County prepares for an exciting and challenging campaign under the leadership of its new club captain, Abubakar Saddique, who takes the reins from Ross Durity. With a wealth of experience gained at both club and interprovincial levels, Saddique will look to lead from the front with bat and ball, having taken 142 wickets at 19.7 in Leinster competition.

Abubakar Saddique - Cork County Cricket Club

Joining the squad as the club’s overseas player is South African Stefano di Bartolomeo, a seam bowling all-rounder from Benoni Northerns CC in the Easterns Premier League. Di Bartolomeo, who is also eligible for the Italian national side, will aim to play his way into their squad for the WT20 Qualifiers later in the summer while also aiming to put in some strong performances with bat and ball for the club in all competitions.

The 1st XI will face a tough start to their Premier Division campaign with an uncompromising schedule of three successive away fixtures in Munster competitions, followed by a trip to Ardmore in the Irish Senior Cup. However, the squad is strengthened with a few new faces who will inject some freshness and necessary depth into the team. Saddique will also be able to rely on the experience and talent of the likes of  Ross Durity, Byron McDonough, Nabeel Anjum among others who will all have key roles to play to ensure the club has a successful season.

Saddique is optimistic about the upcoming season and his role as club captain, stating, “It’s a new season, and as the new captain, I want to instil an aggressive mindset in the squad and look to win back some silverware in Munster and become a tough opponent in a very competitive-looking Leinster Championship.” It promises to be an exciting season for Cork County, and their supporters can’t wait to see what unfolds on the pitch.

Groundsman Matt Reed is also hard at work preparing the Mardyke for what promises to be another action-packed season on the ground, with fixtures at all levels scheduled throughout the summer. In addition, the first T20 Interpro festival is set to take place in early June, adding to the already exciting lineup of matches. Matt’s expertise and attention to detail ensure that the ground is always in top condition, ready for play at all times.

Looking north across the the Mardyke Cricket grounds towards Sunday's Well.

Ardmore await in Irish Senior Cup

Thursday, February 9th, 2023

Cork County have been drawn away to Ardmore in the 1st Round of the 2023 Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup. The tie will take place on Saturday, 20th May, at the Bleachgreen.

It will be a repeat of the draw for the 2003 competition which saw County come out on top in a refix at the Mardyke.

The Irish Senior Cup, established in 1982, is a 50-over tournament for the top clubs in their respective provincial unions. The reigning champions, CIYMS, currently hold the prestigious Bob Kerr Trophy, having won the final against Lisburn last year.

The fixtures for the first round of the tournament have been determined after the draw was conducted, with the home team listed first:

Irish Senior Cup – First Round

  • Malahide v Instonians
  • YMCA V Coleraine
  • Railway Union v Bready
  • Pembroke v Brigade
  • Woodvale v Balbriggan
  • CSNI v Leinster
  • North Down v Eglinton
  • Fox Lodge v The Hills
  • Donemana v Carrickfergus
  • Newbuildings v Waringstown
  • Cork Harlequins v Merrion
  • Ardmore v Cork County

The semi-finalists from 2022 – Clontarf, Phoenix, Lisburn and CIYMS – will receive a bye into the second round.

Irish Senior Cup Schedule:

  • Round 1: 20th May 2023 (reserve date 28th May)
  • Round 2: 4th June 2023 (reserve date 11th June)
  • Quarter-Finals: 18th June 2023 (reserve date 25th June)
  • Semi-Finals: 9th July 2023 (reserve date 30th July)
  • Final: 12th August 2023 (reserve date 2nd September)

Saddique elected as 2023 Club Captain

Friday, December 16th, 2022

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Cork County Cricket Club was held on Thursday, 15th December, with a strong turnout of members in attendance.

The club’s Chairman, Peter Dineen, began the meeting by thanking the members for their support over the past year which was then followed by the Club Secretary’s report in which Kevin O’Sullivan outlined the key achievements of the club. These included winning the Munster Divisions 1 & 4, a Division 3 T20 title, U13 and U15 successes, and extending the club’s sponsorship deal with Blarney Castle & Gardens.

Talha Kayani presented the club’s financial report, which showed a challenging year following the reopening of facilities with the easing of Covid restrictions earlier in the year. Like many other amateur clubs, we face a challenging cost environment with inflationary pressures impacting most of our cost base.

There was also a significant capital investment with the construction of two new net bays which was partially funded by a sports capital grant. The new net bays are a fantastic resource and will contribute greatly to cricket activities at the club.

The AGM moved to the election of team captains with Abubakar Saddique becoming the 2023 Club Captain following the end of a two year stint by Ross Durity. A huge thanks to Ross who guided the 1st XI during a challenging period which saw the impact of Covid and an ever-demanding fixture schedule making a tough job even more difficult. Ross will no doubt continue to be a key figure in the side both as an experienced player and a top-class batsman.

Abubakar Saddique
2023 Club Captain – Abubakar Saddique

Robert Duggan remains as 2nd XI captain while there are fresh faces at the 3rd & 4th XI level with Ashwani Tomar and Rahul Sethi duly elected into the respective captaincy roles. 

There were three new faces elected to the committee with Kevin Bray, Pat Donnelly and Sid Joshi coming on board. 

After the election of officers and captains, the floor was opened for questions and discussions from the members. The committee is looking forward to another successful season on and off the field.

A summary fo the elected officers and captains:

  • President: Mortimer Kelleher
  • Chairman: Peter Dineen
  • Secretary: Pat Donnelly
  • Treasurer: Talha Kayani
  • Club Captain: Abubakar Saddique
  • 2nd XI Captain: Robert Duggan
  • 3rd XI Captain: Ashwani Tomar
  • 4th XI Captain: Rahul Sethi

Ordinary members of the committee:

  • Robert Duggan
  • Kevin Bray
  • Kevin O’Sullivan
  • Abdul Jabbar Younus
  • Sid Joshi
  • Diarmuid Carey
  • John Power

Hassett to return for 2022 season

Sunday, February 13th, 2022

It’s the Return of the Mak(ka) with the news that Cormac Hassett will be returning to the Mardyke for the 2022 season. The club is delighted to have the extremely popular Victorian and Irish passport holder back on Leeside after a two year break due to Covid.

Cormac first represented the club with the 4th XI at 15 years of age back in 2011 while his family were spending a few months in Ireland. He later returned in 2015 for the first of a 5 season spell during which time he won a Leinster Championship title in 2016, five Munster Premier Division titles, three Senior Cups and four Senior T20 titles. He succeeded Stephan Grobler as Club Captain in 2018.

Cormac Hassett representing Cork County against Malahide in the 2019 All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final

Hassett has also been capped by the Munster Reds on six occasions making his debut against the Knights at Carrickfergus in 2017 in the Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Trophy. A fantastic innings of 49 against the Leinster Lightning at Sydney Parade in 2019 was certainly the highlight and he has scored 102 runs at a Strike Rate of 99.02 for the provincial franchise. 

Since leaving The Mardyke, Cormac has coached the Stratford Cricket Club to a premiership title and have also played a season in the Northern Territory for Pints Cricket Club. He is currently playing sub-district cricket in Melbourne for Ormond Cricket Club.

With the confirmation of the news, Hassett expressed his excitement at the planned return:

“The time has finally come! I can’t wait to get back down to the Mardyke for the season. I feel like I’m coming home after two long years away.”

“Leah and I are really looking forward to our summer in Cork and we can’t wait to see all of our friends in the Cork County community.”

“Good luck with the pre-season lads and I’ll see you all in April.”