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Big Red Bench preview Cork County’s season ahead

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Ross Durity and Rob Duggan of Cork County joined Ruairi O’Hagan on RedFM’s Big Red Bench to preview the season ahead as the Club open their Leinster Division 1 campaign at home to YMCA on Saturday, 2nd May. The Club’s Munster Senior Shield campaign begins at the Mardyke on Saturday, 25th April, against Co. Clare.

Celebrating 140 years of cricketing heritage at Cork County

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The year is 1874; in France impressionism is first born, in America the Texas-Indian wars continue to rage, while elsewhere Ernest Shackleton, Robert Frost and Harry Houdini are born.

WG Grace 1883In Cork a similar birth is underway, but this is of a sporting variety. On November 25th 1873, over 140 years ago, ten years before the foundation of the GAA and over a century before the establishment of Cork City FC, a Cork legend himself Mr. W.H Sharman Crawford sent a letter to a list of those interested, calling on the creation of a cricket club which would encompass both city and county. Previous to that, Cork Cricket Club, established in 1849, had been providing the game to those in the city, but a huge number from outside Munster’s capital were unable to pick up a bat and ball competitively. The letter informed those that Crawford, along with two associates Anderson Cooper and Thomas Hewitt, were to ‘form a new Cricket club, which would be a credit to both the County and the City’. Life (a once off payment of £10), playing (£2 yearly) and non-playing (£1 yearly) memberships were available, with the funds dedicated to the building of a new pavilion, leasing the Mardyke grounds, and the payment of a professional bowler.

The Earl of Cork, the Earl of Bandon, Crawford himself and Richard Beamish were amongst those on the list of initial life members, and its president George Colthurst was the first of a long line of Presidents from the Colthurst family (With each subsequent president until 1954 a member of said clan), who formed the backbone of the original club along with the Beamish family.

Cork Cricket team from 1930sThe game was flourishing pre-war, with clubs all over the county and province, however it was Cork County who were the big name in the South, and regularly hosted teams from Dublin such as Trinity (Ireland’s oldest club, with earliest references dated 1835), Phoenix, Leinster and Clontarf. In 1909 a senior cricket league was established so that the local sides around Munster could pit their wits against each other. Its popularity and participation was the equivalent to that of football in the modern day, and townland teams from Mallow to Bandon, Buttevant to Midleton could face off against each other, even as far as Limerick! A year later Cork County CC became affiliated with the Irish Cricket Union, and thus, with no other members in the South, governed cricket in Munster, forty-seven years before the establishment of the Munster Cricket Union.

The first World War from 1914 to 1918 saw the club struggle, but an article by Cyril O’Donnell in Cork County’s Centenary Book pays homage to then secretary Raymond Savage for securing the club’s future into the inter-war years. Post-war saw a number of touring sides visit Cork including the English Counties XI, who were defeated at the Mardyke by the home side! Well-known sides like Oxford Authentics, Cambridge Peterhouse, The Royal Engineers and Australian Old Collegians visited Cork to play at what remains one of the most scenic cricket pitches in Ireland, or indeed the United Kingdom.

The banning of foreign sports by the GAA in 1901 did little to help the game, and as the GAA rose to prominence on the wave of a republican revolution during the 1910s and 1920s, so too did the garrison game of cricket suffer. However, its subsequent release and the increased availability of cricket to all has now meant many members of County’s teams from first to third are dual-stars in their own right, playing both GAA and cricket all-year ‘round.

The Wanderers Cricket Club who later merged with Bohemians to form Cork CountyThe club’s most difficult days came during the Second World War, in which cricket was limited to local leagues and junior cricket. With times so tough County were restricted to playing within Cork, while the annual interprovincial between Munster and Leinster was the only game involving a side from outside the Rebel County.

In 1970 the club bought the Mardyke grounds for £20,000 and a complete re-development was undertaken to make the ground one of the best in the country, while a year later two squash courts were added, and still prove hugely popular given their convenient location. In 1974 the club celebrated its centenary year, with the celebratory week opened by than Irish President Erskine Childers.

The 70s and 80s saw top sides from across the water play in the Mardyke, with club memberships, and in particular junior memberships continually rising on the back of the foreign games ban lifting in 1971. This allowed people young and old who were previously unable sample the different sports now available to them, and the game down the ‘Dyke flourished.

In 2001, the decision was made to form a cricket franchise from Munster, which would compete in the Leinster Leagues. The Munster Reds competed in the top Leinster league for a time but when they disbanded in 2008 the door was opened for Cork County to take their place, and thus establish themselves as one of the best clubs in Ireland.

This year the club is on course for back-to-back promotions, which would see them playing in the top division in Leinster, not as a conglomerate franchise, but under the one name, Cork County. On Tuesday August 20th they face a President’s selection to mark their 140 year history, and will always be a historic part of the Cork sporting fabric.

Celebrating 140 years of cricket in Cork

The Mardyke Cricket Grounds

Undoubtedly one of the most scenic grounds in the country, cricket has been played at the Mardyke since 1850, with the predecessor to Cork County, Cork Cricket Club providing top-class cricket for the citizens of Cork City

In total eleven games involving the senior Irish team have been played down the ‘Dyke, fittingly it was cricket’s best-known personality W.G Grace who took the field first to bat at a Cork international match. The game, a challenge match between Ireland and London County in 1903, was Ireland’s only game that year, and was taken with the utmost of seriousness with trials held in the weeks previous.

Grace, then 54, got out for one in the first innings, and followed that up with a relatively poor 24 as the two sides played out an entertaining draw. Excusing his failings the great man proclaimed “How could anyone be expected to play cricket in such beautiful surroundings”, an alibi that’s hard to contest!

The following year the Irish defeated a strong South African side who would go on to beat England in Lords on the same tour and secure test status three years later. The 30th May 1947 saw the inaugural first-class game to be played down the ‘Dyke, with Ireland hosting Scotland in a tie which was unfortunately washed out on the second day and ended a draw

A draw was again the outcome fourteen years later, this time in a three day game which is remembered as one of the most tedious in Irish cricketing history. It took 70 overs for Scotland to make 166 all out and the Irish chase wasn’t much faster, a draw was obvious from the end of the first day, in a game which failed to ignite the public’s imagination.

Nine years later Denmark were the visitors in a match which saw Pat Dineen became the first Corkman to play for Ireland in Cork since 1930, despite Ireland’s hard work the visitors were always going to settle for a draw after a washed out first day. A year later Ireland secured their biggest win since 1936 with a 260 run victory over Wales in the first of a continuing series.

Cork County themselves have hosted some of the biggest names in cricket at the Mardyke. Players like Nick Knight, Nasser Hussain and Graham Gooch have all graced the middle at the ‘Dyke, and experienced the beautiful surroundings Grace once raved about.

Cork County’s Internationals

Despite the perception that Munster cricket is far inferior to that in Leinster and up North, Cork County Cricket club has still contributed thirty-two players to the Irish senior international team, whether playing with the club at the time, or progressing from the fields of the Mardyke; and countless others to underage teams over the past 140 years.

Sir Tim Carew O’Brien is one of the first, and most successful to be associated with Cork County. Sir O’Brien actually played for England in two test matches in the 1880s during a hugely successful first-class career of 266 games, and was capped a further seven times by Ireland in 1907, scoring an Irish record against England of 167, a record which remained until 1973.

Cork County's Irish International all-rounder John PowerThe first man from County to represent the Emerald Isle was Sir George St. John Colthurst, capped twice in 1879, and who would later go on to be President of the club from 1878-1926 before his son Sir George Oliver Colthurst took the reigns from 1926-1954, while Pascoe William Grenfell Stuart played for his country five times between 1892 and 1904, a Cork County regular Stuart actually captained Munster during an interprovincial in 1931 at the tender age of 62!

Pat Dineen is the most capped Cork County player, with 23. Dineen, who subsequently chaired the likes of Bord Gais, Irish Steel and Bord na Mona, was a member of the Irish side which infamously bowled out the West Indies for 25 at Sion Mills on July 2nd 1969, securing what was and continues to be one of the all time sporting upsets.

The most famous Irish international in Cork circles is the sporting icon Noel Cantwell. Known more for his footballing ability (A lengthy career with two of England’s most successful clubs Manchester United and West Ham, plus 36 Irish caps), the Presentation College graduate was also a dab hand with the bat and ball. A left-hand bat and right arm medium bowler, Cantwell played five times for Ireland, before football began to take over.

One of Cork County’s finest and most respected all-rounders of the modern era, John Power, earned a deserved international call up in a 3-day match against the MCC in 1994 (scorecard) and was unlucky not to have added to that cap throughout the remainder of his career. County’s last international Ted Williamson’s cap came in 1999 for a game against the MCC, while he has also played for the Marylebone Cricket Club against Ireland ‘A’ at Lords. He has since played a part in coaching the likes of Irish underage internationals Ruadhan Jones and Rory O’Keeffe from an early age, showing that Munster cricket still has an awful lot to contribute to the international set up.

The current Cork County side… a continuation of the legacy

The Cork County team which played Phoenix at the Mardyke in June, 2014.While Cork County is inevitably steeped in history, the current side are living up to their predecessors. Led by Club’s Captain, Ross Durity, and overseas professional and former Gauteng batsman Stephan Groblar, County have been boosted in the last few years, picking up young talents like Anthony O’Reilly and the big-hitting Morne Bauer from Cork Harlequins.

Following the collapse of the Munster Reds franchise in 2008, the door was opened for County to enter as a separate club. After winning the Division 3 last year, Cork County are now eyeing up successive promotions, this time to the top Leinster Division, which would be quite a significant achievement for both Cork County and cricket in Munster.

2013 was a bumper year for the firsts, winning the Munster Senior Cup and League on top of the Division three win. This year looks set to be the same, with only four games left of the season remaining the Mardyke side have only lost one game, with a key showdown against first-placed Malahide on Sunday August 17th.

It would appear the Club is in safe hands with the likes of Chris Banon, Tim Clifford, Ian Coleman, Chris van Heerden, Aidan Kelleher and his younger brother Brian progressing through the ranks.

Kevin Galvin
(courtesy of the Evening Echo)

Cork County featured in Club Corner of The Slog Sweep

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

In Episode 11 of The Slog Sweep, Cork County’s very own Club Treasurer and MCU President, David Griffin, is welcomed to ‘Club Corner’ and chats at length to presenters George Hook and Mark Robinson about the club’s successful season so far and plans for the 140th Anniversary match between an Irish President’s XI and a Cork County XI on the 20th August.

Fast forward to the 48 minute mark to listen to David’s interview in Episode 11:

2013 Annual Dinner & Awards Night – 15th November

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

The 2013 Cork County Cricket Club Annual Dinner & Awards Night will take place on Friday, 15th November, in the old Pavilion at the Mardyke. Following a successful season for cricket in Cork County both on and off the field, its time to celebrate and acknowledge those members who excelled throughout the summer while also looking ahead to 2014.

Ticket are priced at €20 per person for a two course meal plus Tea or Coffee. The menu will also include a Vegetarian or Halal option.

Player Achievement Awards

The Annual Player Awards will also be presented on the night with Senior, Junior and Minor Awards to be handed out by the respective captains and, of course, the eagerly anticipated Player of the Year will be named with a number of potential recipients including Morne Bauer, Junaid Amin, Sid Joshi, Andy Wootton, Abubakar Saddique and Ian Coleman to name just a few.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased from either of the following:

As numbers are limited to 60, early bookings are advised. Payment will be collected on the night.

County claim Division 1 & Senior Cup Double

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Cork County Cricket Club crestCork County claimed yet another Senior League and Cup double and remain unbeaten in all Munster Senior competitions. County retained their Senior Cup crown as they swept aside local rivals Cork Harlequins by 5 wickets at the Mardyke thanks to a dominant bowling display and also to a fantastic knock of 64 not out by Ross Durity. Ross duly went on to claim the Man of the Match honour and was a fitting recipient following the passing of his father earlier in the season.

County deservedly claimed the Division 1 crown with a 3 wicket victory once again over Cork Harlequins at Farmers Cross. The victory meant that the Leesiders had won 8 from 8 and were out of reach of the chasing pack. The victory was all the sweeter following the debacle of losing out on the title last season due to some bewildering competition regulations which were addressed during the off season.

2013 Munster Senior Cup Winners

Cork County also claimed promotion back to Leinster Division 2 following an emphatic 8 wicket victory over close rivals Clontarf 2 at the Mardyke. Once again the bowling unit put in a dominant display of disciplined line and length which the Tarf men were unable to handle. The batting unit knocked off the runs with relative ease with the loss of just two wickets. County now await the date for their re-fixed match away to YMCA 2 where a win would clinch the Division 3 title and complete a historic treble for the Club.

Bauer leads County to a fabulous run chase at The Hills

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Cork County travelled to Milverton, home of The Hills Cricket Club, for their third Leinster Division 3 fixture of the season in good form having recorded two victories over Pembroke 2 and Malahide 2, respectably. It was also a sombre occasion following the passing of the Munster Cricket Union President and Club member Leo Durity. To honour his memory, each of the Cork County players wore black armbands and both teams observed a minute’s silence.

With the weather set fair and a good wicket anticipated, it promised to be a fascinating clash and the spectators were certainly not disappointed. Having lost the toss, Cork County were asked to bowl by The Hills Captain Joe Clinton on a very placid looking Milverton wicket. From an early stage it appeared evident that chances must be taken if a big total was to be avoided. The Hills 2 openers Raza and Akhtar attempted to inject some early pace into their sides’ innings despite some tight bowling from Andy Wootton and Morne Bauer. McLoughlin followed at 3 and complied a composed innings of 63 with some nice strokes down the ground. He had some good support from the skipper Clinton while N. Akhter and Hynes also chipped in with valuable contributions. The home side finished on 288-6.

County put down a number of costly opportunities during The Hills innings but in general bowled reasonably well. As any experienced bowler will know, there is very little margin for error on the placid Milverton wickets and so any straying in line or length was punished. Bauer finished with 0-44 and Wotton 1-53 off their 10 while Abubakar Saddique finished with impressive figures of 2-42 and Ahmed Bilal with 2-58. Steve Smith took three excellent catches on the boundary while Tim Clifford took an excellent catch diving low to his left at mid-off.

In response, County needed a solid start from openers Brad Morgan and Steve Smith as they sought to chase down the 289 runs required. Smith was knicked off early by W. Akhtar and was replaced by Duggan who soon departed after misreading the length of a straight delivery from the same bowler. Morne Bauer, after 94 against Malahide, joined Morgan at the crease and both batsmen showed great composure and skill to keep the Leesiders close to the required rate. Morgan’s fine innings finished as he departed for 42 after misjudging a delivery from Moore and was adjudged LBW.

Matt Reed joined the fluent Bauer at the crease and aimed to get his partner on strike as often as possible but some tight bowling from The Hills attack restricted his ability to so during the middle period of the Cork County innings. Both batsmen showed great composure in managing their way through this session and soon got back into their stride with Bauer, in particular, freeing his arms and dispatching the home side’s attack to all sides of the Milverton ground. Bauer treated the spectators to some fantastic clean hitting as he eased County up to the required run rate as the twilight set in. Abubakar Saddique joined Bauer, after Reed was clean bowled, and his speedy 23 off 16 balls took the pressure off Bauer and allowed the South African to really take the game away from the home side.

Andy Wootton replaced Saddique and duly struck the first delivery he faced over the leg-side boundary for 6 With just 21 runs required from 6 overs, Bauer was in complete control and with 3 runs needed he calmly punched a straight drive down the ground to finish on 142 not out and give County the 289 runs required and complete a fabulous run chase. Next up is a double header against YMCA in both the league and the Leinster Senior 2 Cup at the Mardyke.

The full match scorecard is available by clicking here.

The full match gallery is available by clicking here.

Bauer shines as County inflict a heavy defeat on Malahide II

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Cork County followed up their tight opening round win away to Pembroke II with a thoroughly impressive 180 run win over Malahide II at the Mardyke. Determined to set a marker for the remainder of the season, the home side capitalised on a steady start to lay the perfect platform for Morne Bauer to display his full repertoire of strokes as he punished the Malahide II attack to all sides of the Mardyke. Morne finished on 94 with significant contributions also from Mark Fallon (56) and Captain Andy Wootton (31) leaving the home side on 263 all out from their 50 overs.

In response Malahide II were immediately on the back foot at 16-5 following a devastating opening spell of fast bowling from Bauer who blew away their top order ably supported by the tight line and length of Andy Wootton (1-13). Brown and Gallagher provided some resistance in the middle order for Dubliners but Abubakar Saddique (2-28) and Ahmed Bilal (2-21) combined to snuff out any comeback. Fittingly, Bauer finished off the match by taking the final wicket of Richardson, superbly caught by young wicket keeper Ian Coleman, which also gave him his fifer and the excellent figures of 5-13.

LCU Division 3

Team P W L NR BP Pts
1 Cork County 2 2 0 0 5 45
2 North County 2 2 1 1 0 6 26
3 Clontarf 2 1 1 0 0 5 25
4 Malahide 2 2 1 1 0 2 22
5 Laois 2 1 1 0 1 21
6 The Hills 2 2 0 2 0 6 6
7 Pembroke 2 1 0 1 0 5 5
8 YMCA 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

County cruise to opening victory in MCU Division 1 campaign

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Cork County opened their Division 1 campaign with a thoroughly convincing 9 wicket victory over Limerick Raiders at the Mardyke. Having been denied a third league title in as many years last season despite having lost just one Munster fixture throughout their campaign, the Leesiders are in determined mood to get their competitive season off to a good start as they aim to wrestled back the league title.

Following some overnight rain the match was forced onto the artificial wicket and having won the toss the home Captain, Andy Wootton, had no hesitation in putting the Limerick side in to bat. Backing his strong bowling attack which included Morne Bauer, Abubakar Saddique and Siddharth Joshi along with new arrival Ahmed Bilal and of course not forgetting his own ‘dibbly dobblers’, he was confident of restricting the away side.

The home side were soon on the front foot with the Captain restricting the attach mind Limerick side with consecutive maidens while Bilal tore through their top order with some devastating fast bowling first up. Wootton finishing with 1-0 from his six over spell and was replaced by Saddique (1-10) at the River end. Bauer replaced Bilal (2-14) from the Mardyke end and offered no let up for the Limerick batsmen taking the opener Aftab’s middle stump out of the ground. Joshi replaced Bauer (1-16) and with spin from both ends the innings soon petered out with the Corkonian Indian finishing with fantastic figures of 5-10 leaving County with a target of just 54 to chase down.

Brad Morgan and Ross Durity opened the Cork County reply, both of whom used the chance to get their eye in before their first Leinster league fixture away to Pembroke 2 next Sunday. Due to the variable bounce of the mat, which is being replaced this week, both openers had to concentrate hard and play each ball on its merits. Going back to a delivery just short of a length which kept decidedly low, Durity was bowled with the score on just 15. Robert Duggan joined Morgan at the crease and both set on extinguishing any hope for the Limerick men with Morgan (22*) in particular playing some lovely drives through the covers. County reached their target in the 15th over with the loss of just one wicket to complete a comprehensive and confidence boosting win to get their competitive season off to the first start.

MCU Division 1:

Limerick Raiders 53 all out (Joshi 5-10, Bilal 2-14)
Cork County 54-1 (Morgan 22*)
Cork County won by 9 wickets at the Mardyke.

Next match:

LCU Division 3: Pembroke II v Cork County at Sydney Parade (12.30 p.m.)

North Down T20 Squad Announced

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Keep Calm and Support CountyThe Cork County squad that will travel to Belfast to take part in the O’Neill’s All-Ireland T20 Tournament is as follows:

  1. Andy Wootton*
  2. Morne Bauer
  3. Robert Duggan
  4. Sidhz Joshi
  5. Matt Reed
  6. Ahmed Bilal
  7. Brad Morgan
  8. Ian Coleman+
  9. Abubakar Saddique
  10. Steve Smith
  11. Mirza Baig

The squad will be departing by coach from the Rochestown Park Hotel at 3.30 p.m. on Friday. Accommodation on both Friday and Saturday nights will be provided by the La Mon Hotel & Country Club.

Cork County will face Leinster Champions YMCA, NCU Champions and hosts North Down as well as North West Champions Donemana in a round-robin T20 pre-season tournament.

Stay up-to-date with scores and results via @Cork_CountyCC on Twitter. The Tournament programme is available to download by clicking here.

The monthly Inside Edge Cine Club starts on the 28th February

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Following the success of the recent screening of The Last Stand, we are delighted to announce that the Mardyke will be hosting the Inside EDGE CINE CLUB on the last Thursday of every month to help showcase local film making talent. It will be great chance to meet new people as well as network and exchange ideas in friendly surroundings. The film club is the brainchild of director Conor Dawane who directed the recent short film entitled The Last Round which was showcased at the Mardyke. Conor also featured as an actor in the film Strength and Honour in 2007.

Admission each month is free and film submissions are also free of charge. For further details contact the Club on +353 (0)21 4272569 or corkcountycc@gmail.com.

Inside Edge Cine Club at Cork County Cricket Club on the Mardyke