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Celebrating 150 Years of Cork County Cricket Club

Friday, April 5th, 2024

In a historic commemoration of the club’s rich legacy, Cork County Cricket Club recently marked the 150th anniversary since its inception. The journey began in 1874 when the inaugural meeting was convened under the chairmanship of Sir Thomas Tobin on the 4th of April 1874 at the Imperial Hotel in Cork.

Led by President Mortimer Kelleher and Chairman Peter Dineen, the current committee gathered at the very location where it all began to pay homage to this significant milestone. Among the distinguished attendees were former Club President Kieran Aherne and esteemed club stalwart David Griffin, who served as both President of Cricket Ireland and a long-standing officer of the club.

Accompanied by current committee members Robert Duggan, Talha Kayani, Diarmuid Carey, Sid Joshi, Kevin O’Sullivan, Pat Donnelly, Susan O’Connell, and Rahul Sethi, the group convened at the Imperial Hotel. Together, they captured a commemorative photograph on the grand staircase of the hotel foyer, mirroring a similar effort by the club committee during the centenary celebrations in 1974.

Photo recreating the 1974 centenary celebration photo, featuring the current Cork County Cricket Club committee (including President Mortimor Kelleher, Chairman Peter Dineen, Robert Duggan, Talha Kayani, Diarmuid Carey, Sid Joshi, Kevin O'Sullivan, Pat Donnelly, Susan O'Connell, and Rahul Sethi) on the steps of the grand staircase at the Imperial Hotel in Cork, commemorating the club's 150th anniversary.
Photo recreating the 1974 centenary celebration photo, featuring the current Cork County Cricket Club committee (including President Mortimor Kelleher, Chairman Peter Dineen, Robert Duggan, Talha Kayani, Diarmuid Carey, Sid Joshi, Kevin O’Sullivan, Pat Donnelly, Susan O’Connell, and Rahul Sethi) on the steps of the grand staircase at the Imperial Hotel in Cork, commemorating the club’s 150th anniversary.

The event served as a poignant reminder of the club’s enduring legacy and the profound impact it has had on the cricketing community in Cork and beyond over the past century and a half. As Cork County Cricket Club embarks on its 150th year, the spirit of camaraderie and dedication to the sport continues to thrive, ensuring a bright future for generations of cricket enthusiasts to come.

This special gathering marks the official kick-off of a year-long celebration planned by the club. We look forward to sharing more details about upcoming events as we commemorate 150 years of cricketing excellence and camaraderie at Cork County Cricket Club.

2023 1st XI Season Preview

Friday, April 21st, 2023

As the 2023 cricket season approaches, Cork County prepares for an exciting and challenging campaign under the leadership of its new club captain, Abubakar Saddique, who takes the reins from Ross Durity. With a wealth of experience gained at both club and interprovincial levels, Saddique will look to lead from the front with bat and ball, having taken 142 wickets at 19.7 in Leinster competition.

Abubakar Saddique - Cork County Cricket Club

Joining the squad as the club’s overseas player is South African Stefano di Bartolomeo, a seam bowling all-rounder from Benoni Northerns CC in the Easterns Premier League. Di Bartolomeo, who is also eligible for the Italian national side, will aim to play his way into their squad for the WT20 Qualifiers later in the summer while also aiming to put in some strong performances with bat and ball for the club in all competitions.

The 1st XI will face a tough start to their Premier Division campaign with an uncompromising schedule of three successive away fixtures in Munster competitions, followed by a trip to Ardmore in the Irish Senior Cup. However, the squad is strengthened with a few new faces who will inject some freshness and necessary depth into the team. Saddique will also be able to rely on the experience and talent of the likes of  Ross Durity, Byron McDonough, Nabeel Anjum among others who will all have key roles to play to ensure the club has a successful season.

Saddique is optimistic about the upcoming season and his role as club captain, stating, “It’s a new season, and as the new captain, I want to instil an aggressive mindset in the squad and look to win back some silverware in Munster and become a tough opponent in a very competitive-looking Leinster Championship.” It promises to be an exciting season for Cork County, and their supporters can’t wait to see what unfolds on the pitch.

Groundsman Matt Reed is also hard at work preparing the Mardyke for what promises to be another action-packed season on the ground, with fixtures at all levels scheduled throughout the summer. In addition, the first T20 Interpro festival is set to take place in early June, adding to the already exciting lineup of matches. Matt’s expertise and attention to detail ensure that the ground is always in top condition, ready for play at all times.

Looking north across the the Mardyke Cricket grounds towards Sunday's Well.

County clinch 2017 Senior Cup in style

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Cork County won the Senior Cup at the Mardyke on Saturday by a convincing margin of 163 runs against Limerick. It was County’s 12th Senior Cup title since the turn of the century which included victories over County Galway and Midleton to progress to the Final.

Limerick having won the toss elected to bowl on a beautifully prepared pitch which received high praise from the umpires at the previous night’s Inter-pro Trophy game.

It soon became apparent that the pitch was proving a bit more difficult to read as the County openers struggled to get the ball away. By the time Gary King joined Stephan Grobler midway through the 13th over County had lost the wickets of Aaron Cawley, Cormac Hassett and Robert Duggan and were 3-34.

Progress continued to be slow with only three boundaries being scored in the next 11 overs. The pair kept the scoreboard ticking over with impressive running of singles which kept the Limerick fielders struggling to contain. By the 39th over, when on 59, Grobler edged and was caught behind, the partnership of 155 had proven a game changer.

King continued to find boundaries with more regularity and reached 151 in the penultimate over before he was bowled by Ibrahim Khan next ball. A wonderful innings which was appreciated even by the Limerick players who had been at the receiving end of it.

A target of 287 was a big ask for a Limerick side unused to playing on a tricky wicket which required patience. The Limerick innings opened in dramatic fashion with a flurry of extras and with the score on 33 Limerick had only scored 5 runs off the bat before Limerick Captain, Ziz Khan, was bowled by Aaron Cawley.

In sharp contrast to the bizarre opening, the next 18 overs saw only 34 runs being scored for the loss of a further 4 wickets with the dismissals of Khalil Ahmad, Farrukh Bhagat, Murtaza Sidiqi and Khalid Ahmad. Farman Yousafzai offered token resistance scoring 15 off 41 balls but by the time Mustafa Sidiqi scored 31 off 25, before being caught in the deep by Grobler, the game had already slipped away from the Shannonsiders.

The presentation ceremony was conducted by MCU President, Michael Hickey, who presented medals to both teams and the Senior Cup to Cormac Hassett. Gary King was deservedly awarded Man of the match for his match winning 151.

Senior Cup Final: 

Cork County 286-7 (King 151, Grobler 59, O’Reilly 28*, Khan 3-23) beat Limerick 123 all out (Sidiqi 31, Carey 2-17, O’Sullivan 2-20, Cawley 2-26) by 163 runs at the Mardyke. 

Munster Senior Cup Winners 2017

The Mardyke to host the Oman Cricket Association T20 training camp

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Oman flagCork County Cricket Club and Munster Cricket are delighted to announce that Oman Cricket Association, one of the ICC Associate countries participating in the upcoming T20 World Cup Qualifiers, will base themselves at the Mardyke in Cork for their pre-tournament training camp. As the tournament is being hosted by Ireland and Scotland, The Oman Cricket squad and management wish to acclimatise to local conditions by training and playing practice matches during their period in Cork.

The Oman Cricket Squad will arrive in Cork on the 15th June and will use the Cork County ground at the Mardyke as their training base from then until the end of June. Accommodation for their stay is kindly provided by our main Club sponsors The River Lee Hotel and during this period, they will play the following T20 challenge games at the Mardyke:

  • v Munster (Wednesday, 17th June)
  • v Cork County (Thursday, 18th June)
  • v Munster (Monday, 22nd June)
  • v Cork County (Thursday, 25th June)

All of these games will start at 2pm and will be played in coloured clothing under the ICC T20 World Cup competition regulations. Entry will be free of charge for each match with food and refreshments available in the Clubhouse.

Cork County and Munster Cricket look forward to the opportunity to test their best players against international opposition and believe this series of games will greatly increase the profile of cricket in Cork and across Munster. It is hoped that large numbers of cricket supporters in Munster will be able to attend the games and experience International T20 cricket at the famous Mardyke ground.

For further information on these upcoming fixtures against Oman Cricket, please contact Cork County on 021-4272569 or corkcountycc@gmail.com

County 2 overcome Waterford & District to reach Cup semi-final

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Waterford & District were the visitors to the Mardyke on Sunday last to take on Cork County 2 in the quarter-final of the Munster Junior Cup. In chilly and overcast conditions Kevin O’Sullivan won the toss and had no hesitation in asking the visitors to set a score.

David Head and Bilal Hussein strode out from the pavilion to face Aaron Cawley from the Mardyke End and first Oscar Cotter from the Tennis Club End. With the ball swinging prodigiously and the opening bowlers generating good pace, progress was slow. Wides accounted for the bulk of the 14 runs that Waterford had accumulated by the start of the seventh over when Hussein skyed a knee-high full toss on leg stump from Cotter, Rory O’Keeffe taking a good catch after running in from slip.

Siblee Islam joined the Waterford ‘keeper at the crease but Aaron Cawley was bowling at a consistently good pace and had both batsmen in trouble during his spell of 5 overs for 5 runs. The young right-armer was unlucky not to pick up a wicket, something which bowling a fuller length should sort out next time round. Meanwhile, Narsa Renjarla had replaced Oscar Cotter and despite conceding some early wides, his medium-pace was causing problems for Head and Islam.

It took another bowling change and a considerable degree of patience for County to pick up their second wicket, Islam gloving a short ball from James Hunter straight to Rory O’Keeffe at first slip. Dylan McGuire was next to go, bowled by Hunter for a single. The Suir-siders were in trouble at 33-4 after 16 overs and things soon got worse for them when Renjarla had Brendan du Preez lbw first ball. Du Preez felt he had edged it onto his pad but umpire Jack Russell had no hesitation in lifting the finger and he had to go.

Hunter picked up his third wicket soon after when Nithin Padmaprabher drove uppishly to O’Sullivan at mid-off. Some excellent Cork County bowling aswell as a solid fielding performance had the home side on top but with Head still at the crease they were wary of a Waterford backlash.


Thankfully for the Mardyke men, the mainstay of the innings was out just one over later, castled by Hunter for 13 out of 50-6. Following the drinks break, Sean Cawley who had replaced Renjarla at the Tennis Club End enticed Pushkar Nigam to flick to mid-wicket where Kevin Bray took a good low catch. Despite conceding three no balls and several wides, Cawley struck again two overs later, disturbing Glen Egerton’s stumps and leaving Waterford 8 down with just 60 on the board.

Ram Sarkar decided that it was time to counter attack and he flayed Hunter to the mid-wicket fence before lofting him over mid-off for six. Despite a relatively expensive final over, Hunter finished with figures of 9-0-26-4, an outstanding performance by any measure.

Following the completion of his spell, O’Sullivan introduced himself from the University End and had Manish Singh dropped first ball, wicket-keeper Peter Barlow failing to cling on to a tough chance. It mattered little however as Sarkar was plumb lbw two balls later for a swift 23.

The visitors skipper David Latimer was last man in and two balls later last man out when he was bowled around his legs by O’Sullivan to leave W&D 84 all out in 30 overs.

Following the tea interval, Peter Barlow and Paul McDowell set about the task of chasing down what looked like a relatively easy target. That task suffered an early setback however as Barlow was bowled by Nigam with the score on 4. McDowell followed his opening partner back to the pavilion five overs later, bowled by Bilal Hussein for 8.

Meanwhile, Rory O’Keeffe had set about the task of dispatching the Waterford bowlers to all parts of the Mardyke and assisted by a few wides and the odd no ball had succeeded in pushing the score to 43 when he lost his partner Aaron Cawley (1) caught at cover attempting to cut Manish Singh.

James Hunter joined O’Keeffe and both played assertively and with patience, taking what runs were on offer without much risk. Following David Latimer’s excellent, if wicketless spell from the Tennis Club End, Bilal Hussein returned to the fray and had O’Keeffe smartly caught behind for 25.

However, with just 21 runs needed for victory, it was too little too late for the visitors and a flick to fine-leg for three by Kevin Bray ensured that Cork County emerged triumphant. They will now go on to face either Midleton or Limerick in the semi-final to be held at the Mardyke on June 27th.

Noel Cantwell – The International Cricketer

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Cork City Council to open the “Noel Cantwell Way” on the Mardyke in CorkOn the 13th March 2015, Cork City Council will commemorate the sporting career of Noel Cantwell by renaming one of the roads connecting the Mardyke with the Western Road “Noel Cantwell Way”.  This is close to where Noel and his brothers grew up and very close to the famous Cork County cricket ground on the Mardyke.

The achievements of Noel Cantwell’s soccer career are, of course, very well-known including achievements such as captaining West Ham United to the Division 2 title in 1958, captaining Manchester United in the FA Cup victory of 1963 and being part of the 1965 and 1967 Division 1 League winning sides.  He played 36 times for Ireland, scoring 14 goals in his career.  He later managed both Coventry City and Peterborough achieving success with both clubs.

This article concentrates on Noel Cantwell’s cricket career which is, perhaps, less known but no less successful although his opportunities on the cricket field were restricted by his soccer commitments.  Noel, and his brothers, Frank and Gerry, were one of a number of families who grew up in the late 1940s and 1950s in and around the Mardyke area and who became leading lights in Cork cricket focused on the Mardyke.  Others from this era included Jim and Tom Kiernan, Pat Dineen, Jim Fitzgerald, Con Odlum, Danny Duggan, Noel and Dermot Giltinan and Billy Bradley to name but a few.  The three Cantwell brothers played their club cricket with Cork Bohemians, played with Cork County in friendlies against Dublin, Northern Irish and English opposition and all three played for Munster in Interprovincial matches in this period.  Cork Bohemians were probably the dominant club side in Cork and Munster in this period winning the Senior League on six occasions in the 1950s.  Frank also played in the South v North fixture in 1952 which was effectively an Irish final trial but only Noel would go on to play international cricket for Ireland.

Noel Cantwell was a left handed bat and a right arm medium paced bowler.  Contemporary accounts describe him as being a fluent stroke maker and a brilliant fielder.  While Noel himself downplayed his ability as a bowler, he is noted as “having the habit of taking wickets at club level when most needed”.  Noel Cantwell played five times for Ireland in the period 1956 to 1959.  Of the relatively few matches played by Ireland in that period (generally three or four matches per year), quite a few were played in late August or September when his soccer commitments would have ruled him out of contention for selection.

Republic of Ireland captain Noel Cantwell and England captain Bobby Moore Noel Cantwell made his debut for Ireland in a three day match against Scotland which took place in Edinburgh from 30 June to 2 July 1956.  Ireland escaped with a draw after Scotland scored 411-6 declared in their first innings.  Ireland were bowled out for 276 and, after Scotland declared their second innings on 56 for 1, made 76 for 4 in their second innings having been set 191 to win.  Noel performed very capably with the bat scoring 31 in the first innings and was 17 not out in the second.  He also bowled his only spell for Ireland in the Scottish first innings bowling 2 overs for 13 runs and no wickets.  One of his teammates in that match was Ian Lewis who, although mainly associated with YMCA Dublin, played a number of seasons with Church of Ireland CC and Cork County in this period.

In 1957, West Indies played Ireland in a two day game in Belfast, which was drawn, and in a one day match in College Park on July 12.  Noel Cantwell came into the side for the one day match in which West Indies scored 140 for 7 before bowling out Ireland for 61.  Noel was out for a duck on this occasion – his only consolation being, perhaps, that he was caught by Frank Worrell and bowled by Gary Sobers – two of the greatest players in West Indian and World Cricket history.  Other West Indian greats who played in that match were Rohan Kanhai and Wes Hall.  Gary Sobers took 5 wickets for 43 in 18 overs in that match.

On 16/17 July 1958, Ireland played New Zealand in a two day match in Belfast.  Ireland scored 130 and 179 while New Zealand recorded a score of 208 in their only innings with the match ending in a draw.  Noel top-scored for Ireland in the first innings with 40 runs but was out for 7 in the second innings.  On 18 July, the sides met again in College Park.  New Zealand scored 182 for 4 in reply to which Ireland scored 121 for 3 in yet another draw.  Noel was run out for 6.

In reporting on the New Zealand two day match, Wisden stated that “Ireland were saved from collapse by Cantwell who, after showing very sound defence, hit boldly”.  After that game, Noel was offered professional terms by Essex but he declined on the basis that he did not want to spend the whole year in England.  He obviously enjoyed his summer time and cricket in Cork.

Noel’s final game for Ireland was against Lancashire on 1/2 July 1959.  Ireland scored 146 and 75 while Lancashire scored 204 for 8 and 18 for 1 to win by 9 wickets.  Noel scored 25 and 11 in the game batting at Number 4.  Probably the best known player in the Lancashire side was Ken Higgs, the future test seamer, who bowled 11 overs in the match for 6 runs and 1 wicket.

Noel Cantwell’s career batting figures for Ireland were thus:

Innings 8
Not Out 1
Highest 40
Total Runs 137
Average 19.57


He also held three catches in the matches in which he played.

Noel Cantwell was undoubtedly one of the best Irish soccer players in Irish sporting history.  He was also certainly one of the best cricketers to come from Cork.  Had his sporting career progressed differently and he had concentrated on cricket as his first sport, he might have blazed a trail for the Ed Joyces and Eoin Morgans of our time and have been a star player in English County cricket and Test cricket.

David Griffin
February 2015

Mardyke looks picture perfect in spring sunshine

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The ICC World Cup may be in full swing with Ireland’s excellent start to the tournament making cricket one of the most talked about sports in Ireland, however, the hard work of pre-season preparations continue at the Mardyke. With just over six weeks until pre-season fixtures commence, the early spring sunshine provided groundsman Matt Reed with the perfect opportunity to take some photos of the ground as it looks in excellent condition ahead of a busy 2015 season. #CCCC

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 breeze past Harlequins in Game 1 of the Senior T20 Series

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Cork County entertained Cork Harlequins in the first of three Senior T20’s on Thursday evening. ‘Quins won the toss and opted to bat first. After an opening over from Hugh O’Brien(2-35) which yielded 13, the visitors lost their first wicket; Sunil Nagaraji driving to Robert Duggan at cover off the bowling of Kevin O’Sullivan.

Conor Andrew joined Alex Deane, took a single and watched as Deane pulled O’Sullivan to the mid-wicket boundary. After a tight over from O’Brien, Conor Andrew was caught behind attempting to reverse sweep. Junaid Ayub joined Deane but lasted only one ball, well held by Brian Kelleher at extra cover off O’Sullivan.

Robert Duggan replaced O’Brien and picked up a wicket in his first over, Zuhair Shah holing out at long on. Alex Deane was next to depart, lofting to Aidan Kelleher at long on to give O’Sullivan(4-22) his final wicket.


Brian Kelleher replaced Duggan and despite failing to pick up a wicket created a number of chances. Will Doyle and Cian Scannell rebuilt the Harlequins innings and the score had reached 106 before the next wicket fell, Scannell caught at long off by Hugh O’Brien, Oscar Cotter(2-11) picking up the wicket.

Doyle(40) was the seventh wicket to fall, Stephan Grobler taking a fantastic catch at mid-off to leave the away side 117-7 with 4 overs remaining. Andrew O’Reilly joined Siva Chimnesay at the crease but was bowled four deliveries later by Hugh O’Brien, who then also picked up the wicket of Dave Peet, caught at deep cover by Robert Duggan.

Azher and Chimnesay added 13 before the innings closed, Harlequins making 142-9 from their allocation.

Andy Wootton and Stephan Grobler opened the batting for the hosts but Wootton was soon back in the pavilion, adjudged LBW to the bowling of Will Doyle. Ross Durity joined Grobler and the pair added a quickfire 23 before Grobler was caught by Siva Chimnesay at mid-off.

Robert Duggan lofted Shah back over his head for four before being caught by Andrew O’Reilly at mid-wicket. At 28-3 County needed a good partnership and they got one, Aidan Kelleher and Ross Durity displaying a fine array of attacking shots and aggressive running to leave the hosts within ten runs of victory with three overs remaining.

Durity pulled the first ball of the 17th over into the trees for six to bring up his half-century and the game was over five deliveries later when Zuhair Shah conceded a wide. A brilliant batting display from Durity and Kelleher saw County take a one-nil lead in the series with game two to be played in Farmers Cross next week.

Kelleher brothers star as County defeat Harlequins in Divsion 3

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Cork Harlequins 3 were the visitors to the Mardyke on Sunday July 27th. In sunny, humid conditions Cork County won the toss and elected to bat. Paul McDowell and Abdul Younus opened the batting for County but Younus was back in the pavilion inside two overs, skying to Cormac McCarthy at point off the bowling of Chris Morris.

Peter Barlow soon followed, bowled by Zuhair Shah to leave County in a precarious position at 23-2. Aidan Kelleher joined McDowell and immediately upped the run rate, pulling first Chris Morris and then Alex Deane for several boundaries through mid-wicket.
The fluent strokeplay of Kelleher combined with a sizeable amount of extras helped County to 96-2 from 22 overs when Paul McDowell was bowled attempting to cover drive.

County’s momentum faltered slightly as Billy Quinn also fell victim to a fuller delivery, the home side’s captain lobbing one to cover for 5. Kevin O’Sullivan joined Kelleher who continued to take the attack to the away side’s bowlers with a series of off-side boundaries. Three boundaries came from the 30th over, two to O’Sullivan and one to Kelleher before the latter finally fell for a brilliantly made 70 out of 163-5.

James McCarthy joined O’Sullivan with ten overs remaining in the innings but soon fell to the off-spin of Nintini. Chris Van Heerden came to the crease and together with O’Sullivan put on a quickfire partnership of 28 before O’Sullivan was caught and bowled by Nintini for 26 out of 176-7.

Narsa Renjarla and Van Heerden put on 17 before Renjarla was stumped off the final ball of the innings. The hosts had set a daunting target of 194 to win and when Chris Morris was run out off the third ball of the innings it came as no surprise to see ‘Quins come out all guns blazing.

Alex Deane and Greg Higgins took the score to 44-1 from just four overs when Deane pulled straight to Billy Quinn at square-leg. Joe O’Mahony joined Higgins at the crease but could only watch on as his partner holed out to long on off the bowling of Brian Kelleher.

Zuhair Shah cover drove Van Heerden to the rope and rotated the strike well with O’Mahony to put the away side in the ascendancy. ‘Quins were still ahead of the required rate but when Shah was excellently caught by James McCarthy at backward point, the momentum looked to be shifting the home side’s way. So it proved as Aidan Kelleher had Joe O’Mahony caught behind immediately after drinks before Kevin O’Sullivan and Brian Kelleher (2) picked up three wickets for sixteen runs to leave Cork County on the brink of victory.

They did not have long to wait as Chris Van Heerden bowled Nintini round his legs to complete a comprehensive 82 run victory for the home side, a victory which gives Billy Quinn’s side momentum going into the final portion of the season.