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Cork County 2 cruise to 100 run opening win in Division 1

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

The Cork County 2 side that faced Cork Harlequins 2 at Farmers Cross on Saturday came out victorious with a 100 run win in fabulous summer conditions.

Cork County batted first with Mubeen Jutt displaying some good hitting with 64 off 45 balls and then Scot Jeffers pushing on and finishing out the innings with 94, setting Harlequins a target of 258 to chase.

A much better collective bowling effort saw Sean Cawley (1-11 from 4) and Saleem Mir (2-14 from 7) lead the way, then followed by John Power (2-38 from 6), Brian Kelleher (1-22 from 4) and Kevin O’Sullivan (1-24 from 4).

Excellent performance by all. ‪#‎WeAreCounty‬

Kelleher the star as Cork County secure Cork T20 Cup

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Cork County A made the short trip up Airport Hill to Farmers Cross for the final of the Cork T20 Cup on Friday evening. A youthful Cork County team had beaten UCC in the semi final while opponents Cork Harlequins had overcome Cork County B to reach the decider.

Quins won the toss and chose to have a bat, eager to set a score before the forecasted rain arrived. Alas, it was not to be and after just 12 deliveries heavy rain swept across Farmers Cross and forced the players off. Aside from two boundaries and Junaid Ayub falling LBW to Kevin O’Sullivan those twelve deliveries were uneventful.

The victorious Cork County team which defeated Cork Harlequins in the Cork T20 Cup

By the time the rain abated the match was reduced to fifteen overs per side with a maximum of three overs per bowler. The hosts wasted no time in upping the run rate, going at almost 11 runs per over until Zuhair Shah holed out to Kevin O’Sullivan at long on off the bowling of Scot Jeffers.

Andrew Whittaker and Andrew O’Reilly continued to add to the score and O’Reilly reached a well-made fifty in the eleventh over despite the best efforts of County bowlers Aidan Kelleher, Brian Kelleher and Barry O’Sullivan. He added another twenty four runs before Ryan O’Connell took a stunning catch at deep mid-wicket to end O’Reilly’s innings.

Aidan Kelleher leaves the field following his unbeaten 92Amaan Mehraj and Andy Whittaker added six more runs until a direct hit from Aidan Kelleher at mid-wicket saw Mehraj run out off the very last ball of the innings. The home side had reached 155-4 from their fifteen allocated overs and despite the fact that one boundary was just 25 metres from the artificial wicket County were very much underdogs at the innings break.

No one could have scripted what came next however. Aidan Kelleher and Peter Barlow opened the batting for County and took an incredible 114 runs from the first seven overs, Kelleher bringing up a magnificent half century in the process with a leg glance. The youngster who has captained Munster at Under 15 level smashed five maximums in the first seven overs to leave County in an extremely strong position with just 42 more runs required for victory.

Peter Barlow, having made a fluent 23 was stumped off Junaid Ayub, but his replacement Scot Jeffers flicked his second ball over fine leg for six to keep the visitors’ momentum going. At the other end Kelleher, who also captained his school side PBC in last year’s Galty Cup demolition by CBC continued to take the attack to the ‘Quins bowlers and it was fitting that he finished the game by flicking a Greg Higgins full toss through mid-wicket, to hand Cork County a 9 wicket win and the inaugural Cork T20 Cup trophy.

During the post-match presentation tournament organiser and President of the MCU, David Griffin thanked all the players who took part in the competition and expressed his desire to see the competition continue to run in coming seasons. Kevin O’Sullivan spoke on behalf of Cork County and expressed his thanks to Mr. Griffin for taking the time to organise such a fantastic competition as well as thanking Cork Harlequins for their hospitality.


Date and venue of Cork T20 Cup Final announced

Monday, July 28th, 2014

MCU logoThe final of the inaugural Cork T20 Cup will take place at Farmer’s Cross on Friday August 1st with a 6pm start time.

Cork County A and Cork Harlequins will contest the final and David Griffin, President of the Munster Cricket Union and the tournament referee will be on hand to present the trophy to the winning side.

Kelleher brothers star as County defeat Harlequins in Divsion 3

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Cork Harlequins 3 were the visitors to the Mardyke on Sunday July 27th. In sunny, humid conditions Cork County won the toss and elected to bat. Paul McDowell and Abdul Younus opened the batting for County but Younus was back in the pavilion inside two overs, skying to Cormac McCarthy at point off the bowling of Chris Morris.

Peter Barlow soon followed, bowled by Zuhair Shah to leave County in a precarious position at 23-2. Aidan Kelleher joined McDowell and immediately upped the run rate, pulling first Chris Morris and then Alex Deane for several boundaries through mid-wicket.
The fluent strokeplay of Kelleher combined with a sizeable amount of extras helped County to 96-2 from 22 overs when Paul McDowell was bowled attempting to cover drive.

County’s momentum faltered slightly as Billy Quinn also fell victim to a fuller delivery, the home side’s captain lobbing one to cover for 5. Kevin O’Sullivan joined Kelleher who continued to take the attack to the away side’s bowlers with a series of off-side boundaries. Three boundaries came from the 30th over, two to O’Sullivan and one to Kelleher before the latter finally fell for a brilliantly made 70 out of 163-5.

James McCarthy joined O’Sullivan with ten overs remaining in the innings but soon fell to the off-spin of Nintini. Chris Van Heerden came to the crease and together with O’Sullivan put on a quickfire partnership of 28 before O’Sullivan was caught and bowled by Nintini for 26 out of 176-7.

Narsa Renjarla and Van Heerden put on 17 before Renjarla was stumped off the final ball of the innings. The hosts had set a daunting target of 194 to win and when Chris Morris was run out off the third ball of the innings it came as no surprise to see ‘Quins come out all guns blazing.

Alex Deane and Greg Higgins took the score to 44-1 from just four overs when Deane pulled straight to Billy Quinn at square-leg. Joe O’Mahony joined Higgins at the crease but could only watch on as his partner holed out to long on off the bowling of Brian Kelleher.

Zuhair Shah cover drove Van Heerden to the rope and rotated the strike well with O’Mahony to put the away side in the ascendancy. ‘Quins were still ahead of the required rate but when Shah was excellently caught by James McCarthy at backward point, the momentum looked to be shifting the home side’s way. So it proved as Aidan Kelleher had Joe O’Mahony caught behind immediately after drinks before Kevin O’Sullivan and Brian Kelleher (2) picked up three wickets for sixteen runs to leave Cork County on the brink of victory.

They did not have long to wait as Chris Van Heerden bowled Nintini round his legs to complete a comprehensive 82 run victory for the home side, a victory which gives Billy Quinn’s side momentum going into the final portion of the season.

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.

All-Rounder Anthony O’Reilly joins Cork County

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Anthony O'Reilly joins Cork CountyCork County Cricket Club wish to extend a warm welcome to all-rounder Anthony O’Reilly following his decision to join us from neighbours Cork Harlequins ahead of the 2014 season. Anthony, otherwise known as Anto, will be a welcome addition to Ross Durity’s Cork County squad who will once again be competing in both Munster and Leinster competitions as well as the Irish Senior Cup during the coming season. The all-rounder bowls at a fast-medium pace with the ability to provide some big hitting power in the lower order and is considered one of the top fielders in the Munster game.

Cork County Club Captain, Ross Durity, greeted the news by stating that “Anthony is an exciting prospect who’s talent will be allowed to full flourish down at the Mardyke with the assistance of Senior players such as Morne Bauer, Abubakar Saddique, Andy Wootton, Robert Duggan and myself will no doubt improve his ability”

Anthony O'Reilly in action for Cork Harlequins in the Irish Senior Cup last season

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.

Cork County U-14’s defeat Cork Harlequins by 29 runs

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Cork County Cricket Club crestCork County captained by Brian Kelleher took on local rivals Cork Harlequins in the U-14 Munster League at the Mardyke last Saturday morning with the home side inflicting a 29 run defeat on the boys from Farmers Cross.

Having elected to bat Cork County finished on 76-5 after their 20 overs with Zack Morgan, younger brother of first team player Brad, top scoring with 25*. In reply, Cork Harlequins never managed to cope with the excellent dual seam attack of the promising Haris Khan (2-19) and Chris Van Heerden (2-10) and were eventually all out for just 47. A notable innings for Cork Harlequins side came from young Diarmuid Carey with 14.

The Cork County side contained two new caps Oscar McCarthy and Alex Dineen, son of former Club Captain Peter Dineen, who both excelled in the field. The home side were expertly commandeered by Brian Kelleher who was heard to say to his teammates during the match “come on lads lets do this for Leo”, in reference the late Munster Cricket Union President Leo Durity.

MCU Leagues 2013 finalised

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The entries for this year’s Munster Cricket Union leagues have now been finalised.

Division 1

In Munster Division 1 the senior side will face Cork rivals Midleton 1sts and Harlequins 1sts aswell as games against Clare 1sts and Limerick Raiders. County 1sts will also have to travel to the Lydican in Galway to face the former Connacht champions. Unfortunately, both Clare and Raiders are still without a home ground and therefore the two ‘away’ games against those sides will instead be played at the Mardyke. Captain Andy Wootton will be hoping that the weather doesn’t affect this season as much as it did last year to give the senior side the best chance at league glory aswell as a chance at defending their MCU Senior Cup crown.

Cork County 1st XI
Cork Harlequins 1st XI
Midleton 1st XI
Galway C.C.
Clare C.C. 1st XI
Limerick Raiders

Division 2

In Division 2, Kevin O’ Sullivan’s side will face tough trips to newly promoted Limerick C.C. 1sts, Kerry 1sts and especially last year’s Minor Cup winners Nenagh. Closer to home the junior side will make the short journey to Farmer’s Cross to take on ‘Quins 2nds aswell as enjoying home advantage twice over Clare 2nds. County 2nds will also be hoping for a favourable home cup draw to maximise their chances of retaining their Junior Cup title, won last year with a 7 wicket victory over Limerick.

Cork County 2nd XI
Cork Harlequins 2nd XI
Kerry C.C. 1st XI
Clare C.C. 2nd XI
Limerick C.C. 1st XI

Division 3

In the third tier of Munster cricket, County 3rds, captained by Mort Kelleher will be looking to improve their league position from last year’s 4th place finish. They face a tough task in a competitive league, with games against ‘Quins 3rds, Thurles and Limerick C.C. all likely to be especially difficult encounters. The minor squad will also play Midleton 2nd XI and Kerry 2nd XI aswell as(hopefully) a decent cup run.

Cork County 3rd XI
Cork Harlequins 3rd XI
Limerick C.C. 2nd XI
Kerry C.C. 2nd XI
Midleton 2nd XI
Thurles C.C.