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Youth Cricket Open Day

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Bring a friend for FREE on 28th April

Children aged 5 to 15 are all invited to come along to enjoy some cricket, learn some skills while getting some fitness at the historic Mardyke cricket grounds on Sunday, 28th April, between 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Bring your friends and have a go for free. All gear will be provided by the coaches at Cork County Cricket Club.

Youth Cricket Open Day

About this Event

If you are new to the game or you have friends you can bring, you are very welcome to come to the club for 3 hours of cricket games and related activities. Test your catching and throwing skills in fun games, see if you can hit a six or bowl a yorker.

Club coaches will be running the event and will help all children to have fun and have a go. No cricket knowledge or experience required! Look forward to seeing you there.

Registration

Register on Eventbrite – and in the first name box, please enter the name(s) and age in brackets of the participant.

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For further information, please contact our Youth Section at ccyouthcricket@gmail.com

Kit Donation to Cork Direct Provision Centre

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Following a recent appeal on Twitter from Roos Demol (@vlnierland) and Deirdre O’Shaughnessy (@deshocks) looking for cricket equipment for residents at the Direct Provision Centre on the Kinsale Road, a number of members got together to gather up old equipment to donate. 

A big thanks for Andy Wootton, in particular, who donated a significant amount of old bats, pads & cricketing accessories. Also a special mention to Abdul Jabbar Younus, Scot McNamara, Sean Cawley and Robert Duggan for donating other bits and pieces.  

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There was great interest through social media with the guys from the Direct Provision Centre putting the new equipment to use immediately once they returned to their residence on the Kinsale Road. It is hoped to continue to liaise with the group with coaching to be organised over the coming months in the lead up to the season. #WeAreCounty

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.

 

 

 

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.

Cricket hits the Cork airwaves on the Opinion Line

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Cork County’s Robert Duggan and Merrion Cricket Club’s Isobel Joyce among others joined PJ Coogan on 96FM’s Opinion Line to talk about the rise in popularity of cricket following Ireland’s heroics in the first two Pool games of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Cork County clinch promotion to Leinster Division 1 with thrilling win over Malahide

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Cork County hosted Malahide on Sunday last for what was a crucial game in Leinster Division 2. The home side knew a victory would see them secure promotion and put them right back into the title race. A Malahide win would see the visitors all but mathematically win the league.

Conditions at the Mardyke were overcast and a little cold as Callum Riches won the toss and asked the hosts to set a score. Ross Durity and Stephan Grobler strode out to face Peter Saville from the Tennis Club End and off-spinner Reinhardt Strydom from the University End. Both opening batsmen looked in good touch and the wicket was playing beautifully with excellent bounce and carry. Four economical overs from Saville coupled with consecutive maidens from Strydom meant that County were 12-0 from eight overs and struggling a little to get going.

Grobler recognised the need to push things along and square cut Saville to the fence before lofting him over mid-off. With fourteen runs coming off the over in total, Saville got the shepherd’s crook from his skipper Callum Riches who fancied a bowl himself. It proved an excellent change as in his first over, Durity edged through to Fintan McAllister behind the stumps, the ‘keeper taking a good, low catch to dismiss County’s captain.

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Morne Bauer joined Grobler and wasted no time in opening his shoulders, first Riches and then Allesandro Morris being driven over extra cover to the boundary. Grobler meanwhile continued to play positively and brought up his fifty with a single to square-leg. Some excellent running coupled with frequent boundaries pushed the score to 113-1 when drinks were taken.

Grobler and Bauer upped the pace after drinks and having pulled Leslee Muttahotil to the fine-leg boundary, Grobler flicked him through mid-wicket for two to bring up a terrific century, his second of the season. He perished soon afterwards however, holing out to long-on off the bowling of the returning Callum Riches for a superb 106.

Anthony O’Reilly joined Bauer who had just reached his half-century but as the home side attempted to up the run rate, wickets began to fall in clusters, first O’Reilly then Duggan departing for single figures. Ian Coleman came to the crease with ten overs remaining and put on a quick 28 run partnership with Bauer before driving too early at Reiny Strydom, the South African taking a simple return catch.

Morne Bauer was next to depart, bowled by Strydom for an excellent 88 out of 246-6. Andy Wootton and Aidan Kelleher saw the innings to a close, County finishing on 265-6.

Reinhardt Strydom and Fintan McAllister opened for Malahide and had put on 70 in 14.1 overs when McAllister was bowled by Grobler for 15. Jim Govan was out just one over later, falling LBW to the final ball of Andy Wootton’s spell.(10-1-42-1)

George Deans joined Strydom and much like Grobler and Bauer had done earlier played positively and attempted to take the game away from the opposition. Strydom had a life when he was dropped by Anthony O’Reilly at point on 65 but he didn’t let that bother him, reaching a century in the 38th over to rapturous applause from the considerable Malahide support that had made the journey down.

George Deans meanwhile had taken his partner’s lead and reached his fifty with a four through point. Malahide looked to be well in control but Strydom then feathered through to Coleman behind the stumps, Callum Riches holed out at deep mid-wicket and Alan Reynolds was stumped, all off the bowling of Stephan Grobler.

Malahide now needed to go at 8.6 an over and despite the best efforts of George Deans, he was rapidly running out of partners, Ian Guerin the next to go, caught by Ross Durity to give Grobler his five-for. 23 were required from the final two overs and it would be Robert Duggan who would bowl the penultimate over. An excellent variation of length and speed meant that Malahide could only muster two from the first five balls before Duggan ran out David Arnold off the final ball.

21 runs were required from the final over and it was Oscar Cotter who was chosen to bowl it. Despite a six from Deans, Malahide could only take 14 from the over, giving County a 6 run victory and a place in Division 1 next season.

Kelleher the star as Cork County secure Cork T20 Cup

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Cork County A made the short trip up Airport Hill to Farmers Cross for the final of the Cork T20 Cup on Friday evening. A youthful Cork County team had beaten UCC in the semi final while opponents Cork Harlequins had overcome Cork County B to reach the decider.

Quins won the toss and chose to have a bat, eager to set a score before the forecasted rain arrived. Alas, it was not to be and after just 12 deliveries heavy rain swept across Farmers Cross and forced the players off. Aside from two boundaries and Junaid Ayub falling LBW to Kevin O’Sullivan those twelve deliveries were uneventful.

The victorious Cork County team which defeated Cork Harlequins in the Cork T20 Cup

By the time the rain abated the match was reduced to fifteen overs per side with a maximum of three overs per bowler. The hosts wasted no time in upping the run rate, going at almost 11 runs per over until Zuhair Shah holed out to Kevin O’Sullivan at long on off the bowling of Scot Jeffers.

Andrew Whittaker and Andrew O’Reilly continued to add to the score and O’Reilly reached a well-made fifty in the eleventh over despite the best efforts of County bowlers Aidan Kelleher, Brian Kelleher and Barry O’Sullivan. He added another twenty four runs before Ryan O’Connell took a stunning catch at deep mid-wicket to end O’Reilly’s innings.

Aidan Kelleher leaves the field following his unbeaten 92Amaan Mehraj and Andy Whittaker added six more runs until a direct hit from Aidan Kelleher at mid-wicket saw Mehraj run out off the very last ball of the innings. The home side had reached 155-4 from their fifteen allocated overs and despite the fact that one boundary was just 25 metres from the artificial wicket County were very much underdogs at the innings break.

No one could have scripted what came next however. Aidan Kelleher and Peter Barlow opened the batting for County and took an incredible 114 runs from the first seven overs, Kelleher bringing up a magnificent half century in the process with a leg glance. The youngster who has captained Munster at Under 15 level smashed five maximums in the first seven overs to leave County in an extremely strong position with just 42 more runs required for victory.

Peter Barlow, having made a fluent 23 was stumped off Junaid Ayub, but his replacement Scot Jeffers flicked his second ball over fine leg for six to keep the visitors’ momentum going. At the other end Kelleher, who also captained his school side PBC in last year’s Galty Cup demolition by CBC continued to take the attack to the ‘Quins bowlers and it was fitting that he finished the game by flicking a Greg Higgins full toss through mid-wicket, to hand Cork County a 9 wicket win and the inaugural Cork T20 Cup trophy.

During the post-match presentation tournament organiser and President of the MCU, David Griffin thanked all the players who took part in the competition and expressed his desire to see the competition continue to run in coming seasons. Kevin O’Sullivan spoke on behalf of Cork County and expressed his thanks to Mr. Griffin for taking the time to organise such a fantastic competition as well as thanking Cork Harlequins for their hospitality.

 

Cork County breeze past Harlequins in Game 1 of the Senior T20 Series

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Cork County entertained Cork Harlequins in the first of three Senior T20’s on Thursday evening. ‘Quins won the toss and opted to bat first. After an opening over from Hugh O’Brien(2-35) which yielded 13, the visitors lost their first wicket; Sunil Nagaraji driving to Robert Duggan at cover off the bowling of Kevin O’Sullivan.

Conor Andrew joined Alex Deane, took a single and watched as Deane pulled O’Sullivan to the mid-wicket boundary. After a tight over from O’Brien, Conor Andrew was caught behind attempting to reverse sweep. Junaid Ayub joined Deane but lasted only one ball, well held by Brian Kelleher at extra cover off O’Sullivan.

Robert Duggan replaced O’Brien and picked up a wicket in his first over, Zuhair Shah holing out at long on. Alex Deane was next to depart, lofting to Aidan Kelleher at long on to give O’Sullivan(4-22) his final wicket.

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Brian Kelleher replaced Duggan and despite failing to pick up a wicket created a number of chances. Will Doyle and Cian Scannell rebuilt the Harlequins innings and the score had reached 106 before the next wicket fell, Scannell caught at long off by Hugh O’Brien, Oscar Cotter(2-11) picking up the wicket.

Doyle(40) was the seventh wicket to fall, Stephan Grobler taking a fantastic catch at mid-off to leave the away side 117-7 with 4 overs remaining. Andrew O’Reilly joined Siva Chimnesay at the crease but was bowled four deliveries later by Hugh O’Brien, who then also picked up the wicket of Dave Peet, caught at deep cover by Robert Duggan.

Azher and Chimnesay added 13 before the innings closed, Harlequins making 142-9 from their allocation.

Andy Wootton and Stephan Grobler opened the batting for the hosts but Wootton was soon back in the pavilion, adjudged LBW to the bowling of Will Doyle. Ross Durity joined Grobler and the pair added a quickfire 23 before Grobler was caught by Siva Chimnesay at mid-off.

Robert Duggan lofted Shah back over his head for four before being caught by Andrew O’Reilly at mid-wicket. At 28-3 County needed a good partnership and they got one, Aidan Kelleher and Ross Durity displaying a fine array of attacking shots and aggressive running to leave the hosts within ten runs of victory with three overs remaining.

Durity pulled the first ball of the 17th over into the trees for six to bring up his half-century and the game was over five deliveries later when Zuhair Shah conceded a wide. A brilliant batting display from Durity and Kelleher saw County take a one-nil lead in the series with game two to be played in Farmers Cross next week.

Date and venue of Cork T20 Cup Final announced

Monday, July 28th, 2014

MCU logoThe final of the inaugural Cork T20 Cup will take place at Farmer’s Cross on Friday August 1st with a 6pm start time.

Cork County A and Cork Harlequins will contest the final and David Griffin, President of the Munster Cricket Union and the tournament referee will be on hand to present the trophy to the winning side.

Kelleher brothers star as County defeat Harlequins in Divsion 3

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Cork Harlequins 3 were the visitors to the Mardyke on Sunday July 27th. In sunny, humid conditions Cork County won the toss and elected to bat. Paul McDowell and Abdul Younus opened the batting for County but Younus was back in the pavilion inside two overs, skying to Cormac McCarthy at point off the bowling of Chris Morris.

Peter Barlow soon followed, bowled by Zuhair Shah to leave County in a precarious position at 23-2. Aidan Kelleher joined McDowell and immediately upped the run rate, pulling first Chris Morris and then Alex Deane for several boundaries through mid-wicket.
The fluent strokeplay of Kelleher combined with a sizeable amount of extras helped County to 96-2 from 22 overs when Paul McDowell was bowled attempting to cover drive.

County’s momentum faltered slightly as Billy Quinn also fell victim to a fuller delivery, the home side’s captain lobbing one to cover for 5. Kevin O’Sullivan joined Kelleher who continued to take the attack to the away side’s bowlers with a series of off-side boundaries. Three boundaries came from the 30th over, two to O’Sullivan and one to Kelleher before the latter finally fell for a brilliantly made 70 out of 163-5.

James McCarthy joined O’Sullivan with ten overs remaining in the innings but soon fell to the off-spin of Nintini. Chris Van Heerden came to the crease and together with O’Sullivan put on a quickfire partnership of 28 before O’Sullivan was caught and bowled by Nintini for 26 out of 176-7.

Narsa Renjarla and Van Heerden put on 17 before Renjarla was stumped off the final ball of the innings. The hosts had set a daunting target of 194 to win and when Chris Morris was run out off the third ball of the innings it came as no surprise to see ‘Quins come out all guns blazing.

Alex Deane and Greg Higgins took the score to 44-1 from just four overs when Deane pulled straight to Billy Quinn at square-leg. Joe O’Mahony joined Higgins at the crease but could only watch on as his partner holed out to long on off the bowling of Brian Kelleher.

Zuhair Shah cover drove Van Heerden to the rope and rotated the strike well with O’Mahony to put the away side in the ascendancy. ‘Quins were still ahead of the required rate but when Shah was excellently caught by James McCarthy at backward point, the momentum looked to be shifting the home side’s way. So it proved as Aidan Kelleher had Joe O’Mahony caught behind immediately after drinks before Kevin O’Sullivan and Brian Kelleher (2) picked up three wickets for sixteen runs to leave Cork County on the brink of victory.

They did not have long to wait as Chris Van Heerden bowled Nintini round his legs to complete a comprehensive 82 run victory for the home side, a victory which gives Billy Quinn’s side momentum going into the final portion of the season.