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Cork County bids farewell to Stephan Grobler

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

The Club said farewell to overseas professional Stephan Grobler at a BBQ on Sunday evening which saw members of all ages in attendance to say their goodbyes to the South African. 

The South African all rounder has spent 4 seasons at Cork County during which time the club has competed in Leinster Division 1 on two occasions, continue to dominate more locally in Munster and ultimately helped the club receive the honour of ‘Club of the Year’ in 2016.

Stephan’s influence has been felt at every level of the club, from the U11s right up to the 1st XI with his professionalism an example to all. Not only was he a great cricketer but also a gentleman and great ambassador for the club as captain and leader. It was fitting that he captained the Munster Reds during their return to senior inter-provincial cricket in 2017.

We wish Stephan and his family well in the years to come and there will always be a warm welcome for him at the Mardyke. Go well Steph! #WeAreCounty ??

Munster record

  • 50 Overs: 1,416 runs @ 81.48 & 15 wickets @ 22.73
  • T20: 391 runs @ 75.72 & 5 wickets @ 27.0

Leinster & Irish Cup record

  • Batting: 2,028 runs @ 40.56
  • Bowling: 88 wickets @ 16.99

 


 

Some memories

Grobler receives Otago Cricket ‘Coach of the Year’ Award

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Congratulations to Cork County’s overseas professional Stephan Grobler who received the ‘Coach of the Year’ Award at the recent he Otago Cricket Awards in Dunedin following a successful season with Waitaki Boys’ High School Cricket. Stephan arrives back on Leeside week commencing 18th April to lead ‪#‎CCCC‬ into another busy season of cricket. His first game will be against Bangor Cricket Club from the Northern Cricket Union on Saturday, 23rd April, at the Mardyke.

Stephan Grobler to return as overseas professional in 2015

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Stephan Grobler returns for 2015Cork County are delighted to announce that South African Stephan Grobler has agreed to return as overseas professional for the 2015 season. Stephan was an instrumental part of the Club’s successful campaign last summer culminating in promotion to Cricket Leinster Division 1 scoring 675 runs at an average of  67.50 including two centuries. Recognised as one of the leading overseas professionals in the Leinster competitions, Stephan excelled with both bat and ball as formed part of a formidable bowling attack with the likes of Morne Bauer, Andy Wootton and Abubakar Saddique.

The Cork County top order also proved to be a dominant force with Grobler forming important partnerships with Ross Durity and Morne Bauer in particular. The Club had no hesitation in offering new terms for the 2015 season on completion of last summer’s agreement and are delighted to welcoming Stephan back to the Mardyke to lead County into the challenging season ahead which sees the Club competing in the most competitive league competition in the country. Stephan also made a significant contribution off the field by assisting Ross Durity by overseeing the development of the Club’s youth system. #CCCC #WelcomeBackSteph

 

Grobler makes The Slog Sweeps’ Performance of the Week

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The great all round performance of Stephan Grobler against Merrion 2 at the Mardyke got mentioned Episode 10’s ‘Performance of the Week’ on The Slog Sweep with 4-13 and 43* in a 9 wicket win over the Anglesea Road side.

Have a listen to the show presented by Cork’s very own George Hook:

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.