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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!

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!

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)

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

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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Player Registration Guide 2023

Monday, March 13th, 2023

This article outlines the process of registering Cork County Cricket Club members correctly for the season 2023.

All members must complete 2 steps to become eligible to play in Muster competitions

  1. Munster Cricket Union Registrations
  2. Cork County Cricket Club Membership

Additionally, if a player wants to be eligible to play in Leinster competition then they need to register for

  1. Cricket Leinster Registration
Player TypeDescription
New PlayerMembers who were not part of any Munster cricket affiliated club previously.
Transferring PlayerMembers who played for a Munster Cricket club in 2022 that was not Cork County Cricket Club and want to play for Cork County in the 2023 season.
Renewing PlayerMembers registered as Cork County Cricket Club members last year (2022).

New Player

  • All New players will get a personal email from one of the club committee members with a link to register as a new player. (Please make sure to pick Cork County Cricket Club while doing the registrations to avoid any issues)

Transferring Player

  • All transferring players MUST register for their PREVIOUS Club while registering with the link sent to them in their personal emails.
  • Any member transferring from a Leinster club who already has an existing GameDay ID needs to follow the above step as well.
  • If you are Transferring from a Leinster club and you do not have an existing GameDay ID then please register as a New Player as per the section above.
  • Post registration please let any committee member or captain know that you have completed registrations with the previous club.
  • Club administrators will take care of transferring the registrations to Cork County.

Renewing Player

  • All players will get an email with a link to renew on their personal email. Click and follow that link to complete the Munster Cricket Union Registrations. (Players must pick Cork County Cricket Club while doing the registrations to avoid any issues)
  • Cork County Cricket club membership can be obtained by paying the subscription fees using the link below and by choosing the correct membership options for all player types.

Sports Hub Announced as Apparel Supplier

Friday, February 3rd, 2023

Cork County Cricket Club is excited to announce a three-year agreement with Sports Hub as its official apparel supplier. Sports Hub, one of the largest cricket stores in Ireland, will provide top-quality gear to players of all levels, ensuring they look and perform their best on the pitch.

This partnership marks a significant step forward for Cork County Cricket Club, as players will now have access to the latest and greatest club apparel and the agreement will provide members with exclusive discounts and offers, making it easier for them to stay equipped for success.

“We are thrilled to have Sports Hub on board as our official apparel supplier,” said Abubakar Saddique, Club Captain. “Sports Hub has a long-standing reputation for providing top-notch cricket gear, and we are excited to offer our members access to their products. This partnership will benefit our players in a big way, allowing them to perform at their best on the pitch.”

With the support of Sports Hub, Cork County Cricket Club is poised for a successful season and beyond. The club is dedicated to providing a safe, supportive environment at the Mardyke where players of all ages and abilities can grow and excel in the sport they love.

So, get ready to take your game to the next level with the latest gear from Sports Hub. Join Cork County Cricket Club today and be a part of a community that is dedicated to promoting the sport of cricket and developing future stars.

Viat Sports Hub at kbsportshub.ie

The Best of 2022 Countdown

Sunday, January 1st, 2023

Welcome to our ‘Best of 2022’ countdown! Each year, we reflect on the amazing moments and achievements of the past season. As we count down from number 10 to the top spot, relive the most memorable moments of 2022.

  • #10 – To kick off our look back on 2022, the completion of the net bay construction is certainly a big highlight from the year and has proved to be a huge asset to the club and our members.
  • #9 – A colourful return to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade after a two year gap with a large and energised turnout from the youth section. It was great to see cricket on the streets of #Cork with the Lord Mayor also joining in!
  • #8 – Acknowledging some of the wonderful individual and team performances throughout the season. Too many to choose from — nail-biting match winners, 5 wicket hauls, 50s, 100s… Well done to everyone!
  • #7 – A wonderful finale to the season for the youth section with recognition of achievements at all levels with the U13s and U15s collecting their Munster trophies and medals. A fitting way to celebrate a successful season!
  • #6 – A first Division 3 title for Bilal Ahsan and his 4th XI squad was just reward following a challenging league campaign. Congrats to Bilal and the whole squad on a terrific effort throughout the highs & lows of the season!
  • #5 – The club competed in two All- Ireland Youth Semi-Finals, a first for any Munster club side. Though both results didn’t go our way, the boys and girls on both sides can be proud of their achievements. Well done to all involved!
  • #4 – Once again the Mardyke was looking pristine with some excellent wickets produced throughout the summer. Matt, Francois and the team helped maintain the very high standards that are often taken for granted at the Mardyke.
  • #3 – A first Division 1 title since 2010 ended a long wait for the club with 10 wins, 2 defeats and 2 No results ensuring the 2nd XI finished top of the pile. Well done to Rob Duggan and the squad for their efforts throughout the campaign.
  • #2 – A huge shout out to all of the hard work and organisation of the volunteers and coaches who helped make each of the youth levels function so well from the beginners at ‘Give It A Bash’ and the Softball Academy right up to the U17s.
  • #1 – Number 1 in our countdown has to be the wonderful memorial match in honour of the late, great Dermot Giltinan. For many, it was a chance to remember the great man and pay tribute to his legacy in the game of cricket in Cork and beyond.

Exceptional youth success celebrated at the Mardyke

Monday, September 26th, 2022

On an autumnal Friday evening at the Mardyke, more than 80 excited kids celebrated an exceptional season representing Cork County Cricket Club at various youth levels in Munster competitions.

After a full season of cricket, teams at U11, U13 and U15 gathered to receive their trophies and medals, and enjoy their end-of-season party, organised by Sukhi Byrne and the youth committee.

Cork County Chairman, Peter Dineen, presented U11 medals to delighted players and commented “This is a great evening for the club, and thoroughly deserved by all the players and parents. The founding father of our youth section, Dermot Giltinan, passed away just over a year ago, and he would be so proud of the youth section today.

John Buss, Operations Manager at Munster Cricket, was on hand to present the U13 and U15 trophies in the Munster Super Leagues and T20 competitions.

Cork County made a clean-sweep at U13 and U15 this year, a testament to the hard work of coaches Steve Ross, Mick Hull and Bruce Newton. Both teams went on to represent Munster at All-Ireland level, where anomalies in regulations saw them face older teams in away fixtures.  Cricket Ireland has promised to iron these out for next year.

The U13 T20 was won by the Cork County Sharks, captained by Cillian Ross, and the U13 Super League was won by the Cork County U13s captained by Mark Donnelly.

At the U15 level, Cork County won both competitions and was captained by Cronan Healy-Browne.

John Buss from Munster Cricket praised the players for their hard work in training and the great spirit they showed in the competitions. He praised the club and youth committee for their efforts in coaching, training and supporting their players.

The youth section at Cork County continues to thrive and a full programme of winter training will commence in the coming weeks. Older youth players continue to develop. Exposure at the adult level, as well as youth interprovincials, saw the likes of Niall Donnelly (16) make his first team debut during the final round of competitive fixtures, and there’s plenty more talent waiting to prove themselves.

The cricket season comes to an end this weekend and Matt Reed, the club Grounds Manager, will get to work preparing for next season when Cork County hope to build on a very successful season.