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Munster Junior Cup Quarter Final: Midleton 2 v Cork County 2

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Cork County Cricket Club crestCork County 2 took on Midleton 2 in the quarter final of the Junior Cup on Saturday 14th of July at Midleton RFC. County captain Niall Tynan won the toss and chose to bat first on the artificial wicket on what was an overcast day in East Cork.

Brad Morgan and Mirza Baig opened the batting for the visitors but the partnership was broken up quickly, Morgan (1) cutting straight to gully in the 3rd over.

Ian Coleman (22) joined Baig at the crease and both settled in well, playing some nice shots but only scoring the very occasional boundary due to the length of the grass on what is very much a rugby pitch.

The introduction of Cliff Sweetnam for Midleton led to a number of chances, Ian Coleman was dropped twice in the same over at short mid off. While both batsmen had been communicating well throughout the innings to this point a mix up between them led to Coleman being run out by half a pitch length.

Tim Clifford (16) and Mirza Baig put on another solid partnership before Clifford departed, Baig reaching his half century during the third wicket stand.

County skipper Niall Tynan came in at five but was given out shortly afterwards when a delivery which looked like it had hit the pad of the right hander was adjudged to have hit his bat and was caught behind.

Kevin Bray joined Baig at the crease with 12 overs remaining and with the score now at 168 the opening batsman began to hit more expansive shots off the bowling of Ken Higgs and Grant Sweetnam bringing up his century in the process to loud applause from his team-mates.

Bray was caught soon after however and Nicky Murphy came in at seven for the visitors and attempted to get Baig on strike as much as possible to continue to flow of runs for County.

The second run-out of the innings ended his spell at the crease and Kevin O’Sullivan(2) followed soon after, stumped off Ken Higgs. Justin McGurk hit a nice boundary over mid-on but was run out three deliveries later.
With just two balls left in the innings Ryan O’Connell joined Mirza Baig who was still at the crease and they managed to get the score to 216-8 off 45 overs, Baig finishing on 113*.

A mixture of patient batting and poor fielding(17 dropped catches in total) allowing Cork County to set a daunting total for the home side.

After the lunch break seamers Justin McGurk(2-13) and Hugh O’Brien(2-11) set to work attacking Midleton’s opening batsmen and McGurk made an early breakthrough leaving Midleton 4-1 off 3 overs.

Good bowling from both ends troubled the Midleton batsmen with O’Brien very unlucky not to get a wicket in his first spell, consistently beating the bat but failing to find the edge.

Leg-spinner Nicky Murphy replaced O’Brien and had the batsmen in all sorts of trouble picking up three quick wickets and leaving Midleton five down after 18 overs.

Meanwhile off-spinner Tim Clifford had replaced McGurk at the other end and while failing to pick up a wicket bowled extremely well making things very difficult for both batsmen.

Following his spell, fellow off-spinner Kevin O’Sullivan(2-12) bowled five overs up the hill, his second wicket leaving Midleton 8 wickets down.

Captain Niall Tynan bowled an accurate short spell of medium pace from the other end but it was Hugh O’Brien who picked up the last two wickets to give Cork County 2 a comprehensive 151 run victory and a place in the semi-final of the Junior Cup against Galway on Sunday 22nd of July with the venue yet to be confirmed.

Match Report: Cork County 3 v Co. Kerry 2

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Cork County Cricket Club crestCork County 3 took on County Kerry 2 in MCU Division 3 action on Sunday 8th of July at the Mardyke. After heavy rain midweek the ground required an early morning inspection but was deemed to be playable.

County captain James McCarthy won the toss and decided to bat first on the artificial wicket. Ian Coleman and Narsa Renjarla opened the batting for the Cork side but the partnership did not last long, Renjarla(0) caught at mid-wicket off the second ball of the opening over.

Peter Barlow joined Coleman and the crease and they began playing themselves in, taking singles off the bowling of Eddie Garzyniski (2-16) and Sean Rutland (2-8). A change of bowling however did for Barlow, bowled by Kerry captain Richard Rutland for just 2.

County needed someone to add some runs at 14-2 and County’s number 4 batsman James McCarthy (8) set to work taking quick singles with Coleman and pulling a loose delivery from Richard Rutland (1-19) to the square-leg boundary before being given out lbw off the bowling of Qasim (1-18).

Hugh O’Brien(15) came to the crease and looked in good touch with two fours to the short boundary while Ian Coleman also began to smash the ball around, the damp square preventing a number of well hit shots going for four.

Three bowling changes did nothing to stop the flow of runs and Coleman soon reached fifty to loud applause from the pavilion, his first half-century in Minor cricket. Kerry seamer Ian Rutland (1-13), slow bowler Dave Ramsey (0-12) and seamer James Oallman (0-19) tried in vain to break the partnership, which was eventually broken by Ron Kimber (2-15) when Ian Coleman (58) mistimed a shot through the leg-side and spooned one up in the air to mid-wicket.

County batsman Ravi (3) soon followed, deceived by the slow bowling of Kimber. County were now 111-5 and Kevin O’Sullivan joined O’Brien at the crease. Kerry were now on to their 8th bowler(they used 10 bowlers in total!) Niall Riaz but O’Sullivan and O’Brien (15) quickly moved the score to 136 with some quick running and good shots through the covers. Kevin O’Sullivan (13) departed, caught by Oallman at extra cover attempting another shot through the off side.

Two quick wickets by Kerry(Aidan Kelleher-5 and Justin McGurk-0) left County 141-9 when young Brian Kelleher joined Martin Keohane at the crease and both young batsmen held out well with Keohane taking a couple of quick twos and a single before he was eventually bowled by Sean Rutland for 5.

This left County 145 all out, 10 or 15 short of where they wanted to be at lunch but with a strong bowling line-up, confident they could come out with a victory.

Justin McGurk (1-9) and Hugh O’Brien (0-7) opened the bowling for County but initially had little success, with Kerry openers Qasim(5) and Riaz(14) settling down at the crease and playing some good defensive shots. McGurk however did make progress in his third over, knocking Riaz’s off-stump out of the ground.

Sean Rutland (11) joined Qasim at the crease but the partnership did not last long, County seamer Narsa Renjarla just clipping the top of off-stump with an in-swinger and taking out Kerry’s danger man in the process. Renjarla (1-10) and fellow seamer Ravi (0-12) restricted Kerry from scoring but could not get another wicket from their four over spells.

Left arm off-spinner Kevin O’Sullivan (4-7) replaced Ravi at the City End and had a caught behind appeal and an lbw appeal turned down in his first over. Aidan Kelleher (4-13) replaced Renjarla at the River End but was luckier in his first over, Sean Rutland edging to ‘keeper Ian Coleman for Kerry’s third wicket.

Kerry’s batsmen could not deal with the slow bowling of Kelleher and O’Sullivan and in his second over, the left arm spinner had Eddie Garzyniski (4) caught at deep square-leg.

Following a maiden by Kelleher, Kevin O’Sullivan had another wicket this time Dave Ramsey advancing down the wicket failed to pick the spin and was out stumped for 1.

James Oallman (0) was the next to go, bowled by Aidan Kelleher. Kerry were now in deep trouble and it was to get worse with Paul Finch (3) deceived by a quicker one and bowled and with the very next ball Ian Rutland(0) also bowled by Kevin O’Sullivan.

Darragh Lynch (0) was given out lbw first ball to fellow Munster Under 15 Aidan Kelleher and although Ron Kimber and Kerry skipper Richard Rutland held out for an over it was Cork County 3rds who came away with a 93 run victory after Rutland was bowled by Kelleher for the final wicket.

An excellent performance with the bat from Ian Coleman and four wickets apiece for Kevin O’Sullivan and Aidan Kelleher helping County 3rds to their fourth straight victory and third place in the league table.

MCU Division 3: Cork County 3 v Thurles 1 match report

Monday, June 25th, 2012

County 3rds took on Thurles in Division 3 on Saturday last. Thurles captain K.Marchbank won the toss and chose to bat first on a cold and showery day at the Mardyke. The Thurles skipper and fellow opener Jogash got to work quickly playing some nice shots to the leg side and moving the score to 12 before Marchbank(7) mistimed another shot through square-leg and lifted it straight back to the County bowler Narsa Renjarla(1-18) who took a good catch.

Renjarla and fellow opening bowler Chris Goncalves bowled well as usual but could not make another breakthrough as Thurles number 3 Sarath smashed his way to 18. After 4 over spells from the two seamers County captain James McCarthy brought slow-medium paced Aidan Kelleher, and left arm off-spinner Kevin O’Sullivan into the attack. The change of pace worked wonders for County and Sarath could not add to his total, lifting one up in the air behind square on the leg-side and watching in despair as wicketkeeper Scott McNamara took a magnificent diving catch to give Kelleher(2-5) the first of his two wickets.

Following a maiden from O’Sullivan’s first over Aidan Kelleher took his second wicket this time Jogash(7) directing one straight to James McCarthy at mid-wicket. The visitors were now struggling and things got worse for them when J.Marfield(3) attempted a pull shot off a quicker delivery by Kevin O’Sullivan(3-5) which found Aidan Kelleher at square-leg.

Romaldo(0) and F.O’Brien(1) were in all sorts of trouble facing Kelleher and O’Sullivan but it was the bowling of the spinner which did for them both, Romaldo lifting one to Aidan Kelleher at point and O’Brien top edging one to debutant David O’Donovan at short fine leg.

Between those wickets however was a very unusual run out. F.O’Brien who was out shortly afterwards, blocked a straight delivery back to Kelleher and called for a single. The suicidal attempt resulted in Thurles batsman Dell being run out by half the length of the pitch, Scott McNamara removing the bails without hesitation.

After a 10 minute rain delay Goncalves(2-22) returned to the attack and took the wicket of D.Richardson(0). This left Thurles 50-8 and they only managed to add 6 more to their total before Goncalves took the 9th and final wicket of the innings(Thurles could only field 10 players) when Ian Coleman took a sharp catch at short cover. County’s excellent work in the field and the bowling of Aidan Kelleher and Kevin O’Sullivan aswell as valuable contributions from Renjarla, Goncalves and Coleman restricting the visitors to 56 all out.

After a short break Cork County openers Renjarla(5) and Paul McDowell(12) set to work attempting to reach the target of 57. Some good shots through the off-side which the cover fielders found very difficult to stop propelled County to 15 without loss from 4 overs before Sarath(1-28) took a fantastic catch off his own bowling to dismiss Renjarla. Paul McDowell soon followed after he was bowled by Jogash, the seamer getting one to swing in and take out middle stump.

A solid partnership between Australian Bryn Nelmes and the County skipper James McCarthy(11) saw some lovely shots, both through the off-side and the leg-side. The 26 run partnership together with some wides from the Thurles seamers who both bowled 7 overs brought County to within 2 runs of the target but before they could reach the magic number James McCarthy was out, caught at cover off Jogash(2-26).

This brought Scott McNamara(2*) to the crease and although Thurles did change the bowling and bring in Romaldo, County needed just one of his deliveries to wrap up the victory in, Bryn Nelmes finishing on 20*.

Final Result: Cork County 3 beat Thurles by 7 wickets at the Mardyke.

2012 Cork Charity Cricket Sixes – 30th June

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

This year is an especially exciting one with the Australians coming to play Ireland for the second time in three years and the boys in green similarly meeting Mr. Tubridy again cricket is really taking off on the great island of Ireland.

In the last three years Kilbritain GAA, The Scousers and Dolphin RFC have all won the Cork Charity Cricket Sixes and this year all 3 will be back to battle it out with staff from Reardens, The Villains and many more teams coming along with the ISPCC. The Bowery again will be hosting the after party with teams encouraged to wear fancy dress and team kits every year it was not unusual to see the members of KISS moving through the Bowery last year.

In the last three years we have raised money for the Marymount Hospice, The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Matt Talbot Association. This years charity has a significant connection to cricket as the CEO has a well known Irish Cricket star in Andrew Balbirnie.

This years event is taking place on Saturday 30th June 2012 with registration taking place from 9am and the first game kicking off at 10am. Our chef is once again Mr. Colin Shannon who along with feeding us last year look after some of the Worlds best known musicians at the Marquee. We will have our DJ keeping the crowd entertained well into the evening.

Teams of 6 will have an entry fee of €150/€25 per player with €15 covering a great BBQ lunch and dinner and €10 per player going to the ISPCC. There will also be a raffle after the final with some fantastic prizes. For further details and registration please contact us on 021-4272569 or corkcountycc@gmail.com.

For all the latest information and news from the upcoming Cork Charity Cricket Sixes join us on our Facebook Event page!

Come along and get your name on the Trophy.

Cork County confident Mardyke ready for Inter-Regional fixture

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Cork County has confirmed that the Mardyke will play host to the first inter-regional North versus South clash on Sunday June 3.

The club has dispelled any talk that the recent wet weather would mean Cricket Ireland would switch to an alternative venue.

A club spokesperson said: “The Mardyke is in good condition and fit for high quality cricket despite the poor weather in May. Like the vast majority of other grounds throughout the country we have had games cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions but since May 12th there has been four matches played on the square including the Irish Cup match with Derriaghy.

“The low scoring nature of that game was more due to the poor batting effort of the home side rather than the condition of the wicket. There will be a further three matches played on the square prior to the North v South game including a Leinster Senior league fixture on Saturday, 2nd June.

“We can assure the Irish cricketing community that the Mardyke and Cork County will endeavour to provide the best possible conditions both on and off the pitch for both squads and hopefully this will be noted after the game has taken place.”

That’s good news for Munster and Irish cricket fans who have been starved of representative cricket in the past decade.

Courtesy of Barry Chambers at CricketEurope

Cork County drawn away in LHW Senior Cup

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Cork County have been handed a tricky tie away to Old Belvedere in Round 1 of the 2012 Lewis Hohn Williams Senior Cup. The two sides who also compete in Leinster Division 2 will face each other at the Cabra Oval on Saturday 26th May.

County cruise into Munster Senior Cup semi-final

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Cork County began the defence of their Munster Senior Cup crown with a tough Quarter Final draw at home to Limerick Raiders. The fixture brought together the two finalists from last season’s competition where County romped home to a 10 wicket victory. The 2011 Cup draw had been unkind to two of the strongest sides in the province as they clashed at such an early stage of the competition.

After a positive batting performance last weekend away in Malahide with rain preventing a possible victory for the Mardyke side, captain Bruce Koch had a full strength squad to choose from with the exception of Robert Duggan. Chris Banon and Andrew Saul returned to the side in what looked to be a very strong County team.

Winning the toss, Koch had no hesitation in choosing to bat in the hope that the strong batting line up would embellish his decision. The developing opening partnership between Ross Durity and Shannon Madden continues to blossom with both providing a solid base to the innings once again. The South African duo of George Barry and Bruce Koch followed at 3 and 4 with displaying some powerful stroke play and looked to take the game away from the Limerick side. However, both fell in unfortunate circumstances with the ball holding up slightly off the wicket in both cases. Chris Banon followed and looked to be returning to form with some composed strokes off his legs and square of the wicket. Banon fell after misjudging one off his legs picking out the square leg fielder.

Man-of-the-match Sidhz Joshi along with Darren Fogarty consolidated the innings and soon began to develop a crucial partnership with Joshi in particular crashing some big stokes over the long-on and long-off boundaries. Fogarty provided able support allowing Joshi to impose himself on the Limerick attack and onto his first century for CorK County at the Mardyke. It was truly an excellent and composed innings from the Indian all-rounder who didn’t give a chance before reaching his ton and departed having scored 110. Fogarty was dismissed caught behind by Faizan for 31 while Matt Reed provided some lower order runs finishing on 22 to push the Cork County total to 314-9.

Limerick Raiders required just over 6 an over to chase down the daunting target of 315 to win and remain in the 2011 Munster Senior Cup. However, from the outset Cork County were determined to extinguish any hope of an upset with the opening seam attack of Banks, Barry and Koch proving too much for the Limerick top order. Matt Reed and Ciarán Healy replaced the seamers to bring the Limerick Raiders innings to an end with the home side bowling them out for just 109 resulting in a 205 run victory and a place in the Munster Senior Cup semi-final. It was a superb all-round effort from the Cork County and in this ominous form it would be hard to see anyone stopping them on their charge to another league and cup double this season.

The Mardyke also welcomed a famous cricketing figure on Saturday with South African test captain Graeme Smith popping in to enjoy some cricket while in Cork with his fiancée Morgan Deane. Graeme was more than happy to sign autographs and have pictures taken while also enjoying some great shots from Ross Durity.

Cork County 314-9 beat Limerick Raiders 109 all out by 205 runs at the Mardyke.

Cork County: B. Koch*, R. Durity, C. Banon, D. Fogarty, C. Healy, S. Joshi, S. Madden+, G. Barry, M. Reed, A. Saul, K. Banks.

Limerick Raiders: A. Khan*, S. Alam, U. Khan, A. Ahmed, F. Bhagat, M. Faizan +, M. Sharif, M. Ahmed, K. Javid, S. Javid, J. Arshed and Q. Zaidi

Cricket Open Day at the Mardyke

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

For anyone who’s interest in the game of cricket has been ignited by the exploits of the Irish cricket team at this year’s World Cup then there is no better way to get involved in the game locally than by attending the Cricket Open Day at the cricket grounds in the heart of Cork City on the Mardyke on Saturday April 16th. The Open Day is aimed at all budding cricketers from the age of 10 upwards who wish to find out more about the game and the skills involved while also discovering what Cork County Cricket Club has to offer both on and off the pitch. Information will also be provided on the proposed training camps, schedules and games for the upcoming summer for those who wish the hone their cricketing skills. Membership Forms will also be available for anyone wishing to join the club and play for Cork County; Membership Forms can also be downloaded from the ‘Contact’ section of the club website www.corkcountycricketclub.com

The Cricket Open Day will commence at 2 p.m. and will last for approximately two to two and half hours depending on the numbers attending on the day. There will be a number of trained coaches on hand led by our Head of Youth Coaching, Dermot Giltinan, and Club Development Officer, Ross Durity, both of whom have extensive backgrounds in coaching. They will be ably assisted by some of the Club’s senior players and ECB Level 1 coaches so there should be plenty to keep everyone involved.

A senior 20Twenty fixture between Cork County and Limerick Raiders will be taking place at 4.30 p.m. to showcase the game of cricket with some of Munster’s leading players taking part including Club Captain Bruce Koch and U-19 rising star Chris Banon. There will be BBQ provided to feed all participants following the day’s activities and allow them to enjoy the 20Twenty match well fed. The Club bar will also be open all day to provide refreshments and snacks.

If you require any further information regarding the cricket open day or wish to find out more information about the cricket club please don’t hesitate to contact us on 021 4272569 or follow us on Facebook at Cork Countycc or on Twitter at Cork_CountyCC. Click on the images below to download the Open Day poster and Club information leaflet.

80’s Discotech at the Dyke

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Something different for a Saturday night in April… an 80’s themed fancy dress party with cocktails and plenty of 80’s surprises throughout the night and also help raise some money for the cricket club for the upcoming season. Everyone welcome to enjoy a night of reliving the cheese-tastic 80’s with some great anthems and tasty cocktails.

For those who have any particular favourite 80’s anthems or TV show themes… feel free to post them on the Facebook event page wall to allow those poor souls that are unfamiliar with the cheesy greatness of that decade to develop some ideas for their outfits.

A voucher of dinner in Sutton’s Bar (Rochestown Park Hotel) is on offer for the best dressed male and female on the night!

For further information please contact the cricket club on 021-4272569 or follow us on either Twitter at Cork_CountyCC or on Facebook at Cork Countycc

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Niall O’Brien Visits Cork County

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Ireland and Northants wicket-keeper Niall O’Brien was back in Ireland at the weekend taking part in coaching sessions at Cork County.

The visit was a huge success with Niall visiting the Presentation Brothers College gym in the morning to do a session with the schoolboys and then moving onto the Cork County senior practise session in Ashton School where he put the senior and junior squads through their paces.

The large turnout and huge interest in the visit just proves how the game of cricket is growing in popularity on Leeside.

Niall mentioned that “its an absolute pleasure to be coming down and help out. I have so many fond memories of playing in Cork as a kid with Railway Union and scored my first Irish ton at the Mardyke so it has fond memories for me.”

Dermot Giltinan, Cork County Youth Coach, said that “it was a fantastic day for Cork County to have one of Ireland’s leading cricketers down to put the lads through their paces. It is not often that our young players get to learn from an International cricketer of Niall’s class and his great personality and manner really rubbed off on them.”

“The visit has given the game in Cork a huge lift and just highlights the potential that Cork County has at it’s disposal especially with our participation in Leinster Division 2 this season.”

A full selection of photographs from Niall’s visit can be viewed by clicking here.