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County cruise to opening victory in MCU Division 1 campaign

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Cork County opened their Division 1 campaign with a thoroughly convincing 9 wicket victory over Limerick Raiders at the Mardyke. Having been denied a third league title in as many years last season despite having lost just one Munster fixture throughout their campaign, the Leesiders are in determined mood to get their competitive season off to a good start as they aim to wrestled back the league title.

Following some overnight rain the match was forced onto the artificial wicket and having won the toss the home Captain, Andy Wootton, had no hesitation in putting the Limerick side in to bat. Backing his strong bowling attack which included Morne Bauer, Abubakar Saddique and Siddharth Joshi along with new arrival Ahmed Bilal and of course not forgetting his own ‘dibbly dobblers’, he was confident of restricting the away side.

The home side were soon on the front foot with the Captain restricting the attach mind Limerick side with consecutive maidens while Bilal tore through their top order with some devastating fast bowling first up. Wootton finishing with 1-0 from his six over spell and was replaced by Saddique (1-10) at the River end. Bauer replaced Bilal (2-14) from the Mardyke end and offered no let up for the Limerick batsmen taking the opener Aftab’s middle stump out of the ground. Joshi replaced Bauer (1-16) and with spin from both ends the innings soon petered out with the Corkonian Indian finishing with fantastic figures of 5-10 leaving County with a target of just 54 to chase down.

Brad Morgan and Ross Durity opened the Cork County reply, both of whom used the chance to get their eye in before their first Leinster league fixture away to Pembroke 2 next Sunday. Due to the variable bounce of the mat, which is being replaced this week, both openers had to concentrate hard and play each ball on its merits. Going back to a delivery just short of a length which kept decidedly low, Durity was bowled with the score on just 15. Robert Duggan joined Morgan at the crease and both set on extinguishing any hope for the Limerick men with Morgan (22*) in particular playing some lovely drives through the covers. County reached their target in the 15th over with the loss of just one wicket to complete a comprehensive and confidence boosting win to get their competitive season off to the first start.

MCU Division 1:

Limerick Raiders 53 all out (Joshi 5-10, Bilal 2-14)
Cork County 54-1 (Morgan 22*)
Cork County won by 9 wickets at the Mardyke.

Next match:

LCU Division 3: Pembroke II v Cork County at Sydney Parade (12.30 p.m.)

Team News: Limerick Raiders v Cork County 1 (Sun, 21st April)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Keep Calm and Support CountyThe Cork County 1 squad who will open their Munster League Division 1 campaign at the Mardyke against Limerick Raiders is as follows:

  1. Andy Wootton*
  2. Morne Bauer
  3. Ross Durity
  4. Robert Duggan
  5. Sidhz Joshi
  6. Abubakar Saddique
  7. Matt Reed
  8. Ahmed Bilal
  9. Brad Morgan
  10. Ian Coleman+
  11. Mirza Baig
  12. Faran Shahid

Those selected are kindly asked to be at the ground at 11.00 a.m. sharp! Also €5 per person for teas.

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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.

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

Munster Senior Cup Quarter-Final team news

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Cork County begin the defence of their Munster Senior Cup title on Saturday at the Mardyke when they take on the side they defeated in last season’s final, Limerick Raiders. The draw has been unkind to both of the strongest sides in the competition as they are drawn together at the Quarter Final stage. Cork County can select from a full squad with the exception of the injured Robert Duggan and have announced a very strong side for Saturday’s quarter final tie.

After last weekend’s impressive showing in the Leinster League Division 2 clash against Malahide when County were on course to set Malahide a challenging total before the weather intervened. Cork County finished their innings in the 41st over on 209-6 with captain Bruce Koch looking in ominous form on 60* while opener Ross Durity (35) and overseas player George Barry (32) also made good starts. After a strong showing for the 2nd XI when be scored 84 runs on Sunday, Chris Banon returns to the side to replace Des O’Leary while Andrew Saul also comes back into the side to replace Andrew Wootton.

Munster Senior Cup – Quarter Final:
Saturday 28th May:
Cork County v Limerick Raiders, Mardyke (12.00 p.m.)

  1. Bruce Koch*
  2. Keith Banks
  3. Chris Banon
  4. George Barry
  5. Ross Durity
  6. Darren Fogarty
  7. Ciaran Healy
  8. Sidhz Joshi
  9. Shannon Madden+
  10. Matt Reed
  11. Andrew Saul

Easter Weekend Team News

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Munster League Division 1:
Monday 25th April:
Cork County 1 v Limerick Raiders, Mardyke (12.00 p.m.)

  1. B. Koch*
  2. C. Banon
  3. R. Duggan
  4. D. Fogarty
  5. C. Healy
  6. S. Joshi
  7. S. Madden+
  8. D. O’Leary
  9. M. Reed
  10. A. Saul
  11. A. Wootton
  12. A. Jones

Munster League Division 3:
Saturday 23rd April
Cork County 3 v Lismore, Mardyke (12.00 p.m.)

  1. Bryn Nelmes
  2. Ben Scott
  3. Areeb Mian
  4. Cian Scannell
  5. Brian O’Leary
  6. Barry O’Sullivan
  7. Ian Coleman +
  8. William Bradley*
  9. Hugh O’Brien
  10. Noel Cronin
  11. Kevin O’Sullivan

County secure Senior League and Cup Double in convincing fashion

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Keeping up appearances. This, Cork County did with aplomb when virtually dismissing the challenge of Limerick Raiders in their eagerly awaited Munster Senior Cup final at the Mardyke. Aiming to secure the League and Cup double for a season that heralded so many good omens, County went about their expected mammoth clash against one of their bogey sides with an intent that was almost brutal in its execution.

On a day when rain always threatened to ruin the proceedings, Cork County captain, Robert Duggan, on winning the toss, had no hesitation in putting Limerick into bat. Thereafter, it was mostly down hill for a willing and brave side who either succumbed to the challenge offered by County or simply imploded in the atmosphere of the big occasion. Perhaps it was a combination of the two that resulted in this final terminating in mid afternoon, just before the rains came.

The search for new talent is a relentless pursuit at Cork County who have been the kingpins of cricket in Munster going back generations. On Sunday a new star was born or, the astute Mardyke mentors would suggest, Dessie O’Leary displayed his rich talent with the bat that they knew was always part of his armoury. Facing a meagre total of 99 for a win, O’Leary and his opening partner, vice captain Ross Durity knocked off the required runs with consummate ease.

Durity was known for his many regal displays, but, on this occasion, in the Blue Ribon clash for the Munster Cup, he was outshone by O’Leary whose commanding presence at the crease ensured that County’s pursuit of the ultimate honours would be but a stroll in the park.

His dexterity, his power and his treatment of the Limerick bowlers gave him an aura of invincibility which bode so much good for County and suggested so much grief for Limeriick. His innings started well and ended gloriously with the winning boundary of imperial majesty struck through the covers.

This was no docile Limerick side with captain Azeem Khan expecting his team to perform in a winning vein. Their troubles came early when the indestructible Bruce Koch rattled their cage, taking 4 for 14 in ten overs. Seamer James Duggan, who seems to have added a yard of pace to his deliveries, reinforced the gauntlet with his 3 for 29 and Andrew Saul(2 for 29) ensure there was no escape route.

Zakia at 27 was their highest scorer and Shraza, at 15, put some respectibility to the total when County threatened total annihilation.Compare these statistics to O’Leary’s 51 not out and Durity’s not out 42 and the gulf between the sides becomes quite evident.

Captain Robert Duggan and his team were able to celebrate the Double at an early stage of the afternoon,even before Tipperary in Croke Park, had their moment of glory.

Cup finals were never expected to be like this and umpires, Michael Hickey and Paddy Comerford saw their day so unexpectedly abbreviated by the size of the Cork County triumph. In presenting the trophy to captain Duggan, Munster Cricket Union President, Gerry Horan praised the excellence of the County team and stressed he was certain that Limerick Raiders would be back next season with renewed vigour and zest.

Man of the match adjudicator, Bertie Coleman had no hesitation in nominating Dessie O’Leary for this award, a decision which gained unanimous approval.

Madras Cup—- It was Ladies Day at the Mardyke on Saturday when the club’s female stars took on North Kildare for the Madras Cup. As holders, the Matt Reed trained Cork girls were defending the trophy they first won last year. They appreciated the difficulty of their assignment on a day when the sun suggested summer would stay with us forever.

But, the glow of heat was generated mostly by North Kildare who made 136 for their 25 overs, despite Emer Twomey and Mary Long each taking two wickets.In reply, Cork could only manage 122 which left them perilously short of their target.Captain Laura Peters made a redoubtable 25; Valerie Barry chipped in with 20 and Tamsin Cunniffe(18) made brave and valiant efforts to chase down the North Kildare score. All, however, to no avail but, as captain Peters proclaimed, next season we will turn the scales.

Rugby Players in Action—The Mardyke played host to the inaugural Shay Livingstone’s Cork County selection against a team drawn from Cork Constitution.There were a lot of bragging rights on offer to the winners so there was a keenness about the proceedings. All the participants have been major winners on the rugby union scene and some, like Brian Walsh, would have made the international side had he opted for the cricket code.

Livingstone’s marauders had to eat humble pie in the end, losing by a scant nine runs.The 149 Con accumulated, thanks to Dara Lyons and, Kenny Murphy, who was awarded the Rochestown Park Hotel trophy as man of the match.

Brian Walsh, as expected, top scored with 24 and the others to make their mark for Livingstone’s eleven were Packy Durham and Noel Walsh.

More to come next season. .

Cork County hit form to douse Terenure fire

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Cork County showed why they are Munster champions by the calibre of their play against Terenure in a vital Leinster League match in Dublin last Saturday. Their stunning display against one of the league’s top sides saw them victorious in a titanic finale.

This was Cork County at their best. In a nail biting final over, Andrew Saul hit a two off the last ball to take the Mardyke side past the winning post by one run, a win they richly deserved on the run of play. For all that, it was very hard earned. They faced a total of 240 and because of the way the pitch played, it looked an insurmountable target.

Cork County’s attack this season has been spearheaded by some remarkable returns from Bruce Koch, Matt Reed, Andrew Wootton and James Duggan, which gave the Dyke side a considerable edge in their domestic league. However, it was an ominous sign that, despite line and length bowling, Terenure were quite up to the task of scoring enough runs in their innings to set the visitors a very daunting task.

Robert Duggan’s warriors were not to be fazed and in newcomer Simon Ridley and Bruce Koch they possessed the nucleus of batting talent to save the day. And they accomplished with reassuring skill and technique. It was a joy to see these two in action. In the end, Ridley was but one run short of his century and Koch, the most impressive player of the entire season, was out for 60.

Though nearing the magic total of 240, County, as always, provided a heart-thumping climax as Andrew Wootton was forced into an all-out offensive mode, as the overs ran down, and his huge six and clever boundary in the penultimate over put the onus on Saul to clinch the match. Two off the last ball of the match, in mounting tension and anxiety, gave the Cork team their one run win.

“Yes we can” was their slogan, to which the obvious riposte should certainly be “yes we did!” “This was a mighty performance and a very significant win” said Captain Robert Duggan, who will lead his side against Limerick Raiders in the Provincial Cup decider at the Mardyke this coming Sunday, September 5th. In this kind of form, and having a full panel to pick from, it is difficult to see County playing second fiddle to any team in the Province. Yet, Limerick are quite capable of surprises but it would take a major upheaval to knock the league champions off their lofty pedestal. But, by their unpredictable nature, cup encounters have a habit of burying certainties and elevating challengers to high pinnacles of success. This final will provide all the answers.

It is a big ask to require a Cork team to play two vital Leinster League matches in Dublin on successive days. Cork County knew this, as a condition of gaining entry, and have undertaken the onerous programme of travel and matches without demur. For all that, it is quite exhausting and County showed this characteristic in their game against Old Belvedere at Cabra on Sunday.

Emotionally drained, they capitulated rather tamely and Belvedere’s 220 was a bridge too far for the visitors. Des O’Leary, with a well crafted 60, tried to restore equilibrium with the bat and James Duggan, with the ball, but to no great avail. Cork County’s 150 fell appreciably short by 70 runs. It dampened, somewhat, the exhilaration of the result against Terenure the previous day but it underlined their determination to continue to compete at the highest levels.

Now, the end is near. Two more Leinster League games, the first against Pembroke at Oak Hill, Wicklow on September 11th followed by the previously postponed match against The Hills at Milverton, the following day will finally determine the status of the team and the Club for the 2010 season. All to play for ,and all to look forward to.

Sean Power
Evening Echo, Thursday, September 2nd, 2010.

County close in on Division 1 title with victory over Limerick Raiders

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Cork County continued their charge towards regaining the Munster League Division 1 title after a hard fought victory against Limerick Raiders at the Mardyke on Sunday. County knew that victory against the Shannon-siders would put them in a commanding position in the Division 1 title race with a crunch tie against second placed Midleton on the horizon. The match also acted as a precursor to the upcoming 2010 Munster Senior Cup final where the two sides will go head to head in Munster’s showpiece event.

Limerick captain Azeem Khan won the toss and opted to bat first in perfect conditions at the Mardyke. Limerick’s innings struggled to get any momentum until Usman Khan (36) joined number three batsman Asif (60) at the crease. Their partnership pushed the Raiders towards the respectable total of 159 after they were finally bowled out in the 42nd over. Some excellent bowling from the ever dependable Bruce Koch (3-30) and medium pacer Matt Reed (3-30) proved too much for the Limerick side. Seamer James Duggan (2-35) and off-spinner Andrew Saul (2-43) also chipped in with some wickets.

In reply openers Ross Durity and Oliver Creedon aimed to provide a solid start to the Cork County run chase and in form Durity was soon into his stride with some splendid shots down the ground and square of the wicket. Creedon was unlucky to be caught behind down the leg side and he was followed by West Indian Andrew Saul who misjudged a leave and was clean bowled. Cork County’s star player of 2010, Bruce Koch, joined Durity out in the middle and they two were eager to build a big partnership to bring the home side close to the required total. Durity (23) was caught behind after he got the finest of edges to a ball from Limerick stalwart Shani Alam. County youngster Chris Banon soon followed Durity after he was adjudged LBW by umpire Jack Russell in the same over. The Cork County skipper, Robert Duggan, joined Koch at the crease and both consolidated and began building a comfortable partnership nullifying the Limerick attack pushing County towards the required 160 runs. However, after a mix up between the two, Duggan was run out and suddenly the County lower middle order was under pressure once again. Duggan’s run out was soon followed by the departure of Koch who mistimed a leg side glace and was caught by Farrukh Bhagat. Darren Fogarty soon followed Koch when he was run out after a silly mix up with his partner Michael Wycherley. County’s cup semi-final hero Matt Reed (24*) and Wycherley re-established some control and both brought he Mardyke side to within touching distance of victory until Wycherley was superbly caught and bowled by Farrukh Bhagat. Suddenly a few nerves returned to the County supporters as tail ender James Duggan joined Reed in the middle with only seven runs required. Reed’s cool and calm demeanor ensured that he was unaffected by any nerves and he coolly scored the winning runs which clinched a vital victory for Cork County as they now turn their attention to second placed Midleton next week knowing that victory there would all but clinch their first Division 1 title in over two years.

Sunday August 8th:
Cork County 161-8 beat Limerick Raiders 159 all out by 2 wickets at the Mardyke scorecard

Cork County’s remaining Munster Division 1 fixtures:

Sunday August 15th v Midleton at College Park

Sunday August 22nd v Cork Harlequins at the Mardyke

Saturday September 4th v WIT at the Mardyke

Saturday September 18th v WIT at the Mardyke

Cork County outgun Limerick Raiders in exhilarating run chase

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Cork County continued their quest to regain the Munster Division 1 title and remain on top of the Division 1 table by welcoming newcomers Limerick Raiders to the Mardyke on Sunday. Both sides had previously met during a pre-season friendly in April when the Raiders inflicted a heavy defeat on a under strength County XI. On this occasion a strong County side took the field with only one change from last weekend’s game against Midleton with Matt Reed coming in and Michael John Wycherley unavailable due to personal reasons. Conditions were overcast and damp with the forecast of heavy showers throughout the afternoon.

Cork County skipper Robert Duggan won the toss and decided to have a bowl hoping his bowlers could take advantage of the early moisture in the pitch. However, the Limerick Raiders batsman had other ideas by taking the attack to the County bowlers. Opener Shani Alam was out early caught at first slip by Bruce Koch off the bowling of Parvez Ali and he was replaced by skipper Mosh Tayyab who soon got into his stride with some powerful shots down the ground off the bowling of James Duggan. In partnership with the other Azeem Khan, both he and Tayyab put on almost 90 runs for the second wicket with an array of shots around the ground aided by some sub standard Cork County fielding. Tayyab was eventually bowled by Robert Duggan and he was soon followed by Zia Khan who was caught LBW by young off-spinner Brad Morgan. Farrukh Bhagat joined Azeem Khan at the wicket and he took up the attack with some powerful shots to the leg-side in particular. Azeem reached his half century but was run out by Mirza and he was followed in close proximity by middle order batsmen Sajid Javid and Rizwan Aslam. With the dismissal of Farrukh for 50 after being caught behind by Chris Banon off the bowling of Bruce Koch, Cork County hoped to wrap up the Raiders innings however a brief cameo from tail-ender Usman Khan (30 runs) frustrated the County bowlers as their hopes of limiting the winning target to under 200 were dashed. Usman was clean bowled by Parvez Ali and the remaining two wickets followed in close succession leaving the home side with a daunting target of 244 runs to win in deteriorating conditions.

With 243 runs on the board the Limerick Raiders side were quietly confident of causing an upset particularly with conditions not ideal for a big run chase. Cork County openers Robert Duggan and Mirza Baig knew they must provide a solid opening partnership to allow their in-form middle order with a platform to chase down the large Raiders total. The first over from opener Usman Khan was a sign of things to come for the County batsman. The County skipper found himself on the receiving end of a barrage of short balls and balls rising off a length with the now damp wicket beginning to cut up. Mirza Baig didn’t last long as he fished outside his off stump at a short wide ball from Farrukh and was caught behind. Cork County’s Guyanese all rounder Andrew Saul batted at number 3 and was determined not to be dominated by the Limerick Raiders attack by playing some imposing drives over the top and down the ground. Saul was intelligent with his shot selection in the difficult conditions, dismissing anything over pitched or too short of length. Usman and Farrukh attempted to get the most of the conditions by bowling short of a good length hoping the pitch would provided some variable bounce. Saul and Duggan took some blows to the body as they attempted to dampen the early enthusiasm of the Limerick Raiders players. With the Cork County total on 70 for 1 Duggan played at a short wide delivery from Shani Alam which left him slightly and was caught behind by the keeper Rizwan for 25 runs. With the dismissal of skipper Duggan, in-form South African all rounder Bruce Koch joined Andrew Saul at the crease and was soon into his stride and continuing this excellent form by timing shots to both sides of the wicket with effortless ease.

With the conditions deteriorating and poor light becoming an issue for the umpires, run rate would potentially become critical to the final outcome of the game. Saul and Koch entertained the County supporters with beautiful shots to all sides of the ground which were all the more impressive given the batsman unfriendly conditions. Saul provided the power while Koch provided the finesse as their partnership grew and once 20 over’s had been completed meaning the match was now officially a game, the County run rate was almost 6.5 runs per over in comparison to Limerick’s 4.8 runs per over. Limerick knew now knew they must try and bowl out Cork County if they were to win the game. With Cork County total on 193, Andrew Saul mistimed a booming drive and spooned it up in the air to be dismissed for a hugely impressive 76 runs. The warm reception he received from the County supporters on his return to the clubhouse was justly deserved after his super innings. In-form youngster Chris Banon joined Koch at the crease with just over 40 runs required to win. Banon intelligently looked to get Koch on strike as the South African soon began to eye up his second century of the season. With the early energy of the Limerick Raiders attack now diminished, Banon and Koch eased the County total towards victory and with the total on 239 Koch played a booming on-drive from the Mardyke end deep into the adjoining tennis club car park for 6 to give County an empathic 7 wicket victory after chasing down the 244 target in just 37 over’s. Koch finished on 91 not out. As was noted by one or two of the experienced onlookers ‘it was one of the most exciting and impressive run chases seen at the Mardyke for many years’.

Cork County Team: Robert Duggan*, Bruce Koch, Chris Banon†, James Duggan, Andrew Saul, Parvez Ali, Matt Reed, Ciarán Healy, Brad Morgan, Mirza Baig & Kevin Bray.

Sunday May 30th:
Cork County 245-3 beat Limerick Raiders 243 all out by 7 wickets at the Mardyke. scorecard