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Cork County take on Railway Union in the Irish Senior Cup

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Cork County face into a big Irish Senior Cup 1st Round showdown on Saturday, 7th May, when Railway Union Cricket Club visit the Mardyke. With the likes of Irish international Kevin O’Brien and overseas professional Charith Fernando in their ranks it promises to be an exciting encounter!

2016 Irish Senior Cup

The action kicks off at 12.30pm with all support for Stephan and the lads more than welcome. #WeAreCounty

The Cork County side is as follows:

  1. Stephan Grobler*
  2. Ross Durity
  3. Ian Coleman+
  4. Morne Bauer
  5. Cormac Richardson
  6. Chris Banon
  7. Bhatti Ahmed Bilal
  8. Qassim Butt
  9. Robert Duggan
  10. Aaron Cawley
  11. Junaid Amin
  12. Tim Clifford

Scorers: Talha Kayani & Abdul Jabbar Younus

County seek to cause another Irish Senior Cup upset

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Following the historic 1st Round victory by 15 runs over Donemana at the Mardyke, Cork County have been handed a tricky away tie in the 2nd Round of the Irish Senior Cup against Division 1 outfit Pembroke Cricket ClubWith a near full strength side and the vocal travelling “Critics Corner” brigade, County will be aiming to pull off another shock against one of Leinster’s strongest sides at Sydney Parade in Dublin.

Irish Senior Cup: Pembroke v Cork County

The side to face Pembroke at Sydney Parade on Sunday is as follows:
1. Ross Durity*
2. Stephan Grobler
3. Ian Coleman+
4. Robert Duggan
5. Abubakar Saddique Wattoo
6. Siddharth Joshi
7. Chris Banon
8. Junaid Amin
9. Anthony O Reilly
10. Andrew Wootton
11. Oscar Cotter
12. Tim Clifford

A coach will be departing the Mardyke at approximately 7.45 a.m. with the match scheduled for a 12.30 p.m. start. It’s another huge game for the Club so the very best of luck to all involved and fingers crossed there’s another historic result on the cards!! ‪#‎CCCC‬

Historic Irish Senior Cup win for Cork County against Donemana

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

There was a real surprise as Donemana went down at Cork County by 15 runs at the Mardyke in the first round of the RSA Irish Senior Cup.

The home side batted first and despite losing Ross Durity early, Ian Coleman and Morne Bauer got them back on track. Coleman and Stephan Grobler then fell in quick succession but Bauer and Rory O’Keeffe gave the Leesiders’ inning real impetus as they added decent knocks. 

The former hit 3 fours and 2 sixes in his even time 68 while Rory O’Keeffe’s 39 allowed the Mardyke men to post 171 for 8 in 37 overs before the rain arrived.

The revised target for Donemana was 190 in 36 but they started really poorly losing Stephen Wallace for 10, Richard Kee (4), Kamran Sajid for 20 and Ricky-Lee Dougherty without scoring. 

Andy McBrine was still there though and with Gary McClintock (15) and then William McClintock (27) they repaired most of the early damage taking the score to 148. 

The crucial blow was to come with the loss of the Warriors’ skipper however- McBrine one of Sid Joshi’s 5 victims having made 65 (4 fours and 2 sixes). 

After that Cork kept the pressure on and accounted for the 2000 winners with a 15-run verdict to spark scenes of deserved celebrations which continued well into the wee small hours.

RSA Irish Senior Cup:

Cork County 171-8 off 36 overs (M. Bauer 68, R. McBrine 2-31)

Donemana 174 all out (A. McBrine 65, S. Joshi 5-37)

Cork County beat Donemana by 15 runs (D/L))

The victorious Cork County side that knocked out Donemana

 

The victorious Cork County team which beat Donemana in the 1st Round of the Irish Senior Cup

 

(courtesy of the Derry News)

Cork County overwhelmed by CSNI in the Irish Cup

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Cork County made the long trip to Belfast last Friday to take on Civil Service North (CSN) in the second round of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup. The fixture took place at Stormont which acts as one of Ireland’s international grounds and will be hosting West Indies A and Bangladesh this coming summer. CSNI are the NCU ClubTurf Ulster Cup holders and had finished third in the NCU Premier League in 2009. They welcomed their skipper, Nigel Jones, back from World Twenty20 competition in the Caribbean and overseas professional Kieran Noema-Barnett was settling into his second full season with the club.

Cork County knew they had a huge task if they were to cause an upset against one of the premier sides in NCU cricket but with a good pre-season under their belts they hoped to provide a competitive opposition to the Stormont side. However due to injuries to vice captain Ross Durity (broken finger) and opening bowler Parvez Ali (stitches), the unavailability of Keith Banks due to personal reasons, Matt Reed who was on holidays and Andrew Saul who had work commitments; the Mardyke side’s chance took a sharp dip and increased the onus on the remaining senior players.

The day started under unbroken sunshine at Stormont with CSN skipper Nigel Jones winning the toss and electing to ‘have a bat’ on what looked like a perfect batting deck. Stephen Dyer and Hamilton Coulter opened the batting for CSN. Hamilton went in the 5th over adjudged LBW while stepping down the pitch to a ball which kept low from Cork County opener James Duggan. Duggan’s opening spell was one of the positives to be taken from the day with the young seamer showing great maturity and control on a wicket which offered little to the bowlers.

CSN skipper Nigel Jones entered the crease and seemed a little jet lagged and required a number of overs to reacclimatize to Irish conditions after his time with the Ireland squad in the West Indies. Two chances went down in the early overs, one difficult snick high past the diving wicketkeeper Des O’Leary, which would have been a great take, and another put down by Andrew Wootton in the slips.

After these early chances went down, both batsmen soon found their timing and rhythm with opener Stephen Dyer, in particular, taking most of the strike. As the batsmen closed in on both their centuries they matched each other shot for shot. Both seemed to be timing the ball nicely and they reached 80 and then 90 within a few balls of each other. With 9 overs to go both batsmen were on 94, CSN on 206. Nigel Jones’ century (119b 10x4s 3x6s) came with a single off the penultimate ball of the following over, and a single by Stephen Dyer from the next ball brought up the 200 partnership. Dyer brought up his century (125b 11x4s 2x6s) with a single from the last ball of the 43rd over.

Stephen Dyer reached 130 with a 6, taken by Nicky Murphy at deep mid-off, who unfortunately stepped back over the boundary rope. However, Dyer was bowled with the very next ball, trying another shot. Jones innings came to an end off the first ball of the last over. At the end of the innings Kieran Noema-Barnett and Allen Coulter were the not out bats, and the score was 295. The Cork County bowlers had not bowled badly, but after the couple of chances that were not taken, they faced a couple of determined and experienced batsmen, who were able to deal with their attack with few alarms.

Chasing a mammoth total of 295 at just under 6 runs per over, the Cork County batting line-up required a great start from openers Andrew Wootton and Des O’Leary but unfortunately Wootton was caught behind early on from CSN opener J. Costain. Cork County captain, Robert Duggan, joined O’Leary at the crease hoping to consolidate and also attempt to chase down the mammoth CSN total. O’Leary followed Wootton for 17 after being run out superbly by CSN overseas professional Kieran Noema-Barnett. Bruce Koch joined Duggan at the crease and both batsman provided County with their main partnership of the innings. The CSN bowlers maintained excellent line and length throughout the innings denying the County batsmen any chance to free their arms and gain any momentum.

Having reached drinks at 25 overs, both Duggan and Koch attempted to accelerate the run rate with the third and fourth choice bowlers entering the CSN attack. Koch, while attempting to make a lofted sweep against the off-spin of Andrews, had the misfortune of losing his footing and mistimed the shot resulting in a straightforward catch by Noema-Barnett. Duggan followed Koch a number of overs later after being trapped LBW on the back foot by slow left-arm bowler Coulter. The County innings soon lost its momentum with wickets falling at regular intervals. Young County batsman, Oliver Creedon, provided brief rest bite with a well work 16 not out showing great maturity and shot selection against the CSN attack. The CSN bowlers took nearly 45 overs to end the Cork County innings.

Cork County now turn their attention to Leinster League Division 2 where they take on Phoenix and Dublin University on the 15th and 16th May, respectively. The Mardyke side will be hoping for alot better fortune and improved performances throughout the side if they are to come away with a win from the weekend.

Saturday May 8th:
Civil Service North (CSNI) 295-3 beat Cork County 113 all out by 182 runs at Stormont. scorecard


Chris Banon: meet Cork County’s rising star

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The following is an extract from Cover Point’s Match Report on the 2008 Munster Senior Cup Final played on 30th May 2009 after being held over from the previous season.

“The 2008 MCU Cup final (finally staged yesterday at the Mardyke in Cork) ended in dramatic fashion with Cork County defeating the holders, Cork Harlequins by two wickets with four balls remaining.

After 49 overs and over 7 hours in uninterrupted sunshine, County were 186 for 8 needing 5 runs to win. With the experienced ex Irish international Ted Williamson about to bowl the final over and with 16 year old rookie Chris Banon facing, it seemed that ‘Quins were on the verge of pulling off a remarkable victory to retain the Cup.

It wasn’t to be however. Banon kept a cool head and smashed the first ball of Williamson’s over into the off side. Despite a desperate dive it pierced the field and County were able to run two. The next ball Banon confidently lifted over the infield to the long off boundary and County were home.”

The young Banon clearly rose to the challenge on that occasion!

On 29th June 2009 at Fox Lodge, he scored 96 out of a Munster total of 211 all out against Leinster U15s in an interprovincial series. Though Leinster won the match by 100 runs Banon was named Man of the Match.

With Cork County joining the Leinster League in 2010 there will be more opportunities for the now seventeen-year-old to showcase his talent and demonstrate that he can mix it at a higher level.

It is a challenge that his captain at Cork County, Robert Duggan is confident that Banon is ready for:

“My first real glimpse of Chris’ talent was when he hit the winning runs with only a few balls remaining during the rescheduled 2008 Munster Senior Cup Final at the beginning of last season.

2009 was a real breakthrough season for him especially when scored 96 against Leinster U15 during the interprovincial series.

I had heard a lot of good things from our youth coach Dermot Giltinan about Chris and since he graduated into the senior squad at the beginning of last season I have seen for myself his great attitude and willingness to learn from senior players.

Chris is a popular member of the squad and his great sporting attitude is the perfect example to are other up and coming young players.

It is hoped Chris will form a major part of our side for coming season particularly with the challenge of competing in Leinster Division 2, a tough Irish Cup tie away to Civil Service in Belfast and also in local Munster competitions.

One of the principal reasons for Cork County’s application to enter the Leinster league was to provide our talented younger players such as Chris with decent competitive cricket and a pathway to possible higher representative honours.

From what I know of him so far I am very confident he is up to the challenge. His eagerness to learn accompanied by his excellent fielding ability and natural eye for the ball all point towards a very promising cricketing career for Cork County, Munster and hopefully at Irish representative level in the not so distant future”.


Chris Banon- Profile

Date of Birth: 17/11/92

Place of Birth: Cork City

Club: Cork County CC

Bats: LHB, usually middle order

Bowls: a bit of medium pace (sometimes)

Interview:

CP: When did you start to play cricket?

CB: When I went into first year in school.

CP: What sparked your interest in the game?

CB: My dad is from India so he got me interested in it originally. I watched it a little bit on TV and found it interesting and when I got the chance to try it out in school I got hooked on it.

CP: Favourite cricketer and why?

CB: Sachin Tendulkar. He is just a class act. His technique and timing is second to none and he is just a genius in the middle.

CP: Biggest influence and why?

CB: Without a doubt it has to be Dermot Giltinan. He was the one who really got me into the game and was the one who showed me how to bat. He taught me all the basics when I first started playing and hasn’t given up on me yet, and is still helping me to improve as a player.

CP: Ambitions for 2010?

CB: I would like to get more consistent with my batting and start getting more runs, and to keep improving.

CP: Ambitions beyond 2010?

CB: To just keep improving and getting better, and like most people to play for an Irish team would obviously be a dream come true.

CP: Proudest achievement to date?

CB: Winning a Munster Senior Cup was exceptional, but it would probably have to be getting runs in the inter-pros against Leinster last summer. It was just a great feeling and my best innings to date.

CP: Biggest disappointment to date?

CB: Losing the 2009 senior cup first round to Galway after winning the 2008 senior cup final the day before.

CP: Area looking to improve in 2010?

CB: My consistency. I would like to start getting more consistent with the bat and to stop finding different ways to get myself out.

CP: What else are you passionate about?

CB: Sport in general really, especially rugby and GAA.

CP: What other interests have you / what other sports do you play?

CB: I play rugby and GAA so they keep me busy when I’m not playing cricket.

CP: What could Irish cricket be doing (if anything) that it is not doing already to make the sport more popular?

CB: Just keep doing whatever it’s doing now. The sport’s popularity in Munster is at a high and the numbers of young players starting in Cork County is rising each year.

Liam Rooney in cooperation with Chris Banon

Copyright: Cover Point

Pre-Season Friendlies Announced

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Cork County have announced two pre-season friendlies in preparation for the 2010 season. Baxenden CC from the Manchester metropolitan area will visit the Mardyke once again to take on a Cork County XI in 50 over and T20 fixtures in early April. Cork County will then make the trip to Portlaois in late April to take on Laois CC in a rematch to last season’s friendly at the Mardyke.

Friday 9th April versus Baxenden CC at the Mardyke

Saturday 10th April versus Baxenden CC at the Mardyke

Saturday 24th April versus Laois CC at the Portlaois RFC

Cork County are hoping to announce additional pre-season matches in the build up to their Irish Cup 1st Round tie away to Civil Service (CSNI) at Stormont on the 8th of May.