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Cork County clinch promotion to Leinster Division 1 with thrilling win over Malahide

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Cork County hosted Malahide on Sunday last for what was a crucial game in Leinster Division 2. The home side knew a victory would see them secure promotion and put them right back into the title race. A Malahide win would see the visitors all but mathematically win the league.

Conditions at the Mardyke were overcast and a little cold as Callum Riches won the toss and asked the hosts to set a score. Ross Durity and Stephan Grobler strode out to face Peter Saville from the Tennis Club End and off-spinner Reinhardt Strydom from the University End. Both opening batsmen looked in good touch and the wicket was playing beautifully with excellent bounce and carry. Four economical overs from Saville coupled with consecutive maidens from Strydom meant that County were 12-0 from eight overs and struggling a little to get going.

Grobler recognised the need to push things along and square cut Saville to the fence before lofting him over mid-off. With fourteen runs coming off the over in total, Saville got the shepherd’s crook from his skipper Callum Riches who fancied a bowl himself. It proved an excellent change as in his first over, Durity edged through to Fintan McAllister behind the stumps, the ‘keeper taking a good, low catch to dismiss County’s captain.


Morne Bauer joined Grobler and wasted no time in opening his shoulders, first Riches and then Allesandro Morris being driven over extra cover to the boundary. Grobler meanwhile continued to play positively and brought up his fifty with a single to square-leg. Some excellent running coupled with frequent boundaries pushed the score to 113-1 when drinks were taken.

Grobler and Bauer upped the pace after drinks and having pulled Leslee Muttahotil to the fine-leg boundary, Grobler flicked him through mid-wicket for two to bring up a terrific century, his second of the season. He perished soon afterwards however, holing out to long-on off the bowling of the returning Callum Riches for a superb 106.

Anthony O’Reilly joined Bauer who had just reached his half-century but as the home side attempted to up the run rate, wickets began to fall in clusters, first O’Reilly then Duggan departing for single figures. Ian Coleman came to the crease with ten overs remaining and put on a quick 28 run partnership with Bauer before driving too early at Reiny Strydom, the South African taking a simple return catch.

Morne Bauer was next to depart, bowled by Strydom for an excellent 88 out of 246-6. Andy Wootton and Aidan Kelleher saw the innings to a close, County finishing on 265-6.

Reinhardt Strydom and Fintan McAllister opened for Malahide and had put on 70 in 14.1 overs when McAllister was bowled by Grobler for 15. Jim Govan was out just one over later, falling LBW to the final ball of Andy Wootton’s spell.(10-1-42-1)

George Deans joined Strydom and much like Grobler and Bauer had done earlier played positively and attempted to take the game away from the opposition. Strydom had a life when he was dropped by Anthony O’Reilly at point on 65 but he didn’t let that bother him, reaching a century in the 38th over to rapturous applause from the considerable Malahide support that had made the journey down.

George Deans meanwhile had taken his partner’s lead and reached his fifty with a four through point. Malahide looked to be well in control but Strydom then feathered through to Coleman behind the stumps, Callum Riches holed out at deep mid-wicket and Alan Reynolds was stumped, all off the bowling of Stephan Grobler.

Malahide now needed to go at 8.6 an over and despite the best efforts of George Deans, he was rapidly running out of partners, Ian Guerin the next to go, caught by Ross Durity to give Grobler his five-for. 23 were required from the final two overs and it would be Robert Duggan who would bowl the penultimate over. An excellent variation of length and speed meant that Malahide could only muster two from the first five balls before Duggan ran out David Arnold off the final ball.

21 runs were required from the final over and it was Oscar Cotter who was chosen to bowl it. Despite a six from Deans, Malahide could only take 14 from the over, giving County a 6 run victory and a place in Division 1 next season.

Cork County ease past Merrion 2 at the Mardyke

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Cork County took on Merrion 2 at the Mardyke on Saturday July 12th. Conditions were overcast and humid as Ross Durity won the toss and asked Merrion to have a bat. Andy Wootton opened up from the River End and picked up a wicket with the last ball of his first over, Kade Beasley nicking to Morne Bauer at slip.

Wootton’s second over was also successful, Allwright (7) skying to Stephan Grobler at mid-off. Despite a quick fifteen run partnership between Watkins and Blakeney, County always looked like taking another early wicket and it was no surprise when the former was caught at cover by Tim Clifford, Wootton picking up his third wicket.

24-3 became 46-4 when Blakeney attempted to drop and run but was run out by a direct hit from Andy Wootton. After an economical opening spell from Anthony O’Reilly, Stephan Grobler took over from the University End and had early success bowling Parkinson for 1.

Merrion were now 52-5 after 22 overs and things soon got worse for the visitors, when Tice was caught behind off Grobler. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, first O’Brien and then Sharma trapped in front by Grobler.

A determined defensive effort by Neville was punctuated by a leg-glanced four before he was dropped by Tim Clifford at mid-off. The mistake however was not compounded, as Neville was well snaffled by Robert Duggan at mid-on eight balls later to leave Merrion nine down. The tenth wicket partnership did not last long as Anthony O’Reilly picked up his second wicket of the day, Ensor caught by Chris Banon at mid-wicket.

Stephan Grobler drives through the covers for Cork County

Cork County had succeeded in restricting their visitors to less than 100 and despite requiring just 93 for victory, openers Ross Durity and Stephan Grobler took a careful, measured approach to the run chase.

Aided by some early wides, the County batsmen had moved the score to 49-0 from 11 overs when tea was taken. Ross Durity departed soon after tea, caught by Blakeney off the bowling of Bridge for 27 out of 58. Morne Bauer joined Grobler at the crease and despite some good bowling from Ensor, Sharma and Bridge, County reached the victory target in the 19th over, Grobler finishing on 43*.

An excellent bowling performance with particularly good contributions from Wootton, Grobler and O’Reilly was compounded by a steady batting performance which puts County level on points with Malahide at the summit of the RSA Division 2 league table.

Weekend Preview – 12th/13th July

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Cork County are set to return to Leinster Division 2 action this Saturday when they welcome Merrion 2 to the Mardyke. County remain undefeated in their Leinster campaign so far and lie second in the league table, just 1 point behind Malahide, and recorded a 9 wicket victory over the Angelsea Road side in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

Merrion 2 currently sit eighth in the league table, with three league wins this year and will be hoping to kickstart their season with a win at the Mardyke. However their task will be made more difficult as Merrion’s first team are also in action on the same day.

A Cork County win would heap more pressure on Malahide at the summit of Division 2 and despite going into this game as favourites, Ross Durity’s team will be taking nothing for granted against a dangerous Merrion side.

Cork County Cricket Club 1st XI

On Sunday the third team make the long trip to Ballyeighan on the Tippearary/Offaly border for their Division 3 league clash with Tippearary 2. Billy Quinn’s side started the season brightly but defeats in recent weeks have eroded the confidence of the team. With a number of regulars unavailable for the trip north County will go into this game as underdogs but will hoping to get their league campaign back on track in the Midlands.

Tippearary 2 come into the game having been defeated by Midleton 2 in the Minor Cup and will be looking to bounce back from that loss. This game is sure to be a competitive one with both teams in need of league points.

Live ball by ball updates will be available from the Mardyke on Saturday via the Cricket Leinster website while you can keep up to date with events in Tippearary on Sunday via our Twitter account @Cork_CountyCC

Weekend Preview-June 28th/29th

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Saturday will see all three Cork County teams in action. The 1st XI travel to Dublin for a top of the table clash with Malahide in LCU Division 2. This game is sure to be a cracker with Cork County, unbeaten in league competitions so far this year set to take on a strong Malahide batting line-up including the likes of Reinhardt Strydom and Leinster Lightning batsman Fintan McAllister. County will travel North with great confidence having taken 24 points from their clash with Rush last week and will hope for a similar performance this weekend.

The Cork County CC 1st XI

The 2nd XI host UCC at the Mardyke on the same day. With both teams looking for their first league wins, this game is sure to be a competitive one. UCC come into the game on the back of a four game losing streak while the home side endured a disappointing five wicket loss in Farmer’s Cross last Saturday. Ali Khan, Peter Barlow and Kevin O’Sullivan return to the team after the exams and together with the experience of Niall Tynan, Justin McGurk and Barry O’Sullivan aswell as exciting young talent in the form of the Kelleher brothers and Chris Van Heerden, County will be hoping for a winning performance.

Cork County Cricket Club CrestBilly Quinn’s 3rd XI make the trip to Tralee to take on Kerry. A win would go a long way for both sides in the Division 3 league table, particularly for County ahead of their Cup tie with Cork Harlequins next weekend. Andrew Sommerfield and Ryan O’Connell return for County, bolstering a batting line-up which has had a slight dip in form recently. Home advantage could be key for Kerry with away sides tending to find the artificial wicket a daunting prospect recently.

The 1st XI return to Munster league action on Sunday when Clare visit the Mardyke. County have been in spectacular form in Munster recently, with the experienced core of Ross Durity, Robert Duggan, Morne Bauer and Stephan Grobler all in terrific form with the bat. Clare have also had their share of success in recent weeks with the demolition of Cork Harlequins in Farmer’s Cross last weekend the highlight. This game could have an important say in deciding the Munster Division 1 title and both teams will have their sights fixed on a win.

Weekend Review- 21st/22nd June

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

A mixed weekend for Cork County began in glorious sunshine in Dublin on Saturday when the 1st team travelled to Clontarf for the quarter-finals of the Leinster Senior Cup. An understrength County were asked to bat first and despite valiant efforts from Tim Clifford and Aidan Kelliher were bowled out for 124. Clontarf, who are closer to the top of the table than the bottom in Division 1 lost Mark Collier early but were able to push on and reach the victory target in just over 20 overs.

Sunday saw the 1st team return to LCU Division 2 league action, this time against Rush in Kenure. A dominant bowling display saw Rush reduced to 164 all out and the home side could not prevent County from securing a comprehensive 8 wicket win. This win ensures that County are now 40 points clear of third placed Leinster in the League table.


Sunday also saw the semi-final of the Munster Junior Cup in Farmers Cross. County were asked to bat first but lost wickets at regular intervals, Barry O’Sullivan(39) the only batsman that threatened the home side’s bowlers on a slow, low wicket. County were eventually bowled out for 101 in 28 overs. An early strike by Justin McGurk(1-18) saw ‘Quins reduced to 5-1 but a solid second wicket partnership brought the within 30 runs of victory. A triple strike by Kevin O’Sullivan(3-26) and a wicket for Chris Van Heerden gave some hope to the away side but a six off the last ball of the 23rd over ensured a five wicket victory for Harlequins.

County up to 29th in All-Ireland Club rankings

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Cork County rise another four places in this week’s All-Ireland Club rankings to 29 following Saturday’s 6 wicket win over Balbriggan. Cork County Cricket Club crest

County now boast an impressive record of having risen 16 places in the last four weeks, a record they will be looking to further improve on when they take on both Clontarf 1 Senior Cup) and Rush(LCU Division 2) in Dublin this coming weekend.

All-Ireland Club Rankings(18/6/2014)


Cork County going strong in LCU Division 2

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Victory over Balbriggan 1 at the Mardyke has consolidated Cork County’s position in the LCU Division 2 league table and continued County’s excellent unbeaten run in league competition in 2014. Malahide are the only other team in Division 2 who also remain unbeaten and County have played one game fewer which means the meeting of the two sides in Malahide on Saturday 28th of June is sure to be a cracker.

Dublin University sit top of Division 2 currently, however in reality this position is a false one as their league campaign has now finished(matches against DU carry double points). Despite there being a significant portion of the season remaining, Cork County appear to be in a very strong position, a position they will look to both maintain and improve as the season progresses.

LCU Division 2 Table

2014 Leinster League Division 2 Fixtures announced

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Cricket LeinsterCricket Leinster have announced the fixtures for the 2014 season which will see Cork County compete in Division 2 following their promotion from Division 3 last season. County will open the season with a home fixture against Leinster 1 at the Mardyke on Saturday, 26th April, and close their campaign at home once again when they welcome Rush 1 to the Mardyke on Sunday, 7th September.

The league has been extended to nine teams with Dublin University playing each team just once. Ross Durity and his squad will face some stiff competition with other sides such as Phoenix1, Malahide 1, Balbriggan 1, Pembroke 2 and Merrion 2 making up the league.

The full schedule of fixtures are as follows:

Leinster League Division 2

Sat 26 Apr Cork County 1 vs Leinster 1
Mon 5 May Cork County 1 vs Dublin University 1
Sat 17 May Merrion 2 vs Cork County 1
Sat 24 May Pembroke 2 vs Cork County 1
Mon 2 June Cork County 1 vs Phoenix 1
Sat 14 June Cork County 1 vs Balbriggan 1
Sun 22 June Rush 1 vs Cork County 1
Sat 28 June Malahide 1 vs Cork County 1
Sat 12 July Cork County 1 vs Merrion 2
Sat 26 July Leinster 1 vs Cork County 1
Mon 4 August Cork County 1 vs Pembroke 2
Sat 9 August Balbriggan 1 vs Cork County 1
Sun 17 August Cork County 1 vs Malahide 1
Sat 30 August Phoenix 1 vs Cork County 1
Sun 7 September Cork County 1 vs Rush 1

County defeated on the road at Phoenix – match report

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Match report courtesy of Conor Dillion from Phoenix Cricket Club

Your correspondent was absent for the weekend’s earlier fixture at Rush and so cannot say how the side may have changed from Saturday to Monday. Without Masud Ahmed, Eoin Cleere and Rory Flanagan for the Cork fixture the subject of who should partner Joe McKay at the top of the order probably exercised Conor Kelly more than any other matter. He won the toss and opted to bat first. The batting order was: Joe McKay, Corie Dickeson, Syed Ali, Captain Conor Kelly, Jan Hendrik Steenkamp, Luke Savage, Osama Khan, Thomas Anders, Sadaf Raza, Matt Lunson, Chris Cavanagh.

With 3 and 6 from consecutive deliveries Dickeson brought his muscular approach to opening but fell without adding to this promising start. Ali took a little longer to equal Dickeson’s 9 but when Captain Kelly and McKay came together things started to motor nicely for Phoenix. A stand of 54 in 39 minutes was just what the doctor ordered although the Corkmen began to pull Phoenix back with both Kelly and McKay out for 31 to make it 93 for 4. Steenkamp was at one end but with Savage and Khan making 2 and 0 Phoenix needed an adhesive partner to complement the powerful South African. Thomas Anders’s innings of 37 from 72 balls did the job so well that David Ensor regarded it as his best ever innings although Lesley Anders seemed slightly miffed that the legal eagle was dismissive of her son’s other cricketing achievements to date. However, Ensor had a point in that the innings was one of Anders’s bigger rescue efforts since his senior 2 cup innings against YMCA in 2010 and his support helped Steenkamp to get to an impressive 55. Raza, Lunson and Cavanagh did not quite manage to bat out the overs and there was a mea culpa for the Phoenix scorer as the batting added to 210 and the bowling to 209.

Durity and Morgan added 2 as they ran a wide from Steenkamp but their opening stand ended in a run out before either had a run to his name. Morgan got to 7 before he was lbw to Steenkamp. After 5 overs from Steenkamp Conor Kelly brought himself on from the Chesterfield Avenue end and after 6 overs from Cavanagh Anders replaced the big man from the magazine fort end. After eleven dot balls Kelly had Duggan lbw for 10 and it took the teenager only 3 balls to have Ward caught for 17. Fogarty was bowled by Kellly for 0. On being told that the visitors were 60 for 5 John Doran predicted they would not reach 100 and the wickets contined to fall. Kelly was temporarily out of the limelight as Siddique fell to Raza and Bannon was run out but the skipper then dismissed Reid and Murphy with consecutive deliveries and the crowd watched attentively as Healey negotiated the hat trick ball. Healey was eventually out caught by Kelly off the bowling of Lunson as Phoenix took all 25 points.

Match report courtesy of Conor Dillion from Phoenix Cricket Club

Weekend 19th & 20th May – Team News

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Cork County Cricket Club crestLeinster League Division 2

Pembroke v Cork County
Venue: Sydney Parade
Date: Saturday, 19th June (12.30 p.m.)

  1. Ross Durity*
  2. Robert Duggan
  3. Sam Ward+
  4. Tom Hughes
  5. Keith Banks
  6. Andrew Wootton
  7. Darren Fogarty
  8. Matt Reed
  9. Brad Morgan
  10. Ciaran Healy
  11. Faran Shahid
  12. Chris Banon

Munster League Division 2

Waterford & District V Cork County 2
Venue: Carriganore
Date: Sunday, 20th June (12.00 p.m.)

  1. Niall Tynan*
  2. Stephen Stone
  3. Steve Smyth
  4. Chris Banon
  5. Nicky Murphy
  6. Ian Coleman
  7. Mike Straight+
  8. Brian Scott
  9. Saddique Muhammad
  10. Ali Parvez
  11. Hugh O’Brien