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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-310x466Cork 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-squadMunster 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.

Tickets for Ireland v England (8th May) now available

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Ireland_v_England_May_8_Poster_WebTickets for the eagerly anticipated ODI between Ireland and England at Malahide on Friday, 8th May, are now available from Club Treasurer, David Griffin. With Ireland performing so strongly at the ICC World Cup in Australia/NZ, there is sure to be high demand for the tickets so don’t miss out and contact David to purchase your tickets!

There are 15 x Adult Tickets (€40 each) and 5 x U-16 Tickets (€15 each) available until the 30th March. More information on this upcoming match is available on the Cricket Ireland website.

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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.

Ireland’s World Cup hopes previewed on RedFM’s Big Red Bench

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Cork County’s Robert Duggan and Niall Tynan were on RedFM’s Big Red Bench on Sunday, 23rd February, to discuss Cricket Ireland‘s fantastic start to the ICC Cricket World Cup and as well as Cork County’s preparations for the tough season ahead with the show’s presenter Ruairi O’Hagan.