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The Mardyke to host the Oman Cricket Association T20 training camp

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Oman flagCork County Cricket Club and Munster Cricket are delighted to announce that Oman Cricket Association, one of the ICC Associate countries participating in the upcoming T20 World Cup Qualifiers, will base themselves at the Mardyke in Cork for their pre-tournament training camp. As the tournament is being hosted by Ireland and Scotland, The Oman Cricket squad and management wish to acclimatise to local conditions by training and playing practice matches during their period in Cork.

The Oman Cricket Squad will arrive in Cork on the 15th June and will use the Cork County ground at the Mardyke as their training base from then until the end of June. Accommodation for their stay is kindly provided by our main Club sponsors The River Lee Hotel and during this period, they will play the following T20 challenge games at the Mardyke:

  • v Munster (Wednesday, 17th June)
  • v Cork County (Thursday, 18th June)
  • v Munster (Monday, 22nd June)
  • v Cork County (Thursday, 25th June)

 
All of these games will start at 2pm and will be played in coloured clothing under the ICC T20 World Cup competition regulations. Entry will be free of charge for each match with food and refreshments available in the Clubhouse.

Cork County and Munster Cricket look forward to the opportunity to test their best players against international opposition and believe this series of games will greatly increase the profile of cricket in Cork and across Munster. It is hoped that large numbers of cricket supporters in Munster will be able to attend the games and experience International T20 cricket at the famous Mardyke ground.

For further information on these upcoming fixtures against Oman Cricket, please contact Cork County on 021-4272569 or corkcountycc@gmail.com

County 2 overcome Waterford & District to reach Cup semi-final

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Waterford & District were the visitors to the Mardyke on Sunday last to take on Cork County 2 in the quarter-final of the Munster Junior Cup. In chilly and overcast conditions Kevin O’Sullivan won the toss and had no hesitation in asking the visitors to set a score.

David Head and Bilal Hussein strode out from the pavilion to face Aaron Cawley from the Mardyke End and first Oscar Cotter from the Tennis Club End. With the ball swinging prodigiously and the opening bowlers generating good pace, progress was slow. Wides accounted for the bulk of the 14 runs that Waterford had accumulated by the start of the seventh over when Hussein skyed a knee-high full toss on leg stump from Cotter, Rory O’Keeffe taking a good catch after running in from slip.

Siblee Islam joined the Waterford ‘keeper at the crease but Aaron Cawley was bowling at a consistently good pace and had both batsmen in trouble during his spell of 5 overs for 5 runs. The young right-armer was unlucky not to pick up a wicket, something which bowling a fuller length should sort out next time round. Meanwhile, Narsa Renjarla had replaced Oscar Cotter and despite conceding some early wides, his medium-pace was causing problems for Head and Islam.

It took another bowling change and a considerable degree of patience for County to pick up their second wicket, Islam gloving a short ball from James Hunter straight to Rory O’Keeffe at first slip. Dylan McGuire was next to go, bowled by Hunter for a single. The Suir-siders were in trouble at 33-4 after 16 overs and things soon got worse for them when Renjarla had Brendan du Preez lbw first ball. Du Preez felt he had edged it onto his pad but umpire Jack Russell had no hesitation in lifting the finger and he had to go.

Hunter picked up his third wicket soon after when Nithin Padmaprabher drove uppishly to O’Sullivan at mid-off. Some excellent Cork County bowling aswell as a solid fielding performance had the home side on top but with Head still at the crease they were wary of a Waterford backlash.

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Thankfully for the Mardyke men, the mainstay of the innings was out just one over later, castled by Hunter for 13 out of 50-6. Following the drinks break, Sean Cawley who had replaced Renjarla at the Tennis Club End enticed Pushkar Nigam to flick to mid-wicket where Kevin Bray took a good low catch. Despite conceding three no balls and several wides, Cawley struck again two overs later, disturbing Glen Egerton’s stumps and leaving Waterford 8 down with just 60 on the board.

Ram Sarkar decided that it was time to counter attack and he flayed Hunter to the mid-wicket fence before lofting him over mid-off for six. Despite a relatively expensive final over, Hunter finished with figures of 9-0-26-4, an outstanding performance by any measure.

Following the completion of his spell, O’Sullivan introduced himself from the University End and had Manish Singh dropped first ball, wicket-keeper Peter Barlow failing to cling on to a tough chance. It mattered little however as Sarkar was plumb lbw two balls later for a swift 23.

The visitors skipper David Latimer was last man in and two balls later last man out when he was bowled around his legs by O’Sullivan to leave W&D 84 all out in 30 overs.

Following the tea interval, Peter Barlow and Paul McDowell set about the task of chasing down what looked like a relatively easy target. That task suffered an early setback however as Barlow was bowled by Nigam with the score on 4. McDowell followed his opening partner back to the pavilion five overs later, bowled by Bilal Hussein for 8.

Meanwhile, Rory O’Keeffe had set about the task of dispatching the Waterford bowlers to all parts of the Mardyke and assisted by a few wides and the odd no ball had succeeded in pushing the score to 43 when he lost his partner Aaron Cawley (1) caught at cover attempting to cut Manish Singh.

James Hunter joined O’Keeffe and both played assertively and with patience, taking what runs were on offer without much risk. Following David Latimer’s excellent, if wicketless spell from the Tennis Club End, Bilal Hussein returned to the fray and had O’Keeffe smartly caught behind for 25.

However, with just 21 runs needed for victory, it was too little too late for the visitors and a flick to fine-leg for three by Kevin Bray ensured that Cork County emerged triumphant. They will now go on to face either Midleton or Limerick in the semi-final to be held at the Mardyke on June 27th.

Big Red Bench preview Cork County’s season ahead

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Ross Durity and Rob Duggan of Cork County joined Ruairi O’Hagan on RedFM’s Big Red Bench to preview the season ahead as the Club open their Leinster Division 1 campaign at home to YMCA on Saturday, 2nd May. The Club’s Munster Senior Shield campaign begins at the Mardyke on Saturday, 25th April, against Co. Clare.

Stephan Grobler to return as overseas professional in 2015

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Stephan Grobler returns for 2015Cork County are delighted to announce that South African Stephan Grobler has agreed to return as overseas professional for the 2015 season. Stephan was an instrumental part of the Club’s successful campaign last summer culminating in promotion to Cricket Leinster Division 1 scoring 675 runs at an average of  67.50 including two centuries. Recognised as one of the leading overseas professionals in the Leinster competitions, Stephan excelled with both bat and ball as formed part of a formidable bowling attack with the likes of Morne Bauer, Andy Wootton and Abubakar Saddique.

The Cork County top order also proved to be a dominant force with Grobler forming important partnerships with Ross Durity and Morne Bauer in particular. The Club had no hesitation in offering new terms for the 2015 season on completion of last summer’s agreement and are delighted to welcoming Stephan back to the Mardyke to lead County into the challenging season ahead which sees the Club competing in the most competitive league competition in the country. Stephan also made a significant contribution off the field by assisting Ross Durity by overseeing the development of the Club’s youth system. #CCCC #WelcomeBackSteph

 

2013 Annual Dinner & Awards Night – 15th November

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

The 2013 Cork County Cricket Club Annual Dinner & Awards Night will take place on Friday, 15th November, in the old Pavilion at the Mardyke. Following a successful season for cricket in Cork County both on and off the field, its time to celebrate and acknowledge those members who excelled throughout the summer while also looking ahead to 2014.

Ticket are priced at €20 per person for a two course meal plus Tea or Coffee. The menu will also include a Vegetarian or Halal option.

Player Achievement Awards

The Annual Player Awards will also be presented on the night with Senior, Junior and Minor Awards to be handed out by the respective captains and, of course, the eagerly anticipated Player of the Year will be named with a number of potential recipients including Morne Bauer, Junaid Amin, Sid Joshi, Andy Wootton, Abubakar Saddique and Ian Coleman to name just a few.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased from either of the following:

As numbers are limited to 60, early bookings are advised. Payment will be collected on the night.

County claim Division 1 & Senior Cup Double

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Cork County Cricket Club crestCork County claimed yet another Senior League and Cup double and remain unbeaten in all Munster Senior competitions. County retained their Senior Cup crown as they swept aside local rivals Cork Harlequins by 5 wickets at the Mardyke thanks to a dominant bowling display and also to a fantastic knock of 64 not out by Ross Durity. Ross duly went on to claim the Man of the Match honour and was a fitting recipient following the passing of his father earlier in the season.

County deservedly claimed the Division 1 crown with a 3 wicket victory once again over Cork Harlequins at Farmers Cross. The victory meant that the Leesiders had won 8 from 8 and were out of reach of the chasing pack. The victory was all the sweeter following the debacle of losing out on the title last season due to some bewildering competition regulations which were addressed during the off season.

2013 Munster Senior Cup Winners

Cork County also claimed promotion back to Leinster Division 2 following an emphatic 8 wicket victory over close rivals Clontarf 2 at the Mardyke. Once again the bowling unit put in a dominant display of disciplined line and length which the Tarf men were unable to handle. The batting unit knocked off the runs with relative ease with the loss of just two wickets. County now await the date for their re-fixed match away to YMCA 2 where a win would clinch the Division 3 title and complete a historic treble for the Club.


MCU Division 1: Cork County v Cork Harlequins (9th June)

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Cork County take on Cork Harlequins in Munster League Division 1 tomorrow in cricket’s form of a Cork local derby at the Mardyke. The match, which starts at 12.00 p.m., sees the two top sides face each other for the first time this season.

Cork County have had a great start to the season having won 5 from 5 in Leinster League Division 3 and also winning their opening match of the Munster league campaign against Limerick Raiders. Though its still early days, these fixtures usually have a big bearing on where the silverware ends up at the end of the Munster cricket season.

Due to Cork County’s strong start to the season, Harlequins have had to draft in two experienced players from Dublin in the form of Irish International John Mooney and Stephen Moreton for the game. County will have a good blend of youth and experience with the likes of Morne Bauer, Ross Durity, Ian Coleman and Oliver Creedon which has served them well so far this campaign.

For those interested, the match starts at 12.00 p.m. at the Mardyke and with the weather set fair it should be a great day out. All are welcome to pop in with no admission fee required.

Bauer leads County to a fabulous run chase at The Hills

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Cork County travelled to Milverton, home of The Hills Cricket Club, for their third Leinster Division 3 fixture of the season in good form having recorded two victories over Pembroke 2 and Malahide 2, respectably. It was also a sombre occasion following the passing of the Munster Cricket Union President and Club member Leo Durity. To honour his memory, each of the Cork County players wore black armbands and both teams observed a minute’s silence.

With the weather set fair and a good wicket anticipated, it promised to be a fascinating clash and the spectators were certainly not disappointed. Having lost the toss, Cork County were asked to bowl by The Hills Captain Joe Clinton on a very placid looking Milverton wicket. From an early stage it appeared evident that chances must be taken if a big total was to be avoided. The Hills 2 openers Raza and Akhtar attempted to inject some early pace into their sides’ innings despite some tight bowling from Andy Wootton and Morne Bauer. McLoughlin followed at 3 and complied a composed innings of 63 with some nice strokes down the ground. He had some good support from the skipper Clinton while N. Akhter and Hynes also chipped in with valuable contributions. The home side finished on 288-6.

County put down a number of costly opportunities during The Hills innings but in general bowled reasonably well. As any experienced bowler will know, there is very little margin for error on the placid Milverton wickets and so any straying in line or length was punished. Bauer finished with 0-44 and Wotton 1-53 off their 10 while Abubakar Saddique finished with impressive figures of 2-42 and Ahmed Bilal with 2-58. Steve Smith took three excellent catches on the boundary while Tim Clifford took an excellent catch diving low to his left at mid-off.

In response, County needed a solid start from openers Brad Morgan and Steve Smith as they sought to chase down the 289 runs required. Smith was knicked off early by W. Akhtar and was replaced by Duggan who soon departed after misreading the length of a straight delivery from the same bowler. Morne Bauer, after 94 against Malahide, joined Morgan at the crease and both batsmen showed great composure and skill to keep the Leesiders close to the required rate. Morgan’s fine innings finished as he departed for 42 after misjudging a delivery from Moore and was adjudged LBW.

Matt Reed joined the fluent Bauer at the crease and aimed to get his partner on strike as often as possible but some tight bowling from The Hills attack restricted his ability to so during the middle period of the Cork County innings. Both batsmen showed great composure in managing their way through this session and soon got back into their stride with Bauer, in particular, freeing his arms and dispatching the home side’s attack to all sides of the Milverton ground. Bauer treated the spectators to some fantastic clean hitting as he eased County up to the required run rate as the twilight set in. Abubakar Saddique joined Bauer, after Reed was clean bowled, and his speedy 23 off 16 balls took the pressure off Bauer and allowed the South African to really take the game away from the home side.

Andy Wootton replaced Saddique and duly struck the first delivery he faced over the leg-side boundary for 6 With just 21 runs required from 6 overs, Bauer was in complete control and with 3 runs needed he calmly punched a straight drive down the ground to finish on 142 not out and give County the 289 runs required and complete a fabulous run chase. Next up is a double header against YMCA in both the league and the Leinster Senior 2 Cup at the Mardyke.

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MCU President & Club member Leo Durity passes away

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

It is with great sadness that Cork County Cricket Club learnt of the sudden passing of former player and current Munster Cricket Union President Leo Durity. Leo was a highly valued and respected member of Cork County down through the years both as a player and more recently in his role as provincial President.

Leo who moved to Ireland from his birth place of Trinidad in the West Indies, has always had cricket in his blood and his infectious love of the game has rubbed off on many playing and non playing members of Cork County down through the years. Leo went on to represent Munster and captained Cork County in 1977. He will be remembered a truly stylish batsman who would always entertain the watching crowd both on and off the field.

Leo was very much a great family man and he proudly watched as his son Ross established himself as one of the key members of the Cork County senior side and was capped at Irish U-15 level as well as captaining his Club in 2012. His presence and great wily sense of humour will be sadly missed at the Mardyke and all Club members wish to offer their sincerest condolences to his wife Ann, son Ross as well as the whole Durity family.

All Cork County teams will wear black armbands an observe a minutes silence this weekend in memory of the great man. #CCCC


County cruise to opening victory in MCU Division 1 campaign

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Cork County opened their Division 1 campaign with a thoroughly convincing 9 wicket victory over Limerick Raiders at the Mardyke. Having been denied a third league title in as many years last season despite having lost just one Munster fixture throughout their campaign, the Leesiders are in determined mood to get their competitive season off to a good start as they aim to wrestled back the league title.

Following some overnight rain the match was forced onto the artificial wicket and having won the toss the home Captain, Andy Wootton, had no hesitation in putting the Limerick side in to bat. Backing his strong bowling attack which included Morne Bauer, Abubakar Saddique and Siddharth Joshi along with new arrival Ahmed Bilal and of course not forgetting his own ‘dibbly dobblers’, he was confident of restricting the away side.

The home side were soon on the front foot with the Captain restricting the attach mind Limerick side with consecutive maidens while Bilal tore through their top order with some devastating fast bowling first up. Wootton finishing with 1-0 from his six over spell and was replaced by Saddique (1-10) at the River end. Bauer replaced Bilal (2-14) from the Mardyke end and offered no let up for the Limerick batsmen taking the opener Aftab’s middle stump out of the ground. Joshi replaced Bauer (1-16) and with spin from both ends the innings soon petered out with the Corkonian Indian finishing with fantastic figures of 5-10 leaving County with a target of just 54 to chase down.

Brad Morgan and Ross Durity opened the Cork County reply, both of whom used the chance to get their eye in before their first Leinster league fixture away to Pembroke 2 next Sunday. Due to the variable bounce of the mat, which is being replaced this week, both openers had to concentrate hard and play each ball on its merits. Going back to a delivery just short of a length which kept decidedly low, Durity was bowled with the score on just 15. Robert Duggan joined Morgan at the crease and both set on extinguishing any hope for the Limerick men with Morgan (22*) in particular playing some lovely drives through the covers. County reached their target in the 15th over with the loss of just one wicket to complete a comprehensive and confidence boosting win to get their competitive season off to the first start.

MCU Division 1:

Limerick Raiders 53 all out (Joshi 5-10, Bilal 2-14)
Cork County 54-1 (Morgan 22*)
Cork County won by 9 wickets at the Mardyke.

Next match:

LCU Division 3: Pembroke II v Cork County at Sydney Parade (12.30 p.m.)