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Cork County ease past Merrion 2 at the Mardyke

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Cork County took on Merrion 2 at the Mardyke on Saturday July 12th. Conditions were overcast and humid as Ross Durity won the toss and asked Merrion to have a bat. Andy Wootton opened up from the River End and picked up a wicket with the last ball of his first over, Kade Beasley nicking to Morne Bauer at slip.

Wootton’s second over was also successful, Allwright (7) skying to Stephan Grobler at mid-off. Despite a quick fifteen run partnership between Watkins and Blakeney, County always looked like taking another early wicket and it was no surprise when the former was caught at cover by Tim Clifford, Wootton picking up his third wicket.

24-3 became 46-4 when Blakeney attempted to drop and run but was run out by a direct hit from Andy Wootton. After an economical opening spell from Anthony O’Reilly, Stephan Grobler took over from the University End and had early success bowling Parkinson for 1.

Merrion were now 52-5 after 22 overs and things soon got worse for the visitors, when Tice was caught behind off Grobler. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, first O’Brien and then Sharma trapped in front by Grobler.

A determined defensive effort by Neville was punctuated by a leg-glanced four before he was dropped by Tim Clifford at mid-off. The mistake however was not compounded, as Neville was well snaffled by Robert Duggan at mid-on eight balls later to leave Merrion nine down. The tenth wicket partnership did not last long as Anthony O’Reilly picked up his second wicket of the day, Ensor caught by Chris Banon at mid-wicket.

Stephan Grobler drives through the covers for Cork County

Cork County had succeeded in restricting their visitors to less than 100 and despite requiring just 93 for victory, openers Ross Durity and Stephan Grobler took a careful, measured approach to the run chase.

Aided by some early wides, the County batsmen had moved the score to 49-0 from 11 overs when tea was taken. Ross Durity departed soon after tea, caught by Blakeney off the bowling of Bridge for 27 out of 58. Morne Bauer joined Grobler at the crease and despite some good bowling from Ensor, Sharma and Bridge, County reached the victory target in the 19th over, Grobler finishing on 43*.

An excellent bowling performance with particularly good contributions from Wootton, Grobler and O’Reilly was compounded by a steady batting performance which puts County level on points with Malahide at the summit of the RSA Division 2 league table.

Munster Junior Cup Final: Cork County 2 v Limerick match report

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Having beaten Midleton in the quarter final and Galway in the semi final County 2 took on Limerick on an overcast day at Farmer’s Cross.

Heavy overnight rainfall meant that the start of the game was delayed from 12 noon to 1p.m. however no overs were lost at this stage.

Limerick captain Kevin Hennessy won the toss and chose to bat first on the artificial wicket. Justin McGurk(2-17) and Hugh O’Brien(0-18) opened the bowling for the Cork side.

Tahir Saqib was first to fall for Limerick bowled by McGurk for 7.

Ninja Srinivisan soon followed when opening batsman Shane Burke called for what looked like an easy single to Nicky Murphy at mid-wicket. However a good stop and a direct hit from Murphy brought Srinivisan’s innings to an end without even facing a delivery.

Limerick now needed a good partnership to steady the ship and they got one; Shane Burke(28) and Hashir Sultan(35) hitting some big shots(including three sixes) on their way to a fifty partnership.

Matt Reed(1-38) had replaced O’Brien at the Pavilion End while leg-spinner Nicky Murphy relieved McGurk at the Road End. The Cork side finally broke up the third wicket partnership when Shane Burke edged behind to Ian Coleman off the bowling off Matt Reed.

Bharath(32) now joined Sultan at the crease and both batsman attempted big shots off the bowling of Ciaran Healy(3-39) and Matt Reed. It was Healy who made the breakthrough when a slog sweep by Sultan was caught by Chris Banon at deep square-leg.

Nicky Murphy returned from the Pavilion end and it took him just two balls to dismiss Asif(0), Brad Morgan taking an excellent catch at short extra-cover.

Limerick were now 114-5 and things got worse for them when big-hitter Bharath was bowled by Healy.

Fassey Ahmed soon followed, caught by County skipper Niall Tynan off McGurk for 8.

The final three Limerick wickets fell quite quickly, John Daly(3) bowled by Healy while Stephen Hackett and Kevin Hennessy both fell to Nicky Murphy for 1 and 2 respectively.

This left Limerick 139 all out in 33 overs, a considerable achievement given the damp conditions.

The weather had held out for almost all of the first innings but just as the teams were about to retake the field a massive shower arrived and after a delay of over an hour to allow the ground to dry somewhat the umpires decided that conditions were playable and that play could continue.

Due to the delay the target had to be revised and scorers Kevin O’Sullivan and Declan Earley calculated that the magic number was now 65 from 20 overs.

Darren Fogarty(4) and Chris Banon(25) opened the batting for County and went for it from the start, Banon hitting a couple of boundaries and with the addition of wides the Cork side were reached 21 before the first wicket fell, Fogarty skying one which was caught by Limerick ‘keeper Shane Burke.

Brad Morgan(8) joined Banon at the crease but their partnership did not last long, the opening batsman bowled by Bharath via a thick inside edge.

Good shots by Morgan and Ian Coleman(13*) aswell as a number of wides brought County to within 12 of the target when Morgan was run out, a sharp throw from mid-wicket bringing his innings to a close.

As it turned out new batsman Matt Reed did not have to face a ball, Coleman hitting one through mid-off for four, four overthrows, a few wides and a final two through the extra-cover region finishing the game off for Cork County 2 and making them the 2012 Munster Junior Cup champions.

A special thanks must go to Harlequins C.C. for providing their ground for the game and to members of Cork County who came up to Farmer’s Cross to support the team.

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

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)

Chris Banon: meet Cork County’s rising star

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The following is an extract from Cover Point’s Match Report on the 2008 Munster Senior Cup Final played on 30th May 2009 after being held over from the previous season.

“The 2008 MCU Cup final (finally staged yesterday at the Mardyke in Cork) ended in dramatic fashion with Cork County defeating the holders, Cork Harlequins by two wickets with four balls remaining.

After 49 overs and over 7 hours in uninterrupted sunshine, County were 186 for 8 needing 5 runs to win. With the experienced ex Irish international Ted Williamson about to bowl the final over and with 16 year old rookie Chris Banon facing, it seemed that ‘Quins were on the verge of pulling off a remarkable victory to retain the Cup.

It wasn’t to be however. Banon kept a cool head and smashed the first ball of Williamson’s over into the off side. Despite a desperate dive it pierced the field and County were able to run two. The next ball Banon confidently lifted over the infield to the long off boundary and County were home.”

The young Banon clearly rose to the challenge on that occasion!

On 29th June 2009 at Fox Lodge, he scored 96 out of a Munster total of 211 all out against Leinster U15s in an interprovincial series. Though Leinster won the match by 100 runs Banon was named Man of the Match.

With Cork County joining the Leinster League in 2010 there will be more opportunities for the now seventeen-year-old to showcase his talent and demonstrate that he can mix it at a higher level.

It is a challenge that his captain at Cork County, Robert Duggan is confident that Banon is ready for:

“My first real glimpse of Chris’ talent was when he hit the winning runs with only a few balls remaining during the rescheduled 2008 Munster Senior Cup Final at the beginning of last season.

2009 was a real breakthrough season for him especially when scored 96 against Leinster U15 during the interprovincial series.

I had heard a lot of good things from our youth coach Dermot Giltinan about Chris and since he graduated into the senior squad at the beginning of last season I have seen for myself his great attitude and willingness to learn from senior players.

Chris is a popular member of the squad and his great sporting attitude is the perfect example to are other up and coming young players.

It is hoped Chris will form a major part of our side for coming season particularly with the challenge of competing in Leinster Division 2, a tough Irish Cup tie away to Civil Service in Belfast and also in local Munster competitions.

One of the principal reasons for Cork County’s application to enter the Leinster league was to provide our talented younger players such as Chris with decent competitive cricket and a pathway to possible higher representative honours.

From what I know of him so far I am very confident he is up to the challenge. His eagerness to learn accompanied by his excellent fielding ability and natural eye for the ball all point towards a very promising cricketing career for Cork County, Munster and hopefully at Irish representative level in the not so distant future”.

Chris Banon- Profile

Date of Birth: 17/11/92

Place of Birth: Cork City

Club: Cork County CC

Bats: LHB, usually middle order

Bowls: a bit of medium pace (sometimes)


CP: When did you start to play cricket?

CB: When I went into first year in school.

CP: What sparked your interest in the game?

CB: My dad is from India so he got me interested in it originally. I watched it a little bit on TV and found it interesting and when I got the chance to try it out in school I got hooked on it.

CP: Favourite cricketer and why?

CB: Sachin Tendulkar. He is just a class act. His technique and timing is second to none and he is just a genius in the middle.

CP: Biggest influence and why?

CB: Without a doubt it has to be Dermot Giltinan. He was the one who really got me into the game and was the one who showed me how to bat. He taught me all the basics when I first started playing and hasn’t given up on me yet, and is still helping me to improve as a player.

CP: Ambitions for 2010?

CB: I would like to get more consistent with my batting and start getting more runs, and to keep improving.

CP: Ambitions beyond 2010?

CB: To just keep improving and getting better, and like most people to play for an Irish team would obviously be a dream come true.

CP: Proudest achievement to date?

CB: Winning a Munster Senior Cup was exceptional, but it would probably have to be getting runs in the inter-pros against Leinster last summer. It was just a great feeling and my best innings to date.

CP: Biggest disappointment to date?

CB: Losing the 2009 senior cup first round to Galway after winning the 2008 senior cup final the day before.

CP: Area looking to improve in 2010?

CB: My consistency. I would like to start getting more consistent with the bat and to stop finding different ways to get myself out.

CP: What else are you passionate about?

CB: Sport in general really, especially rugby and GAA.

CP: What other interests have you / what other sports do you play?

CB: I play rugby and GAA so they keep me busy when I’m not playing cricket.

CP: What could Irish cricket be doing (if anything) that it is not doing already to make the sport more popular?

CB: Just keep doing whatever it’s doing now. The sport’s popularity in Munster is at a high and the numbers of young players starting in Cork County is rising each year.

Liam Rooney in cooperation with Chris Banon

Copyright: Cover Point