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Dermot J. Gilitinan Memorial Match

Monday, July 11th, 2022

As President of Cork County Cricket Club for the 2022 season, I would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to the Memorial Match for our late esteemed member Dermot J. Giltinan between a Cork County XI and an Ed Joyce XI on Wednesday, 27th July, starting at 2 p.m.

However, it is not merely another match. It will be a further celebration of Dermot’s life and his immense contribution to Cork, Munster and Irish cricket over the years. It will counterpoint the Memorial Service held for Dermot at the club on Saturday afternoon, 9th April, which was so wonderfully organised by our very own Ali Khan.

It will be an opportunity for you to renew acquaintances with old friends and meet new ones. The match will be augmented by a Q & A session conducted by our old friend Alan Lewis and the man answering the questions will, of course, be Ed Joyce, another old friend of Dermot and the club.

In conclusion, I look forwards to seeing you and your family on the day if you can make it.

With warmest personal regards.

Yours sincerely,

Mortimer Kelleher
President

 

Dermot Giltinan Memorial Match

David Griffin confirmed as Cricket Ireland President

Sunday, May 1st, 2022

David Griffin has been confirmed as the new President of Cricket Ireland following their Annual General Meeting on the 1st May, replacing Philip Black who has been President since 2020.

Player, administrator, umpire and Board Director – these are the titles that David has collected over the last 50 years within Irish cricket. Now he can proudly add: ‘Cricket Ireland President’.

David’s long and distinguished career within cricket – on and off the field – began in 1972 when attending Trinity College Dublin. He played for 12 years for Pembroke Cricket Club, becoming the Honorary Secretary of the club from 1976 to 1982.

david-griffin

His professional career then took him to Cork, where he joined Cork County Cricket Club in 1985 – eventually rising to captain of the 1st XI in 1989 and 1990, and playing a further decade for the club before his playing retirement after the 2000 season. Following retirement from playing, David umpired in Munster Cricket on a regular basis up to 2019.

David remembers that time fondly:

“Cork County is a great club to be involved with and the Mardyke is one of the nicest places in which to play cricket in Ireland. The club has been a huge part of my life since I moved to Cork and I have played and worked with a great group of people during this time. Off the field, I became Honorary Secretary of Cork County in 1986 and continued in that role until 2001, when I changed jobs and became Honorary Treasurer of the club. I stepped down from this role at the club AGM in December 2021.”

David’s involvement with Munster Cricket’s administrative side began in 1986 and he remained involved with the provincial setup on an almost continuous basis from then until this year. At various times, he even acted as a selector or team manager for the Munster inter-provincial team – now known as the Munster Reds. David had two terms as President of the Union in 1999-2001 and 2014-15, and became chairperson of Munster Cricket in 2016 – and held that role until 2021.

“The development of Munster Cricket is something I am very proud to be associated with. Cricket in Munster is run by passionate and dedicated volunteers who have the belief that cricket is a community game that brings together people of different backgrounds and abilities in the common enjoyment of this great game. In recent years, the great work of these volunteers has been brought to a new level since the appointment of our General Manager, Joe Moynihan, in 2019 and the more recent appointment of development and operations staff. It has been very satisfying to see Munster clubs make national club competition finals, to be named or shortlisted for the national club of the year award and to have been involved in bringing the Munster Reds back into the Interprovincial T20 and T50 competitions. These achievements show the progress and potential of the game in the Province.”

David has also had extensive involvement in cricket at a national level too – firstly as the Munster Delegate to the Irish Cricket Union Executive from 1991 to 2001, then as Chair of the Finance Committee in 2002-03, as the Munster delegate to the Cricket Committee from 2014-16, and finally as the Munster nominee to the Cricket Ireland Board from 2017 to 2022, and as Chair of the Cricket Ireland Audit & Risk Committee from 2020-22.

His next chapter is set to be a busy one:

“The 2022 home season is the biggest international programme we have seen in Ireland, with 25 matches across the Irish men’s and women’s senior sides – then followed by a Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in October. But the Presidency is not just about the senior showcase matches – I am just as much looking forward to the opportunity to travel to many club grounds around Ireland and take in the domestic game as much as possible.

“I have been involved in provincial and regional cricket for many decades and know the importance of the grassroots game to our sport. This will be a big year for our sport at all levels, and I hope I can meet as many of the wonderful players, coaches, volunteers, umpires, scorers and administrators across this island who help sustain and grow our sport.”

(source: cricketireland.ie)

North Kildare await in 2022 Irish Senior Cup

Monday, February 28th, 2022

The draw for the 1st Round of the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup took place over the weekend and sees Cork County drawn at home to fellow Championship side North Kildare Cricket Club.
 
The Irish Senior Cup makes a welcome return after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 50-over competition sees the top-ranked clubs from the various provincial unions contest the knockout competition.
 
The first round tie will take place on 21st May with a reserve date of 29th May. Looking forward to having cup action back on Leeside! #WeAreCounty
 
2022 Irish Senior Cup - First Round Draw v North Kildare

Big Cork contingent to attend Ireland’s first Test match

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Ireland’s first men’s Test match will be on home soil against Pakistan from Friday, May 11th to Tuesday, May 15th. It will be a historic moment following on from when Ireland and Afghanistan were given Test status in June 2017 to become the 11th and 12th Full Members of the ICC.

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Obviously anticipation for the match is growing and there promises to be a significant contingent travelling from the Mardyke on Saturday, 12th May. Tickets have been purchased at the discounted club price of €27 for adults & €11 for U16s. Those who ordered tickets should arrange payment with Club Treasurer, David Griffin, as soon as possible by one of the following ways:

  • Drop cash or cheques into the club;
  • Post cheques to him at 6 Willow Court, Cross Douglas Road, Cork; or
  • Bank transfer into David’s account – contact him at dmagriffin6@hotmail.com or on 087 1467903.

The final list of members who requested tickets is as follows:

  • Scott Mcnamara
  • Charles Peter Sommerfield
  • Cormac Hassett
  • Ramesh Neppalli
  • Chris Banon
  • Paul McDowell x 2
  • Hamza Asif
  • Tim Clifford
  • Anthony O Reilly
  • Noelie Cronin
  • Len Browne x 2
  • Masroor Salam x 3
  • Robert Duggan
  • Ross Durity
  • Sid Joshi
  • Mortimer Kelleher
  • Eoin Caomhánach
  • Patrick Earley Mulcahy x 2
  • Veena O’Sullivan x 3
  • Brenda Kennedy x 5
  • Farzaan Zulquernain
  • Hamza Idrees
  • MacKenzie family x 3
  • Justin McGurk x 2
  • Matt Reed
  • John Ketch x 2
  • Michael Stout
  • Dermot (the barman)
  • Abdul Jabbar Younus x 3

Great response from club members with a travelling party of almost 50. Transport is also being organised for the trip up and down so an update will be provided in due course.

Cawley takes 2-26 in U19 World Cup opener

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Aaron_Cawley-310x466 Cork County all-rounder Aaron Cawley took a wicket in each of his first two overs as Ireland went down by 7 wickets to Sri Lanka in their group match opener at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand on Saturday night.

Jamie Grassi’s 115-ball 75 and some late big-hitting from Josh Little and Aaron Cawley took Ireland past 200. When the same Cawley took two early wickets, the scent of victory was very much alive.

Ireland skipper Harry Tector won the toss and elected to bat, seeking to post a total that would put scoreboard pressure on the Sri Lankan chase. Despite an opening stand of 73 between Grassi and Mark Donegan (36), it took an 8th wicket stand of 34 between Little (25) and Cawley (9) to take Ireland to 206/8 off their 48 overs. The match was reduced to 48 overs a side after an hour’s play was lost to an early morning shower in Whangarei.

Ireland had the dream start in the field as Cork County’s Cawley took a wicket in each of his first two overs. In tandem with Little, Sri Lanka were in a little trouble at 16/2 off 6 overs. When Max Neville took a wicket of his own to reduce the Sri Lankans to 51/3, Ireland were well and truly in the game.

Speaking to ICC.com captain Harry Tector agreed. “We set a good platform, Mark Donegan and Jamie Grassi batted well up top, but we were unable to sort of kick on and get that big score to really put them under considerable pressure. And then we had them 9/2 and 51/3 and we were very much in the game.”

Sadly that was when Dhananjaya Lakshan and the captain Kamindu Mendis took over and brought the game away. Their unbeaten partnership of 157 saw Lakshan score a century and win Player of the Match before Mendis hit the winning runs.

As ever the Irish squad demonstrated their fight and spirit to continue battling in the field to the last.

Next Game

Pakistan on Tuesday January 16th at 10.30am. (9.30pm on Monday January 15th Irish time)

Ireland celebrate the wicket of Dhananjaya Lakshan (image: www.icc-cricket.com)

Ireland celebrate the wicket of Dhananjaya Lakshan (image: www.icc-cricket.com)

Ireland v Sri Lanka, U19 World Cup Group D

Cobham Oval, Whangarei, New Zealand

Ireland 206-8 (48/48 Overs) Jamie Grassi 75, Mark Donegan 36, Josh Little 25; Kamindu Mendis 3-35 lost to Sri Lanka 208-3 (37.3 overs) Dhananjaya Lakshan 101*, Kamindu Mendis 74*; Aaron Cawley 2-26, Max Neville 1-51, Harry Tector 0-40 by 7 wickets.

Match Highlights

https://www.icc-cricket.com/video/593994
 
 

Cawley named in 2018 Irish Senior Academy squad

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

aaron-cawley-ireland-squad Munster Reds and Cork County all-rounder Aaron Cawley was named in the Cricket Ireland Shapoorji Pallonji Men’s Senior Academy squad for 2018. The news comes shortly on the back of his inclusion in the Ireland squad which flies out to New Zealand in the coming weeks to take part in the ICC U19 World Cup.

36 players were named in the latest Cricket Ireland Shapoorji Pallonji Senior and Emerging Academies for the year ahead. 21 of those are in the senior ranks, with five players gaining elevation from last year’s Emerging squad.

They are Rush top-order batsman Stephen Doheny, North County paceman Fionn Hand, Ballyspallen all-rounder Graham Kennedy, Merrion opening bowler Max Neville and Ireland U19 captain Harry Tector, an off-spinner and top order batsman with YMCA and Munster Reds.

Other new faces in the squad include left-arm spinners Ross Allen and Tom Stanton along with emerging fast bowlers David Delany and Aaron Cawley. Six of the senior Academy squad have international experience with James Shannon, Simi Singh, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Sean Terry and Lorcan Tucker all capped at senior level.

As well as international honours the Academy was rewarded with individual honours for James Shannon, Simi Singh and Harry Tector at the Turkish Airlines Cricket Ireland Awards 2017, while Academy Coach Ryan Eagleson was awarded Coach of the Year.

There are no fewer than 12 new additions to the Emerging group, five of whom will be representing Ireland Under 19’s in the World Cup next month in New Zealand. They are Phoenix all-rounder Ian Anders, Coleraine leg-spinner Varun Chopra, Pembroke’s talented all-rounder JJ Garth, Rush batting prodigy Neil Rock and Clontarf batsman Andrew Vincent.

Academy Manager Peter Johnston is really pleased with this years intake of players saying:  “We have two really strong Academy groups. It’s great to see the potential in the Emerging group while the Senior Academy contains some exciting athletes who are pushing hard for opportunities with the Wolves and senior team. Indeed, with central contracts still to be announced in the New Year, there is a chance one or two players may move up into the senior squad then.

“Every year the bar gets raised and we are developing good depth covering all bases. While our programme offers a great deal of support, ultimately it comes down to the athletes to take ownership and they should not see their efforts as a sacrifice, but as a positive decision to be the best they can be at their sport and play against the best in the world.” 

The Senior and Emerging Academy train weekly on a regional basis in North County, Jordanstown, and Bready with the support of Ryan Eagleson and Ian McGregor. In addition to these sessions specialist guest coaches are brought in for skill set weekends throughout the winter. There are also a number of educational sessions, drawing from other sports, sport psychology and wellbeing. While Academy players follow fitness programs put in place by lead Strength and Conditioning Coach Brendan Connor. 

There will be an Easter Academy training camp at the European Centre in La Manga, followed by a Wolves tour to the West country to play Bath and Gloucestershire. The final stages are also being compiled for a busy summer programme at all levels.

“This pre-season formula certainly helped many of our players to kick-start their season and have momentum going into the domestic season, and I don’t see next year as being any different. With so many exciting Irish and Wolves fixtures planned for next summer, along with our First-Class domestic Provincial competition there has never been a better time to be an emerging player.”

CRICKET IRELAND SHAPOORJI PALLONJI SENIOR ACADEMY

Ross Allen, Rory Anders, Aaron Cawley, David Delany, Stephen Doheny, Shane Getkate, Fionn Hand, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, James McCollum, Robert McKinley, Max Neville, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Nathan Smith, Tom Stanton, Harry Tector, Jack Tector, Sean Terry, Lorcan Tucker.

CRICKET IRELAND SHAPOORJI PALLONJI EMERGING ACADEMY

Ian Anders, Varun Chopra, JJ Garth, Gavin Hoey, James Hunter, Kyle Magee, Reece Malone, Oliver Metcalfe, Cian Nulty, Marcus Poskitt, Neil Rock, Sean Stanton, Alex Stiles, Mitchell Thompson, Andrew Vincent.

Aaron Cawley named in U17 & U19 Ireland squads

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Cricket Ireland have named both U17 and U19 Winter Training squads ahead of a crucial period for the respective age groups.

Cork County’s Aaron Cawley has been rewarded with a place in both Irish winter training squads following impressive performances with the ball for the club in Leinster Division 2 and for the Ireland U17 side during their tour of the UK last season.

aaron-cawley-u17-u19-link

Ireland U19 Squad

2017 is particularly vital for Ryan Eagleson’s Under 19 side as they attempt to qualify for the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand.

The former Irish international has named a squad of 18 for the winter programme, including Ireland’s latest cap – left-arm paceman Josh Little from Pembroke.

“With the 2018 Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand the prize, a big summer lies ahead for the squad,” said Lead Coach Eagleson.

“The qualifying tournament will take place in August with the winner getting the “golden ticket” of a place at the World Cup so there is so much at stake.

“Harry Tector, Josh Little and Varrun Chopra played at this year’s World Cup in Bangladesh so they know what to expect at that level. There is good continuity within the youth set-up with 12 members of last year’s successful under 17’s named in the group.”

The Ireland U19 squad in full is as follows:

  • Ian Anders (Phoenix/LCU)
  • Dean Brogan (Rush/LCU)
  • Jack Burton (Carrickfergus/NCU)
  • Jack Carson (Waringstown/NCU)
  • Aaron Cawley (Cork County/MCU)
  • Varun Chopra (Coleraine/NW)
  • Mark Donegan (The Hills/LCU)
  • Jamie Grassi (North County/LCU)
  • Reece Kelly (Bready/NW)
  • Graham Kennedy (Ballyspallen/NW)
  • Josh Little (Pembroke/LCU)
  • Sam Murphy (YMCA/LCU)
  • Max Neville (Merrion/LCU)
  • Connor O’Gorman (Leinster/LCU)
  • Sam Streek (YMCA/LCU)
  • Harry Tector (YMCA/LCU)
  • Morgan Topping (Waringstown/NCU)
  • Andrew Vincent (Clontarf/LCU)

 

Ireland U17 Squad

Cricket Ireland also announced its U17 training squad, with Lead Coach Nigel Jones and his fellow coaches naming 19 players for the winter schedule.

The squad included three Munster representatives following impressive performances for club, province and country last season with Kaasim Baloch (Limerick), Aaron Cawley (Cork County) and Seanan Jones (Cork Harlequins) all getting the call up for a busy 2017 season. It will be Aaron’s second season with the U17 squad following an impressive 2016 with club and country.

The squad is clearly a talented group with no fewer than eight players also included in the older Under 19 squad as well.

Jones is excited at the talented grouping and is expecting strong performances from his young charges in the coming months.

“I along with my fellow coaching group believe that we have an exciting group of players to work with,” said Jones. “There are no fewer than eight players returning from the 2016 Ireland U17 programme and in addition to this we have named nine players who are only 16 years old and eligible next year as well.

“We believe that their development will be further supported by the returning squad players who will be responsible for setting the standards and pushing this exciting group of players forward into the 2017 season.

“I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Ireland U17 coaching management group to congratulate all those who have been selected and to wish them well with the winter programme ahead.”

The Ireland U17 squad in full is as follows:

  • Ian Anders (Phoenix/LCU)
  • Kaasim Baloch (Limerick/MCU)
  • Eoin Barron (Railway Union/LCU)
  • Jack Carson (Waringstown/NCU)
  • Aaron Cawley (Cork County/MCU)
  • Varun Chopra (Coleraine/NW)
  • Adam Clarke (Templepatrick/NCU)
  • JJ Garth (Pembroke/LCU)
  • Seanan Jones (Cork Harlequins/MCU)
  • Josh Little (Pembroke/LCU)
  • James McClean (Ballymena/NCU)
  • Gregory McFaul (Bready/NW)
  • Rory McGovern (YMCA/LCU)
  • Max Neville (Merrion/LCU)
  • Cian Nulty (Balbriggan/LCU)
  • Marcus Poskitt (Coleraine/NW)
  • Neil Rock (Rush/LCU)
  • Harry Tector (YMCA/LCU)
  • Andrew Vincent (Clontarf/LCU)

 

Ireland U17’s to take on the Netherlands at the Mardyke

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

International cricket returns to the Mardyke at the end of July when Ireland’s U17’s take on their Dutch counterparts on 28th, 29th and 30th July at the Richard Beamish Cricket Grounds in Cork. The matches form part of the U17 ICC Europe Challenge Series which also sees matches against Scotland in August.

The first two fixtures which are scheduled to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, 28th & 29th July, will be 50 overs aside while the final game of the Series on 30th July will be in the T20 format. All matches start at 11am and will be played in coloured clothing using white cricket balls.

This will be the second visit by Netherlands U17 to the Mardyke as they played Ireland in a similar series of games in July 2013. These games provide Munster cricket supporters with the opportunity to see the next generation of Irish players in action and we hope that large numbers will be able to come along to watch the games and support the Irish side.

U17 ICC Europe Challenge Series:

  • Tuesday, 28th July, @ 11am (50 overs)
  • Wednesday, 29th July, @ 11am (50 overs)
  • Thursday, 30th July, @ 11am (T20)

 
Admission is free to all matches. For further information please contact Cork County Cricket Club on 021-4272569 or corkcountycc@gmail.com.

U17 ICC Europe Challenge Series 2015

RedFM’s Big Red Bench review Ireland’s nail biting win over Zimbabwe

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Rob Duggan and Niall Tynan joined Ruairi O’Hagan on RedFM’s Big Red Bench to review Cricket Ireland‘s dramatic final over victory over Zimbabwe in their crunch Pool B tie in Hobart. The victory leaves the Irish requiring just one point to clinch qualification to the Quarter Finals but face tough fixtures against the Indian Cricket Team and the Pakistan Cricket Team‪#‎CCCC‬ ‪#‎BackingGreen‬

RedFM’s Big Red Bench preview Ireland v South Africa

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Rob Duggan and Niall Tynan of Cork County Cricket Club join Ruairi O’Hagan on RedFM’s Big Red Bench to preview the ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B clash between Ireland and South Africa at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.