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Cork County clinch Munster Division 1 & Senior Cup double

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

The destination of the 2015 Division title went down to the last weekend of the season as Cork County watched on as Co. Galway faced County Kerry at Lydican knowing that a win with full bonus points (5 points) for the home side would give them the title.

Due to the poor weather throughout the 2015 campaign, there was no opportunity for either side to face each other in the competition and so, as per the regulations, league positions had to be decided on percentage points gained from all completed games (excluding abandoned fixtures). With both County and Galway finishing their respective campaigns unbeaten it all went down to the the percentage points.


Cork County’s season finished unbeaten having amassed 123 points including 5 wins and 3 No Results equating to 98.4% points gained from points available. Going into their final game, Co. Galway required a win and full bonus points to win the league outright, 4 bonus points which mean it finished as a tie while 3 would mean County would edge ahead of them.

Galway’s 69 run victory over County Kerry on the final weekend of the season meant they collected just 3 bonus and so finished with 97.3% points gained from points available which meant they fell short by the closest of margins (1.1%).

The win means Cork County have clinched the Munster Division 1 and Senior Cup double but in the circumstances it was an unfortunate way to decide such a tight league competition. As the only unbeaten sides, both clubs had made attempts to refix their abandoned fixtures to help make the destination of the title a lot clearer.

Well done to Co. Galway who showed great consistency and competitiveness throughout the season and hopefully next season will bring better weather with the Division 1 league given more prominence in the fixture schedule.

2015 Munster Division 1 & Senior Cup Winners

Match Report: Senior Cup Quarter Final-Cork County Vs. Galway

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Cork County 1 travelled to the Lydican on a dreary June Saturday for a Munster Senior Cup quarter-final clash against last year’s beaten finalists Galway. Persistent rain through Thursday and Friday aswell as on Saturday morning had left the artificial wicket slippery and the outfield damp.

Galway captain Danish Ali won the toss and took the obvious decision to bowl first. Due to the damp conditions the start was delayed until 12.45 and the game reduced to 44 overs per side. Ross Durity and Mirza Baig opened the batting for the visitors and despite the ball skidding on produced some expansive shots to put County in a commanding position at 28 for no loss after four overs. Durity departed for 18 from 22 balls, edging Waqqas to ‘keeper Ronan Mahon. Baig(12) soon followed, bowled via an inside edge off the bowling of M. Ali(1-7). Ian Coleman was joined at the crease by Morne Bauer but the partnership did not last long, the latter bowled second ball by an excellent inswinging delivery from Rohit Bisla(1-38).

Robert Duggan(35) and Coleman(27) then put together a fluent partnership with most of the runs coming through boundaries. Galway bowlers Danish Ali, Conor Mullen and Jaffer Hussain all attempted to provide a breakthrough which eventually came courtesy of a run out, Coleman deciding to take on the throw of Waqqas at fine leg and losing out. Robert Duggan had racked up three boundaries to this point and he along with new batsman Oliver Creedon continued to add quick runs to the scoreboard. Three boundaries from Creedon along with two more from Duggan including a lofted four over mid-wicket brought County to 117-4 before both batsmen perished; Creedon(13) caught behind and Duggan bowled both courtesy of Umair(2-20).

Captain Andy Wootton(9) was bowled by Danish Ali and things looked bleak for County with 8 overs remaining but Ahmed Bilal produced two fantastic straight sixes aswell as finding the boundary at mid-wicket for four after being dropped at long off. Peter Barlow(3) attempted to support his big-hitting partner but found it hard to beat the close fielders. Bilal eventually fell for a memorable 21 off 33 deliveries, Junaid Amin fell first ball to Waqqas(3-24) and Barlow was run out attempting a single, Kevin O’Sullivan finishing 0* and Cork County at least thirty short of where they wanted to be at 168 all out after 42 overs.

After a short tea-break County took to the field and Andy Wootton made a breakthrough in the very first over, Kevin O’Sullivan taking an excellent catch diving forward at mid-off. Iliff Summitt(2) soon followed his opening partner back to the pavilion, caught by Oliver Creedon at extra-cover, again off Wootton. With the ball swinging and the surface still wet, batting conditions were difficult and opening bowler’s Bilal(2-17) and Wootton(5-14) made the most of it with two brilliant spells. Galway’s third wicket fell to Bilal, Umair Chaudry(13) pulling a short pitched delivery to Kevin O’Sullivan at fine leg.

Rohit Bisla was next to perish, caught at slip by Bauer off Wootton for just one. Conor Mullen(0) survived one stumping appeal but fell to the very next ball, Ian Coleman with great work behind the stumps to send Mullen back to the hutch. Galway’s dangerman Waqqas was removed second ball, edging a swinging delivery from Bilal to Coleman behind the stumps. Jaffer Hussain and M.Ali didn’t last long either; the former caught off Wootton for his fifth wicket, the latter caught off Junaid Amin(1-15).

Danish Ali(33) and Sajjad Mahmood(15*) put up a bit of a fight for the home side and it took three bowling changes to eventually break the partnership, seamer Morne Bauer(1-8) having Ali caught by Peter Barlow at mid-wicket. The game was soon up for Galway, Robert Duggan(1-2) sealing victory for the Leesiders with the wicket of S.Khan(0) and condemning them to a 78 run loss. Cork County will now face Clare at the Mardyke in the semi-final as they bid to retain their Senior Cup crown.

Munster Junior Cup Semi-Final: Cork County 2 v Galway 2 – Match Report

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Cork County Cricket Club crestCounty 2 took on Galway in the Junior Cup semi-final at the Mardyke on Saturday the 28th of July. County captain Niall Tynan won the toss and asked Galway to bat on what was a warm but showery day at the ‘Dyke.

Justin McGurk(2-8) opened the bowling from the City End and made an immediate impact, forcing Galway opener Umair(0) to direct one to Kevin Bray at mid-wicket who took an excellent catch after just four deliveries.

Unfortunately it was at that moment that it began to rain and the teams had to come off for 20 minutes not allowing County to continue the momentum which they had gained with the first wicket.

When the teams did come back out seamers Justin McGurk and Hugh O’Brien(0-14) continued and it was McGurk who claimed the Galway’s second wicket, Nitin hit on the pads by a full toss from McGurk and given out lbw.

M.Ali(18) and Sajal(7) steadied things for the visitors but before the second rain delay of the innings Matt Reed(2-20) took the wicket of Ali, the right-handed bat edging behind to Coleman.

After another rain delay this one 30 minutes long, things got worse for Galway, Waqqas(2) lifting one straight up in the air off Ciarán Healy, Nicky Murphy taking the catch at mid-on.

Danish(2) was run out after some sharp fielding by Nicky Murphy and Khan(6) soon followed, again run out but this time more due to some casual running between the wickets and not running his bat in.

Galway were now in deep trouble and it was left to Rohit Bisla(28*) to try to put some runs on the board. Two boundaries off Reed and one off Chris Banon(0-10) brought some much needed runs for the Connacht side.

Two more wickets fell in quick succession, Arunbabo(0) was out lbw off Reed and R.Mahon(1) was out caught by Tim Clifford off the bowling of Healy.

This left Galway nine wickets down and the innings soon finished, Ted Turton(3) bowled by Nicky Murphy(1-4). That left Cork County with a target of 82 which seemed quite an easy task given the conditions and the speed of the outfield.

Umpire Michael Hickey decided to postpone lunch and instead brought the teams back out after just 10 minutes.

Tim Clifford and Steve Smith opened the batting for the home side but their partnership did not last long, Clifford(0) lifting a short delivery to square-leg for a routine catch.

Wicketkeeper- batsman Ian Coleman came in at three for the Leesiders and played very solidly while at the other end Smith hit both opening bowlers Waqqas and Danish to all parts of the ground.

A change of bowling for the visitors did not stop Smith scoring steadily and it required another change in bowling before a breakthrough was finally made, Smith(32) directing one to point off the bowling of medium-pacer Khan.

Things got worse for the home side when Chris Banon departed the very next ball, the left-hander edging to the Galway ‘keeper.

Vice-captain Kevin Bray(2) joined Coleman at the crease and got off the mark straight away with an on drive for a couple before being given out lbw, again off Khan.

County however needed only 28 to win at this stage and patient batting from Coleman(14*) and Matt Reed(12*) saw County home, Reed dispatching an above waist height no ball to the square-leg boundary to seal victory for the home side and secure them a place in the final against Limerick C.C. on Sunday August 12th.

Cork County into Senior Cup semi-final after thriller in Galway

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Division 1 league cricket took a backseat as Cork County turned their attention to regaining the Munster Senior Cup after the huge disappointment of crashing out at the quarter final stage to Galway last season. As luck would have it the draw for this season’s competition pit the two clubs against each other once again, on this occasion County had to make the long trip to Lydican in Galway. County were determined not to underestimate the Tribesmen after last season’s disappointment and brought a strong side up for the Senior Cup quarter final tie. Cork County were without West Indian all-rounder Andrew Saul and off-spinner Ciarán Healy but welcomed back skipper Robert Duggan after he missed last weekend’s match at home to WIT.

After arriving at the picturesque Lydican ground in Oranmore on the outskirts of Galway City the start of the match was delayed due to a heavy shower, however, once it had cleared Cork County skipper Duggan won the toss and decided to bowl. County opener James Duggan appeared a bit stiff after the long trip and took one or two over’s to settle into his rhythm while Parvez Ali bowled with his usual probing line and length without much luck. Duggan some found his line and length removing opener Bindal and number four batsman Speldewinde. Andrew Wootton replaced Parvez Ali from the clubhouse end and soon bowled opener Shane O’Malley with a ball which beat his outside edge and knocking over off stump. Some excellent ground fielding by vice captain Ross Durity led to the run out of number three batsman Vishal. At this stage, Cork County appeared in control with the Galway batsmen unable to build any meaningful partnerships. Number five batsman Imran had other ideas and immediately from ball one was intent on taking the attack to the County bowlers, taking a particular liking to all-rounder Bruce Koch’s bowling smashing one or two back over the South African’s head for 6. However, after taking one or two risk’s too many Imran was undone by the medium pace of Andrew Wootton as he skied one to Robert Duggan at extra-cover.

After Imran’s removal Danesh Ali joined Waqqas at the crease and both batsmen appeared intent on building a big partnership to push the Galway total towards a defendable target. Co. Galway’s star player Waqqas, in particular, batted with great control and power striking some great shots down the ground and off his legs. He was ably supported by Danesh Ali who intelligently got his partner on strike as often as possible. Cork County sought to take the pace off the ball with the introduction of medium pacer Matt Reed and the ploy appeared to work when he trapped Waqqas LBW for 51 runs. The removal of Waqqas injected some zip into the County step as Galway skipper Umair was run out by Koch at backward point for just 2 and he was soon followed by Ted Turton who was caught with a great effort from Andrew Wootton at first slip off the bowling of Reed. Danesh Ali had to take up the mantle of taking the attack to the County bowlers however he was soon bowled by Reed for a well earned 36 runs. Tail-ender Mahon was bowled by Koch leaving Co. Galway with a very competitive total of 201 for the Mardyke side to chase.

The Cork County reply appeared to get off to a promising start with opener Andrew Wootton (11 runs) playing some lovely shots through the covers and off his legs, however; once again he holed out to extra-cover from a ball from Waqqas. Wootton was replaced by captain, Robert Duggan, whose poor form with the bat continued when he was bowled third ball by Waqqas for 0. This signalled the start of an inspired spell of bowling from Galway opener Waqqas as he accounted for a mini collapse by the Cork County top order as Duggan’s departure was soon followed by opener Mirza Baig (8) and both the middle order batsmen Chris Banon (0) and Matt Reed (0); Galway could sense their place in the semi finals was edging closer. With County’s future participation in the 2010 Munster Senior Cup teetering on the verge elimination at 32 for 5, Michael John Wycherley joined in form batsman Bruce Koch at the crease. Koch had made a composed start to his innings, not taking too many risks while keeping the County scoreboard ticking over. Wycherley sensibly assessed the situation and as soon as he got his eye in he looked to take the attack to the Galway bowlers with some calculated blows to all sides of the wicket and in particular through the off-side.

As the partnership developed rapidly the enthusiasm of the Galway bowlers and fielders visibly dropped as Koch got into his stride with some beautifully timed shots through the covers and down the ground. Wycherley’s innings was an inspired and game changing one with the highlights two huge sixes; one over deep square leg and the other over long-off. Koch and Wycherley put on a 100 runs together and the mood in the Cork County team was transformed with thoughts of victory coming to the fore. With Wycherley seemingly in total control he was squared up by a delivery from the opener Danesh Ali, who had returned to finish his spell, and was caught behind for an inspired 45. Wycherley was replaced by Parvez Ali at the crease and he aimed to get Koch on strike as often as possible however he soon followed Wycherley after being bowled by Danesh Ali.

Vice Captain Ross Durity, who is returning to the side after recovering from a broken thumb, joined Koch at the crease with the score on 136 for 7; Cork County still requiring 66 for victory. Durity’s experience was crucial to deal with the pressurised run chase and to build a match winning partnership with Koch. Despite lacking match practise Durity ably worked the ball around to keep the scoreboard ticking over and also trying to get the free scoring Koch on strike. It was clear that Koch would have to bat through the innings if County were to progress into the semi-final. Koch and Durity used all their experience to keep chipping away at the required total while the Galway’s confidence seemed to wane as the Mardyke side edged towards an unlikely victory. At the end of the 43rd over County were suddenly within grasp of victory as Durity played a beautifully timed drive through the covers for 4. The sides were level and County only required one run for victory and with Koch on 96 not out it was set up for him to make his century while clinching victory for County. With Koch on strike at the start of the 44th over and the first ball from Galway skipper Umair in the slot he smashed the ball back over the bowlers head for 6 leading to huge celebrations by the rest of his Cork County teammates. Reaching his century and also clinching victory from the jaws of defeat for his side was an immense effort from the South African all-rounder and he rightly received the adulation of his teammates. Cork County now move on into the semi final of the Munster Senior Cup and face either Midleton at the Mardyke on the 2nd of August.

Munster Senior Cup quarter-final:
Co. Galway 201 all out lost to Cork County 207-7 by 3 wickets at Lydican. scorecard

Cork County team: R. Duggan*, R. Durity, B. Koch, A. Wootton, J. Duggan, P. Ali, M Reed, M.J. Wycherley, C. Banon†, M. Baig & B. Scott.

1st XI team news for Senior Cup tie at Galway

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The Cork County side that will travel to Lydican to take on a strong Galway team in the Quarter Final of the 2010 Munster Senior Cup will be as follows:

  1. R. Duggan*
  2. R. Durity
  3. B. Koch
  4. J. Duggan
  5. C. Banon†
  6. P. Ali
  7. A. Wootton
  8. M. Reed
  9. M.J. Wycherley
  10. M. Baig
  11. B. Scott

Players will be meeting at the Mardyke at 8.00 a.m. and travelling by car to Galway.