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County clinch 6th consecutive Premier Division title

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Cork County clinched their 6th consecutive All Rounder Cricket Premier Division title with a game still to play following victory over Limerick at Adare on Saturday.

The Mardyke men knew that avoiding defeat against Limerick would mean they could not be caught at the top of the Premier Division table with the final game of the season still to play.

A dominant display with the ball in batsmen friendly conditions on the Adare artificial saw Cork County restrict the home side to just 120. The pick of the bowlers were Abubakar Saddique (3-7), Joseph George (3-11) and Munster Reds skipper Jeremy Benton (3-25).

The reply go off to a shaky start with the loss of 3 early wickets but an excellent partnership between Saddique (43*) and opener Harry Broadhurst (35*) saw the visitors home with 6 wickets to spare.

2018 Munster Premier Division Champions

The skipper Cormac Hassett was clearly delighted to have clinched the title with a game still to play following an impressive season in which they lost just one fixture to date.

“The boys have put in a huge effort once again this season. Competing in two league competitions is always a tough ask but the squad have really stuck at it and suffering just one defeat in the Premier Division all season is a fantastic return for all the hard work!”

“A sixth league title in succession is a fantastic achievement and shows the commitment of the players and club to maintaining our success in Munster.  In addition to our Senior T20 Blast title, it has been a good season despite missing out on a possible Senior Cup due to a bowl-out earlier in the season!”

2018 Premier Division

PosTeamPWLNRBPPoints%
1Cork County 1119112721782.80
2Limerick 1106312415464.00
3Cork Harlequins 1105322014060.00
4County Kerry 111380248430.55
5County Galway 11019082811.20

Munster Premier Division

1st September, Adare.

Limerick 120 all out (Saddique 3-7, Jose 3-11, Benton 3-25) lost to Cork County 123-4 (Saddique 43, Broadhurst 35) by 6 wickets.


 

Ashes of former Cork County & Man Utd player Noel Cantwell to be scattered on the Mardyke

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

noel-cantwellThe ashes of Noel Cantwell, one of Cork and Ireland’s greatest sportsmen, are to be scattered on a cricket pitch at the Mardyke close to where he was born.

On Friday, 13th April 2018, Noel Cantwell’s daughters will bring his ashes to the Cork County Cricket Club grounds on the Mardyke, where his all-round sporting prowess first started to shine. Cantwell batted for his country seven times and went on to play international soccer, winning 36 international caps and scoring 14 goals with the Republic of Ireland.

He also played rugby, but is probably best known for captaining Manchester United. Cantwell also played with West Ham United and joined Manchester United in 1960, making 121 league appearances with them; winning two league titles and an FA Cup winner’s medals.

Noel Cantwell died in 2005, aged 73, and his ashes were kept by his wife, Maggie, at their home in England. She died just before Christmas and their daughters, Kate and Liz, requested that his ashes be scattered at the Cork County Cricket Club.

Although his opportunities on the cricket field were restricted by his soccer commitments, Noel, and his brothers, Frank and Gerry, were one of a number of families who grew up in the late 1940s and 1950s in and around the Mardyke area and who became leading lights in Cork cricket focused on the Mardyke.  Others from this era included Jim and Tom Kiernan, Pat Dineen, Jim Fitzgerald, Con Odlum, Danny Duggan, Noel and Dermot Giltinan and Billy Bradley to name but a few. 

The three Cantwell brothers played their club cricket with Cork Bohemians, played with Cork County in friendlies against Dublin, Northern Irish and English opposition and all three played for Munster in Interprovincial matches in this period.  Cork Bohemians were probably the dominant club side in Cork and Munster (pictured below) in this period winning the Senior League on six occasions in the 1950s.  Frank also played in the South v North fixture in 1952 which was effectively an Irish final trial but only Noel would go on to play international cricket for Ireland.

Noel is pictured below with the Munster Cricket side at the Mardyke on 25th May 1951.

Noel Cantwell pictured with the Munster Cricket side at the Mardyke on 25th May 1951

Noel Cantwell was a left handed bat and a right arm medium paced bowler.  Contemporary accounts describe him as being a fluent stroke maker and a brilliant fielder.  While Noel himself downplayed his ability as a bowler, he is noted as “having the habit of taking wickets at club level when most needed”.  Noel Cantwell played five times for Ireland in the period 1956 to 1959.  Of the relatively few matches played by Ireland in that period (generally three or four matches per year), quite a few were played in late August or September when his soccer commitments would have ruled him out of contention for selection. 

In 2015, a laneway was named after the sporting legend near the Mardyke. The ceremony was attended by Roy Keane, FAI chief executive John Delaney, and rugby legends Tom Kiernan and Barry McCann.

Councillor Mick Finn said after the ceremony that he spoke with Cantwell’s daughters, who expressed the wish to bring his ashes to Cork. They decided to follow through with the idea after their mother died.

“It’s fantastic that a Cork son will finally be returning home for the last time,” said Mr Finn. “It was fitting to name the walkway after somebody with such achievements and it was fitting that Roy Keane was there on that day because Noel Cantwell was the Roy Keane of his day.”

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County win 4th successive Munster Premier Division title

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Cork County were crowned Munster Premier Division Champions following a 60 run win against Co. Galway at a blustery Lydican. The results means County remain unbeaten in the competition with seven wins and one No Result thus far with two still to play (a double header against Cork Harlequins).

The Leesiders went in to the game knowing a victory of any kind would put them in an unassailable lead in the Premier Division and so would retain their title for the fourth season in a row.

The showdown at Lydican was a repeat of this season’s Munster Senior Cup Semi-Final between the two sides in which Co. Galway emerged victorious in convincing fashion so County would have been well aware that it was going to be a tough battle.

Winning the toss, Co. Galway skipper Damish Ali opted to put the visitors in to bat in extremely blustery conditions at Lydican. Following the loss of in-form Ross Durity (5) and skipper Cormac Hassett (4) relatively cheaply, County looked to opener Ian Coleman (62) and the experience of Robert Duggan (61) to steady the ship with the pair putting on a partnership of over 120 for the third wicket and put the visitors in a commanding position. The pair worked the ball around the pitch with good intent taking the 1’s and 2’s which allowed them to open us as the Galway attack began to tire.

Once Duggan and Coleman departed, a late innings big hitting flurry from Aidan Kelleher (36) pushed the Leesiders towards a competitive total of 225 in what were difficult conditions for both batsmen, bowlers and fielders alike. Danish Ali proved to be the most incisive with the ball taking 5-47 from his 10 over spell, ably supported by Waqqas Ali Raja with 3-30.

In reply, Galway lost opener Patrick McDonnell for just 4 but a fast paced second wicket partnership between Mohammad Ali (45) and Tarik Rehman (24) put the home side in a decent position aided by the County fieldsmen who put down one or two chances.

Following the departure of Ali and Rehman, the Galway middle order offered little resistance against disciplined line and length from seamer Hugh O’Brien (1-42) and the left arm spin of Diarmuid Carey (2-34). A late order flurry from Tabish Ali Shah (30) gave the Tribesmen some hope but once he departed after he was caught and bowled by Sean Cawley then the writing was on the wall.

An excellent spell from Sean Cawley (4-21) cleaned up the Galway tail and guided Cork County to victory and confirmed them as the 2016 Premier Division Champions with a double header against Cork Harlequins still to play. The win also means that it will be Cork County’s second league title win in a week following their impressive table topping finish in Leinster Division 2.

Munster Premier Division

11th September 2016

Cork County 225 all out (Coleman 62, Duggan 61, Kelleher 35, Danish 5-47) beat County Galway 167 all out (M Ali 45, S Cawley 4-21, Wootton 3-40) by 58 runs at Lydican. scorecard

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Cork County Rebels clinch Senior T20 title

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

The Munster Senior T20 Blast reached an exciting climax on Saturday, 18th June, when the Cork County Rebels clinched their second successive T20 title following a 7 wicket victory over Co. Galway amid wet conditions at the Mardyke.

Finals Day saw the four Semi-Finalists compete for a chance the compete for the T20 title. Cork County, County Kerry, County Galway and Cork Harlequins all converged on the Mardyke to battle it out for a place in Saturday evenings Final. Victories for both Cork County and County Galway saw a repeat of the 2015 showdown.

As the Final approach, the weather took a turn for the worse with a light drizzle becoming more persistent during the County Galway innings after the Tribesmen won the toss and decided to bat. In a reduced match of 14 overs a side, the Galway batsmen set the holders a tricky total of 90 to win as the conditions put batsmen, bowlers and fielders to the test. The main contributions for Galway came from opener S Nasim (23), S Ramnathpur (24) and SQ Khan (22) with Bhatti (3-11) and Brian Kelleher (2-18) doing most damage with the ball.

In reply, Galway took the prized scalp of Stephan Grobler early but an extremely composed partnership from Cork County skipper Chris Banon and teammate Cormac Hassett kept the Leesiders on a par with the Required Run Rate. Durity replaced Banon, after the opener edged one behind to Nasim, and continued the momentum with 14 from 14 balls until he was clean bowled with the result still in the balance. A authoritative display of batting from Abubakar Saddique (16*) saw Cork County home with just 7 balls remaining and 7 wickets in hand.

Semi-Final A

Cork County Rebels 103-1 (Grobler 44*, Banon 36) beat County Kerry 101-8 (U Khan 45, A Cawley 3-8) by 9 wickets. scorecard

Semi-Final B:

County Galway beat Cork Harlequins

Final

Cork County Rebels 91-3 (Hassett 39*) beat County Galway 89-7 (Ramnathpur 24, Bhatti 3-11, Kelleher 2-18) by 7 wickets at the Mardyke. [reduced to a 14 over match] scorecard

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June Bank Holiday weekend round-up

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

A busy weekend of action over the June bank holiday weekend saw all three Cork County sides in action in league and T20 competitions.

Friday, 3rd June:

Cork T20 Cup

Harlequins Masters 168-9 (AJ Younus 3-18, Saleem 2-17, Kavanagh 2-27) lost to Cork County Lions 170-2 (AJ Younus 104, AW Younus 30, Riaz 17*) by 8 wickets at Farmers Cross.

Saturday, 4th June:

Leinster Division 2

Cork County 206-8 off 50 (Banon 63*, Hassett 50, Riches 4-38) lost to Malahide 209-9 by 1 wicket at the Mardyke.

Munster Division 1

Cork County 2 258 all out (Jeffers 94, Ali 64) beat Cork Harlequins 2 158 all out by 100 runs at Farmers Cross.

Sunday, 5th June:

Munster Division 2

Midleton 205-5 (K O’Reilly 100*, Leonard 30, MH Younus 2-23) beat Cork County 3 194 all out (Rashid 35, Barlow 25, Saleem 24, Kayani 21, Jalil 3-26, Sharif 3-29) by 11 runs at Midleton Town Park.

Monday, 6th June:

Munster Premier Division

Cork County 135-3 (Banon 51, Duggan 38*) beat County Kerry 132 all out (S. Alam 59) by 7 wickets at the Oyster Oval.

2016 Munster Cricket Cup draws

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

The Cricket Committee of Munster Cricket recently announced the draws for the three main cup competitions for the 2016 season. The Munster Senior Cup draw sees the holders Cork County await the winner of Limerick and Galway in the Semi-Final. The Munster Junior Cup draw sees Scot Jeffers 2nd XI face a tough draw as they welcome County Kerry 2 to the Mardyke in the Quarter Final with Cork Harlequins 2 awaiting the winners in the Semi-Final. The Minor Cup holders Cork County 3, led by Abdul Jabbar Younus, will also welcome a side from County Kerry to the Mardyke in the Quarter-Final stage.

Munster Senior Cup

Semi-Final – Limerick/Co. Galway v Cork County (TBC)

Munster Junior Cup

Quarter Final – Cork County 2 v Co. Kerry 2 (Mardyke)

Munster Minor Cup

Quarter Final – Cork County 3 v Co. Kerry 3 (Mardyke)

The full draws our outlined below:

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The Mardyke to host the Oman Cricket Association T20 training camp

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Oman flagCork County Cricket Club and Munster Cricket are delighted to announce that Oman Cricket Association, one of the ICC Associate countries participating in the upcoming T20 World Cup Qualifiers, will base themselves at the Mardyke in Cork for their pre-tournament training camp. As the tournament is being hosted by Ireland and Scotland, The Oman Cricket squad and management wish to acclimatise to local conditions by training and playing practice matches during their period in Cork.

The Oman Cricket Squad will arrive in Cork on the 15th June and will use the Cork County ground at the Mardyke as their training base from then until the end of June. Accommodation for their stay is kindly provided by our main Club sponsors The River Lee Hotel and during this period, they will play the following T20 challenge games at the Mardyke:

  • v Munster (Wednesday, 17th June)
  • v Cork County (Thursday, 18th June)
  • v Munster (Monday, 22nd June)
  • v Cork County (Thursday, 25th June)

 
All of these games will start at 2pm and will be played in coloured clothing under the ICC T20 World Cup competition regulations. Entry will be free of charge for each match with food and refreshments available in the Clubhouse.

Cork County and Munster Cricket look forward to the opportunity to test their best players against international opposition and believe this series of games will greatly increase the profile of cricket in Cork and across Munster. It is hoped that large numbers of cricket supporters in Munster will be able to attend the games and experience International T20 cricket at the famous Mardyke ground.

For further information on these upcoming fixtures against Oman Cricket, please contact Cork County on 021-4272569 or corkcountycc@gmail.com

Mardyke looks picture perfect in spring sunshine

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The ICC World Cup may be in full swing with Ireland’s excellent start to the tournament making cricket one of the most talked about sports in Ireland, however, the hard work of pre-season preparations continue at the Mardyke. With just over six weeks until pre-season fixtures commence, the early spring sunshine provided groundsman Matt Reed with the perfect opportunity to take some photos of the ground as it looks in excellent condition ahead of a busy 2015 season. #CCCC

County to face holders Galway in the Senior Cup

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The draws for the 2015 Munster Senior, Junior and Minor Cup’s were completed on Tuesday night by the MCU’s Cricket Competitions Committee. The Munster Cup’s have always provided some memorable contests and the frequent upset over the years so the draw had been eagery anticipated with the 2015 season on the horizon.

The pick of the Senior Cup Quarter Final ties sees Cork County make the long trip up to Lydican to face holders County Galway. The remainder of the Quarter Finals sees Midleton host Limerick and County Clare making the journey down to Tralee to face County Kerry. Cork Harlequins received a bye into the Semi-Finals.

The Junior Cup also sees some tasty contests with Cork County hosting Waterford & District while Limerick make the journey to Midleton and Tipperary County welcome County Kerry in the Quarter Finals. Once again, Cork Harlequins had the luck of receiving a bye into the Semi-Finals.

The Minor Cup saw the uncanny occurrence of Midleton and Limerick being drawn together once again with the East Cork side having home advantage. Cork Harlequins will welcome the students of UCC to Farmers Cross in the other Quarter Final tie. The winners of both of those ties will face off in the Semi-Final with Cork County and County Kerry facing off in the other side of the Semi-Final draw.

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Ed Sports Christmas Cricket Sale

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

ED Sports will be running a special Christmas Sale of their cricket equipment. Check out their range by clicking on the image below:

ED Sports
Pembroke Wanderers H.C.
Serpentine Avenue
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4
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