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Ireland v England ODI (Friday, 8th May): Club Offer

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Cricket Ireland is again offering preferential rates to cricket clubs for matches in 2015 for groups of 10+, and this year we are also introducing the Cricket Ireland Club Day Out Experience, along with our usual discounted ticket price.

Ireland v England Club Day Out ExperienceAt the special discounted price of just €60 (usually €65), the Club Day Out Experience includes:

  •    Match Ticket
  • –   Match Programme
  • –   Morning Coffee
  • –   Lunch at any outlet in the Cricket Ireland Village
  • –   Beverage Voucher
  • –   Bus Parking for groups of 10+

 

We are also offering match tickets at the discounted rate of €40 for adult tickets – a saving of over €9 per ticket as there is no booking fee, while OAP (€38) and U16 (€15) tickets are also available. We will ensure that all seats are in the same section on what is already shaping up to be a fantastic day.

To secure your club tickets fill in the attached form and post or email to ticketsales@cricketireland.ie by February 28th.

Although August seems like a long way away at this stage, we will also be offering preferential club rates for Ireland v Australia at Stormont on August 27th – an ideal opportunity for your end of season outing!

Of course before then we have the small matter of the ICC Cricket World Cup to look forward to – if you’re not lucky enough to be heading to Australia and New Zealand, you can follow all the exploits of the Boys in Green on www.cricketireland.ie.

Cricket Ireland seek new Senior Mens Team Manager

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

 

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Celebrating 140 years of cricketing heritage at Cork County

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The year is 1874; in France impressionism is first born, in America the Texas-Indian wars continue to rage, while elsewhere Ernest Shackleton, Robert Frost and Harry Houdini are born.

WG Grace 1883In Cork a similar birth is underway, but this is of a sporting variety. On November 25th 1873, over 140 years ago, ten years before the foundation of the GAA and over a century before the establishment of Cork City FC, a Cork legend himself Mr. W.H Sharman Crawford sent a letter to a list of those interested, calling on the creation of a cricket club which would encompass both city and county. Previous to that, Cork Cricket Club, established in 1849, had been providing the game to those in the city, but a huge number from outside Munster’s capital were unable to pick up a bat and ball competitively. The letter informed those that Crawford, along with two associates Anderson Cooper and Thomas Hewitt, were to ‘form a new Cricket club, which would be a credit to both the County and the City’. Life (a once off payment of £10), playing (£2 yearly) and non-playing (£1 yearly) memberships were available, with the funds dedicated to the building of a new pavilion, leasing the Mardyke grounds, and the payment of a professional bowler.

The Earl of Cork, the Earl of Bandon, Crawford himself and Richard Beamish were amongst those on the list of initial life members, and its president George Colthurst was the first of a long line of Presidents from the Colthurst family (With each subsequent president until 1954 a member of said clan), who formed the backbone of the original club along with the Beamish family.

Cork Cricket team from 1930sThe game was flourishing pre-war, with clubs all over the county and province, however it was Cork County who were the big name in the South, and regularly hosted teams from Dublin such as Trinity (Ireland’s oldest club, with earliest references dated 1835), Phoenix, Leinster and Clontarf. In 1909 a senior cricket league was established so that the local sides around Munster could pit their wits against each other. Its popularity and participation was the equivalent to that of football in the modern day, and townland teams from Mallow to Bandon, Buttevant to Midleton could face off against each other, even as far as Limerick! A year later Cork County CC became affiliated with the Irish Cricket Union, and thus, with no other members in the South, governed cricket in Munster, forty-seven years before the establishment of the Munster Cricket Union.

The first World War from 1914 to 1918 saw the club struggle, but an article by Cyril O’Donnell in Cork County’s Centenary Book pays homage to then secretary Raymond Savage for securing the club’s future into the inter-war years. Post-war saw a number of touring sides visit Cork including the English Counties XI, who were defeated at the Mardyke by the home side! Well-known sides like Oxford Authentics, Cambridge Peterhouse, The Royal Engineers and Australian Old Collegians visited Cork to play at what remains one of the most scenic cricket pitches in Ireland, or indeed the United Kingdom.

The banning of foreign sports by the GAA in 1901 did little to help the game, and as the GAA rose to prominence on the wave of a republican revolution during the 1910s and 1920s, so too did the garrison game of cricket suffer. However, its subsequent release and the increased availability of cricket to all has now meant many members of County’s teams from first to third are dual-stars in their own right, playing both GAA and cricket all-year ‘round.

The Wanderers Cricket Club who later merged with Bohemians to form Cork CountyThe club’s most difficult days came during the Second World War, in which cricket was limited to local leagues and junior cricket. With times so tough County were restricted to playing within Cork, while the annual interprovincial between Munster and Leinster was the only game involving a side from outside the Rebel County.

In 1970 the club bought the Mardyke grounds for £20,000 and a complete re-development was undertaken to make the ground one of the best in the country, while a year later two squash courts were added, and still prove hugely popular given their convenient location. In 1974 the club celebrated its centenary year, with the celebratory week opened by than Irish President Erskine Childers.

The 70s and 80s saw top sides from across the water play in the Mardyke, with club memberships, and in particular junior memberships continually rising on the back of the foreign games ban lifting in 1971. This allowed people young and old who were previously unable sample the different sports now available to them, and the game down the ‘Dyke flourished.

In 2001, the decision was made to form a cricket franchise from Munster, which would compete in the Leinster Leagues. The Munster Reds competed in the top Leinster league for a time but when they disbanded in 2008 the door was opened for Cork County to take their place, and thus establish themselves as one of the best clubs in Ireland.

This year the club is on course for back-to-back promotions, which would see them playing in the top division in Leinster, not as a conglomerate franchise, but under the one name, Cork County. On Tuesday August 20th they face a President’s selection to mark their 140 year history, and will always be a historic part of the Cork sporting fabric.

Celebrating 140 years of cricket in Cork

The Mardyke Cricket Grounds

Undoubtedly one of the most scenic grounds in the country, cricket has been played at the Mardyke since 1850, with the predecessor to Cork County, Cork Cricket Club providing top-class cricket for the citizens of Cork City

In total eleven games involving the senior Irish team have been played down the ‘Dyke, fittingly it was cricket’s best-known personality W.G Grace who took the field first to bat at a Cork international match. The game, a challenge match between Ireland and London County in 1903, was Ireland’s only game that year, and was taken with the utmost of seriousness with trials held in the weeks previous.

Grace, then 54, got out for one in the first innings, and followed that up with a relatively poor 24 as the two sides played out an entertaining draw. Excusing his failings the great man proclaimed “How could anyone be expected to play cricket in such beautiful surroundings”, an alibi that’s hard to contest!

The following year the Irish defeated a strong South African side who would go on to beat England in Lords on the same tour and secure test status three years later. The 30th May 1947 saw the inaugural first-class game to be played down the ‘Dyke, with Ireland hosting Scotland in a tie which was unfortunately washed out on the second day and ended a draw

A draw was again the outcome fourteen years later, this time in a three day game which is remembered as one of the most tedious in Irish cricketing history. It took 70 overs for Scotland to make 166 all out and the Irish chase wasn’t much faster, a draw was obvious from the end of the first day, in a game which failed to ignite the public’s imagination.

Nine years later Denmark were the visitors in a match which saw Pat Dineen became the first Corkman to play for Ireland in Cork since 1930, despite Ireland’s hard work the visitors were always going to settle for a draw after a washed out first day. A year later Ireland secured their biggest win since 1936 with a 260 run victory over Wales in the first of a continuing series.

Cork County themselves have hosted some of the biggest names in cricket at the Mardyke. Players like Nick Knight, Nasser Hussain and Graham Gooch have all graced the middle at the ‘Dyke, and experienced the beautiful surroundings Grace once raved about.

Cork County’s Internationals

Despite the perception that Munster cricket is far inferior to that in Leinster and up North, Cork County Cricket club has still contributed thirty-two players to the Irish senior international team, whether playing with the club at the time, or progressing from the fields of the Mardyke; and countless others to underage teams over the past 140 years.

Sir Tim Carew O’Brien is one of the first, and most successful to be associated with Cork County. Sir O’Brien actually played for England in two test matches in the 1880s during a hugely successful first-class career of 266 games, and was capped a further seven times by Ireland in 1907, scoring an Irish record against England of 167, a record which remained until 1973.

Cork County's Irish International all-rounder John PowerThe first man from County to represent the Emerald Isle was Sir George St. John Colthurst, capped twice in 1879, and who would later go on to be President of the club from 1878-1926 before his son Sir George Oliver Colthurst took the reigns from 1926-1954, while Pascoe William Grenfell Stuart played for his country five times between 1892 and 1904, a Cork County regular Stuart actually captained Munster during an interprovincial in 1931 at the tender age of 62!

Pat Dineen is the most capped Cork County player, with 23. Dineen, who subsequently chaired the likes of Bord Gais, Irish Steel and Bord na Mona, was a member of the Irish side which infamously bowled out the West Indies for 25 at Sion Mills on July 2nd 1969, securing what was and continues to be one of the all time sporting upsets.

The most famous Irish international in Cork circles is the sporting icon Noel Cantwell. Known more for his footballing ability (A lengthy career with two of England’s most successful clubs Manchester United and West Ham, plus 36 Irish caps), the Presentation College graduate was also a dab hand with the bat and ball. A left-hand bat and right arm medium bowler, Cantwell played five times for Ireland, before football began to take over.

One of Cork County’s finest and most respected all-rounders of the modern era, John Power, earned a deserved international call up in a 3-day match against the MCC in 1994 (scorecard) and was unlucky not to have added to that cap throughout the remainder of his career. County’s last international Ted Williamson’s cap came in 1999 for a game against the MCC, while he has also played for the Marylebone Cricket Club against Ireland ‘A’ at Lords. He has since played a part in coaching the likes of Irish underage internationals Ruadhan Jones and Rory O’Keeffe from an early age, showing that Munster cricket still has an awful lot to contribute to the international set up.

The current Cork County side… a continuation of the legacy

The Cork County team which played Phoenix at the Mardyke in June, 2014.While Cork County is inevitably steeped in history, the current side are living up to their predecessors. Led by Club’s Captain, Ross Durity, and overseas professional and former Gauteng batsman Stephan Groblar, County have been boosted in the last few years, picking up young talents like Anthony O’Reilly and the big-hitting Morne Bauer from Cork Harlequins.

Following the collapse of the Munster Reds franchise in 2008, the door was opened for County to enter as a separate club. After winning the Division 3 last year, Cork County are now eyeing up successive promotions, this time to the top Leinster Division, which would be quite a significant achievement for both Cork County and cricket in Munster.

2013 was a bumper year for the firsts, winning the Munster Senior Cup and League on top of the Division three win. This year looks set to be the same, with only four games left of the season remaining the Mardyke side have only lost one game, with a key showdown against first-placed Malahide on Sunday August 17th.

It would appear the Club is in safe hands with the likes of Chris Banon, Tim Clifford, Ian Coleman, Chris van Heerden, Aidan Kelleher and his younger brother Brian progressing through the ranks.

Kevin Galvin
(courtesy of the Evening Echo)
 

Irish Cricket stars to take on Cork County to mark 140th Anniversary

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Irish President’s XI  v Cork County XI

Wednesday, 20th August, 2014.

To mark the 140th anniversary of Cork County Cricket Club’s foundation, Cricket Ireland will be bringing an Irish President’s XI to the Mardyke to take on a Cork County select XI. Cork County has been the heartbeat of cricket in both Cork and Munsyer for much of the 20th century and more so since the turn of the century.

Throughout  the past 140 years, Cork County has made a major contribution to Irish cricket. Indeed, the club represented Munster at Irish Cricket Union level until 1956 when the MCU was formally established. It has contributed four Presidents to the Irish Cricket Union and more than 30 Cork County players have represented Ireland in the period since 1874.

The Mardyke has hosted thirteen International fixtures – the first being in 1902 against a London County team featuring WG Grace, Australian captain, Bill Murdoch and future England Captain, JHT Douglas, and the most recent in 2002 against an MCC side over three days. Test players such as Graham GoochNasser HussainPeter SuchDerek Pringle and John Stephenson have all graced the Mardyke over recent decades.

Irish Coach Phil Simmons and President Joe Doherty will be in attendance at the Mardyke for the celebratory match and it is rumoured that Mr. Simmons might even be donning his whites for the occasion.Other well known stars from Irish cricket’s recent past including internationals such as Trent JohnstonJohn MooneyJeremy BrayFintan McCallisterEddie Richardson and Reinhardt Strydom; will also be making the trip to the Mardyke. The final teams will be confirmed closer to the date of the match with hopefully one or two surprises in store!

The celebratory match takes place on Wednesday, 20th August, with all catering kindly provided by The River Lee Hotel.

Canterbury sportswear will also be producing special kit to be worn by both sets of players to mark the occasion.

Entry is absolutely free on the day so please come along and join in the birthday celebrations!

Cork County 140th Anniversary Match

Mardyke to host ICC European U-17 Challenge Series

Friday, July 12th, 2013

The Mardyke will once again welcome international cricket back to Leeside when it plays host to the ICC European U-17 Challenge Series between Ireland and The Netherlands. The cream of Irish U-17 cricket will be on show as they take on their Dutch counterparts, between the 16th & 18th July, with two 50 over fixtures on Tuesday and Wednesday followed by a T20 clash on Thursday. The Irish U-17 squad features some promising youngsters including Cork man Ru Jones and is coached by former Cork County player and current Terenure Coach Ted Williamson.

The European U-17 Challenge Series schedule:
Tuesday: Ireland v The Netherlands [50 overs] (11 a.m.)
Wednesday: Ireland v The Netherlands [50 overs] (11 a.m.)
Thursday: Ireland v The Netherlands [20 overs] (11 a.m.)

There is absolutely no admission fee and refreshments will be available in the Clubhouse to visitors and spectators each day. Some high quality cricket is expected so come along to the Mardyke and support the boys in green! #COYBIG

Wilson and Porterfield to launch their Big Bike Ride at the Mardyke

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Irish Internationals Gary Wilson and Captain William Porterfield will be launching Irish Cricket’s Big Bike Ride in support of Cancer Research UK which will see the duo cycle through Ireland stopping at 4 international cricket grounds on their way. It will be a total of 380 miles across five days starting here at the Mardyke next Tuesday, 9th October, and finishing at Stormont in Belfast on the 13th October. Further details of Gary and William’s Big Bike Ride are available by clicking here.

Gary and William will be present at the Mardyke on Monday night from 8 p.m. to raffle a signed Irish cricket top to help raise some funds and answer any questions you may have. We’d encourage as many cricket enthusiasts as possible to attend for such a worthwhile cause! #CCCC

For any queries regarding the event please contact the Club on +353 (0)21 4272569 or corkcountycc@gmail.com. You can also visit our Facebook Event page

South African Captain wants to help cricket in Cork & Ireland

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Graeme Smith, captain of the South Africian cricket team, was in Cork this week discussing cricket with Brian Crowley MEP.

“Now that Graeme has a home here in Cork and spends a lot of time here, we discussed ways he can be supportive to Cork and Irish Cricket in the years ahead” said Brian Crowley MEP.

Over recent weeks, Graeme Smith led South Africa to the top cricket test team spot in the world, after beating England, and he is now very much one of the most sought after cricket

personalities in the world. Graeme and his cork wife, singer Morgan Deane, also had their first child Cadence, christened in Cork this week.

“My father and uncle played cricket at the Cork Cricket Club many years ago, and it is great that a world superstar like Graeme is willing to get involved now, especially at a time when the Irish cricket team is doing so well” added Brian Crowley.

Pictured in Cork this week Graeme Smith (left) with Brian Crowley MEP and Senator Mark Daly, Senate Spokesperson for the Irish Overseas.

Courtesy of Manus O’Callaghan (086-2526476).

MCU Division 3: Cork County v Cork Harlequins match report

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Cork County Cricket Club crestMCU Division 3: Cork County 3 vs. Cork Harlequins 3-Match Report

Cork County 3 took on local rivals Harlequins 3 at the Mardyke on Saturday the 11th of August. The weather forecast was for light rain throughout the afternoon and the match which was scheduled to start at 1pm did not get underway until 2pm due to the rain.

When it did finally clear up the home side won the toss and chose to bowl first on the artificial wicket. Liam Hale(45) and Alex Deane(30) opened the batting for ‘Quins and County found it extremely hard to shift the two openers.

Seam bowlers Chris Goncalves and Narsa Renjarla(0-22) bowled four over spells each and uncharacteristically gave up a considerable amount of extras(12 wides and 3 no balls in the first eight overs).

The introduction of John Kelly(1-38) and Kevin O’Sullivan into the attack did stem the flow of extras but neither of the change bowlers could pick up the crucial first wicket.

Right-arm medium pacer Hassan Shulman(0-51) bowled one over before drinks which Harlequins reached on 88-0.

After the short drinks break Goncalves(3-35) returned from the City End and finally County picked up the first wicket of the innings, Hale falling lbw to the right arm seamer.

Things got even better for County when Alex Deane edged behind to ‘keeper Peter Barlow, again off Goncalves.

‘Quins danger man Mariusz Badenhert(0) was caught at cover just two balls later, Goncalves picking up his final wicket in his last over.

Harlequins captain Nick Smith(16) steadied the ship for the visitors and moved the score to 159-5 before top-edging to Ryan O’Connell at short fine-leg off Kelly.

’Quins Curtis Elcate reached his half century off 46 balls but was dismissed the very next delivery holing out to County vice-captain Kevin O’Sullivan at long off.

Kashit(1) soon followed Elcate back to the pavilion, bowled by James McCarthy in the 35th over. Harry Scannell(0*) and Kaleem(13*) saw it through for the Farmer’s Cross side, the visitors finishing on 190-6 from their 40 overs and setting Cork County a pretty daunting task.

County openers Paul McDowell(51) and Narsa Renjarla(10) started well with some good shots through the covers but a miscommunication between the two batsmen led to Renjarla being run out by a considerable distance.

Next in for County was big-hitter Bryn Nelmes(8) but he was also run out after he was sent back by McDowell.

McDowell then sent back Hassan Shulman after he had mistakenly called him through and Shulman was run out by half a pitch length.

County were in serious trouble but McDowell who had contributed to all three run outs did his best to forget his mistakes and reached his half-century with a single to fine-leg off Sennon Jones(1-18).

Despite the accurate bowling of Elcate(3-37), Kaleem(0-33) and Kingsley Jones(1-16) County had kept up with the run rate to this point.

However the wickets of James McCarthy(caught off K. Jones for 2) and Andrew Somerfield(bowled by S. Jones for 4) made it very difficult for the home side and the required rate crept up to 7 an over.

Paul McDowell was caught off Budenhert to end what had been an eventful time at the crease(3 run outs and a half century) and Peter Barlow(7) and John Kelly(28) attempted to drag County back into the game.

A massive no ball six from Kelly over mid-wicket off Allen(0-27) was followed soon after by a wicket, Barlow playing all around a straight one from Elcate and losing his middle stump.

Chris Goncalves followed Barlow back to the dressing room after the very next delivery had knocked back his off stump.

Kevin O’Sullivan negotiated the hat-trick ball safely, edging a fuller delivery from Elcate over the slip cordon for four.

A solid partnership from Kelly and O’Sullivan left Cork County just 44 runs from victory but any chance of victory was extinguished when what had been a fantastic innings from Kelly came to an end, the all-rounder lifting one to Kaleem at point.

Ryan O’Connell joined O’Sullivan at the crease and they stayed there for three overs until O’Connell was tricked by a slower one from Alex Deane and bowled for 2, Kevin O’Sullivan finishing 7 not out.

A brave effort from County 3 against the league’s second placed side leaves them fifth in the standings with four games left to play.

Munster Junior Cup Semi-Final: Cork County 2 v Galway 2 – Match Report

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Cork County Cricket Club crestCounty 2 took on Galway in the Junior Cup semi-final at the Mardyke on Saturday the 28th of July. County captain Niall Tynan won the toss and asked Galway to bat on what was a warm but showery day at the ‘Dyke.

Justin McGurk(2-8) opened the bowling from the City End and made an immediate impact, forcing Galway opener Umair(0) to direct one to Kevin Bray at mid-wicket who took an excellent catch after just four deliveries.

Unfortunately it was at that moment that it began to rain and the teams had to come off for 20 minutes not allowing County to continue the momentum which they had gained with the first wicket.

When the teams did come back out seamers Justin McGurk and Hugh O’Brien(0-14) continued and it was McGurk who claimed the Galway’s second wicket, Nitin hit on the pads by a full toss from McGurk and given out lbw.

M.Ali(18) and Sajal(7) steadied things for the visitors but before the second rain delay of the innings Matt Reed(2-20) took the wicket of Ali, the right-handed bat edging behind to Coleman.

After another rain delay this one 30 minutes long, things got worse for Galway, Waqqas(2) lifting one straight up in the air off Ciarán Healy, Nicky Murphy taking the catch at mid-on.

Danish(2) was run out after some sharp fielding by Nicky Murphy and Khan(6) soon followed, again run out but this time more due to some casual running between the wickets and not running his bat in.

Galway were now in deep trouble and it was left to Rohit Bisla(28*) to try to put some runs on the board. Two boundaries off Reed and one off Chris Banon(0-10) brought some much needed runs for the Connacht side.

Two more wickets fell in quick succession, Arunbabo(0) was out lbw off Reed and R.Mahon(1) was out caught by Tim Clifford off the bowling of Healy.

This left Galway nine wickets down and the innings soon finished, Ted Turton(3) bowled by Nicky Murphy(1-4). That left Cork County with a target of 82 which seemed quite an easy task given the conditions and the speed of the outfield.

Umpire Michael Hickey decided to postpone lunch and instead brought the teams back out after just 10 minutes.

Tim Clifford and Steve Smith opened the batting for the home side but their partnership did not last long, Clifford(0) lifting a short delivery to square-leg for a routine catch.

Wicketkeeper- batsman Ian Coleman came in at three for the Leesiders and played very solidly while at the other end Smith hit both opening bowlers Waqqas and Danish to all parts of the ground.

A change of bowling for the visitors did not stop Smith scoring steadily and it required another change in bowling before a breakthrough was finally made, Smith(32) directing one to point off the bowling of medium-pacer Khan.

Things got worse for the home side when Chris Banon departed the very next ball, the left-hander edging to the Galway ‘keeper.

Vice-captain Kevin Bray(2) joined Coleman at the crease and got off the mark straight away with an on drive for a couple before being given out lbw, again off Khan.

County however needed only 28 to win at this stage and patient batting from Coleman(14*) and Matt Reed(12*) saw County home, Reed dispatching an above waist height no ball to the square-leg boundary to seal victory for the home side and secure them a place in the final against Limerick C.C. on Sunday August 12th.

Irish Cricketing Stars to grace the Mardyke for RSA Inter-Regional Series

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Cork County Cricket Club has been chosen by Cricket Ireland as the first venue for the RSA Inter-Regional Series match between the North and the South. It will be the first senior representative match at the Mardyke since Ireland took on the MCC in 2002, a fixture which saw Niall O’Brien score his maiden international century. Last season saw the Club successfully host the European U-17 Challenge Series between Ireland and Scotland and it is hoped that such calibre of matches can become a regular occurrence at the Mardyke over the coming years. The Mardyke has undergone considerable renovation off the pitch over the past two years and so it is very gratifying for the Club to host such a prestigious event.

The interest in cricket in Munster, particularly at youth level, has really taken off over the past few years with the success of the Irish team so to have some of those international players such as Kevin O’Brien, Andrew White, John Mooney and Trent Johnston competing at the home of cricket in Munster is very exciting for the Club. The Irish cricketing community can be assured that the Mardyke and Cork County will endeavour to provide the best possible conditions both on and off the pitch for players and supporters alike. Admission is free on the day so we’d encourage as many people as possible to come along and enjoy some top quality cricket at the Mardyke and become more involved in Cork County Cricket Club.

RSA Inter-Regional Series (Game 1):
Venue: Mardyke
Date: Sunday, 3rd June
Start Time: 12.00 p.m.
Admission: Free