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Senior Cup Final rescheduled for 31st August

Monday, August 5th, 2019

The 2019 Senior Cup Final between County Kerry and Cork County has been rescheduled for Saturday, 31st August, at the Mardyke following the postponement of the original fixture on the 4th August.

Having won the toss, Cork County captain Robert Duggan opted to put Kerry in to bat first and despite some early economical bowling from the Cork side, County Kerry reached 93-2 at drinks with Awais Saghir and Qassim Butt commendable resistance and application.

After the drinks break, County quickly removed both batsmen and soon piled the pressure on the middle and lower order before the forecast rain arrived to put a halt to proceedings with County Kerry on 168-9 after 46.2 overs.

With no more play possible, both sides will meet again on Saturday, 31st August, at the Mardyke.

Cork County captain Robert Duggan with his counterpart from County Kerry at the toss

Senior Cup Final abandoned due to inclement weather

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

The 2015 Senior Cup Final was abandoned on Sunday, 2nd August, due to torrential rain with Cork County on 74-2 chasing County Kerry’s modest target of 118 to win.

With the anticipated poor weather not arriving before the start of play, Cork County did not hesitate to put County Kerry into bat after winning the toss. Having bowled out the side from The Kingdom to a merger total of 117, Cork County set about the chase in a controlled fashion before the rains came in with the Cork men on 74-2 and on course to chase down the required total with ease.

A date for the refix will be announced in due course.

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 into Senior Cup Final after thriller against Midleton

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Cork County are into the 2010 Munster Senior Cup Final after tight affair in East Cork against Midleton. Midleton were put into bat by Cork County and made a hard fought 220-8 from their 50 overs. In reply Cork County reached the required target in the 49th over with Matt Reed hitting the winning runs to take County into the Senior Cup Final for the first time in two years. The Mardyke side will face Limerick Raiders in the final on September 5th after they comprehensively outplayed Cork Harlequins at Famers Cross in the other semi-final.

Match report to follow…

MCU Senior Cup Semi-Final:
Midleton 220-8 (D. McDonnell 75, J. Noone 55, R. Duggan 2-34, B. Koch 1-27, A. Saul 1-28)
Cork County 221-7 (B. Koch 54, R. Durity 48, O. Creedon 47, J. Noone 3-25, W. Islam 2-32)
Cork County won by 3 wickets