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County cruise to Munster Senior Cup Final victory

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Cork County swept County Kerry aside to clinch the 2015 Munster Senior Cup in the refixed match at the Mardyke. The victory is their 4th Senior Cup in the last six years and helped make up for their unfortunate elimination in last season’s competition.

Bowling first the Leesiders were soon on top with openers Andy Wootton (5-20) and Junaid Amin (2-16) turning the screw on the Kerry top order who were soon on 21-5.

Wicket keeper Uddin was the only Kerryman to make it into double figures as the rest of the batting order failed to establish any partnerships and were eventually bowled out for just 60.

In response, Kerry made early inroads by taking the wickets of openers Russell and Durity but Hassett (31*) and Grobler (16*) steadied the ship and saw Cork County home with 8 wickets to spare.

Munster Senior Cup Final:

County Kerry 60 all out (Wootton 5-20, Amin 2-16, Cawley 2-18) lost to Cork County 63-2 (Hassett 31*) by 8 wickets at the Mardyke. scorecard

2015 Munster Senior Cup Winners

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Noel Cantwell – The International Cricketer

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Cork City Council to open the “Noel Cantwell Way” on the Mardyke in CorkOn the 13th March 2015, Cork City Council will commemorate the sporting career of Noel Cantwell by renaming one of the roads connecting the Mardyke with the Western Road “Noel Cantwell Way”.  This is close to where Noel and his brothers grew up and very close to the famous Cork County cricket ground on the Mardyke.

The achievements of Noel Cantwell’s soccer career are, of course, very well-known including achievements such as captaining West Ham United to the Division 2 title in 1958, captaining Manchester United in the FA Cup victory of 1963 and being part of the 1965 and 1967 Division 1 League winning sides.  He played 36 times for Ireland, scoring 14 goals in his career.  He later managed both Coventry City and Peterborough achieving success with both clubs.

This article concentrates on Noel Cantwell’s cricket career which is, perhaps, less known but no less successful although his opportunities on the cricket field were restricted by his soccer commitments.  Noel, and his brothers, Frank and Gerry, were one of a number of families who grew up in the late 1940s and 1950s in and around the Mardyke area and who became leading lights in Cork cricket focused on the Mardyke.  Others from this era included Jim and Tom Kiernan, Pat Dineen, Jim Fitzgerald, Con Odlum, Danny Duggan, Noel and Dermot Giltinan and Billy Bradley to name but a few.  The three Cantwell brothers played their club cricket with Cork Bohemians, played with Cork County in friendlies against Dublin, Northern Irish and English opposition and all three played for Munster in Interprovincial matches in this period.  Cork Bohemians were probably the dominant club side in Cork and Munster in this period winning the Senior League on six occasions in the 1950s.  Frank also played in the South v North fixture in 1952 which was effectively an Irish final trial but only Noel would go on to play international cricket for Ireland.

Noel Cantwell was a left handed bat and a right arm medium paced bowler.  Contemporary accounts describe him as being a fluent stroke maker and a brilliant fielder.  While Noel himself downplayed his ability as a bowler, he is noted as “having the habit of taking wickets at club level when most needed”.  Noel Cantwell played five times for Ireland in the period 1956 to 1959.  Of the relatively few matches played by Ireland in that period (generally three or four matches per year), quite a few were played in late August or September when his soccer commitments would have ruled him out of contention for selection.

Republic of Ireland captain Noel Cantwell and England captain Bobby Moore Noel Cantwell made his debut for Ireland in a three day match against Scotland which took place in Edinburgh from 30 June to 2 July 1956.  Ireland escaped with a draw after Scotland scored 411-6 declared in their first innings.  Ireland were bowled out for 276 and, after Scotland declared their second innings on 56 for 1, made 76 for 4 in their second innings having been set 191 to win.  Noel performed very capably with the bat scoring 31 in the first innings and was 17 not out in the second.  He also bowled his only spell for Ireland in the Scottish first innings bowling 2 overs for 13 runs and no wickets.  One of his teammates in that match was Ian Lewis who, although mainly associated with YMCA Dublin, played a number of seasons with Church of Ireland CC and Cork County in this period.

In 1957, West Indies played Ireland in a two day game in Belfast, which was drawn, and in a one day match in College Park on July 12.  Noel Cantwell came into the side for the one day match in which West Indies scored 140 for 7 before bowling out Ireland for 61.  Noel was out for a duck on this occasion – his only consolation being, perhaps, that he was caught by Frank Worrell and bowled by Gary Sobers – two of the greatest players in West Indian and World Cricket history.  Other West Indian greats who played in that match were Rohan Kanhai and Wes Hall.  Gary Sobers took 5 wickets for 43 in 18 overs in that match.

On 16/17 July 1958, Ireland played New Zealand in a two day match in Belfast.  Ireland scored 130 and 179 while New Zealand recorded a score of 208 in their only innings with the match ending in a draw.  Noel top-scored for Ireland in the first innings with 40 runs but was out for 7 in the second innings.  On 18 July, the sides met again in College Park.  New Zealand scored 182 for 4 in reply to which Ireland scored 121 for 3 in yet another draw.  Noel was run out for 6.

In reporting on the New Zealand two day match, Wisden stated that “Ireland were saved from collapse by Cantwell who, after showing very sound defence, hit boldly”.  After that game, Noel was offered professional terms by Essex but he declined on the basis that he did not want to spend the whole year in England.  He obviously enjoyed his summer time and cricket in Cork.

Noel’s final game for Ireland was against Lancashire on 1/2 July 1959.  Ireland scored 146 and 75 while Lancashire scored 204 for 8 and 18 for 1 to win by 9 wickets.  Noel scored 25 and 11 in the game batting at Number 4.  Probably the best known player in the Lancashire side was Ken Higgs, the future test seamer, who bowled 11 overs in the match for 6 runs and 1 wicket.

Noel Cantwell’s career batting figures for Ireland were thus:

Innings 8
Not Out 1
Highest 40
Total Runs 137
Average 19.57


He also held three catches in the matches in which he played.

Noel Cantwell was undoubtedly one of the best Irish soccer players in Irish sporting history.  He was also certainly one of the best cricketers to come from Cork.  Had his sporting career progressed differently and he had concentrated on cricket as his first sport, he might have blazed a trail for the Ed Joyces and Eoin Morgans of our time and have been a star player in English County cricket and Test cricket.

David Griffin
February 2015

Stephan Grobler to return as overseas professional in 2015

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Stephan Grobler returns for 2015Cork County are delighted to announce that South African Stephan Grobler has agreed to return as overseas professional for the 2015 season. Stephan was an instrumental part of the Club’s successful campaign last summer culminating in promotion to Cricket Leinster Division 1 scoring 675 runs at an average of  67.50 including two centuries. Recognised as one of the leading overseas professionals in the Leinster competitions, Stephan excelled with both bat and ball as formed part of a formidable bowling attack with the likes of Morne Bauer, Andy Wootton and Abubakar Saddique.

The Cork County top order also proved to be a dominant force with Grobler forming important partnerships with Ross Durity and Morne Bauer in particular. The Club had no hesitation in offering new terms for the 2015 season on completion of last summer’s agreement and are delighted to welcoming Stephan back to the Mardyke to lead County into the challenging season ahead which sees the Club competing in the most competitive league competition in the country. Stephan also made a significant contribution off the field by assisting Ross Durity by overseeing the development of the Club’s youth system. #CCCC #WelcomeBackSteph


Groundsman Matt Reed featured in Aug/Sept issue of Pitchside Magazine

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Cork County’s very own resident Kiwi and groundsman, Matt Reed, was interviewed for the August/September issue of Pitchcare Magazine. It’s well worth a read with Matt discussing his ongoing work and ambitions for the Mardyke: “With cricket growing strongly in Ireland, and especially with Cricket Ireland pushing towards a first class structure, my club aims to be the first choice venue for matches held outside of Dublin and the North.” #CCCC


Full issue available at: http://media-cdn.pitchcare.com/O/uJFldo5m7DzblM1anFIz.pdf

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)

Weekend Preview – 19th/20th July

Friday, July 18th, 2014

It promises to be a busy weekend for Cork County with all three teams in Munster League action.

On Saturday the 2nd team make the short trip up Airport Hill to take on Cork Harlequins 2. County will be looking to avenge their Junior Cup exit last month however ‘Quins are sure to be a stern test, with many 1st team players also turning out for the 2nd team this season. County go into the game as underdogs but the recent win over UCC will have given them confidence and an upset could be on the cards.

On Sunday Cork County 3 travel to East Cork for their Division 3 clash with Midleton 2. Billy Quinn’s side are in good form having come through two close games in the last week and their T20 victory over Midleton on Wednesday evening is sure to have a bearing on the outcome of this league match. County welcome back Brian Kelleher who they will be hoping will continue his fantastic form with the ball.

Also on Sunday, Cork County 1 host Clare at the Mardyke. This crucial game in Division 1 could well be a league decider and County have named a strong team for the clash at the home of Munster cricket. Bilal Ahmed, a former County player returns to the Mardyke for the third time this season and will hope to have a positive impact on the outcome of this game. However, the County team he’ll face will be far different from that three weeks ago with a number of first teamers returning to the side after the shock home defeat in the previous fixture against the Clare men.


Division 2: Cork Harlequins 2 v Cork County 2 (Farmers Cross)


Division 1: Cork County 1 v Clare 1 (Mardyke)

Division 3: Midleton 3 v Cork County 3 (Midleton RFC)

Best of luck to all the County sides.

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.

MCU Division 1: Cork County v Cork Harlequins (9th June)

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Cork County take on Cork Harlequins in Munster League Division 1 tomorrow in cricket’s form of a Cork local derby at the Mardyke. The match, which starts at 12.00 p.m., sees the two top sides face each other for the first time this season.

Cork County have had a great start to the season having won 5 from 5 in Leinster League Division 3 and also winning their opening match of the Munster league campaign against Limerick Raiders. Though its still early days, these fixtures usually have a big bearing on where the silverware ends up at the end of the Munster cricket season.

Due to Cork County’s strong start to the season, Harlequins have had to draft in two experienced players from Dublin in the form of Irish International John Mooney and Stephen Moreton for the game. County will have a good blend of youth and experience with the likes of Morne Bauer, Ross Durity, Ian Coleman and Oliver Creedon which has served them well so far this campaign.

For those interested, the match starts at 12.00 p.m. at the Mardyke and with the weather set fair it should be a great day out. All are welcome to pop in with no admission fee required.

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.

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