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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.

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Social Event: Club Curry Night

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

Get ready for a sizzling good time, folks! The Club Curry Night is heating up the Mardyke on Saturday, 11th February, starting at 6pm.

We’ve got a team of culinary geniuses preparing a menu that will make your taste buds dance. Think delicious vegetarian biryani, pilau rice, lentil curry, raita and more.

And the best part? It’s all for just €10, which includes your meal and a chance to win prizes in our complimentary raffle. Don’t miss out, grab your tickets today!

Doors open at 6pm for the youth section followed by the adult section at 7pm.


  • BBQ Chicken Legs (boneless)
  • Vegetarian Biryani & Pilau Rice
  • Lentils Curry
  • Raita
  • Tandoori Naan Bread
  • Chips, Poppadum & Desi Crisps
  • Salad

    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.

    Hassett named 2022 Player of the Year

    Monday, November 28th, 2022

    Cormac Hassett was named the Noel Malloy Player of the Year at the 2022 Annual Awards Dinner at the Mardyke last Friday, 25th November.

    The keeper/batsman had an impressive season with the bat and gloves and had already been awarded the Satchwell Cup for the best wicketkeeper in the Leinster Championship and the 1st XI Batsman of the Year. Cormac amassed 364 runs at an average of 33 in the Championship and averaged an impressive 41 in the Munster Premier T20 competition. He also was capped at Munster Reds level once again.

    The evening also saw awards presented at 2nd, 3rd and 4th XI levels and was preceded by the Youth section so it proved to be a very well attended and enjoyable night.

    Nabeel Anjum took home the O’Donnell Bowler of the Year award following an excellent season with the ball in all competitions. Nabeel took 17 wickets at an average of 27.8 in the Leinster Championship and 11 wickets at 17.9 in the Munster Premier Division.

    There were also two special presentations made on the night to recognise achievements both on and off the field. Firstly, Ross Durity was recognised for having played over a hundred fixtures (119) for the club in Cricket Leinster competitions, joining Robert Duggan in the century club with still a few seasons left in the tank!

    Club stalwart David Griffin was also acknowledged for his year as Cricket Ireland President during which time he has overseen Ireland’s recent successes at the T20 World Cup and the full return of cricketing activity following the Covid pandemic. David is the latest President of Cricket Ireland to originate from Cork County following on from Pat Dineen back in 1987.

    The full list of award winners is as follows:

    Noel Malloy Player of the Year — Cormac Hassett

    1st XI Batter of the Year — Cormac Hassett

    O’Donnell Bowler of the Year — Nabeel Anjum

    2nd XI Batter of the Year — Niall Donnelly

    2nd XI Bowler of the Year — Arpit Ahuja

    Noel Cantwell Young Player of the Year — Niall Donnelly

    3rd XI Batter of the Year — Ashwani Tomar

    3rd XI Bowler of the Year — Justin McGurk

    4th XI Batter of the Year — Rahul Sethi

    4th XI Bowler of the Year — Pratheek Chappanda

    Special Recognition — Ross Durity (100 fixtures in Leinster competitions)

    Special Acknowledgement — David Griffin (Cricket Ireland President)

    Youth Awards

    Prior to the adult awards, the youth section has its own ceremony to celebrate a successful season with acknowledgements of participation, enjoyment and progression from the U11 up to the U15 level.

    The U13s won both the Munster T20 League and Super League while the U15s also finished as Super League champions. Both went on to represent Munster at the All-Ireland Semi-Finals which was a first for the province. Well done to all involved and the Youth Committee for organising such a wonderful evening

    U15 Level

    Player of the Year — Abas Faizi

    Most Improved Player — Sara Kamel

    U13 Level

    Most Improved Player — John Kennedy

    Strength of Character Award — Alessandro DeFreitas

    Team Player — William Stevens

    Leadership Award — Mark Donnelly

    Player of the Year — Cillian Ross

    U11 Level

    Most committed child, with regular attendances & consistent performances in games:

    • Male — Elham Momand
    • Female — Lara Byrne

    Player who improved the most in a season — Taha Abdul Wahab

    Most exceptional performance in a match — Adam Cooney

    Players who brought fun & friendliness to their team:

    • Muhammed Ayaan Kiani
    • Ruairí Newton
    • Suzanne Karmel


    2022 Annual Awards Dinner

    Sunday, November 6th, 2022

    The Annual Awards Dinner will take place on Friday, 25th November, in the old Pavilion at the Mardyke to celebrate the achievements and top performers from the 2022 season. The Youth section will have their awards at 6 pm prior to the Club Dinner at 7 pm followed by the main awards ceremony.

    Annual Awards 2022 - Cork County Cricket Club


    Plenty of members put in colossal effort throughout a long season and the annual dinner is always a great occasion to get together and look back on the highs and lows, especially the successes at all levels.

    The U13s and U15s both won their respective league campaigns and reached the All-Ireland Semi-Finals making them the first Munster sides to do so in those age groups. The 2nd and 4th XI were crowned champions of their respective divisions while the 3rd XI clinched the Division 2 T20 title.

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    Memorial Service for Dermot Giltinan

    Saturday, March 26th, 2022

    The club will be hosting a memorial service for the late, great Dermot Giltinan which will take place at the cricket grounds at Mardyke on Saturday, 9th April 2022.

    The service, which will be led by Brother Martin of the Presentation Brothers, will allow many of his cricketing friends and clubmates to remember the great man and pay tribute to his lasting legacy at the Mardyke which was his second home.

    Proceedings will commence at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, 9th April, so we very much look forward to seeing you from 2 p.m. on the day.

    There will be a video conferencing link available for anyone who wishes to dial in and say a few words so please contact info@corkcountycricketclub.com to indicate if you wish to do so.

    Dermot Giltinan Memorial Service

    Please confirm your attendance by email to either:


    St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2022

    Friday, March 18th, 2022

    A huge thanks to Nick Tulloch and all of his assistants on the Youth Committee who represented the club with aplomb during the St. Patrick’s Day parade a few weeks ago.

    After a two year break due to Covid, the club were once again participating and joined almost 2,500 others with plenty of colour, music and pageantry on show. The cricketers joined other Cork sporting clubs such as the hurlers and footballers from St Finbarrs and Nemo Rangers.

    From the main stand, they received a standing ovation from the City’s councillors and management led by Lord Mayor Colm Kelleher and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.

    Great to see a big turnout and added exposure for the club and the game of cricket in Cork.

    Pollard takes top prize at 2020 Virtual Awards

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021

    Cork County’s first and hopefully last virtual Awards Night take place on Friday, 30th April, as the club looked back on an eventful and challenging 2020 season that has been condensed due to the Covid health emergency resulting in a T20 only format across all levels of the game.

    As the club was unable to celebrate the achievements and impact of members under more normal circumstances at an end of season dinner due to government restrictions, it was better late than never to have a look back as we prepare to look forward to the 2021 season.

    • Emerging Player of the Year – Danny Higgins
    • Noel Cantwell Young Player of the Year – Eshan O’Sullivan
    • 4th XI Batsman & Bowler of the Year – Bilal Ashan
    • 3rd XI Bowler of the Year – Shams Safi
    • 3rd XI Batsman of the Year – Abdul Jabbar Younus
    • 2nd XI Bowler of the Year – Kevin O’Sullivan
    • 2nd XI Batsman of the Year – Zuhair Shah
    • O’Donnell Senior Bowler of the Year – Rudolph Pollard
    • Senior Batsman of the Year – Abubakar Saddique
    • Club Person of the Year – Steve Ross
    • Noel Malloy Club Player of the Year – Rudolph Pollard

    A big thanks to Abdul Younus who helped organise the event and to all the contributors – Steve Ross, Len Browne, Rob Duggan, Kevin O’Sullivan and Club President Kieran Aherne.

    View the full presentation by clicking here.

    2020 Awards Night… Belatedly

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

    Seeing as the club wasn’t able to host the 2020 Annual Awards Night due to the restrictions that have been in place since the end of last season, we will be naming the various award winners from U11s right up to the Club Player of the Year.

    With the youth section recommencing training the week after then there is no better time to acknowledge the effects of players, teams and volunteers from a condensed 2020 season.

    Awards Night_FB Event

    It should be no longer than an hour so hope to see as many of you there as possible.

    The awards will include:

    • U11s Highlights & Achievements
    • Colts Highlights & Achievements
    • U17 Batsman/Bowler of the Year
    • Emerging Player of the Year
    • Noel Cantwell Young Player of the Year
    • 4th XI Batsman/Bowler of the Year
    • 3rd XI Batsman/Bowler of the Year
    • 2nd XI Batsman/Bowler of the Year
    • O’Donnell Senior Bowler of the Year
    • Senior Batsman of the Year
    • Club Person of the Year
    • Noel Malloy Club Player of the Year

    A Zoom link will be shared with members via email on the morning of Friday, 30th April.

    2020 Christmas Raffle Results

    Monday, December 21st, 2020

    The draw for the 2020 Christmas Raffle took place in the surroundings of the old Pavilion at the Mardyke on Sunday, 20th December, at 8 p.m. 

    There was an overwhelming response to this year’s raffle with members and supporters getting involved in the organisation and purchase of tickets which was great to see. With the proceeds going towards a worthwhile cause and some fantastic prizes up for grabs, then anticipation was high ahead of the big draw.

    MC on the night Andy Wootton was ably assisted by Talha Kayani, Kevin O’Sullivan and Abdul Jabbar Younus who took care of proceedings to announce the various winners of the raffle. The winners were selected by using an online number randomizer to void any suggestions of impropriety or Russian interference! 🙂 

    The winners were drawn in reverse order starting with the 10th prize and working its way up to the main prize of a 2 night B&B stay at The River Lee Hotel.

    The winners were as follows:

    1. 2-night stay at The River Lee Hotel – Bilal Ahsan
    2. Complimentary Club Membership – Veena O’Sullivan
    3. €150 Meadows & Byrne Voucher – Abubakar Saddique
    4. €150 Vanilla Boutique Voucher – Tara Rahman
    5. Sunglasses from Kennedy’s Opticians – Matt Reed
    6. 12-month Pass for Blarney Castle & Gardens – Michael Stout
    7. Pirahna Cricket equipment – Steve Ross
    8. Selection of wines – Ross Durity
    9. Afternoon Tea at The Metropole Hotel – Matt Reed
    10. Uni Salon hair products – Desmond Lucey

    The winners will be contacted individually to arrange delivery of the various prizes.

    A huge thanks to all involved in organising and taking part in the quiz. Our original target of €1,500 was smashed with the club raising € 2,705 towards the construction of two permanent net bays in the southeastern corner of the grounds with work due to start in the spring once the ground dries up.