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2011 Leinster Season Review (Cover Point)

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The Munstermen never recovered from the early loss of their main man, Bruce Koch, to injury. Only Ross Durity can be happy with his batting, and only George Barry and Sidarth Joshi with their bowling. Keith Banks came out of retirement to open the bowling in place of Koch, and did a reasonable job. But in the end they avoided relegation comfortably enough, and must hope that with Koch back in harness, Chris Banon, Darren Fogarty, Shannon Madden and Robert Duggan can score the runs they are quite capable of. The bowling still looks a little threadbare.

Full analysis available on the Cover Point website.

A positive two weeks on the road for Cork County

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Cork County continued their positive run of form following their demolition of Limerick Raiders in the Munster Senior Cup quarter final at the Mardyke. Next up over the June Bank Holiday weekend were tricky away ties at Midleton in MCU Division 1 and Leinster CC in LCU Division 2.

Saturday June 4th

The away trip to Midleton brought the Mardyke side to unfamiliar territory with the East Cork club having moved from their old grounds at Midleton College out to the grounds of Midleton RFC. The home side won the toss and put the league holders into bat on the new artificial surface and immediately County were in trouble losing Shannon Madden and the returning Robert Duggan, both adjudged caught behind. Both the openers were soon followed by overseas player George Barry who was out to an excellent diving catch at point. At 9-3 the County middle order had to scramble into action with Ross Durity and Sidhz Joshi joining each other in the middle; what followed was an outstanding exhibition of composure and power as both batsmen recorded centuries – Durity (164) and Joshi (127*) in a Club record 280 run 4th wicket partnership to take the game away from the home side to leave Cork County on 348-5 after their 50 overs.

In response, Midleton put up a brave fight after losing some early wickets with middle order batsman Robert Smyth (110) recording a century of his own. James Duggan, who returned to the County side following his college exams, finished up with figures of 4-30 having bowled some excellent line and length. Overall it was a lacklustre fielding display from the Mardyke side as they had one eye on Monday’s trip to Rathmines and also having put such a large total on the board for Midleton to chase. In the end they bowled out the home side for 236 which handed County an impressive 112 run victory.

MCU Division 1:
Cork County 348-5 beat Midleton 236 all out by 112 runs at Midleton RFC.

Monday June 6th

Bank holiday Monday brought a tough trip up to Observatory Road in Rathmines for a clash with high flying Leinster CC. The home side, who were relegated from Division 1 last season, are hoping for an immediate return to the top division and so represented a good barometer for the Mardyke side. On a decent looking wicket Cork County skipper, Bruce Koch, won the toss and decided to bat. His decision was vindicated with another solid start from the opening partnership of Durity and Madden with Durity in particular looking very fluent in the middle. The partnership was broken with the score on 40 after Durity was adjudged LBW by Buksh. Barry entered the fray with some explosive hitting down the ground but a missed timed drive saw his demise to a straightforward catch at extra cover. Koch then proceeded to stroke the ball around the famous Rathmines ground with typical aplomb with hint of power every now and then. Unfortunately the middle collapsed around him with Joshi, O’Leary, Fogarty and Wootton all departing for a combined score of 4 as a result of some superb swing bowling from Carroll! Former skipper, Robert Duggan, joined Koch at the crease and attempted to get his captain on strike as often as possible entering the final 10 overs and with the batting power play imminent. However, following a sharp piece of fielding from Jones, Duggan was run out and Koch (76) soon followed leaving County with a total of 203 to defend.

With a total probably 20-30 runs short of a satisfactory score to defend, County knew they needed early wickets and they delivered with an exemplary opening attack from Bruce Koch and George Barry. Barry probed with excellent line and length while Koch bowled with great venom as they both tore into the Leinster top order removing the two dangermen Jones and Schultz with the score still under 70. Some exceptional keeping from wicket keeper Shannon Madden aided the two openers reducing the home side to 74-7. County’s fielding was generally excellent with one or two exceptions. However, a superb 8th wicket partnership between Byrne (36) and man-of-the-match Carroll (66) brought Leinster to within victory but County fought back to bring themselves to the verge of victory with the home side on 181-9. Carroll continued to play in a composed manner and guided his side to a nail biting victory by 1 wicket with a boundary through mid wicket with only 3 overs remaining. It was a great spectacle for the neutrals with both sides going toe to toe in a fine game of cricket.

LCU Division 2:
Leinster 203-9 beat Cork County 202 all out by 1 wicket at Observatory Lane.

Saturday June 11th

Following the disappointment of the 1 wicket loss to Leinster CC, County faced another tricky away trip the following weekend with a journey down to Carriganore in Waterford to face WIT. Last season the Mardyke side found both of their trips to Waterford more than a difficult obstacle so they were not underestimating the task in hand this year. However, with a crucial LCU Division 2 home tie against Old Belvedere the following day, County rested some first team regulars. In the absence of Bruce Koch, Ross Durity captained the side which saw senior debuts for both seamers Brian O’Leary and Farhan. The match also saw the return of Brad Morgan to the Cork County senior side after his ‘brief’ hiatus to Cork Harlequins last season. WIT won the toss and decided to bat. An innings typified with plenty of aerial shots saw the home side set a total of 213 with Haq Nawaz reaching 53 with debutant Brian O’Leary finishing with figures of 3-39.

On an artificial with uneven bounce, Cork County openers Shannon Madden and Ross Durity were determined to establish a solid start. After an uncomfortable innings, Shannon was caught behind for 15 and he was soon followed by overseas player George Barry who was adjudged LBW to Adeel. Robert Duggan joined Durity in the middle and both experienced batsmen were eager to consolidate the innings. However, Durity soon departed to an excellent caught and bowled by Adeel. Des O’Leary joined Duggan and both combined to form a solid partnership with both players playing some nice shots down the ground and square of the wicket. With County cruising towards victory, O’Leary mistimed a full delivery and was clean bowled by Nawaz. A well crafted innings by Duggan saw him soon reach his half century and he began to open up with victory in sight and finished the game on 77 not out. Victory was secured with Creedon dispatching a full delivery from Adeel to secure an impressive 5 wicket victory at a demanding venue.

MCU Division 1:
Cork County 215-5 beat WIT 213 all out by 5 wickets at Carriganore.

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Munster Senior Cup Quarter-Final team news

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Cork County begin the defence of their Munster Senior Cup title on Saturday at the Mardyke when they take on the side they defeated in last season’s final, Limerick Raiders. The draw has been unkind to both of the strongest sides in the competition as they are drawn together at the Quarter Final stage. Cork County can select from a full squad with the exception of the injured Robert Duggan and have announced a very strong side for Saturday’s quarter final tie.

After last weekend’s impressive showing in the Leinster League Division 2 clash against Malahide when County were on course to set Malahide a challenging total before the weather intervened. Cork County finished their innings in the 41st over on 209-6 with captain Bruce Koch looking in ominous form on 60* while opener Ross Durity (35) and overseas player George Barry (32) also made good starts. After a strong showing for the 2nd XI when be scored 84 runs on Sunday, Chris Banon returns to the side to replace Des O’Leary while Andrew Saul also comes back into the side to replace Andrew Wootton.

Munster Senior Cup – Quarter Final:
Saturday 28th May:
Cork County v Limerick Raiders, Mardyke (12.00 p.m.)

  1. Bruce Koch*
  2. Keith Banks
  3. Chris Banon
  4. George Barry
  5. Ross Durity
  6. Darren Fogarty
  7. Ciaran Healy
  8. Sidhz Joshi
  9. Shannon Madden+
  10. Matt Reed
  11. Andrew Saul

Indoor Training Schedule – commencing Saturday 12th March

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

2011 Winter Training Sessions

Indoor training sessions will be commencing on Saturday the 12th of March at Ashton School Gym (see map below) between 12.00 and 2.00 p.m. and on every Saturday until the 9th of April. The indoor training sessions are provided for solely the senior/junior squads in preparation for the upcoming season.

2011 Season – Outdoor Training

Outdoor training sessions for the senior squad will be commencing on Thursday the 12th of April at the Mardyke. Junior and Minor squads will commence training on Wednesday the 20th of April. The weekly schedule for training during the season will be as follows:

Tuesdays: Senior squad only;
Wednesdays: Junior and Minor squads; and
Thursdays: Senior squad only.

For any further information regarding these training sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Bruce Koch (Club Captain) – 087 9023075
Robert Duggan (Cricket Committee) – 087 6544728

Koch to lead Cork County for 2011

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Munster Player of the Year, Bruce Koch, was duly elected as Club Captain of Cork County for the coming 2011 season at last night’s Annual General Meeting. Koch received overwhelming support for the captaincy after an inspired season with bat and ball during 2010. He takes over from outgoing captain, Robert Duggan, who led the Club to a Munster League and Cup double and also consolidating their position in Leinster League Division 2.

The meeting also saw the election of a new committee for the coming season with Kieran Aherne continuing on in his role as Club President while David Griffin and Donal Donovan returned to their positions of Honorary Treasurer and Secretary, respectively. The newly elected committee will comprise Peter Dineen, Robert Duggan, Matt Reed, William J. Bradley, Andrew Wootton, Dick Creedon and Mortimer Kelleher. Cricket Manager, Peter Dineen, informed the meeting that preparations for the upcoming season, in which Cork County will participate in a full schedule of Leinster Division 2 fixtures, were well under way.

The efforts of the steering committee led by Shay Livingstone, John Power and David Griffin and the project management team of Matt Reed and Stephen Hickey which combined to oversee the superb renovation of the clubhouse and Pavilion following the severe flooding of November 2009 were duly noted and graciously appreciated by all in attendance. Congratulations were also aknowledged for Bruce Koch on winning the Munster Player of the Year in recognition of his outstanding season and also for Chris Banon who won Munster U-17 Player of the Year after a superb breakthrough season for the Presentation Brothers College youngster.

Cork County CC Officers for 2011:
Club President: Kieran Aherne
Club Treasurer: David Griffin
Club Secretary: Donal Donovan
Club Captain: Bruce Koch
2nd XI Captain: tba
3rd XI Captain: William J. Bradley
4th XI Captain: Eugene McCarthy

Club Committe:
Peter Dineen
Robert Duggan
William J. Bradley
Matt Reed
Andrew Wootton
Mortimer Kelleher

Successful night for Cork County at the MCU awards

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Despite the severe winter weather there was an impressive turn-out for the Munster Cricket Union 2010 Awards ceremony hosted by MCU President, Gerry Horan, and MCU Chairman, Jack Filen at Cork County’s splendidly refurbished clubhouse at the Mardyke last Saturday night.

The weather did have some impact, however, as members of Waterford District CC were unable to travel to collect the trophy and winners’ medals which they were due to receive for winning the Division 3 title in their inaugural season in MCU competition.

Cork County CC’s Bruce Koch took the premier individual award when he was named MCU Player of the Year for 2010.

The award was due recognition for what was a golden summer for Koch whose performances with both bat and ball were the key factors in leading Cork County to the Division 1 and Senior Cup double.

Bruce’s batting average was a remarkable 118.25 as he compiled an aggregate of 473 runs from nine visits to the crease with a top score of 100 not out and his equally impressive bowling average saw him take 25 wickets at 12.08.

Earlier in the evening the impressive progress being made at underage level in the province was acknowledged with the presentation of individual awards for the MCU Players of the Year in the U17, U15, U13 and U11 age group categories.

MCU U17 Player of the Year was presented to Cork County CC’s Chris Banon who topped the Munster U17s XI batting averages in the team’s debut season in the LCU U17 League with 181 runs in 7 innings at an average of 36.2 with a top score of 85.

In announcing the award Munster CDO James Doran noted that apart from his contribution with the bat, Chris’s shrewd captaincy had also been a major factor in the Munster U17s highly successful campaign in Leinster which saw them reach the final of the competition at the first attempt.

Ruadhan Jones of Cork Harlequins CC was named MCU U15 Player of the Year following an outstanding interprovincial tournament for the Munster U13s averaging 71.66 with the bat with a top score of 139 and key contributions to the Munster U15 and U17 teams in 2010. For the U17s as an opening bat he had totalled 111 runs at an average of 18.5 and featured in three of the top five partnerships including the only century partnership of the campaign – a match-winning 120 for the first wicket with Rory O’Keeffe in a winner-takes-all final group match against YMCA.

The MCU U13 Player of the Year award went to John Kelly Jnr of Clonmel CC for his achievement in being the leading wicket taker for Munster at the U13 interprovincial tournament taking in total 5 wickets for 83 runs at an average of 16.2 which was the best economy rate of the Munster bowlers at 3.52. He was also third in the Munster batting averages with 29 runs in two innings for an average of 14.5.

The last of the individual awards, the MCU U11 Player of the Year, was presented to Nathan Bryan of Lismore CC who was Lismore’s leading performer with the ball in 2010 for both the club’s U11 and U13 XIs.

The evening concluded with the presentation of the Division 1 and Division 2 trophies and winners’ medals to the Cork County 1st and 2nd XIs capping a remarkable year for the Leesiders who only a year before had seen their ground and clubhouse devastated by floodwater.

Jim Doran
(courtesy of the Munster Cricket Blog)

Cork County Award Winners 2010

Monday, October 4th, 2010

The annual Cork County end of season Awards Night was held last Saturday at the Mardyke to recognise the achievements of the players at all levels in the club throughout the 2010 season. 2010 proved to be a highly successful season for Cork County with the 1st XI claiming a clean sweep of the Senior League and Cup and also consolidating their position in Leinster League Division 2 for the 2011 season; the 2nd XI claiming the Division 2 title and the 4th XI reaching the Minor Cup final in only their first season in the competition.

The big award winner was Bruce Koch who claimed the Senior Player and Batsman of the Year after scoring 793 runs at an average of 66 and taking 38 wickets at an average of 15.4. Bruce had an exceptional season and led from the front as County challenged on all fronts inspiring the players around him with some outstanding performances. Matt Reed deservedly won the Bowler of the Year in recognition of some match winning performances with the ball at both Munster and Leinster league levels.

The award winners for the 2010 season were as follows:

  • Senior Player of the Year: Bruce Koch (793 runs @ 66.1, 38 wickets @ 15.4)

    Senior Batsman of the Year: Bruce Koch (793 runs @ 66.1)

    Senior Bowler of the Year: Matt Reed (28 wickets @ 15.9)

    Young Player of the Year: Chris Banon (247 runs @ 16.5)

  • Junior Player of the Year: Noelie Cronin

    Junior Batsman of the Year: Chris Banon

    Junior Bowler of the Year: Brian Scott

  • 3rd XI Player of the Year: Kevin O’Sullivan

    3rd XI Batsman of the Year: Brian O’Leary

    3rd XI Bowler of the Year: Noelie Cronin

  • 4th XI Player of the Year: Mort Kelleher

    4th XI Batsman of the Year: Scott McNamara

    4th XI Bowler of the Year: Saqib Khan

  • Women’s Most Improved Player: Bridget Healy

    Women’s Batsmen of the Year: Emer Twomey

    Women’s Bowler of the Year: Mary Long

  • Pres Past Pupil Award: Kevin Bray
  • Clubman of the Month for August: Matt Reed

    Clubman of the Month for September: William J. Bradley

  • Retiree of the Year: Des O’Leary

Cork County into Senior Cup semi-final after thriller in Galway

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Division 1 league cricket took a backseat as Cork County turned their attention to regaining the Munster Senior Cup after the huge disappointment of crashing out at the quarter final stage to Galway last season. As luck would have it the draw for this season’s competition pit the two clubs against each other once again, on this occasion County had to make the long trip to Lydican in Galway. County were determined not to underestimate the Tribesmen after last season’s disappointment and brought a strong side up for the Senior Cup quarter final tie. Cork County were without West Indian all-rounder Andrew Saul and off-spinner Ciarán Healy but welcomed back skipper Robert Duggan after he missed last weekend’s match at home to WIT.

After arriving at the picturesque Lydican ground in Oranmore on the outskirts of Galway City the start of the match was delayed due to a heavy shower, however, once it had cleared Cork County skipper Duggan won the toss and decided to bowl. County opener James Duggan appeared a bit stiff after the long trip and took one or two over’s to settle into his rhythm while Parvez Ali bowled with his usual probing line and length without much luck. Duggan some found his line and length removing opener Bindal and number four batsman Speldewinde. Andrew Wootton replaced Parvez Ali from the clubhouse end and soon bowled opener Shane O’Malley with a ball which beat his outside edge and knocking over off stump. Some excellent ground fielding by vice captain Ross Durity led to the run out of number three batsman Vishal. At this stage, Cork County appeared in control with the Galway batsmen unable to build any meaningful partnerships. Number five batsman Imran had other ideas and immediately from ball one was intent on taking the attack to the County bowlers, taking a particular liking to all-rounder Bruce Koch’s bowling smashing one or two back over the South African’s head for 6. However, after taking one or two risk’s too many Imran was undone by the medium pace of Andrew Wootton as he skied one to Robert Duggan at extra-cover.

After Imran’s removal Danesh Ali joined Waqqas at the crease and both batsmen appeared intent on building a big partnership to push the Galway total towards a defendable target. Co. Galway’s star player Waqqas, in particular, batted with great control and power striking some great shots down the ground and off his legs. He was ably supported by Danesh Ali who intelligently got his partner on strike as often as possible. Cork County sought to take the pace off the ball with the introduction of medium pacer Matt Reed and the ploy appeared to work when he trapped Waqqas LBW for 51 runs. The removal of Waqqas injected some zip into the County step as Galway skipper Umair was run out by Koch at backward point for just 2 and he was soon followed by Ted Turton who was caught with a great effort from Andrew Wootton at first slip off the bowling of Reed. Danesh Ali had to take up the mantle of taking the attack to the County bowlers however he was soon bowled by Reed for a well earned 36 runs. Tail-ender Mahon was bowled by Koch leaving Co. Galway with a very competitive total of 201 for the Mardyke side to chase.

The Cork County reply appeared to get off to a promising start with opener Andrew Wootton (11 runs) playing some lovely shots through the covers and off his legs, however; once again he holed out to extra-cover from a ball from Waqqas. Wootton was replaced by captain, Robert Duggan, whose poor form with the bat continued when he was bowled third ball by Waqqas for 0. This signalled the start of an inspired spell of bowling from Galway opener Waqqas as he accounted for a mini collapse by the Cork County top order as Duggan’s departure was soon followed by opener Mirza Baig (8) and both the middle order batsmen Chris Banon (0) and Matt Reed (0); Galway could sense their place in the semi finals was edging closer. With County’s future participation in the 2010 Munster Senior Cup teetering on the verge elimination at 32 for 5, Michael John Wycherley joined in form batsman Bruce Koch at the crease. Koch had made a composed start to his innings, not taking too many risks while keeping the County scoreboard ticking over. Wycherley sensibly assessed the situation and as soon as he got his eye in he looked to take the attack to the Galway bowlers with some calculated blows to all sides of the wicket and in particular through the off-side.

As the partnership developed rapidly the enthusiasm of the Galway bowlers and fielders visibly dropped as Koch got into his stride with some beautifully timed shots through the covers and down the ground. Wycherley’s innings was an inspired and game changing one with the highlights two huge sixes; one over deep square leg and the other over long-off. Koch and Wycherley put on a 100 runs together and the mood in the Cork County team was transformed with thoughts of victory coming to the fore. With Wycherley seemingly in total control he was squared up by a delivery from the opener Danesh Ali, who had returned to finish his spell, and was caught behind for an inspired 45. Wycherley was replaced by Parvez Ali at the crease and he aimed to get Koch on strike as often as possible however he soon followed Wycherley after being bowled by Danesh Ali.

Vice Captain Ross Durity, who is returning to the side after recovering from a broken thumb, joined Koch at the crease with the score on 136 for 7; Cork County still requiring 66 for victory. Durity’s experience was crucial to deal with the pressurised run chase and to build a match winning partnership with Koch. Despite lacking match practise Durity ably worked the ball around to keep the scoreboard ticking over and also trying to get the free scoring Koch on strike. It was clear that Koch would have to bat through the innings if County were to progress into the semi-final. Koch and Durity used all their experience to keep chipping away at the required total while the Galway’s confidence seemed to wane as the Mardyke side edged towards an unlikely victory. At the end of the 43rd over County were suddenly within grasp of victory as Durity played a beautifully timed drive through the covers for 4. The sides were level and County only required one run for victory and with Koch on 96 not out it was set up for him to make his century while clinching victory for County. With Koch on strike at the start of the 44th over and the first ball from Galway skipper Umair in the slot he smashed the ball back over the bowlers head for 6 leading to huge celebrations by the rest of his Cork County teammates. Reaching his century and also clinching victory from the jaws of defeat for his side was an immense effort from the South African all-rounder and he rightly received the adulation of his teammates. Cork County now move on into the semi final of the Munster Senior Cup and face either Midleton at the Mardyke on the 2nd of August.

Munster Senior Cup quarter-final:
Co. Galway 201 all out lost to Cork County 207-7 by 3 wickets at Lydican. scorecard

Cork County team: R. Duggan*, R. Durity, B. Koch, A. Wootton, J. Duggan, P. Ali, M Reed, M.J. Wycherley, C. Banon†, M. Baig & B. Scott.