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Weekend Preview – 19th/20th July

Friday, July 18th, 2014

It promises to be a busy weekend for Cork County with all three teams in Munster League action.

On Saturday the 2nd team make the short trip up Airport Hill to take on Cork Harlequins 2. County will be looking to avenge their Junior Cup exit last month however ‘Quins are sure to be a stern test, with many 1st team players also turning out for the 2nd team this season. County go into the game as underdogs but the recent win over UCC will have given them confidence and an upset could be on the cards.

On Sunday Cork County 3 travel to East Cork for their Division 3 clash with Midleton 2. Billy Quinn’s side are in good form having come through two close games in the last week and their T20 victory over Midleton on Wednesday evening is sure to have a bearing on the outcome of this league match. County welcome back Brian Kelleher who they will be hoping will continue his fantastic form with the ball.

Also on Sunday, Cork County 1 host Clare at the Mardyke. This crucial game in Division 1 could well be a league decider and County have named a strong team for the clash at the home of Munster cricket. Bilal Ahmed, a former County player returns to the Mardyke for the third time this season and will hope to have a positive impact on the outcome of this game. However, the County team he’ll face will be far different from that three weeks ago with a number of first teamers returning to the side after the shock home defeat in the previous fixture against the Clare men.


Division 2: Cork Harlequins 2 v Cork County 2 (Farmers Cross)


Division 1: Cork County 1 v Clare 1 (Mardyke)

Division 3: Midleton 3 v Cork County 3 (Midleton RFC)

Best of luck to all the County sides.

County 2 record comprehensive win over UCC

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The Mardyke was the venue for Cork County’s clash with UCC in Division 2 on Saturday last. With both teams searching for their first league wins, this game was always going to be a competitive one. Kevin O’Sullivan won the toss for County and asked UCC to bat on what was a dry and bouncy wicket.

Justin McGurk and Barry O’Sullivan opened up for the home side and it was O’Sullivan who had immediate success, his first ball skied to mid-wicket where Paul McDowell took the catch.

McGurk also had early success when UCC ‘keeper Kevin Galvin shouldered arms to an inswinging yorker and was LBW. UCC were keen to avoid any further loss of wickets in the first ten overs and excellent bowling from the hosts’ openers meant that the students could not break the shackles.

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The score had progressed to 16-2 when O’Sullivan struck again, UCC skipper Ali(11) edging to Peter Barlow at gully.

Chris Van Heerden replaced McGurk from the River End and he too found immediate success, clipping Sarwan’s leg stump to leave UCC 27-4 from 13 overs.

Barry O’Sullivan(3-20) finished his spell as he had started it, Risvi cutting straight to Kevin O’Sullivan at point.

UCC were in disarray at this point and Van Heerden picked up his second wicket of the day when Shukdal failed to pick the inwsinger and was bowled.

Narsa Renjarla replaced O’Sullivan and took two wickets in quick succession, first Kaleem and then Sandeep having their off stumps knocked back.

Brian Kelleher took over from Van Heerden and became the third County bowler of the day to strike with his first ball, Nabeel castled for a duck.

Danyal and Nasir Khan kept County at bay for 6 overs but the home side were not to be denied a commanding position at the interval, Khan(4) eventually falling to Narsa Renjarla.

UCC were all out for 69 in 28 overs, a terrific performance by all the Cork County bowlers, and a performance which they hoped their batsmen could take advantage of.

As it was only two o’clock tea was delayed and Ali Khan and Paul McDowell walked out to face the new ball. Progress was slow and the score was just seven when Khan was bowled by Sarwan.

Peter Barlow joined McDowell and both batsmen played conservatively, watchfully seeing off the opening the bowlers. Cork County had moved to within 35 runs of victory when Barlow(10) was caught at slip off  the bowling of Ifthikar.

Aidan Kelleher was the new man in and wasted no time upping the run rate, a chest-high no ball dispatched for six over long on. Despite the efforts of the UCC bowling attack, the home side edged towards victory and reached the target in the 25th over, giving County a comprehensive 8 wicket, a win which they will hope to build on in the coming months.



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.

County put Co. Clare to the sword in Division 2

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Cork County 2 took on Co. Clare 2 on a bright, sunny summer’s Saturday afternoon at the Mardyke. It was technically Clare’s home game but due to lack of a ground in which to play they had to make the long trip down to Cork for the game.

Jeremy Mace won the toss for Clare and chose to bat on what looked an absolute belter of a wicket. It was County who got the upper hand immediately though, Junaid Amin (4-9) trapping Patrick McDonnell (0) lbw with the 5th ball of the innings.

Gurpreet (6) and Danish Ikram (12) then put on a decent partnership before the latter nicked off to Oliver Creedon (2-25). Gurpreet soon followed lbw, the bowling of Oscar Cotter (1-26) far too good for him.

County captain Kevin O’Sullivan had 5 seamers to choose from and it was first change bowler Oliver Creedon who picked up the next wicket, John O’Brien (14) chipping straight back to the bowler.

Wickets fell in a hurry after that, Martin Keohane taking a fine catch at point to dismiss Manvinder (6) off the bowling of Hugh O’Brien and Jeremy Mace the recipient of a golden duck, again off O’Brien.

John McDonnell’s middle stump was dislodged by Justin McGurk(1-40) and Richard Morton was bowled by the excellent Junaid for just 9.

Clare were in deep trouble and it went from bad to worse for them when they lost top-scorer Rajan (27) and tailender Tom Jones (0) in Junaid’s final over to finish on a below-par 113 all out. With the pitch playing beautifully, they would have expected at least 175 from their allocated overs.

After the interval, County went after the target with a vengeance, Brad Morgan (56*) smashing the Clare bowlers to all parts of the ground. After the slight inconvenience of losing opener Oliver Creedon (2) lbw to Jeremy Mace, the ‘away’ side took a more careful approach to things.

Watchful batting by Ian Coleman (30*) and Morgan getting County comfortably over the line in the 14th over.

A fantastic performance by Cork County 2 resulted in a 9 wicket win which puts them second in the division two table with four league games remaining.

Coleman, Morgan & Junaid shine as Cork County 2 defeat Limerick 1

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Cork County 2 welcomed Limerick 1 to the Mardyke on Sunday 30th June for a Division 2 fixture. Conditions were perfect for cricket, the cloud cover that had been around in the morning moving away just as play began.

Kevin O’Sullivan won the toss for County and he chose to bowl first on the grass wicket which had been used the previous day. The decision looked a good one as opening bowler Junaid Amin(4-33) accounted for Limerick skipper Nigel Aspinall(0) lbw in his second over.

Fellow opener Farooq Hussain(1) also departed quickly, edging behind to Ian Coleman, again off Junaid. Things soon got worse for the visitors; Niranjan Srinivasan bowled by Ahmed Bilal(1-29) for 3 and Tariq Shah(2) caught and bowled by Junaid to leave the score at 14-4.

Waqas Jamal(18) and Hashir Sultan(24) put on a good partnership to steady the ship for Limerick but the persistently good line of Junaid Amin eventually made the breakthrough, Sultan attempting to slog through mid-wicket but instead losing his middle stump.

Shane Burke(55) joined Waqas at the crease and succeeded in frustrating the home side’s bowlers with some excellent shots straight down the ground. O’Sullivan adjusted his bowlers, bringing on Narsa Renjarla(1-28), Brad Morgan(0-48) and John Kelly(2-32) but still could not find a breakthrough until the first over after drinks when Paul McDowell ran out Waqas.

County thought they had regained the momentum when Kevin O’Sullivan caught Shane Burke off the bowling of John Kelly but the square leg umpire seemed to think it was above waist height so the wicket was chalked off. It did not matter however as Kelly had James Spencer(0) caught at square leg just two balls later.

After the wicket of Asif Shahab(15) had fallen it looked as though County would rip through the tail but nothing could have been further from the truth. A brilliant 45* from Fassy Ahmed helped Limerick to get to 203 all out; Renjarla taking the final wicket by bowling Stephen Cheatley(2) after some valiant defence from the number 11.

The Leesiders were visibly disappointed at the interval, poor bowling and sluggish fielding having cost them dearly. Nevertheless openers Brad Morgan and Ian Coleman took to their task with ease, dispatching openers Fassy Ahmed(0-43) and Hashir Sultan(0-38) to all parts of the ground. Morgan, who had hit the two previous deliveries for four, got a life when he skied one to cover off Ahmed only to be dropped.

Nigel Aspinall brought in Asif Shahab(0-26) from the River End but he could not make a breakthrough, the score ticking along to 94-0 before Morgan eventually departed for 49, caught at point off Spencer(4-44)after he skied one attempting to tickle down the leg side.

Hughes and Coleman(53) continued to push along the run rate, the young wicketkeeper bringing up his half-century with a single to mid-wicket. The home side lost Hughes(11) to an inswinger from Spencer which clipped the top of middle stump.

Aidan Kelliher joined Coleman at the crease but the partnership was only 19 runs strong when Coleman was caught behind off Spencer. Kelliher(10) soon followed; falling lbw to the same bowler.

John Kelly(5) holed out to Asif Shahab at mid-on off Stephen Cheatley(1-24) and it was left to Ahmed Bilal(22*) and Paul McDowell(8*) to finish off the job for County sealing a five wicket win for the home side and propelling them into second place in the Division 2 table.

Team News: Cork County 2 v Nenagh (Sat, 20th April)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

The Cork County 2 team to face Nenagh in MCU Division 2 on Saturday April 20th at the Mardyke has been named.

  1. Kevin Bray
  2. John Kelly Jnr.
  3. Ian Coleman+
  4. Chris Goncalves
  5. Kevin O’Sullivan*
  6. Narsaiah Renjarla
  7. Oscar Cotter
  8. Peter Barlow
  9. James McCarthy
  10. Mohammed Afzal
  11. Justin McGurk
  12. Aidan Kelleher

Best of luck to the team as they attempt to get their season off to a good start against last year’s Minor Cup winners.

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.

Munster League Tables (9th September)

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The 2012 season is coming to a close and so the destination of the Division 1 title needs to be decided. Impressively Cork County remain unbeaten having completed 7 matches amassing a total 54 bonus points from a possible 56 which is indeed an excellent return. Despite the poor weather all summer  and the MCU’s insistence that percentages won’t be used, it a tribute the Cork County 1 that they remain the favourites to clinch their third consecutive title in three years. County have a game in hand over their local rivals Cork Harlequins and so their destiny is in their own hands.

Cork Harlequins 1 12 9 2 0 1 74 262
Cork County 1 11 7 0 0 4 54 226
Co. Galway 11 6 3 0 2 51 187
Limerick Raiders 13 4 7 0 2 52 148
Midleton 1  * 14 4 8 0 2 47 143
Waterford I.T. 13 1 10 0 2 29 65
* Deducted 5 points. No text result.
Co. Clare 11 8 0 0 3 59 243
Cork Harlequins 2 11 7 2 0 2 57 213
W’ford & District 10 5 4 0 1 35 143
Cork County 2 10 3 2 0 5 27 127
Co. Kerry 1 11 3 4 0 4 29 121
Nenagh 11 2 7 0 2 29 85
Midleton 2 9 0 7 0 2 -3 13
Limerick 12 7 4 0 1 69 217
Cork Harlequins 3 11 6 2 0 3 45 189
Thurles 12 6 3 0 3 52 196
Co. Clare 2 10 5 1 0 4 38 170
Cork County 3  * 12 4 4 0 4 29 121
Cork County 4 11 1 6 0 4 13 65
Co. Kerry 2 * 12 0 9 0 3 4 28
Lismore ** 0
* No returned scorecard. No points awarded.
** Lismore are deemed to have withdrawn from Div 3. All games involving Lismore are deemed null & void.

Munster League Tables (29th July)

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Cork Harlequins 1 8 6 1 0 1 50 178
Limerick Raiders 10 4 4 0 2 41 137
Cork County 1 7 3 0 0 4 22 114
Co. Galway 7 3 3 0 1 34 102
Midleton 1 10 2 6 0 2 28 84
Waterford I.T. 8 1 5 0 2 23 59
Co. Clare 8 5 0 0 3 37 161
Cork Harlequins 2 9 5 2 0 2 44 160
W’ford & District 7 4 2 0 1 28 116
Co. Kerry 1 10 2 3 0 5 19 99
Cork County 2 8 2 1 0 5 16 96
Nenagh 9 1 6 0 2 21 57
Midleton 2 7 0 5 0 2 3 19
Limerick 12 8 3 0 1 71 239
Thurles 12 6 4 0 2 54 190
Cork Harlequins 3 11 6 2 0 3 44 188
Co. Clare 2 10 5 2 0 3 39 163
Cork County 3  * 10 3 3 0 3 26 110
Cork County 4 9 2 5 0 2 19 75
Lismore 11 2 7 0 2 9 65
Co. Kerry 2 * 11 1 8 0 2 9 45
* No returned scorecard. No points awarded.
Including  weekend 28-29 July, 2012

Munster League Tables (22 July)

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Limerick Raiders 9 4 3 0 2 34 130
Cork Harlequins 1 6 4 1 0 1 37 125
Cork County 1 7 3 0 0 4 22 114
Co. Galway 6 3 2 0 1 30 98
Midleton 1 9 1 6 0 2 23 59
Waterford I.T. 7 1 4 0 2 18 54
Co. Clare 7 4 0 0 3 29 133
Cork Harlequins 2 7 3 2 0 2 28 104
W’ford & District 6 3 2 0 1 24 92
Cork County 2 6 2 0 0 4 15 87
Co. Kerry 1 8 1 2 0 5 8 68
Nenagh 7 1 4 0 2 20 56
Midleton 2 5 0 4 0 1 8 16
Cork Harlequins 3 10 6 1 0 3 43 187
Limerick 10 6 3 0 1 55 183
Thurles 10 5 4 0 1 50 158
Co. Clare 2 9 4 2 0 3 31 135
Cork County 3  * 9 3 3 0 2 26 102
Lismore 9 2 5 0 2 14 70
Cork County 4 8 1 5 0 2 10 46
Co. Kerry 2 * 9 1 6 0 2 5 41
* No returned scorecard. No points awarded.