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Munster Cricket Union Awards Night

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The Munster Cricket Union Annual Awards night will take place on Friday, 8th November, starting at 8 p.m. at The Mardyke cricket grounds.

After a great year of cricket in Munster, which had many highlights, it will be a great night to honour those players and teams who excelled during the season.

Among the awards to be presented on the night are the Senior, Junior and Minor Players of the year.

Cricket Ireland President Robin Walsh will be the Special Guest of Honour. and finger food will be available on the night.

Cork County had a clean sweep of all Munster Senior competitions while also coming close in Division 2 so it will be a good chance for players and supporters to celebrate the season’s achievements ahead of next Friday’s Annual Club Dinner.

2013 Munster Senior Cup Winners

County put Co. Clare to the sword in Division 2

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Cork County 2 took on Co. Clare 2 on a bright, sunny summer’s Saturday afternoon at the Mardyke. It was technically Clare’s home game but due to lack of a ground in which to play they had to make the long trip down to Cork for the game.

Jeremy Mace won the toss for Clare and chose to bat on what looked an absolute belter of a wicket. It was County who got the upper hand immediately though, Junaid Amin (4-9) trapping Patrick McDonnell (0) lbw with the 5th ball of the innings.

Gurpreet (6) and Danish Ikram (12) then put on a decent partnership before the latter nicked off to Oliver Creedon (2-25). Gurpreet soon followed lbw, the bowling of Oscar Cotter (1-26) far too good for him.

County captain Kevin O’Sullivan had 5 seamers to choose from and it was first change bowler Oliver Creedon who picked up the next wicket, John O’Brien (14) chipping straight back to the bowler.

Wickets fell in a hurry after that, Martin Keohane taking a fine catch at point to dismiss Manvinder (6) off the bowling of Hugh O’Brien and Jeremy Mace the recipient of a golden duck, again off O’Brien.

John McDonnell’s middle stump was dislodged by Justin McGurk(1-40) and Richard Morton was bowled by the excellent Junaid for just 9.

Clare were in deep trouble and it went from bad to worse for them when they lost top-scorer Rajan (27) and tailender Tom Jones (0) in Junaid’s final over to finish on a below-par 113 all out. With the pitch playing beautifully, they would have expected at least 175 from their allocated overs.

After the interval, County went after the target with a vengeance, Brad Morgan (56*) smashing the Clare bowlers to all parts of the ground. After the slight inconvenience of losing opener Oliver Creedon (2) lbw to Jeremy Mace, the ‘away’ side took a more careful approach to things.

Watchful batting by Ian Coleman (30*) and Morgan getting County comfortably over the line in the 14th over.

A fantastic performance by Cork County 2 resulted in a 9 wicket win which puts them second in the division two table with four league games remaining.

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.

Match Report: Senior Cup Quarter Final-Cork County Vs. Galway

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Cork County 1 travelled to the Lydican on a dreary June Saturday for a Munster Senior Cup quarter-final clash against last year’s beaten finalists Galway. Persistent rain through Thursday and Friday aswell as on Saturday morning had left the artificial wicket slippery and the outfield damp.

Galway captain Danish Ali won the toss and took the obvious decision to bowl first. Due to the damp conditions the start was delayed until 12.45 and the game reduced to 44 overs per side. Ross Durity and Mirza Baig opened the batting for the visitors and despite the ball skidding on produced some expansive shots to put County in a commanding position at 28 for no loss after four overs. Durity departed for 18 from 22 balls, edging Waqqas to ‘keeper Ronan Mahon. Baig(12) soon followed, bowled via an inside edge off the bowling of M. Ali(1-7). Ian Coleman was joined at the crease by Morne Bauer but the partnership did not last long, the latter bowled second ball by an excellent inswinging delivery from Rohit Bisla(1-38).

Robert Duggan(35) and Coleman(27) then put together a fluent partnership with most of the runs coming through boundaries. Galway bowlers Danish Ali, Conor Mullen and Jaffer Hussain all attempted to provide a breakthrough which eventually came courtesy of a run out, Coleman deciding to take on the throw of Waqqas at fine leg and losing out. Robert Duggan had racked up three boundaries to this point and he along with new batsman Oliver Creedon continued to add quick runs to the scoreboard. Three boundaries from Creedon along with two more from Duggan including a lofted four over mid-wicket brought County to 117-4 before both batsmen perished; Creedon(13) caught behind and Duggan bowled both courtesy of Umair(2-20).

Captain Andy Wootton(9) was bowled by Danish Ali and things looked bleak for County with 8 overs remaining but Ahmed Bilal produced two fantastic straight sixes aswell as finding the boundary at mid-wicket for four after being dropped at long off. Peter Barlow(3) attempted to support his big-hitting partner but found it hard to beat the close fielders. Bilal eventually fell for a memorable 21 off 33 deliveries, Junaid Amin fell first ball to Waqqas(3-24) and Barlow was run out attempting a single, Kevin O’Sullivan finishing 0* and Cork County at least thirty short of where they wanted to be at 168 all out after 42 overs.

After a short tea-break County took to the field and Andy Wootton made a breakthrough in the very first over, Kevin O’Sullivan taking an excellent catch diving forward at mid-off. Iliff Summitt(2) soon followed his opening partner back to the pavilion, caught by Oliver Creedon at extra-cover, again off Wootton. With the ball swinging and the surface still wet, batting conditions were difficult and opening bowler’s Bilal(2-17) and Wootton(5-14) made the most of it with two brilliant spells. Galway’s third wicket fell to Bilal, Umair Chaudry(13) pulling a short pitched delivery to Kevin O’Sullivan at fine leg.

Rohit Bisla was next to perish, caught at slip by Bauer off Wootton for just one. Conor Mullen(0) survived one stumping appeal but fell to the very next ball, Ian Coleman with great work behind the stumps to send Mullen back to the hutch. Galway’s dangerman Waqqas was removed second ball, edging a swinging delivery from Bilal to Coleman behind the stumps. Jaffer Hussain and M.Ali didn’t last long either; the former caught off Wootton for his fifth wicket, the latter caught off Junaid Amin(1-15).

Danish Ali(33) and Sajjad Mahmood(15*) put up a bit of a fight for the home side and it took three bowling changes to eventually break the partnership, seamer Morne Bauer(1-8) having Ali caught by Peter Barlow at mid-wicket. The game was soon up for Galway, Robert Duggan(1-2) sealing victory for the Leesiders with the wicket of S.Khan(0) and condemning them to a 78 run loss. Cork County will now face Clare at the Mardyke in the semi-final as they bid to retain their Senior Cup crown.

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.

Munster Development XI v MCC at the Mardyke (28th May)

Monday, May 27th, 2013

A Munster Development XI will take on the illustrious MCC at the Mardyke on Tuesday, 28th May, starting at 1.00 p.m. Fixture forms part of the MCC Spring tour against Irish Youth and Development teams and has been running for approximately the past 10 years. The fixture is a key component of the Munster Cricket Union’s attempts to provide competitive cricket to it’s emerging talent, however, exams have meant that the likes of Chris Banon, Rory O’Keefe and Ian Coleman are all unable to play.

The Munster Development selected is as follows:

  1. Brad Morgan (Cork County)
  2. Oliver Creedon (Cork County)
  3. Oscar Cotter (Cork County)
  4. Tim Clifford (Cork County)
  5. Robin Russell (Pembroke)
  6. Rhu Jones (Cork Harlequins)
  7. Anthony O’Reilly (Cork Harlequins)
  8. Brian O’Leary (Cork Harlequins)
  9. Alam Morshed (Co. Kerry)
  10. Owais Gohar (Co. Kerry)
  11. Sean Cawley (Thurles)

Funeral arrangements for the late Leo Durity

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

The funeral arrangements for Leo Durity are as follows:

Removal at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, 15th May, from Crowley’s Funeral Home in Ballincollig to the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Farran.

Requiem Mass will be at 4.00 p.m. on Thursday, 16th May. Funeral afterwards to Ovens Cemetery.

Refreshments will be available at the Mardyke for the friends and family of Leo following his burial. Once again, everyone involved with Cork County Cricket Club wish to extend their sincerest sympathies to Leo’s entire family and in particular his wife Ann and son Ross, who are both well known to all cricket supporters at the Mardyke.

MCU President & Club member Leo Durity passes away

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

It is with great sadness that Cork County Cricket Club learnt of the sudden passing of former player and current Munster Cricket Union President Leo Durity. Leo was a highly valued and respected member of Cork County down through the years both as a player and more recently in his role as provincial President.

Leo who moved to Ireland from his birth place of Trinidad in the West Indies, has always had cricket in his blood and his infectious love of the game has rubbed off on many playing and non playing members of Cork County down through the years. Leo went on to represent Munster and captained Cork County in 1977. He will be remembered a truly stylish batsman who would always entertain the watching crowd both on and off the field.

Leo was very much a great family man and he proudly watched as his son Ross established himself as one of the key members of the Cork County senior side and was capped at Irish U-15 level as well as captaining his Club in 2012. His presence and great wily sense of humour will be sadly missed at the Mardyke and all Club members wish to offer their sincerest condolences to his wife Ann, son Ross as well as the whole Durity family.

All Cork County teams will wear black armbands an observe a minutes silence this weekend in memory of the great man. #CCCC


County cruise to opening victory in MCU Division 1 campaign

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Cork County opened their Division 1 campaign with a thoroughly convincing 9 wicket victory over Limerick Raiders at the Mardyke. Having been denied a third league title in as many years last season despite having lost just one Munster fixture throughout their campaign, the Leesiders are in determined mood to get their competitive season off to a good start as they aim to wrestled back the league title.

Following some overnight rain the match was forced onto the artificial wicket and having won the toss the home Captain, Andy Wootton, had no hesitation in putting the Limerick side in to bat. Backing his strong bowling attack which included Morne Bauer, Abubakar Saddique and Siddharth Joshi along with new arrival Ahmed Bilal and of course not forgetting his own ‘dibbly dobblers’, he was confident of restricting the away side.

The home side were soon on the front foot with the Captain restricting the attach mind Limerick side with consecutive maidens while Bilal tore through their top order with some devastating fast bowling first up. Wootton finishing with 1-0 from his six over spell and was replaced by Saddique (1-10) at the River end. Bauer replaced Bilal (2-14) from the Mardyke end and offered no let up for the Limerick batsmen taking the opener Aftab’s middle stump out of the ground. Joshi replaced Bauer (1-16) and with spin from both ends the innings soon petered out with the Corkonian Indian finishing with fantastic figures of 5-10 leaving County with a target of just 54 to chase down.

Brad Morgan and Ross Durity opened the Cork County reply, both of whom used the chance to get their eye in before their first Leinster league fixture away to Pembroke 2 next Sunday. Due to the variable bounce of the mat, which is being replaced this week, both openers had to concentrate hard and play each ball on its merits. Going back to a delivery just short of a length which kept decidedly low, Durity was bowled with the score on just 15. Robert Duggan joined Morgan at the crease and both set on extinguishing any hope for the Limerick men with Morgan (22*) in particular playing some lovely drives through the covers. County reached their target in the 15th over with the loss of just one wicket to complete a comprehensive and confidence boosting win to get their competitive season off to the first start.

MCU Division 1:

Limerick Raiders 53 all out (Joshi 5-10, Bilal 2-14)
Cork County 54-1 (Morgan 22*)
Cork County won by 9 wickets at the Mardyke.

Next match:

LCU Division 3: Pembroke II v Cork County at Sydney Parade (12.30 p.m.)

Team News: Limerick Raiders v Cork County 1 (Sun, 21st April)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Keep Calm and Support CountyThe Cork County 1 squad who will open their Munster League Division 1 campaign at the Mardyke against Limerick Raiders is as follows:

  1. Andy Wootton*
  2. Morne Bauer
  3. Ross Durity
  4. Robert Duggan
  5. Sidhz Joshi
  6. Abubakar Saddique
  7. Matt Reed
  8. Ahmed Bilal
  9. Brad Morgan
  10. Ian Coleman+
  11. Mirza Baig
  12. Faran Shahid


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