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Cork County A progress to T20 Cup Final with victory over UCC

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The first semi-final of the Cork T20 Cup took place at the Mardyke on Monday evening where Cork County A took on UCC. UCC won the toss and asked County A to set a target. Peter Barlow and Barry O’Sullivan opened the batting for Cork County and some excellent running as well as the odd boundary helped County to 26 for no loss after 5 overs.

Barlow was first to depart, caught at point by Khan off the bowling of Tahir for 14. Scot Jeffers joined O’Sullivan and they succeeded in putting on 13 when O’Sullivan was out caught behind off Khan. Aidan Kelleher cover drove Khan to the boundary but fell next ball, caught by Tahir at cover point.

Cork County in Cork T20 action

That wicket meant that County had reached 48-3 at the halfway stage and still had some work to do in order to set a sizeable target for UCC. Jeffers wasted no time in upping the run rate and took three consecutive fours from Ishmail Khan before dispatching a free hit to the square-leg boundary. Kevin O’Sullivan who had joined Jeffers at the crease when Kelleher was out continued to feed his partner the strike and the home side had reached 86-3 from 15 overs.

Shahrukh Baig eventually made the breakthrough for the visitors when Jeffers holed out to deep mid-wicket but not before he and O’Sullivan had put on a 52 run partnership to put County in a relatively strong position at 100-4 from 17.2 overs, Jeffers falling 9 runs short of a half century.

Chris Van Heerden joined Kevin O’Sullivan at the crease and took a single to square leg before O’Sullivan pulled a Baig free hit for six and then cut him for four. Some aggressive running helped to put pressure on the UCC fielders and they conceded four overthrows, helping County to 125-4 with one over remaining. Two runs came from the first two balls before O’Sullivan cut straight to gully for 20 out of 127-5. Chris Van Heerden finished off the innings with a boundary, flashing over the slips and County had set UCC a daunting target of 134 to win.

Kevin O’Sullivan opened the bowling for the Tennis Club End and took a wicket with his first ball, Singh edging through to Peter Barlow behind the stumps. Barry O’Sullivan bowled from the University End and had Abdullah Khan caught behind before bowling Bryan Deadman for a duck.

Cork County Cricket Club Crest

County were well on top at 26-3 and things soon got even better as Shahrukh Baig was bowled by Sachin Saxena for 19. Sean Power was next to go, bowled by Scot Jeffers and he was soon followed by UCC captain Ali, debutant Josh Van Heerden taking a terrific catch at short fine-leg.

Despite the efforts of Kevin Galvin and Danyal Siddiqui, it was always going to be an uphill struggle for UCC and when Galvin was caught by Aidan Kelleher off the bowling of Scot Jeffers the game was up for the away side.

Brian Kelliher(2) and Chris Van Heerden(1) picked up the final three UCC wickets for the loss of just 4 runs and County had completed a comprehensive victory by 62 runs. Cork County A now go on to face the winners of Cork Harlequins and Cork County B in the final of the inaugural Cork T20 Cup which is likely to be played at the Mardyke in a fortnight’s time.

Kevin O’Sullivan

Cork County ease past Merrion 2 at the Mardyke

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Cork County took on Merrion 2 at the Mardyke on Saturday July 12th. Conditions were overcast and humid as Ross Durity won the toss and asked Merrion to have a bat. Andy Wootton opened up from the River End and picked up a wicket with the last ball of his first over, Kade Beasley nicking to Morne Bauer at slip.

Wootton’s second over was also successful, Allwright (7) skying to Stephan Grobler at mid-off. Despite a quick fifteen run partnership between Watkins and Blakeney, County always looked like taking another early wicket and it was no surprise when the former was caught at cover by Tim Clifford, Wootton picking up his third wicket.

24-3 became 46-4 when Blakeney attempted to drop and run but was run out by a direct hit from Andy Wootton. After an economical opening spell from Anthony O’Reilly, Stephan Grobler took over from the University End and had early success bowling Parkinson for 1.

Merrion were now 52-5 after 22 overs and things soon got worse for the visitors, when Tice was caught behind off Grobler. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, first O’Brien and then Sharma trapped in front by Grobler.

A determined defensive effort by Neville was punctuated by a leg-glanced four before he was dropped by Tim Clifford at mid-off. The mistake however was not compounded, as Neville was well snaffled by Robert Duggan at mid-on eight balls later to leave Merrion nine down. The tenth wicket partnership did not last long as Anthony O’Reilly picked up his second wicket of the day, Ensor caught by Chris Banon at mid-wicket.

Stephan Grobler drives through the covers for Cork County

Cork County had succeeded in restricting their visitors to less than 100 and despite requiring just 93 for victory, openers Ross Durity and Stephan Grobler took a careful, measured approach to the run chase.

Aided by some early wides, the County batsmen had moved the score to 49-0 from 11 overs when tea was taken. Ross Durity departed soon after tea, caught by Blakeney off the bowling of Bridge for 27 out of 58. Morne Bauer joined Grobler at the crease and despite some good bowling from Ensor, Sharma and Bridge, County reached the victory target in the 19th over, Grobler finishing on 43*.

An excellent bowling performance with particularly good contributions from Wootton, Grobler and O’Reilly was compounded by a steady batting performance which puts County level on points with Malahide at the summit of the RSA Division 2 league table.

County 2 record comprehensive win over UCC

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The Mardyke was the venue for Cork County’s clash with UCC in Division 2 on Saturday last. With both teams searching for their first league wins, this game was always going to be a competitive one. Kevin O’Sullivan won the toss for County and asked UCC to bat on what was a dry and bouncy wicket.

Justin McGurk and Barry O’Sullivan opened up for the home side and it was O’Sullivan who had immediate success, his first ball skied to mid-wicket where Paul McDowell took the catch.

McGurk also had early success when UCC ‘keeper Kevin Galvin shouldered arms to an inswinging yorker and was LBW. UCC were keen to avoid any further loss of wickets in the first ten overs and excellent bowling from the hosts’ openers meant that the students could not break the shackles.

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The score had progressed to 16-2 when O’Sullivan struck again, UCC skipper Ali(11) edging to Peter Barlow at gully.

Chris Van Heerden replaced McGurk from the River End and he too found immediate success, clipping Sarwan’s leg stump to leave UCC 27-4 from 13 overs.

Barry O’Sullivan(3-20) finished his spell as he had started it, Risvi cutting straight to Kevin O’Sullivan at point.

UCC were in disarray at this point and Van Heerden picked up his second wicket of the day when Shukdal failed to pick the inwsinger and was bowled.

Narsa Renjarla replaced O’Sullivan and took two wickets in quick succession, first Kaleem and then Sandeep having their off stumps knocked back.

Brian Kelleher took over from Van Heerden and became the third County bowler of the day to strike with his first ball, Nabeel castled for a duck.

Danyal and Nasir Khan kept County at bay for 6 overs but the home side were not to be denied a commanding position at the interval, Khan(4) eventually falling to Narsa Renjarla.

UCC were all out for 69 in 28 overs, a terrific performance by all the Cork County bowlers, and a performance which they hoped their batsmen could take advantage of.

As it was only two o’clock tea was delayed and Ali Khan and Paul McDowell walked out to face the new ball. Progress was slow and the score was just seven when Khan was bowled by Sarwan.

Peter Barlow joined McDowell and both batsmen played conservatively, watchfully seeing off the opening the bowlers. Cork County had moved to within 35 runs of victory when Barlow(10) was caught at slip off  the bowling of Ifthikar.

Aidan Kelleher was the new man in and wasted no time upping the run rate, a chest-high no ball dispatched for six over long on. Despite the efforts of the UCC bowling attack, the home side edged towards victory and reached the target in the 25th over, giving County a comprehensive 8 wicket, a win which they will hope to build on in the coming months.

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Weekend Preview-June 28th/29th

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Saturday will see all three Cork County teams in action. The 1st XI travel to Dublin for a top of the table clash with Malahide in LCU Division 2. This game is sure to be a cracker with Cork County, unbeaten in league competitions so far this year set to take on a strong Malahide batting line-up including the likes of Reinhardt Strydom and Leinster Lightning batsman Fintan McAllister. County will travel North with great confidence having taken 24 points from their clash with Rush last week and will hope for a similar performance this weekend.

The Cork County CC 1st XI

The 2nd XI host UCC at the Mardyke on the same day. With both teams looking for their first league wins, this game is sure to be a competitive one. UCC come into the game on the back of a four game losing streak while the home side endured a disappointing five wicket loss in Farmer’s Cross last Saturday. Ali Khan, Peter Barlow and Kevin O’Sullivan return to the team after the exams and together with the experience of Niall Tynan, Justin McGurk and Barry O’Sullivan aswell as exciting young talent in the form of the Kelleher brothers and Chris Van Heerden, County will be hoping for a winning performance.

Cork County Cricket Club CrestBilly Quinn’s 3rd XI make the trip to Tralee to take on Kerry. A win would go a long way for both sides in the Division 3 league table, particularly for County ahead of their Cup tie with Cork Harlequins next weekend. Andrew Sommerfield and Ryan O’Connell return for County, bolstering a batting line-up which has had a slight dip in form recently. Home advantage could be key for Kerry with away sides tending to find the artificial wicket a daunting prospect recently.

The 1st XI return to Munster league action on Sunday when Clare visit the Mardyke. County have been in spectacular form in Munster recently, with the experienced core of Ross Durity, Robert Duggan, Morne Bauer and Stephan Grobler all in terrific form with the bat. Clare have also had their share of success in recent weeks with the demolition of Cork Harlequins in Farmer’s Cross last weekend the highlight. This game could have an important say in deciding the Munster Division 1 title and both teams will have their sights fixed on a win.

All-Rounder Anthony O’Reilly joins Cork County

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Anthony O'Reilly joins Cork CountyCork County Cricket Club wish to extend a warm welcome to all-rounder Anthony O’Reilly following his decision to join us from neighbours Cork Harlequins ahead of the 2014 season. Anthony, otherwise known as Anto, will be a welcome addition to Ross Durity’s Cork County squad who will once again be competing in both Munster and Leinster competitions as well as the Irish Senior Cup during the coming season. The all-rounder bowls at a fast-medium pace with the ability to provide some big hitting power in the lower order and is considered one of the top fielders in the Munster game.

Cork County Club Captain, Ross Durity, greeted the news by stating that “Anthony is an exciting prospect who’s talent will be allowed to full flourish down at the Mardyke with the assistance of Senior players such as Morne Bauer, Abubakar Saddique, Andy Wootton, Robert Duggan and myself will no doubt improve his ability”


Anthony O'Reilly in action for Cork Harlequins in the Irish Senior Cup last season

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.

The full match scorecard is available by clicking here.

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Cricket Open Day at the Mardyke (4th May)

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

For anyone who’s interest in the game of cricket has been ignited by the exploits of the Irish cricket team at this year’s World Cup then there is no better way to get involved in the game locally than by attending the Cricket Open Day at the cricket grounds in the heart of Cork City on the Mardyke on Saturday May 4th.

The Open Day is aimed at all budding cricketers from the age of 10 upwards who wish to find out more about the game and the skills involved while also discovering what Cork County Cricket Club has to offer both on and off the pitch. Information will also be provided on the proposed training camps, schedules and games for the upcoming summer for those who wish the hone their cricketing skills. Membership Forms will also be available for anyone wishing to join the club and play for Cork County; Membership Forms can also be downloaded from the ‘Contact’ section of the club website www.corkcountycricketclub.com

The Cricket Open Day will commence at 12 p.m. and will last for approximately two to two and half hours depending on the numbers attending on the day. There will be a number of trained coaches on hand led by our Head of Youth Coaching, Dermot Giltinan, and Club Development Officer, Ross Durity, both of whom have extensive backgrounds in coaching. They will be ably assisted by some of the Club’s senior players and ECB Level 1 coaches so there should be plenty to keep everyone involved.

There will be BBQ provided to feed all participants following the day’s activities. The Club bar will also be open all day to provide refreshments and snacks. Click on the images below to download the Open Day poster and Club information leaflet.


Cork Cricket Open Day at the Mardyke - Saturday 4th MayCork County Cricket Club Information 2013 The famous Old Clubhouse at the Mardyke Cricket Grounds

















If you require any further information regarding the cricket open day or wish to find out more information about the cricket club please don’t hesitate to contact us on 021 4272569 or follow us on Facebook or on Twitter at Cork_CountyCC.

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.)

North Down T20 Squad Announced

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Keep Calm and Support CountyThe Cork County squad that will travel to Belfast to take part in the O’Neill’s All-Ireland T20 Tournament is as follows:

  1. Andy Wootton*
  2. Morne Bauer
  3. Robert Duggan
  4. Sidhz Joshi
  5. Matt Reed
  6. Ahmed Bilal
  7. Brad Morgan
  8. Ian Coleman+
  9. Abubakar Saddique
  10. Steve Smith
  11. Mirza Baig


The squad will be departing by coach from the Rochestown Park Hotel at 3.30 p.m. on Friday. Accommodation on both Friday and Saturday nights will be provided by the La Mon Hotel & Country Club.

Cork County will face Leinster Champions YMCA, NCU Champions and hosts North Down as well as North West Champions Donemana in a round-robin T20 pre-season tournament.

Stay up-to-date with scores and results via @Cork_CountyCC on Twitter. The Tournament programme is available to download by clicking here.

Return of Schools’ Cricket to the Mardyke

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Wednesday , April 17th 2013, will see the return of schools’ cricket to the Mardyke in the form of a match between Cork City rivals Christian Brothers College and Presentation Brothers College. The match, scheduled to start at 2.30 p.m. (weather permitting) will consist of a 30 over innings per side and is sure to be fiercely contested. The first of its kind in the last 8 years the contest is yet another indication of the growing popularity of cricket in Ireland, and especially in Cork.

Cork County and Harlequins have representatives in both school squads and it is a valuable chance for those players to get in some practice before the official start of the season aswell as offering people who may have not played in recent seasons the chance to re-acquaint themselves with the sport.

This unique contest would not have been possible but for the contributions of coach Dermot Giltinan and captain Christian Brothers College CorkAidan Kelliher of PBC and their opposite numbers across the River Kevin O’Sullivan and Saad Azher of CBC. Their hard work and organisation ensured that both schools were able to field strong teams while also increasing the profile and availability of cricket in their respective schools.

Huge thanks must also go to the respective school authorities for giving permission for this game to go ahead and Cork County Cricket Club for allowing their ground to be used as a venue for the match. While the PBC side is a closely guarded secret the CBC side has been announced and is available below. We wish the best of luck to both sides!

CBC Cork

  1. Kevin O’Sullivan* (Cork County)
  2. Saad Azher (Cork Harlequins)
  3. Brad Morgan+ (Cork County)
  4. Cormac McCarthy-Hann (Cork Harlequins)
  5. Shahrukh Baig (Cork Harlequins)
  6. Fahd Baig (Cork Harlequins)
  7. Ronan Hill (None)
  8. Darragh Newman (Cork County)
  9. Ross Hill (None)
  10. Jack Hartnett (None)
  11. Cameron Penney (None)


PBC Cork

Team TBC