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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.

U-17 International: Ireland v The Netherlands

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.



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.

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)

2013 Annual Dinner & Awards Night – 15th November

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

The 2013 Cork County Cricket Club Annual Dinner & Awards Night will take place on Friday, 15th November, in the old Pavilion at the Mardyke. Following a successful season for cricket in Cork County both on and off the field, its time to celebrate and acknowledge those members who excelled throughout the summer while also looking ahead to 2014.

Ticket are priced at €20 per person for a two course meal plus Tea or Coffee. The menu will also include a Vegetarian or Halal option.

Player Achievement Awards

The Annual Player Awards will also be presented on the night with Senior, Junior and Minor Awards to be handed out by the respective captains and, of course, the eagerly anticipated Player of the Year will be named with a number of potential recipients including Morne Bauer, Junaid Amin, Sid Joshi, Andy Wootton, Abubakar Saddique and Ian Coleman to name just a few.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased from either of the following:

As numbers are limited to 60, early bookings are advised. Payment will be collected on the night.

County claim Division 1 & Senior Cup Double

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Cork County Cricket Club crestCork County claimed yet another Senior League and Cup double and remain unbeaten in all Munster Senior competitions. County retained their Senior Cup crown as they swept aside local rivals Cork Harlequins by 5 wickets at the Mardyke thanks to a dominant bowling display and also to a fantastic knock of 64 not out by Ross Durity. Ross duly went on to claim the Man of the Match honour and was a fitting recipient following the passing of his father earlier in the season.

County deservedly claimed the Division 1 crown with a 3 wicket victory once again over Cork Harlequins at Farmers Cross. The victory meant that the Leesiders had won 8 from 8 and were out of reach of the chasing pack. The victory was all the sweeter following the debacle of losing out on the title last season due to some bewildering competition regulations which were addressed during the off season.

2013 Munster Senior Cup Winners

Cork County also claimed promotion back to Leinster Division 2 following an emphatic 8 wicket victory over close rivals Clontarf 2 at the Mardyke. Once again the bowling unit put in a dominant display of disciplined line and length which the Tarf men were unable to handle. The batting unit knocked off the runs with relative ease with the loss of just two wickets. County now await the date for their re-fixed match away to YMCA 2 where a win would clinch the Division 3 title and complete a historic treble for the Club.

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

Coleman, Morgan & Junaid shine as Cork County 2 defeat Limerick 1

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Cork County 2 welcomed Limerick 1 to the Mardyke on Sunday 30th June for a Division 2 fixture. Conditions were perfect for cricket, the cloud cover that had been around in the morning moving away just as play began.

Kevin O’Sullivan won the toss for County and he chose to bowl first on the grass wicket which had been used the previous day. The decision looked a good one as opening bowler Junaid Amin(4-33) accounted for Limerick skipper Nigel Aspinall(0) lbw in his second over.

Fellow opener Farooq Hussain(1) also departed quickly, edging behind to Ian Coleman, again off Junaid. Things soon got worse for the visitors; Niranjan Srinivasan bowled by Ahmed Bilal(1-29) for 3 and Tariq Shah(2) caught and bowled by Junaid to leave the score at 14-4.

Waqas Jamal(18) and Hashir Sultan(24) put on a good partnership to steady the ship for Limerick but the persistently good line of Junaid Amin eventually made the breakthrough, Sultan attempting to slog through mid-wicket but instead losing his middle stump.

Shane Burke(55) joined Waqas at the crease and succeeded in frustrating the home side’s bowlers with some excellent shots straight down the ground. O’Sullivan adjusted his bowlers, bringing on Narsa Renjarla(1-28), Brad Morgan(0-48) and John Kelly(2-32) but still could not find a breakthrough until the first over after drinks when Paul McDowell ran out Waqas.

County thought they had regained the momentum when Kevin O’Sullivan caught Shane Burke off the bowling of John Kelly but the square leg umpire seemed to think it was above waist height so the wicket was chalked off. It did not matter however as Kelly had James Spencer(0) caught at square leg just two balls later.

After the wicket of Asif Shahab(15) had fallen it looked as though County would rip through the tail but nothing could have been further from the truth. A brilliant 45* from Fassy Ahmed helped Limerick to get to 203 all out; Renjarla taking the final wicket by bowling Stephen Cheatley(2) after some valiant defence from the number 11.

The Leesiders were visibly disappointed at the interval, poor bowling and sluggish fielding having cost them dearly. Nevertheless openers Brad Morgan and Ian Coleman took to their task with ease, dispatching openers Fassy Ahmed(0-43) and Hashir Sultan(0-38) to all parts of the ground. Morgan, who had hit the two previous deliveries for four, got a life when he skied one to cover off Ahmed only to be dropped.

Nigel Aspinall brought in Asif Shahab(0-26) from the River End but he could not make a breakthrough, the score ticking along to 94-0 before Morgan eventually departed for 49, caught at point off Spencer(4-44)after he skied one attempting to tickle down the leg side.

Hughes and Coleman(53) continued to push along the run rate, the young wicketkeeper bringing up his half-century with a single to mid-wicket. The home side lost Hughes(11) to an inswinger from Spencer which clipped the top of middle stump.

Aidan Kelliher joined Coleman at the crease but the partnership was only 19 runs strong when Coleman was caught behind off Spencer. Kelliher(10) soon followed; falling lbw to the same bowler.

John Kelly(5) holed out to Asif Shahab at mid-on off Stephen Cheatley(1-24) and it was left to Ahmed Bilal(22*) and Paul McDowell(8*) to finish off the job for County sealing a five wicket win for the home side and propelling them into second place in the Division 2 table.

MCU Division 1: Cork County v Cork Harlequins (9th June)

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Cork County take on Cork Harlequins in Munster League Division 1 tomorrow in cricket’s form of a Cork local derby at the Mardyke. The match, which starts at 12.00 p.m., sees the two top sides face each other for the first time this season.

Cork County have had a great start to the season having won 5 from 5 in Leinster League Division 3 and also winning their opening match of the Munster league campaign against Limerick Raiders. Though its still early days, these fixtures usually have a big bearing on where the silverware ends up at the end of the Munster cricket season.

Due to Cork County’s strong start to the season, Harlequins have had to draft in two experienced players from Dublin in the form of Irish International John Mooney and Stephen Moreton for the game. County will have a good blend of youth and experience with the likes of Morne Bauer, Ross Durity, Ian Coleman and Oliver Creedon which has served them well so far this campaign.

For those interested, the match starts at 12.00 p.m. at the Mardyke and with the weather set fair it should be a great day out. All are welcome to pop in with no admission fee required.

Bauer shines as County inflict a heavy defeat on Malahide II

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Cork County followed up their tight opening round win away to Pembroke II with a thoroughly impressive 180 run win over Malahide II at the Mardyke. Determined to set a marker for the remainder of the season, the home side capitalised on a steady start to lay the perfect platform for Morne Bauer to display his full repertoire of strokes as he punished the Malahide II attack to all sides of the Mardyke. Morne finished on 94 with significant contributions also from Mark Fallon (56) and Captain Andy Wootton (31) leaving the home side on 263 all out from their 50 overs.

In response Malahide II were immediately on the back foot at 16-5 following a devastating opening spell of fast bowling from Bauer who blew away their top order ably supported by the tight line and length of Andy Wootton (1-13). Brown and Gallagher provided some resistance in the middle order for Dubliners but Abubakar Saddique (2-28) and Ahmed Bilal (2-21) combined to snuff out any comeback. Fittingly, Bauer finished off the match by taking the final wicket of Richardson, superbly caught by young wicket keeper Ian Coleman, which also gave him his fifer and the excellent figures of 5-13.

LCU Division 3

Team P W L NR BP Pts
1 Cork County 2 2 0 0 5 45
2 North County 2 2 1 1 0 6 26
3 Clontarf 2 1 1 0 0 5 25
4 Malahide 2 2 1 1 0 2 22
5 Laois 2 1 1 0 1 21
6 The Hills 2 2 0 2 0 6 6
7 Pembroke 2 1 0 1 0 5 5
8 YMCA 2 0 0 0 0 0 0