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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.

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.

A thrilling win for Cork County 3 in Ballyeighan

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Cork County 3 made the long trip to Ballyeighan to take on Tippearary 2 on Sunday last. Tippearary won the spin of the coin and had no hesitation in asking County to bat first.

Abdul Younus and Peter Barlow strode out to face the new ball but Barlow was back in the pavilion just two overs later when he was bowled by a ball that kept low. Variable bounce was a feature throughout the game but was dealt with well by County batsmen Younus and Renjarla who succeeded in putting on a sizeable partnership, Renjarla in particular attacking the home side’s bowling. He eventually fell in the thirteenth over when he was caught behind having made 34 out of 58.

Captain Billy Quinn joined Younus at the crease but did not last long as he also nicked through to the ‘keeper, leaving the visitors in a spot of bother at 63-3 from 15.3 overs. Younus was joined by Kevin O’Sullivan and both batsmen played defensively as they attempted to see their side through to drinks. They managed this successfully and County had reached 81-3 at drinks a very credible effort given the team’s recent struggles with the bat. Both batsmen attempted to up the rate after drinks and their cause was helped by a flurry of boundaries, the score progressing to 116 without any further damage in the wickets column.


However, with twelve overs remaining in the innings, the momentum swung back in the hosts’ favour, O’Sullivan and Younus both out in consecutive overs. Sachin Saxena was the next to go and he was soon followed by Muhammad Haroon, caught out of his ground by a sharp throw from fine leg. Talha Kayani dispatched a no-ball over square leg for six and then added another boundary through mid-wicket as the score reached 150. He was bowled shortly afterwards and some good, aggressive running from John Simon, Mort Kelleher and Nazim Rehman helped the score to 163 when the final wicket fell with just five balls remaining in the innings.

Tippearary needed a good start and they got one, Aaron Cawley looking in particularly good touch.Despite economical spells from the opening bowlers, County could not find a wicket and it took a change of ends for Narsa Renjarla to eventually make the breakthrough, Keith Marchbank unable to keep out a straight one.

Bibin joined Cawley but the batsmen could not get above the required rate, a fantastic spell from Sachin Saxena coupled with testing bowling from Kevin O’Sullivan and Nazim Rehman. Despite seeming to be run out twice early in his innings, Bibin continued to take chances to try and achieve the required rate. Some excellent fielding from the visitors helped them to keep control of the game and when Cawley was bowled by Abdul Younus for a well-made 58 the game looked to be up.

So it proved as with four late wickets, two of them run-outs, County managed to close out an impressive seven run victory, the first time in five years a Cork County team has won in Ballyeighan.

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.

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.

MCU Division 3: Cork County v Cork Harlequins match report

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Cork County Cricket Club crestMCU Division 3: Cork County 3 vs. Cork Harlequins 3-Match Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

MCU Division 3: Limerick Vs Cork County 3 match report

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Cork County Cricket Club crestCork County 3 travelled to the Manor Fields in Adare on a sunny July Saturday to take on Limerick C.C. in Munster Division 3. The teams had already met this season with Limerick gaining a 1 wicket victory over the Leesiders in the Mardyke in June.

Cork County captain James McCarthy was unavailable due to work commitments so vice-captain Kevin O’Sullivan skippered the side. He won the spin of the coin and chose to bowl first on the artificial wicket.
Opening bowlers Hugh O’Brien (1-12) and Narsa Renjarla (3-7) made good use of the new ball squaring the batsmen up and forcing them to play at it almost every delivery. It was Renjarla who made the first breakthrough bowling Shane Burke for 3.

The other opening batsman John Linehan (2) soon followed, also bowled but this time by O’Brien. Renjarla picked up another wicket before he completed his four over spell, clipping Hashir Sultan’s(1) off stump with a delivery which swung back in to the right hander.

Kevin O’Sullivan now brought Aidan Kelleher (3-19) and John Kelly (2-13) into the attack for County and they both picked up a wicket early in their spells, Kelleher bowling Ninja Srinuksan for 1 and Malik Adnan (1) driving straight to Peter Barlow at short extra cover off the bowling of Kelly.

Things got even better for County when Aidan Kelleher bowled John Daly round his legs for a golden duck and five deliveries later he had James Murphy (0) out lbw, trying to swipe across his legs. Limerick skipper Kevin Hennessy (0) tried to steady the situation but was out after just four deliveries, Kelly getting one to swing back in and take out middle-stump.

Samar Sultan(21) decided that at 23-8 it was time to put some runs on the board and hit two sixes and a four off Kelleher in the 14th over. O’Sullivan decided to bring back opening bowlers Narsa Renjarla and Hugh O’Brien and it was Renjarla who got the crucial wicket of Samar Sultan, knocking back his middle-stump.

Eoghan O’Sullivan was run out three balls later attempting a suicidal single and Limerick were all out for 53.
While the target looked quite a small one the Limerick bowlers made it hard for County, Hashir Sultan (1-20) bowled a good eight over spell from the Scoreboard End and County openers Narsa Renjarla (2) and Peter Barlow had to settle for quick singles.

James Murphy(1-21) bowled from the other end and with the final delivery of his second over he bowled Renjarla, deceiving him with a slower ball. Bryn Nelmes came to the crease for the visitors and succeeded in accelerating the run rate, hitting three boundaries on his way to 20 before he skied one to mid-off, the fielder taking an excellent catch.

Nelmes had brought County to within 16 runs of victory and Ian Coleman (12*) and opener Peter Barlow (9*) saw it through for County, Coleman hitting a boundary through the covers to win it for the Leesiders, giving them an 8 wicket win and their sixth straight victory.