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County clinch 2021 Premier Division title in style

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

The 1st XI clinched the Munster Premier Division in style with a 156 run victory over local rivals Harlequins at the Mardyke. The victory leaves the side unbeaten in the league with just one fixture remaining against the same opposition.

The skipper Ross Durity won the toss and decided to bat and was keen to lead by example going on to make 86 with contributions down through the order from Byron McDonough (47*), Rudolph Pollard (36), Sunil Gautam (21) and Benji Marris (20).

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With a target of 276 to defend, the County seamers were Scrooge-like in their discipline up top which laid the platform for the spinners led by Abubakar Saddique to weave their magic on a wearing pitch. Saddique finished with figures of 5-21 with the other spinners Eshan O’Sullivan 2-10 and Nabeel Anjum (2-16) also clipping in.

With Harlequins dismissed for 111, it was confirmed that the Premier Division title was returning to the Mardyke thanks to a lot of hard work from the squad who covered countless kilometres and had to battle out of some tough situations over the course of the campaign.

Result

Cork County 276-6 (Durity 86, McDonough 47*, Pollard 36, Gautam 21, Marris 20) beat Harlequins 111 all out (Saddique 5-21, O’Sullivan 2-10, Anjum 2-16) by 156 runs at the Mardyke.

Weekend Review: 20th & 21st May

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Cork County faced a tough weekend of fixtures with the 1st XI taking on North County 1 in Leinster Division 1 and Co. Galway 1 in the Munster Premier Division while the 2nd XI travelled to Manor Fields in Adare to take on Limerick 2 in Division 1.

Leinster Division 1

County went into the tie in search of a much-needed win after disappointing recent results and following defeat in the Irish Senior Cup away to Bready. After a pleasant start to the day weather wise, the rain set in which meant the match ended up being reduced to 33 overs a side.

CCCC never really got going against North County and despite a not out 55 from captain Stephen Grobler the home side reached just 136 all out. For North County, Eddie Richardson (3-23) and Andrew Sheridan (3-27) were the pick of the bowlers. A target of 137 to win never looked enough and so it proved with North County winning by four wickets in the 26th over despite a flurry of late wickets for the Cork men. Gary King was the pick of the Cork County bowlers taking 3-28 in an excellent spell of quick seam bowling.

Cork County 136-8 (Grobler 55*, Coleman 29, E Richardson 3-23, Sheridan 3-27) lost to North County 141-6 (Grassi 41, Andrews 40, King 3-28, Saddique 2-33) by 4 wickets at the Mardyke. scorecard

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Munster Division 1

While the 1st XI faced the stiff test of North County 1 at the Mardyke, the 2nd XI made the trip up the N20 to face Limerick 2 at Adare. After losing the toss, the Cork men were put in to bat in damp conditions which suited the seam attack of Limerick. A steady start from Robert Duggan (49) followed by a powerful 73 from Anthony O’Reilly and finished off with 41 not out from Scott McNamara, saw the Leesiders to a sizeable 270-9.

In reply, early wickets from Justin McGurk and Saleem Mir (3-23) meant the Limerick innings never got going despite a big hitting 77 from Shane Burke. The hosts were finally all out for 191 and the win puts the 2nd XI top of the table with two wins from three. Next up they welcome Tipperary County 1 to the Mardyke in the Junior Cup Quarter Final.

Cork County 270-9 (O’Reilly 73, Duggan 49, McNamara 41*) beat Limerick 191 all out (Burke 77, Mir 3-23, Duggan 3-33) by 79 runs at Manor Fields, Adare.  scorecard

Munster Premier Division

Following a disappointing home defeat to North County, the 1st XI faced a stiff test in the Premier Division against Co. Galway who have always proved difficult opposition in both league and cup. With the wicket at the Mardyke still appearing a little green after the rain on Saturday, the hosts lost the toss and were asked to bowl with Gary King and Adil Hameed taking the new ball. 

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Despite the early loss of Mohammad Ali, Co. Galway relied on steady partnerships to reach 207-9 off their 50 overs despite some slack fielding from Cork County which included a number of dropped catches. The pick of the Cork County bowlers was young Diarmuid Carey with 4-40.

With 208 required to win, the home side lost opener Scott McNamara for just 3 after a steady start alongside Ross Durity. Robert Duggan came in a three and in partnership with Durity began to chip away at the Galway target despite some tight seam bowling from the visitors. County reached the target for the loss of just the one wicket thanks to the superb partnership of over 190 between Durity (102 off 132 balls) and Duggan (79 off 111 balls) which meant County have now won two from three in their quest to retain the Premier Division title. Next up are table toppers Limerick at the Mardyke on Sunday, 28th May.

Cork County 210-1 (Durity 102*, Duggan 79*) beat County Galway 208-9 (Carey 4-40) by 9 wickets at the Mardyke.  scorecard

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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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