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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 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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Leinster Division 2 Review: Cork County win last 9 to grab title

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Cork County 1- Champions (Predicted 4th)

  • • Batting Rating: 120
  • • Bowling Rating: 122
  • • RpO for: 4.64
  • • RpO against: 4.27

 
By mid-June, Cork County 1 were in spot of bother after losing to Dublin University, Leinster and Malahide in their first four matches. There was only one way they could win the league after that start, and that was by winning their remaining nine matches – a task that was achieved in an amazing late season run. It was Cork County’s second league title in Leinster, to go with their 2013 Division 3 crown.

Most of the games on that run in were healthy victories, although the nerves must have been frayed on the last game of all, when chasing 135 against Balbriggan, County found themselves at 119-7 and 128-8, with only Ross Durity standing up to the Balbriggan bowlers. Tom Clifford and Muhammad Junaid Amin got the required eight runs, and then there was a short wait to see if Leinster could win their last game against Terenure – they couldn’t.

Four players passed 200 league runs for the season, Cormac Hassett had a supporting role with 213 runs at 19.36, Ross Durity a very decent 271 runs at 30.11, Morne Bauer a very decent indeed 289 runs at 57.8 and Stephan Grobler 423 runs at 42.3. Five bowlers got into double wickets in the league, with Morne Bauer (12 at 23.08), Ahmed Billal Bhatti (12 at 25) and Muhammad Junaid Amin (12 at 25.42).

Two bowlers dominated though. Aaron Cawley has a major breakthrough season with 23 wickets at 15.61, with his skipper breaking a record held by two Leinster players – Joe Carroll and Corey Edwards. Stephan Grobler took 31 wickets at 11.23, the previous record being 30 in a league season.

Read the full Division 2 Review on www.cricketleinster.ie

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June Bank Holiday weekend round-up

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

A busy weekend of action over the June bank holiday weekend saw all three Cork County sides in action in league and T20 competitions.

Friday, 3rd June:

Cork T20 Cup

Harlequins Masters 168-9 (AJ Younus 3-18, Saleem 2-17, Kavanagh 2-27) lost to Cork County Lions 170-2 (AJ Younus 104, AW Younus 30, Riaz 17*) by 8 wickets at Farmers Cross.

Saturday, 4th June:

Leinster Division 2

Cork County 206-8 off 50 (Banon 63*, Hassett 50, Riches 4-38) lost to Malahide 209-9 by 1 wicket at the Mardyke.

Munster Division 1

Cork County 2 258 all out (Jeffers 94, Ali 64) beat Cork Harlequins 2 158 all out by 100 runs at Farmers Cross.

Sunday, 5th June:

Munster Division 2

Midleton 205-5 (K O’Reilly 100*, Leonard 30, MH Younus 2-23) beat Cork County 3 194 all out (Rashid 35, Barlow 25, Saleem 24, Kayani 21, Jalil 3-26, Sharif 3-29) by 11 runs at Midleton Town Park.

Monday, 6th June:

Munster Premier Division

Cork County 135-3 (Banon 51, Duggan 38*) beat County Kerry 132 all out (S. Alam 59) by 7 wickets at the Oyster Oval.

Cork County 2 cruise to 100 run opening win in Division 1

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

The Cork County 2 side that faced Cork Harlequins 2 at Farmers Cross on Saturday came out victorious with a 100 run win in fabulous summer conditions.

Cork County batted first with Mubeen Jutt displaying some good hitting with 64 off 45 balls and then Scot Jeffers pushing on and finishing out the innings with 94, setting Harlequins a target of 258 to chase.

A much better collective bowling effort saw Sean Cawley (1-11 from 4) and Saleem Mir (2-14 from 7) lead the way, then followed by John Power (2-38 from 6), Brian Kelleher (1-22 from 4) and Kevin O’Sullivan (1-24 from 4).

Excellent performance by all. ‪#‎WeAreCounty‬

2016 Leinster Division 2 fixtures announced

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Cricket Leinster’s Open Competitions Committee has announced fixtures for both Division’s 1 and 2 for the upcoming 2016. Following their relegation from Division 1 last season, Cork County will be seeking to push hard for one of the top two positions.

For 2016, there will be a change to the promotion format with the champions automatically moving up to Division 1 while the second placed side will face a playoff against the club finishing second last in the top division.

Cork County face another tough start to their season with three away fixtures in succession against Rush, Dublin University and Leinster, respectively. Balbriggan commence with a trip to College Park, whilst Terenure go to Malahide, who get their second home game of the season.

Cork County will host Balbriggan in The Mardyke on Saturday 3rd September, and with Balbriggan tipped by many to have a good season, that match could well be instrumental in deciding the top of the league.

The Leinster Division 2 fixtures involving Cork County are as follows:

April

Saturday 30th Rush v Cork County

May

Saturday 14th Dublin University v Cork County
Saturday 28th Leinster v Cork County

June

Saturday 4th Cork County v Malahide
Sunday 19th Terenure v Cork County
Saturday 25th Cork County v North Kildare

July

Saturday 9th Balbriggan v Cork County
Saturday 16th Cork County v Rush

August

Monday 1st Cork County v Leinster
Saturday 6th Malahide v Cork County
Sunday 21st Cork County v Terenure
Sunday 28th North Kildare v Cork County

September

Saturday 3rd Cork County v Balbriggan

You can view the full list of Leinster Division 2 fixtures on the Cricket Leinster website.

Club stalwart Pat Twomey passes away

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of club stalwart Pat Twomey on the morning of Saturday, 10th October 2015. Pat was a true gentleman and a wholehearted supporter of Cork County Cricket Club, and his presence on the sideline will be sorely missed. The thoughts of all at CCCC are with the Twomey family.

Having watched his son Brian represent Cork County during the late 80’s/early 90’s, Pat’s love of the game never left him. Pat and his wife Vivian were regular spectators at Cork Count fixtures at all levels up both at home and away giving the players great support from the sidelines. ‪#‎RIP‬

Senior Cup Final abandoned due to inclement weather

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

The 2015 Senior Cup Final was abandoned on Sunday, 2nd August, due to torrential rain with Cork County on 74-2 chasing County Kerry’s modest target of 118 to win.

With the anticipated poor weather not arriving before the start of play, Cork County did not hesitate to put County Kerry into bat after winning the toss. Having bowled out the side from The Kingdom to a merger total of 117, Cork County set about the chase in a controlled fashion before the rains came in with the Cork men on 74-2 and on course to chase down the required total with ease.

A date for the refix will be announced in due course.

County clinch Senior Cup Final spot after demolition of Midleton

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Cork County clinched a place in the Final of the Munster Senior Cup following a comprehensive 10 wicket victory over Midleton in the grounds of Midleton RFC. Having won the toss Midleton decided to have a bat on the artificial wicket but were soon pegged back by a tight opening spell of seam bowling from youngsters Hugh O’Brien (1-12) and Chris van Heerden (1-9). The left arm spin of Jack Reitchel (4-24) and aggressive medium/fast bowling of Bilal Ahmed (4-27) soon tore through the hosts batting ordered and reducing them to a total of 74.

In reply, County make short work of their run chase with openers Robin Russell (51 from 37 balls) and Stephan Grobler (17) easing them home to book their place in the Senior Cup Final against County Kerry on Saturday, 1st August.

View the full scorecard by clicking here.

Kelleher ton helps County reach Cup Final

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Cork County 2 travelled East on Saturday last to take on Midleton in the semi-final of the Junior Cup at a windswept Midleton Town Park. Having been asked to set a score, the away side could hardly have got off to a worse start, losing Cormac Hassett and Peter Barlow within the first three overs.

Robert Duggan and Aidan Kelleher set about the task of rebuilding the innings and through assertive shot-making and aggressive running had pushed to score to 55 when Duggan was caught at mid-wicket off Ken Higgs for 23.

County skipper Scot Jeffers and Sean Power then departed in quick succession, both falling to the off-spin of Higgs to leave the visitors tottering on 69-4. Kelleher, who had continued to attack the Midleton bowlers despite wickets falling around him was joined at the crease by James Hunter. Their first task was to bat the remaining three overs until drinks however four balls short of their target, Clinton Laverty induced Hunter to sky one to Ian Tovey at mid-on.

Drinks were taken with Midleton in total control at 72-5 from 21.2 overs. Kevin O’Sullivan was the latest to join Kelleher in the middle and while he took his time, Kelleher continued to be aggressive and reached his fifty in the thirtieth over. The combination of fluid stroke-making and patient defence began to take its toll on Midleton who tried four bowling changes without success.

The score had reached 130-7 in the 37th over when Kelleher really began to cut loose, smashing four sixes in as many overs. A sumptuous lofted cover-drive brought the young right-hander into the nineties and another boundary from the next ball this time over square-leg brought up the hundred partnership between Kelleher and O’Sullivan, the latter having contributed 23 singles.

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With the scoreboard ticking over 170, Kelleher brought up his century with another lusty blow over mid-wicket. It was a magnificent hundred, even more so in the circumstances when team-mates had been falling all around him.

Having successfully reached 185 with three overs left, O’Sullivan and Kelleher set about the task of opening their shoulders and pushing Cork County above 200. They added three more before O’Sullivan flicked Danish Iqbal to Ian Tovey at short third man to be out for a 25 off 64 balls. He departed having put on 116 with Aidan Kelleher in just over 21 overs.

Some late pyrotechnics from both the centurion and the ultra aggressive Noel Cronin had moved the Cork County score to 206 from their 45 over allocation, Kelleher out with three balls left in the innings for 124.

Midleton knew that a good start was imperative to chase down the imposing target and Luke Deane together with opening partner Majid Khan took the attack to the County new ball bowlers. They had amassed 39 when Deane was sent back, failed to beat Sean Power’s throw from mid-wicket and was out for 14.

Justin McGurk was generating good pace coming down the slope and nicked off Simon Casey for 3 with the last ball of the thirteenth over. Savad Mon entered the fray and struggled against the swing of James Hunter before clubbing McGurk over mid-wicket for four. The opening bowler would have the final say however, when Mon cut a lifting delivery straight to Cormac Hassett at point.

Midleton continued to attack, with Majid Khan a particular thorn in the side of the bowlers. His favoured area was mid-wicket and he succeeded in pulling anything back of a length to the boundary. Khan had progressed to 41 when he tried one heave too many, James Hunter taking the catch at mid-on off the bowling of Rob Duggan.

Drinks were taken with Midleton 83-4, but losing Khan was a big blow, particularly given that the seam bowling combination of Rob Duggan and Noel Cronin were making run-scoring a tough task. Clinton Laverty joined his skipper Kuros Muhammadi at the crease but departed soon after, caught behind off Duggan for 6.

The home side’s captain who had batted patiently and provided good support for his partners was next to go when his middle stump was removed by a Duggan yorker.

The right-armer thought he had picked up a fourth wicket when Danish Iqbal edged behind to Peter Barlow but umpire Billy Quinn felt otherwise and despite a wry smile, Iqbal stood his ground.

Sachin Saxena’s off-spin was introduced after an excellent spell from Noel Cronin and three quick-fire wickets, those of Kashif Khan, Peter Thackeray and Ian Tovey put Cork County on the brink of victory.

Some steadfast resistance from Ken Higgs and Danish Iqbal made the visitors wait, but a mix-up off the bowling of Kevin O’Sullivan ended proceedings, handed Cork County a 67 run victory and a place in the Junior Cup final.

Despite the importance of the game, the match was played in a terrific spirit and the sporting nature of the contest was a credit to both clubs.