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MCU Division 3: Cork County v Cork Harlequins match report

Monday, August 13th, 2012

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Cork County 3 took on local rivals Harlequins 3 at the Mardyke on Saturday the 11th of August. The weather forecast was for light rain throughout the afternoon and the match which was scheduled to start at 1pm did not get underway until 2pm due to the rain.

When it did finally clear up the home side won the toss and chose to bowl first on the artificial wicket. Liam Hale(45) and Alex Deane(30) opened the batting for ‘Quins and County found it extremely hard to shift the two openers.

Seam bowlers Chris Goncalves and Narsa Renjarla(0-22) bowled four over spells each and uncharacteristically gave up a considerable amount of extras(12 wides and 3 no balls in the first eight overs).

The introduction of John Kelly(1-38) and Kevin O’Sullivan into the attack did stem the flow of extras but neither of the change bowlers could pick up the crucial first wicket.

Right-arm medium pacer Hassan Shulman(0-51) bowled one over before drinks which Harlequins reached on 88-0.

After the short drinks break Goncalves(3-35) returned from the City End and finally County picked up the first wicket of the innings, Hale falling lbw to the right arm seamer.

Things got even better for County when Alex Deane edged behind to ‘keeper Peter Barlow, again off Goncalves.

‘Quins danger man Mariusz Badenhert(0) was caught at cover just two balls later, Goncalves picking up his final wicket in his last over.

Harlequins captain Nick Smith(16) steadied the ship for the visitors and moved the score to 159-5 before top-edging to Ryan O’Connell at short fine-leg off Kelly.

’Quins Curtis Elcate reached his half century off 46 balls but was dismissed the very next delivery holing out to County vice-captain Kevin O’Sullivan at long off.

Kashit(1) soon followed Elcate back to the pavilion, bowled by James McCarthy in the 35th over. Harry Scannell(0*) and Kaleem(13*) saw it through for the Farmer’s Cross side, the visitors finishing on 190-6 from their 40 overs and setting Cork County a pretty daunting task.

County openers Paul McDowell(51) and Narsa Renjarla(10) started well with some good shots through the covers but a miscommunication between the two batsmen led to Renjarla being run out by a considerable distance.

Next in for County was big-hitter Bryn Nelmes(8) but he was also run out after he was sent back by McDowell.

McDowell then sent back Hassan Shulman after he had mistakenly called him through and Shulman was run out by half a pitch length.

County were in serious trouble but McDowell who had contributed to all three run outs did his best to forget his mistakes and reached his half-century with a single to fine-leg off Sennon Jones(1-18).

Despite the accurate bowling of Elcate(3-37), Kaleem(0-33) and Kingsley Jones(1-16) County had kept up with the run rate to this point.

However the wickets of James McCarthy(caught off K. Jones for 2) and Andrew Somerfield(bowled by S. Jones for 4) made it very difficult for the home side and the required rate crept up to 7 an over.

Paul McDowell was caught off Budenhert to end what had been an eventful time at the crease(3 run outs and a half century) and Peter Barlow(7) and John Kelly(28) attempted to drag County back into the game.

A massive no ball six from Kelly over mid-wicket off Allen(0-27) was followed soon after by a wicket, Barlow playing all around a straight one from Elcate and losing his middle stump.

Chris Goncalves followed Barlow back to the dressing room after the very next delivery had knocked back his off stump.

Kevin O’Sullivan negotiated the hat-trick ball safely, edging a fuller delivery from Elcate over the slip cordon for four.

A solid partnership from Kelly and O’Sullivan left Cork County just 44 runs from victory but any chance of victory was extinguished when what had been a fantastic innings from Kelly came to an end, the all-rounder lifting one to Kaleem at point.

Ryan O’Connell joined O’Sullivan at the crease and they stayed there for three overs until O’Connell was tricked by a slower one from Alex Deane and bowled for 2, Kevin O’Sullivan finishing 7 not out.

A brave effort from County 3 against the league’s second placed side leaves them fifth in the standings with four games left to play.

European Challenge Series: Ireland U-17 v Scotland U-17

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Two one-day U-17 international fixtures between Ireland and Scotland in the European Challenge Series will take place at the Mardyke on the 10th and 11th of August. Cork County Cricket Club are delighted to be hosting these prestigious fixtures as they will be the Mardyke’s first taste of competitive international cricket at any level since 2002, a fixture which saw Ireland take on the MCC and which also saw Niall O’Brien score his maiden international century for the Irish senior side. Entry is free each day and all are welcome to attend and view some of Ireland’s rising stars in competitive international cricket at the Mardyke.

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.

‘We need to focus on the future’ – Trent Johnston

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Just two weeks after returning home from the 2011 Cricket World Cup, Irish players were stunned to learn that they will not be given a chance to participate or even to try and qualify for the next event in 2015. Having beaten three full ICC members (Pakistan, Bangladesh and England) at two World Cup tournaments in the past four years, Irish officials were confident the team’s record would speak for itself.

“Monday was a dark day for cricket but a great day for greed and fear,” Ireland coach Phil Simmons said in response. “It is hard to find words to describe this despicable decision, made by some who want to keep things amongst themselves and some who fear us.” Ireland’s players also reacted furiously and those contracted to county teams in England, who favour the ten-team plan for Australia, were warned “to be very careful” about any comments made in public.

Former Ireland team captain and fast bowler Trent Johnston was in Cork in recent days to help train Cork County Cricket Club’s senior team and promote the game locally, and in an exclusive interview with The Cork News he stressed his opinion that current players, coaches and officials all have a responsibility to ensure development of the game here in the coming years.

“I still remember almost everything that happened at the 2007 World Cup,” he said. “I remember the deliveries; I remember the catches against Pakistan and all those sorts of things. They are great memories and the 15 players that went across to the West Indies will always have something special to share. It also kick-started what we’re experiencing now.

“People have asked how it compared with 2011. The victory over England was probably better than the wins over Pakistan and Bangladesh, but the journey that we had in 2007 will probably never be seen again from an Irish cricket team because it was our first World Cup, we made it through to the Super Eights, we beat a full member country in the Super Eights and we really ignited the interest in cricket in this country once again. That’s what has been most amazing about all of this.”

That same three-wicket win over England on March 2nd will always be remembered for Kevin O’Brien’s century, which was made off of 50 balls and was the fastest in World Cup history. The Irish chase (329 in 49.1 overs) was also the highest successful chase in the tournament’s records but while Trent and his team-mates were delighted by the victory, he admitted that the squad had ultimately failed to realise their own targets.

“There was a lot of work put in between the two World Cups. Four years ago we had two contracted players at the World Cup; this time around, we had 13 contracted players and that’s a massive step. John Mooney was at a crossroads in 2008 and ready to pack it in, but he’s now on his second contract and could quite easily have been our Player of the Year in 2010.

“The game against England was the first time Ireland put 11 fully contracted guys on the field. The best thing is that there were only two guys not born in Ireland playing in that game. There are a lot of locals coming through and that’s the most important thing for us – making sure we develop kids, bring them along and get them up to standard. Irish cricket is no longer relying on four or five non-nationals to improve its team – the guys are doing pushed things for themselves and the structures are slowly being put in place.

“The quarter-finals were our minimum target, so we didn’t hit our expectations unfortunately. We knew we had a pretty good start with Bangladesh as our first team but we screwed up there when we should probably have won. We had a great victory against England, we pushed (eventual winners) India all the way and we might even have won that game if we got some extra runs in and I didn’t go off with a knee injury. John (Mooney) missed some stumps by very little and those kinds of things are the difference between facing Pakistan in the quarter-finals and going home.

“The main thing now is that we have to stay in front of the other sports nipping at the heals of rugby, GAA and soccer and the development of junior programmes is critical to that. We want kids to be playing our sport. Many of those development procedures are in place so it’s just a matter of taking them to the next level and getting our high-profile players out there and making kids aware that we want them to do well. We need to do the hard work just as much as the hundreds of volunteers across the country. We might not be at the 2015 World Cup, but we still need to keep cricket growing.”

And while ICC support for Ireland’s endeavours would be welcome, Trent has no evidence of a willingness to get the squad more involved internationally. “We’ve played 15 ODIs (one-day internationals) against full member countries since 2007 and eight of them have been against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. We’ve played one of the top eight teams seven times and that’s not good enough – you can’t take any experience away from those games.

“We need to be playing the Australias, the Indias and the likes of Sri Lanka on a regular basis and we need to be part of the future tours programme, which lays out where teams will play for the next five years. That would be an enormous help in terms of sponsorship, media exposure and budgets. However, while there are a lot of things still up in the air right now, the biggest thing is that we need to concentrate on our own backyard and keep the kids coming through.”

Trent reintroduced his famed ‘chicken dance’ at the 2011 World Cup, much to the delight of the local Indian crowds. It all started out as a joke, though the signature move is likely to have seen its last days too. “I was on the dance floor one night back in Wollongong, where I’m from, and somebody said that I danced like a chicken. I wasn’t going to roll a beamer at Ricky Ponting or anything like that just so I’d be remembered at a World, but I thought I’d do the dance when I got a big name out. It was going to be retired until the next World Cup, but I won’t be there anyway by the looks of it.”

At the age of 36, Trent’s future plans have been a subject of interest for some time. “The mind’s willing, the heart’s willing and I’m enjoying every minute of it,” he concluded. “The ICC have made my decision to retire after the 2012 T/20 World Cup very easy. I know I have more to offer right now. I certainly don’t want to hold anybody back but if I’m still adding to the team, I’ll keep playing and if not… then thanks for the memories.”

Cork County Cricket Club will host an Open Day in their Mardyke grounds on Saturday, April 16th from 2pm. Adults and children interested in taking up the game are all welcome to attend as there will be plenty of players and coaches available on the day to answer any questions. For more information, log on to www.corkcountycricketclub.com.

Courtesy: Niamh O’Mahony (TheCorkNews)

Tickets Available for Ireland v England on August 25th

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

A limited number of tickets for the One Day International between Ireland and England at Clontarf on August 25th are now avialable to members of Cork County Cricket Club on a first come, first served basis.

Ireland v England
Clontarf, August 25th

10 no. Adult tickets at €35 each
5 no. U-16 tickets at €14 each

Please contact Club Treasurer, David Griffin, at 021-4364735 or contact the Club at 021-4272569 to book your tickets for the eagerly anticipated ODI.

Bookings will only be accepted with cash or cheque as the Club has to pay for the tickets before April 18th 2011.