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Matt Reed Takes Top Honours at Irish Cricket Awards

Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

The hallowed turf of Cork County Cricket Club’s Mardyke grounds has always been a delight to play on, but now it’s officially award-winning! Matt Reed, the club’s dedicated groundsman, has been crowned the Lord’s Taverners Groundskeeping Team of the Year at the recent Business Plus Irish Cricket Awards, a well-deserved recognition for his meticulous work and passion.

For years, Matt has been the silent maestro behind the scenes, coaxing the Mardyke’s pitches into playing surfaces renowned for their consistency and bounce at both club and Interprovincial level – the dream for any cricketer. His dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed, and finally, the wider Irish cricketing community has acknowledged his immense contribution to the sport.

Matt Reed - 2023 Cricket Ireland Groundsperson of the Year

“The award is richly deserved,” says Club President Mort Kelleher, echoing the sentiments of many.

“On behalf of everyone at Cork County Cricket Club, I would like to congratulate our groundsman Matt Reed on winning the title of Cricket Ireland Groundsperson of the Year.”

“Matt’s wickets at our beloved Mardyke home have been consistently good over the years but this has only been due to Matt’s hard work and diligence. The award is richly deserved. Credit also goes to those who assisted Matt in any way.”

But Matt isn’t one to take all the credit. “I’m incredibly grateful for this award,” he says humbly, “but it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the club and the fantastic team who help me keep the Mardyke looking and playing its best.”

The award isn’t just a personal accolade for Matt; it’s a testament to the dedication and passion that runs deep within Cork County Cricket Club. From the tireless efforts of the groundskeeping team to the unwavering support of the club community, the Mardyke’s magic is truly a collective effort.

So, the next time you witness a thrilling match unfold on the Mardyke’s pristine turf, remember the silent hero behind it all – Matt Reed, the award-winning groundsman who ensures every ball bounces true and every player experiences the joy of playing on a pitch fit for champions. Congratulations, Matt!

Durity returns as Club Captain for 2024

Friday, December 15th, 2023

With the momentous 150th anniversary of the club fast approaching, the recent AGM saw the election of officers, committee members and team captains for the 2024 season.

Mortimer Kelleher and Peter Dineen continue in their roles as President and Chairman, respectively, while there was also no change in personnel in the roles of Secretary and Treasurer with Pat Donnelly and Talha Kayani remaining in situ.

Ross Durity takes on the reins as Club Captain after Abubakar Saddique’s successful season in the role. There was no change at 2nd XI level but two new faces at 3rd and 4th XI with Ishaan Singh Seehra and Talha Mannan, respectively, stepping up to the role of captain.

The elected Ordinary members of the committee are as follows:

  • Kevin Bray
  • Diarmuid Carey
  • Robert Duggan
  • Sid Joshi
  • Kevin O’Sullivan
  • Rahul Sethi

Best of luck to all those involved as we mark the historic milestone for the club in 2024!

Save the Date: 2023 Annual Awards Night

Friday, November 24th, 2023

Cork County Cricket Club is thrilled to announce that the Annual Awards Night will take place on Friday, 19th January 2024, at the exquisite 4-Star River Lee Hotel.

While it is an opportunity to bask in the many achievements of 2023, this night is more than just an awards ceremony. It marks the prelude to our grand 150th-anniversary celebrations for one of the oldest clubs in the city. Consider this event the kickoff to a year of festivities, reflections, and anticipation for the remarkable journey ahead.

Event Highlights:

🥂 Prosecco/Orange Juice Reception on Arrival

🍽️ Sumptuous 3-course Meal:

  • 2 Starter Options
  • 2 Main Course Options
  • 2 Dessert Options
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Exciting Details:

🎙️ Former Irish international John Mooney will be joining us as a guest speaker on the night and brings with him a wealth of experience with 64 ODIs, 27 T20 internationals as well as 17 First Class appearances to his name. John also took on the role of specialist fielding coach for the Danish and Afghanistan national sides.

All-rounder John Mooney representing Ireland

🎉 Speeches and Awards

Running Order:

  • 18:00: Guests arrive for a lively drinks reception
  • 19:00: Seating arrangements commence
  • 19:15: Guests comfortably seated
  • 19:30: Dinner service begins with orders taken and wines poured
  • 21:00: Unveiling of speeches and awards during dessert

Tickets:

🏆 Club Achievements in 2023:

  • Premier Division
  • Premier T20 League
  • Division 1
  • Division 2 T20 Cup
  • Division 3 T20 Cup
  • U17 T20 League
  • U13 Super League
  • U13 T20 League
  • Munster Team of the Year

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of 2023 and set the stage for an extraordinary 150th anniversary season. Let the festivities begin! 🌟 #AnnualAwardsNight #CCCC150

How to get there

Triumphant Sweep at 2023 Munster Cricket Awards

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023

Cork County Clinches 20 Player & Team Honours

Cork County Cricket Club emerged with an impressive haul of 20 awards across various divisions and age groups at the prestigious 2023 Munster Cricket Awards. The club’s unparalleled success was celebrated at the ceremony which took place at the Charleville Park Hotel, highlighting both team and individual achievements.

Team Awards

  • Premier Division Champions – Cork County 1
  • Premier T20 Champions – Cork County 1
  • Division 1 Champions – Cork County 2
  • Division 2 T20 Champions – Cork County 3
  • Division 3 T20 Champions – Cork County 4
  • U13 T20 League Champions – Cork County U13 Sharks
  • U13 Super League Champions – Cork County U13
  • U17 T20 League Champions – Cork County U17
  • Munster Team of 2023 – Cork County 1

Individual Awards

  • Premier T20 Batter of 2023 – Stefano Di Bartolomeo
  • Premier T20 Bowler of 2023 – Hamdullah Safi
  • Division 2 Batter of 2023 – Ishaan Singh Seehra
  • Division 2 T20 Batter of 2023 – Ishaan Singh Seehra
  • Division 3 Batter of 2023 – Rahul Sethi
  • Division 3 T20 Batter of 2023 – Prateek Chappanda
  • U17 Leagues Batter of 2023 – Niall Donnelly
  • U15 Female Player of 2023 – Ciara Spalding
  • U13 Leagues Batter of 2023 – Hashim Bilal Ahsan
  • U13 Leagues Bowler of 2023 – Elmond Momand
  • U13 Player of 2023 – Eddie Ross

The club’s dedication to fostering a vibrant cricketing community, where individuals of all ages and abilities can excel, has once again been recognised, with 11 individual and team award recipients across both adult and youth levels.

Congratulations to all the winners for their outstanding contributions to Cork County Cricket Club’s phenomenal success in 2023. Here’s to more triumphs and cricketing excellence during our 150th anniversary season in 2024!

2023 Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, November 14th, 2023

All members are invited to attend the 2023 Annual General Meeting of Cork County Cricket Club which will take place at the Mardyke at 7.30pm on Thursday 14th December 2023.

The proposed agenda is set out below for your information.

  • Apologies
  • Approval of the Minutes of the 2022 Annual General Meeting
  • Hon. Secretary’s Report
  • Hon. Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of Captains, Officers and Committee Members for 2024
  • Ratification of Child Safeguarding personnel for 2024
  • Membership Subscriptions 2024
  • 150th Anniversary Celebrations in 2024
  • Any Other Business

The Committee wishes to encourage all members to attend the AGM, which is a vital part of the Club’s calendar and is crucial to the successful operation of the Club. The AGM allows all members the opportunity to express their views on the future direction of the Club as we look forward to the momentous 150th celebrations.

3 New Level 2 Coaches

Monday, November 13th, 2023

Congratulations to three of our club members Sid, Sunil and Rob who qualified as Level 2 Core Coaches following the completion of the recent course run by Cricket Ireland at Kings Hospital School in Dublin.

It was an intensive but superbly delivered course which included six online modules, four face-to-face modules in Dublin and was delivered by four excellent tutors.

Sid, Rob & Sunil are pictured following their final assessment.

The addition of three more Level 2 coaches adds to the wealth of experience within the club to benefit all levels from U9s up to the 1st XI squad.

Well done lads!

U13 and U17 Achievements Shine Bright

Wednesday, October 4th, 2023

Youth cricket in Cork County has never been more vibrant, and the recent awards ceremony was a testament to the talent and dedication of our young cricketers. Under the warm embrace of the sun, Cork County Cricket Club celebrated the remarkable achievements of its U13 and U17 squads in the 2023 Munster Cricket competitions. The event not only marked a glorious moment for the players but also highlighted the club’s commitment to nurturing young cricketing talent.

Behind every successful youth program, there is a dedicated team that works tirelessly to ensure the players have the best possible experience. The Youth Committee of Cork County Cricket Club played a pivotal role in organizing the awards ceremony and supporting the young cricketers throughout their journey. Their commitment to fostering talent and providing a nurturing environment deserves special recognition.

The U13 and U17 squads of Cork County Cricket Club have been on an outstanding journey throughout the season, showcasing their skills, determination, and passion for the game. Their hard work resulted in more silverware:

  • U13 T20 Cup
  • U13 Super League
  • U17 T20 Cup

The awards ceremony was graced by the presence of Jack Filen, the President of Munster Cricket. His attendance not only added prestige to the event but also showed Munster Cricket’s unwavering support for youth cricket development. Mr. Filen’s words of encouragement and praise motivated the young cricketers and instilled a sense of pride in their accomplishments.

No celebration is complete without delicious treats, and the young cricketers were in for a delightful surprise thanks to Lavish Foods. The generous contribution of Lavish Foods added flavour to the event, and their tasty treats were enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

Cork County Cricket Club looks forward to continued success and growth in youth cricket, driven by the enthusiasm and passion of these remarkable young players.

Cork County’s Quest for Historic Treble

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023

As Cork County Cricket Club gears up for the Munster Senior Cup final against County Kerry Cricket Club, they have their sights set on achieving a remarkable treble this season. Already crowned champions in the Senior T20 Blast and Premier Division, Cork County now aims to add the Senior Cup to these.

The prospect of securing the treble is a testament to the talent and hard work of the Cork County squad who juggle both Munster and Leinster commitments. Their performances in the Senior T20 Blast and Premier Division have been consistent throughout, earning them well-deserved titles and recognition in the Munster cricket scene.

Now, with the Senior Cup final on the horizon, Cork County has the opportunity to cap off an extraordinary season with another significant achievement. Winning the Senior Cup would not only solidify a dominant season in Munster but also add a historic chapter to their storied legacy in the competition.

Since the inception of the Senior T20 Blast in 2016, the Munster Senior treble has been a rare and coveted feat, and achieving it would be a source of immense pride for Cork County Cricket Club who has achieved the accolade on two previous occasions in 2017 and 2019. It’s a testament to their commitment and determination, and it reflects the strong cricketing culture and tradition within the club.

If the weather permits, the Senior Cup final promises to be a thrilling encounter, with County facing a Kerry side buoyed by the addition of Monil Patel to their ranks and following victories at the Quarter and Semi-Final stages against Harlequins and Limerick, respectively. The Mardyke will be buzzing with excitement, and spectators can expect a fiercely competitive match as these two talented sides take the field.

A victory would mean a first Senior Cup title for the club in the 2020s following the two gap due to Covid and since their last victory in 2019. The club has won 20 Senior Cup titles since 1987 and won six in a row during the 2001 to 2006 period.

2023 Munster Senior Cup Final

Sunday, 24th September, at the Mardyke (11.30am)

Paddy Comerford RIP

Monday, August 28th, 2023

The club wishes to extend its deepest condolences following the passing of Paddy Comerford. A much-respected umpire, Paddy’s unwavering commitment and genial demeanour enriched the Munster and the wider cricketing community.

Paddy is pictured in the front row on the far right having umpired an Irish XI vs. Overseas XI friendly at the Mardyke in September 2022.

“On behalf of everybody at County and on my own personal behalf I would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere sympathy to Paddy’s wife Rita and the Comerford Family on their sad loss. Paddy’s beloved parents were neighbours of mine at Alverna. Not only was Paddy an excellent umpire and singer he was part of a famous Sunday’s Well front row of Attridge, Comerford and O’Callaghan, more than a match for the Pontypool front row!”
— Mortimer Kelleher, President Cork County Cricket Club

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. #RIP

(Death notice on rip.ie)

All-Ireland ‘Must-win’ at the Mardyke

Wednesday, August 9th, 2023

Even if the summer hasn’t lived up to expectations, the temperature will certainly sizzle on Sunday afternoon when Cork County host CIYMS from Belfast in the Arachas All-Ireland T20 Cup semi-final. This short form of the game is sure to be exciting, promising explosive hitting, expert bowling, and agile fielding – a true spectacle for cricket enthusiasts.

CIYMS pose a formidable challenge, boasting interprovincial players and Irish internationals in their lineup. Their status as reigning champions, having secured the 2022 title on the same grounds, adds to the intrigue of this encounter.

Cork County have a few surprises of their own with Italian international Stefano Di Bartolomeo just back from a Player of the Match performance against Germany in a T20 World Cup Qualifier, while paceman Byron McDonough has recently taken his first wickets for the Munster Reds at provincial level. Captain Abubakar Saddique, a mainstay in the Cork County 1st team for over a decade, expressed excitement, “This presents a fantastic opportunity for us. Having home advantage against a formidable side like CIYMS is a privilege, and the Mardyke offers an exceptional cricketing atmosphere.”

2023 All-Ireland T20 Cup Semi-Final

CIYMS arrives with a robust lineup including Mark and Ross Adair, both Ireland internationals, and Carson McCullough, Ireland U19 – all eager to leave a mark on Leeside. On the other hand, Cork County looks to emerging talents Eshan O’Sullivan & Sunil Gautam (Munster Heat) and Diarmuid Carey (Munster Reds) who have been training hard and are keen to test themselves against a strong visiting side.

The action starts at 3pm on Sunday and admission is free at The Mardyke. With a passionate crowd expected, this promises to be an electrifying clash. As the dust settles, who’s to say that a Cork men’s team won’t be bringing an All-Ireland trophy back to Leeside?!