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Irish Cricket stars to take on Cork County to mark 140th Anniversary

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Irish President’s XI  v Cork County XI

Wednesday, 20th August, 2014.

To mark the 140th anniversary of Cork County Cricket Club’s foundation, Cricket Ireland will be bringing an Irish President’s XI to the Mardyke to take on a Cork County select XI. Cork County has been the heartbeat of cricket in both Cork and Munsyer for much of the 20th century and more so since the turn of the century.

Throughout  the past 140 years, Cork County has made a major contribution to Irish cricket. Indeed, the club represented Munster at Irish Cricket Union level until 1956 when the MCU was formally established. It has contributed four Presidents to the Irish Cricket Union and more than 30 Cork County players have represented Ireland in the period since 1874.

The Mardyke has hosted thirteen International fixtures – the first being in 1902 against a London County team featuring WG Grace, Australian captain, Bill Murdoch and future England Captain, JHT Douglas, and the most recent in 2002 against an MCC side over three days. Test players such as Graham GoochNasser HussainPeter SuchDerek Pringle and John Stephenson have all graced the Mardyke over recent decades.

Irish Coach Phil Simmons and President Joe Doherty will be in attendance at the Mardyke for the celebratory match and it is rumoured that Mr. Simmons might even be donning his whites for the occasion.Other well known stars from Irish cricket’s recent past including internationals such as Trent JohnstonJohn MooneyJeremy BrayFintan McCallisterEddie Richardson and Reinhardt Strydom; will also be making the trip to the Mardyke. The final teams will be confirmed closer to the date of the match with hopefully one or two surprises in store!

The celebratory match takes place on Wednesday, 20th August, with all catering kindly provided by The River Lee Hotel.

Canterbury sportswear will also be producing special kit to be worn by both sets of players to mark the occasion.

Entry is absolutely free on the day so please come along and join in the birthday celebrations!

Cork County 140th Anniversary Match

‘We need to focus on the future’ – Trent Johnston

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Just two weeks after returning home from the 2011 Cricket World Cup, Irish players were stunned to learn that they will not be given a chance to participate or even to try and qualify for the next event in 2015. Having beaten three full ICC members (Pakistan, Bangladesh and England) at two World Cup tournaments in the past four years, Irish officials were confident the team’s record would speak for itself.

“Monday was a dark day for cricket but a great day for greed and fear,” Ireland coach Phil Simmons said in response. “It is hard to find words to describe this despicable decision, made by some who want to keep things amongst themselves and some who fear us.” Ireland’s players also reacted furiously and those contracted to county teams in England, who favour the ten-team plan for Australia, were warned “to be very careful” about any comments made in public.

Former Ireland team captain and fast bowler Trent Johnston was in Cork in recent days to help train Cork County Cricket Club’s senior team and promote the game locally, and in an exclusive interview with The Cork News he stressed his opinion that current players, coaches and officials all have a responsibility to ensure development of the game here in the coming years.

“I still remember almost everything that happened at the 2007 World Cup,” he said. “I remember the deliveries; I remember the catches against Pakistan and all those sorts of things. They are great memories and the 15 players that went across to the West Indies will always have something special to share. It also kick-started what we’re experiencing now.

“People have asked how it compared with 2011. The victory over England was probably better than the wins over Pakistan and Bangladesh, but the journey that we had in 2007 will probably never be seen again from an Irish cricket team because it was our first World Cup, we made it through to the Super Eights, we beat a full member country in the Super Eights and we really ignited the interest in cricket in this country once again. That’s what has been most amazing about all of this.”

That same three-wicket win over England on March 2nd will always be remembered for Kevin O’Brien’s century, which was made off of 50 balls and was the fastest in World Cup history. The Irish chase (329 in 49.1 overs) was also the highest successful chase in the tournament’s records but while Trent and his team-mates were delighted by the victory, he admitted that the squad had ultimately failed to realise their own targets.

“There was a lot of work put in between the two World Cups. Four years ago we had two contracted players at the World Cup; this time around, we had 13 contracted players and that’s a massive step. John Mooney was at a crossroads in 2008 and ready to pack it in, but he’s now on his second contract and could quite easily have been our Player of the Year in 2010.

“The game against England was the first time Ireland put 11 fully contracted guys on the field. The best thing is that there were only two guys not born in Ireland playing in that game. There are a lot of locals coming through and that’s the most important thing for us – making sure we develop kids, bring them along and get them up to standard. Irish cricket is no longer relying on four or five non-nationals to improve its team – the guys are doing pushed things for themselves and the structures are slowly being put in place.

“The quarter-finals were our minimum target, so we didn’t hit our expectations unfortunately. We knew we had a pretty good start with Bangladesh as our first team but we screwed up there when we should probably have won. We had a great victory against England, we pushed (eventual winners) India all the way and we might even have won that game if we got some extra runs in and I didn’t go off with a knee injury. John (Mooney) missed some stumps by very little and those kinds of things are the difference between facing Pakistan in the quarter-finals and going home.

“The main thing now is that we have to stay in front of the other sports nipping at the heals of rugby, GAA and soccer and the development of junior programmes is critical to that. We want kids to be playing our sport. Many of those development procedures are in place so it’s just a matter of taking them to the next level and getting our high-profile players out there and making kids aware that we want them to do well. We need to do the hard work just as much as the hundreds of volunteers across the country. We might not be at the 2015 World Cup, but we still need to keep cricket growing.”

And while ICC support for Ireland’s endeavours would be welcome, Trent has no evidence of a willingness to get the squad more involved internationally. “We’ve played 15 ODIs (one-day internationals) against full member countries since 2007 and eight of them have been against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. We’ve played one of the top eight teams seven times and that’s not good enough – you can’t take any experience away from those games.

“We need to be playing the Australias, the Indias and the likes of Sri Lanka on a regular basis and we need to be part of the future tours programme, which lays out where teams will play for the next five years. That would be an enormous help in terms of sponsorship, media exposure and budgets. However, while there are a lot of things still up in the air right now, the biggest thing is that we need to concentrate on our own backyard and keep the kids coming through.”

Trent reintroduced his famed ‘chicken dance’ at the 2011 World Cup, much to the delight of the local Indian crowds. It all started out as a joke, though the signature move is likely to have seen its last days too. “I was on the dance floor one night back in Wollongong, where I’m from, and somebody said that I danced like a chicken. I wasn’t going to roll a beamer at Ricky Ponting or anything like that just so I’d be remembered at a World, but I thought I’d do the dance when I got a big name out. It was going to be retired until the next World Cup, but I won’t be there anyway by the looks of it.”

At the age of 36, Trent’s future plans have been a subject of interest for some time. “The mind’s willing, the heart’s willing and I’m enjoying every minute of it,” he concluded. “The ICC have made my decision to retire after the 2012 T/20 World Cup very easy. I know I have more to offer right now. I certainly don’t want to hold anybody back but if I’m still adding to the team, I’ll keep playing and if not… then thanks for the memories.”

Cork County Cricket Club will host an Open Day in their Mardyke grounds on Saturday, April 16th from 2pm. Adults and children interested in taking up the game are all welcome to attend as there will be plenty of players and coaches available on the day to answer any questions. For more information, log on to www.corkcountycricketclub.com.

Courtesy: Niamh O’Mahony (TheCorkNews)

Trent Johnston to take Cork County training on April 2nd

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Cork County are proud to announce that former Irish captain Trent Johnston will be taking senior practise on Saturday the 2nd of April at Ashton School Gym. The all-rounder who has recently returned from Ireland’s excellent showing at the Cricket World Cup in India is taking time out from his preparations for the Irish cricket season by travelling to Cork for a few days. Trent will be hosted by the Rochestown Park Hotel for the duration of his stay and will put the senior squad, captained by Bruce Koch, through their paces between 12 and 2 p.m., which will also include a Q & A session for any young cricketers who wish to come along.

Johnston’s career began at New South Wales where he played alongside the likes of Mark Taylor, Michael Slater and Brett Lee, before choosing to represent Ireland. A positive captain who led from the front, he had little problem motivating his side – as demonstrated when Ireland bounced back from a disappointing World Cricket League in Kenya, where they finished 5th, to demolish the United Arab Emirates and qualify for the final of the Intercontinental Cup. He tore the heart out of the UAE batting line up in their second innings taking three for eight from his eight overs as Ireland recorded a morale-boosting victory by an innings and 170 runs. He led Ireland to a thrilling tie against Zimbabwe in their first match of the 2007 World Cup before beating Pakistan – Johnston hit the winning runs – to record one of the biggest upsets in history. He recently partnered John Mooney at the crease when the North County man hit the winning runs against England at the 2011 World Cup.

All Cork County members are welcome to attend on the April 2nd to see one of Ireland’s cricketing hero’s. For further details contact the Club on 021 4272569 or follow us on Facebook at Cork Countycc