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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?!

Remembering Jim Fitzgerald RIP

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023

Cork County Cricket Club mourns the loss of former player & club captain, James “Jim” Fitzgerald, who passed away recently. Jim’s contributions to the club have left an indelible mark on its history and the hearts of its members.

Jim Fitzgerald captaining the Bohemians Cricket Club at the Mardyke in Cork
Jim Fitzgerald captaining the Bohemians side at the Mardyke in Cork

A stalwart of the Cork County family, Jim served as Club President in both 1982 and 1983, guiding the club through important milestones during the early 80s. His leadership and passion for the game inspired countless players and supporters alike.

However, Jim’s legacy stretches back even further. In 1965, he proudly captained the club, displaying exceptional skills on the field and nurturing a sense of camaraderie among his teammates. He was a true embodiment of the club’s values, and his dedication to the game and its community was evident in every match.

Jim Fitzgerald and Jim Kiernan pictured at a recent annual awards dinner

Throughout the years, Jim remained a familiar face on matchdays at the Mardyke grounds. As we bid farewell to this remarkable individual, we remember the countless memories he created, the friendships he forged, and the passion he instilled in generations of players. Jim Fitzgerald’s legacy will live on in the heart of Cork County Cricket Club.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Young Female Cricketers Meet Stars at ODI Series Opener

Monday, July 24th, 2023

In the opening game of an eagerly anticipated three-game series between the Irish and Australian women’s cricket teams, the first ODI may have been a washout, but for the eager young members of Cork County Cricket Club, it was an unforgettable experience! Despite the rain-soaked conditions, the girls who journeyed to Castle Avenue were thrilled to meet the players from both teams and even snagged some precious autographs.

The budding cricket enthusiasts excitedly engaged with the talented athletes of the Irish and Australian women’s cricket squads, soaking in every moment of this special occasion. The enthusiasm was contagious as they chatted with their idols and gained insights into the world of professional cricket.

But the excitement didn’t stop there. Despite the rain’s persistence, the young players managed to seize the opportunity to enjoy a few cricket moments of their own before the weather turned too heavy. An impromptu game ensued, creating cherished memories on the hallowed grounds of Clontarf.

While the ODI might have been curtailed, the day proved to be an inspiration for these young cricket lovers. The experience of witnessing world-class players in action and interacting with them up close left an indelible mark on their cricketing journey.

As the Cork County girls returned home, they carried with them the spirit of camaraderie and a renewed passion for the sport. Such moments reaffirm the significance of cricket in fostering a strong sense of community and mentorship within the cricketing family.

We join them in cherishing this memorable day and look forward to seeing these young talents grow and thrive, carrying the #BackingGreen spirit with them in every step of their cricketing endeavours. 🏏 #IREvAUS

Munster T20 Cup Secured with Last-Over Win

Monday, July 10th, 2023

Cork County Cricket Club celebrates a triumphant victory as the 1st XI clinched the Munster T20 Cup in a thrilling last-over showdown against County Kerry at Townspark in Midleton. With this win, they have secured their spot to represent the region in the upcoming All-Ireland T20 Cup next month. This title marks the club’s first triumph since the disrupted 2020 season due to Covid-19 and their sixth championship since the tournament’s inception in 2016.

Triumphant Senior T20 Blast Winners – Cork County 1

In the final league match against Kerry, the opposition set a challenging target of 136 runs in their allotted 20 overs, with Farrukh Hussain and Khurram Iqbal leading the charge, each contributing 41 runs and combining for an impressive seven sixes. Awais Saghar also joined the six-hitting spree with two maximums in his score of 32.

Cork County’s bowlers showcased their skill with notable performances from Hamdullah Safi, Diarmuid Carey, and Kevin O’Sullivan, who claimed three wickets apiece.

Victorious Cork County side following league opener with UCC

In response, skipper Abubakar Saddique led from the front, delivering a solid start to the chase with an impressive 42 runs. He shared a crucial opening partnership of fifty runs with Ross Durity, who added 32 runs to the scoreboard. Sunil Gautam (24) and professional player Stefano Di Bartolomeo (20) also made valuable contributions as the team achieved victory with just two balls to spare.

With this title win, Cork County now joins Balbriggan in the All-Ireland last four. The Northern finals, which will determine the other two contenders, are scheduled for Sunday, July 23rd, creating anticipation for an exciting and fiercely competitive tournament.

2023 Senior T20 Blast Results

Give It A Bash: Discover Cricket for Kids

Monday, April 24th, 2023

Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to introduce your child to the wonderful world of cricket? Look no further than Give It A Bash, taking place on Sunday, 7th May, from 10 to 11.30am at the iconic Mardyke cricket grounds.

This free event is open to anyone aged 5 to 13 who has never played the game before but wishes to give it a go. Our selection of qualified coaches will be on hand to teach the basics of the game, including batting, bowling and catching skills, in a fun and relaxed environment.

Give It A Bash is the perfect opportunity for children to meet new friends, learn new skills, and have plenty of fun. And who knows your child may discover a lifelong passion for cricket!

So what are you waiting for? Come down to the Mardyke cricket grounds on Sunday, 7th May, from 10 to 11.30am and give cricket a bash. No equipment or previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to have fun and learn something new. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Give It A Bash: Discover Cricket for Kids in Cork - Sunday 7th May 2023

2023 1st XI Season Preview

Friday, April 21st, 2023

As the 2023 cricket season approaches, Cork County prepares for an exciting and challenging campaign under the leadership of its new club captain, Abubakar Saddique, who takes the reins from Ross Durity. With a wealth of experience gained at both club and interprovincial levels, Saddique will look to lead from the front with bat and ball, having taken 142 wickets at 19.7 in Leinster competition.

Abubakar Saddique - Cork County Cricket Club

Joining the squad as the club’s overseas player is South African Stefano di Bartolomeo, a seam bowling all-rounder from Benoni Northerns CC in the Easterns Premier League. Di Bartolomeo, who is also eligible for the Italian national side, will aim to play his way into their squad for the WT20 Qualifiers later in the summer while also aiming to put in some strong performances with bat and ball for the club in all competitions.

The 1st XI will face a tough start to their Premier Division campaign with an uncompromising schedule of three successive away fixtures in Munster competitions, followed by a trip to Ardmore in the Irish Senior Cup. However, the squad is strengthened with a few new faces who will inject some freshness and necessary depth into the team. Saddique will also be able to rely on the experience and talent of the likes of  Ross Durity, Byron McDonough, Nabeel Anjum among others who will all have key roles to play to ensure the club has a successful season.

Saddique is optimistic about the upcoming season and his role as club captain, stating, “It’s a new season, and as the new captain, I want to instil an aggressive mindset in the squad and look to win back some silverware in Munster and become a tough opponent in a very competitive-looking Leinster Championship.” It promises to be an exciting season for Cork County, and their supporters can’t wait to see what unfolds on the pitch.

Groundsman Matt Reed is also hard at work preparing the Mardyke for what promises to be another action-packed season on the ground, with fixtures at all levels scheduled throughout the summer. In addition, the first T20 Interpro festival is set to take place in early June, adding to the already exciting lineup of matches. Matt’s expertise and attention to detail ensure that the ground is always in top condition, ready for play at all times.

Looking north across the the Mardyke Cricket grounds towards Sunday's Well.

Join the Fun at the Mardyke Cricket Summer Camps

Sunday, April 16th, 2023

Cork County Cricket Club is delighted to announce its upcoming cricket summer camps for kids aged five years and above. The camps will run from 3rd to 7th July and 31st July to 4th August, from 10 am to 3 pm daily, and will offer a fun-filled and educational experience for all participants.

The Summer Camps are designed to provide children with an opportunity to develop their cricketing skills, regardless of their prior experience with the game. Whether your child is a complete beginner or an experienced player, the camp’s fully qualified coaches will provide top-quality instruction and coaching to help them develop their batting, bowling, and catching skills.

The camp will be held at the beautiful Mardyke ground, home to one of the premier cricket clubs in Munster. Participants will get a chance to play on the club’s top-quality pitches and experience the thrill of playing in a real cricket match. Along with developing their cricketing skills, participants will also have the chance to make new friends and enjoy a range of fun games and competitions.

The summer camps are open to both members and non-members of the Cork County Cricket Club. The cost is from €120 per camp, and discounts are available for siblings or for those who sign up for multiple camps.

Cork County is one of the most successful cricket clubs in Ireland, with a long history of excellence on and off the pitch. The club has produced several international players and has a strong focus on youth development.

“We are thrilled to be offering these summer camps to young cricket enthusiasts in the area,” said Youth Committee Chair, Sukhi Byrne. “Our fully qualified coaches will provide top-quality coaching to all participants, regardless of their prior experience with the game. We look forward to welcoming both members and non-members to the Mardyke Grounds for what promises to be a fun-filled and educational experience for all.”

In conclusion, if you have a child who loves cricket or is simply looking for a fun and educational experience this summer, then the Cricket Summer Camps are a perfect choice. With top-quality coaching, a range of fun games and competitions, and the chance to make new friends, these camps offer an unforgettable experience for young cricket enthusiasts. Sign up today and give your child a summer they will never forget!

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