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Cork County’s Quest for Historic Treble

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023

As Cork County Cricket Club gears up for the Munster Senior Cup final against County Kerry Cricket Club, they have their sights set on achieving a remarkable treble this season. Already crowned champions in the Senior T20 Blast and Premier Division, Cork County now aims to add the Senior Cup to these.

The prospect of securing the treble is a testament to the talent and hard work of the Cork County squad who juggle both Munster and Leinster commitments. Their performances in the Senior T20 Blast and Premier Division have been consistent throughout, earning them well-deserved titles and recognition in the Munster cricket scene.

Now, with the Senior Cup final on the horizon, Cork County has the opportunity to cap off an extraordinary season with another significant achievement. Winning the Senior Cup would not only solidify a dominant season in Munster but also add a historic chapter to their storied legacy in the competition.

Since the inception of the Senior T20 Blast in 2016, the Munster Senior treble has been a rare and coveted feat, and achieving it would be a source of immense pride for Cork County Cricket Club who has achieved the accolade on two previous occasions in 2017 and 2019. It’s a testament to their commitment and determination, and it reflects the strong cricketing culture and tradition within the club.

If the weather permits, the Senior Cup final promises to be a thrilling encounter, with County facing a Kerry side buoyed by the addition of Monil Patel to their ranks and following victories at the Quarter and Semi-Final stages against Harlequins and Limerick, respectively. The Mardyke will be buzzing with excitement, and spectators can expect a fiercely competitive match as these two talented sides take the field.

A victory would mean a first Senior Cup title for the club in the 2020s following the two gap due to Covid and since their last victory in 2019. The club has won 20 Senior Cup titles since 1987 and won six in a row during the 2001 to 2006 period.

2023 Munster Senior Cup Final

Sunday, 24th September, at the Mardyke (11.30am)

1st XI Complete Impressive Senior Treble

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Cork County completed an impressive Senior treble following confirmation that they retained the Premier Division title on Sunday.

The 1st XI were confirmed as Premier Division champions on Sunday which followed on from their Senior Cup success the previous week. In addition to the Senior T20 Blast trophy which they won earlier in the summer, it is their second treble of Senior trophies in three seasons.

2019 Munster Senior Treble


A century for Cormac Hassett and a five-wicket haul from Abubakar Saddique helped Cork County to a 206-run win against County Kerry in the Senior Cup Final.

An opening stand of 130 between centurion Hassett and Brandon Kruger laid the perfect platform for Cork to post a daunting total. Hassett top scored with 103, while Kruger hit 55.

The middle order kept the momentum going as Jeremy Benton made 48, Robert Duggan 33, and Zubair Shah an unbeaten 31 in their total of 363 for 6.

Kerry were never in the chase with only Qassim’s 39 the major resistance as they made 157.

2019 Munster Senior Cup Winners

Abubabkar Saddique claimed 5 for 15, Nabeel Anjum 2-30, while a special word of praise for teenage spinner Diarmuid Carey who probably deserved better than his 1-28 off 10 overs.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the win in the cup final and for me personally to contribute with a century is a huge bonus,” said centurion Cormac Hassett.

“My opening partnership of 130 with Brandon Kruger really set the tone for the day and I aimed to take the attack to the Kerry bowlers from the off.

“The middle order really backed us up to help put on a big total and the bowlers were excellent to deny Kerry any room to get going.

“All in all a great overall team performance.”


At The Mardyke, Cork County beat County Kerry by 206 runs

Cork County 363-6 (50 overs; Cormac Hassett 103, Brandon Kruger 55, Jeremy Benton 48, Rob Duggan 33, Zuhair Shah 31*)

County Kerry 157 all out (43.2 overs; Qassim 39, Abubakar Saddique 5-15, Nabeel Anjum 2-30) 



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

2016 Munster Cricket Cup draws

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

The Cricket Committee of Munster Cricket recently announced the draws for the three main cup competitions for the 2016 season. The Munster Senior Cup draw sees the holders Cork County await the winner of Limerick and Galway in the Semi-Final. The Munster Junior Cup draw sees Scot Jeffers 2nd XI face a tough draw as they welcome County Kerry 2 to the Mardyke in the Quarter Final with Cork Harlequins 2 awaiting the winners in the Semi-Final. The Minor Cup holders Cork County 3, led by Abdul Jabbar Younus, will also welcome a side from County Kerry to the Mardyke in the Quarter-Final stage.

Munster Senior Cup

Semi-Final – Limerick/Co. Galway v Cork County (TBC)

Munster Junior Cup

Quarter Final – Cork County 2 v Co. Kerry 2 (Mardyke)

Munster Minor Cup

Quarter Final – Cork County 3 v Co. Kerry 3 (Mardyke)

The full draws our outlined below:




County cruise to Munster Senior Cup Final victory

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Cork County swept County Kerry aside to clinch the 2015 Munster Senior Cup in the refixed match at the Mardyke. The victory is their 4th Senior Cup in the last six years and helped make up for their unfortunate elimination in last season’s competition.

Bowling first the Leesiders were soon on top with openers Andy Wootton (5-20) and Junaid Amin (2-16) turning the screw on the Kerry top order who were soon on 21-5.

Wicket keeper Uddin was the only Kerryman to make it into double figures as the rest of the batting order failed to establish any partnerships and were eventually bowled out for just 60.

In response, Kerry made early inroads by taking the wickets of openers Russell and Durity but Hassett (31*) and Grobler (16*) steadied the ship and saw Cork County home with 8 wickets to spare.

Munster Senior Cup Final:

County Kerry 60 all out (Wootton 5-20, Amin 2-16, Cawley 2-18) lost to Cork County 63-2 (Hassett 31*) by 8 wickets at the Mardyke. scorecard

2015 Munster Senior Cup Winners

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County clinch Senior Cup Final spot after demolition of Midleton

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Cork County clinched a place in the Final of the Munster Senior Cup following a comprehensive 10 wicket victory over Midleton in the grounds of Midleton RFC. Having won the toss Midleton decided to have a bat on the artificial wicket but were soon pegged back by a tight opening spell of seam bowling from youngsters Hugh O’Brien (1-12) and Chris van Heerden (1-9). The left arm spin of Jack Reitchel (4-24) and aggressive medium/fast bowling of Bilal Ahmed (4-27) soon tore through the hosts batting ordered and reducing them to a total of 74.

In reply, County make short work of their run chase with openers Robin Russell (51 from 37 balls) and Stephan Grobler (17) easing them home to book their place in the Senior Cup Final against County Kerry on Saturday, 1st August.

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County to face holders Galway in the Senior Cup

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The draws for the 2015 Munster Senior, Junior and Minor Cup’s were completed on Tuesday night by the MCU’s Cricket Competitions Committee. The Munster Cup’s have always provided some memorable contests and the frequent upset over the years so the draw had been eagery anticipated with the 2015 season on the horizon.

The pick of the Senior Cup Quarter Final ties sees Cork County make the long trip up to Lydican to face holders County Galway. The remainder of the Quarter Finals sees Midleton host Limerick and County Clare making the journey down to Tralee to face County Kerry. Cork Harlequins received a bye into the Semi-Finals.

The Junior Cup also sees some tasty contests with Cork County hosting Waterford & District while Limerick make the journey to Midleton and Tipperary County welcome County Kerry in the Quarter Finals. Once again, Cork Harlequins had the luck of receiving a bye into the Semi-Finals.

The Minor Cup saw the uncanny occurrence of Midleton and Limerick being drawn together once again with the East Cork side having home advantage. Cork Harlequins will welcome the students of UCC to Farmers Cross in the other Quarter Final tie. The winners of both of those ties will face off in the Semi-Final with Cork County and County Kerry facing off in the other side of the Semi-Final draw.


Cork County forced to forfeit Munster Senior Cup tie

Friday, June 20th, 2014

It is with great disappointment that Cork County have been forced to forfeit their Munster Senior Cup Quarter Final tie with Tipperary County Cricket Club which took place on Sunday, 11th May, due to fielding an ineligible player. The player in question was Rory O’Keeffe who had joined the club from Cork Harlequins during the off-season. Cork County went on to win the fixture by 186 runs.

The Club acknowledge that the selection of Rory for this Cup fixture was a mistake and an oversight as he was subject to a 2 match ban handed down by the Munster Cricket Union at the end of the 2013 season, while he was still a Cork Harlequins player, and which was due to be carried over into the start of this season.

The Munster Senior Cup as a competition has always been held in high regard by the players and supporters of Cork County having won the trophy seven times in the past ten years, and so it is extremely disappointing to have been eliminated in this manner but the Club looks forward to returning to the competition in 2015. The Club also remains firmly focused on achieving success in both Munster Division 1 and Leinster Division 2 competitions this season.

Cork County winners of Munster Senior Cup 2013

County claim Division 1 & Senior Cup Double

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Cork County Cricket Club crestCork County claimed yet another Senior League and Cup double and remain unbeaten in all Munster Senior competitions. County retained their Senior Cup crown as they swept aside local rivals Cork Harlequins by 5 wickets at the Mardyke thanks to a dominant bowling display and also to a fantastic knock of 64 not out by Ross Durity. Ross duly went on to claim the Man of the Match honour and was a fitting recipient following the passing of his father earlier in the season.

County deservedly claimed the Division 1 crown with a 3 wicket victory once again over Cork Harlequins at Farmers Cross. The victory meant that the Leesiders had won 8 from 8 and were out of reach of the chasing pack. The victory was all the sweeter following the debacle of losing out on the title last season due to some bewildering competition regulations which were addressed during the off season.

2013 Munster Senior Cup Winners

Cork County also claimed promotion back to Leinster Division 2 following an emphatic 8 wicket victory over close rivals Clontarf 2 at the Mardyke. Once again the bowling unit put in a dominant display of disciplined line and length which the Tarf men were unable to handle. The batting unit knocked off the runs with relative ease with the loss of just two wickets. County now await the date for their re-fixed match away to YMCA 2 where a win would clinch the Division 3 title and complete a historic treble for the Club.

Match Report: Senior Cup Quarter Final-Cork County Vs. Galway

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Cork County 1 travelled to the Lydican on a dreary June Saturday for a Munster Senior Cup quarter-final clash against last year’s beaten finalists Galway. Persistent rain through Thursday and Friday aswell as on Saturday morning had left the artificial wicket slippery and the outfield damp.

Galway captain Danish Ali won the toss and took the obvious decision to bowl first. Due to the damp conditions the start was delayed until 12.45 and the game reduced to 44 overs per side. Ross Durity and Mirza Baig opened the batting for the visitors and despite the ball skidding on produced some expansive shots to put County in a commanding position at 28 for no loss after four overs. Durity departed for 18 from 22 balls, edging Waqqas to ‘keeper Ronan Mahon. Baig(12) soon followed, bowled via an inside edge off the bowling of M. Ali(1-7). Ian Coleman was joined at the crease by Morne Bauer but the partnership did not last long, the latter bowled second ball by an excellent inswinging delivery from Rohit Bisla(1-38).

Robert Duggan(35) and Coleman(27) then put together a fluent partnership with most of the runs coming through boundaries. Galway bowlers Danish Ali, Conor Mullen and Jaffer Hussain all attempted to provide a breakthrough which eventually came courtesy of a run out, Coleman deciding to take on the throw of Waqqas at fine leg and losing out. Robert Duggan had racked up three boundaries to this point and he along with new batsman Oliver Creedon continued to add quick runs to the scoreboard. Three boundaries from Creedon along with two more from Duggan including a lofted four over mid-wicket brought County to 117-4 before both batsmen perished; Creedon(13) caught behind and Duggan bowled both courtesy of Umair(2-20).

Captain Andy Wootton(9) was bowled by Danish Ali and things looked bleak for County with 8 overs remaining but Ahmed Bilal produced two fantastic straight sixes aswell as finding the boundary at mid-wicket for four after being dropped at long off. Peter Barlow(3) attempted to support his big-hitting partner but found it hard to beat the close fielders. Bilal eventually fell for a memorable 21 off 33 deliveries, Junaid Amin fell first ball to Waqqas(3-24) and Barlow was run out attempting a single, Kevin O’Sullivan finishing 0* and Cork County at least thirty short of where they wanted to be at 168 all out after 42 overs.

After a short tea-break County took to the field and Andy Wootton made a breakthrough in the very first over, Kevin O’Sullivan taking an excellent catch diving forward at mid-off. Iliff Summitt(2) soon followed his opening partner back to the pavilion, caught by Oliver Creedon at extra-cover, again off Wootton. With the ball swinging and the surface still wet, batting conditions were difficult and opening bowler’s Bilal(2-17) and Wootton(5-14) made the most of it with two brilliant spells. Galway’s third wicket fell to Bilal, Umair Chaudry(13) pulling a short pitched delivery to Kevin O’Sullivan at fine leg.

Rohit Bisla was next to perish, caught at slip by Bauer off Wootton for just one. Conor Mullen(0) survived one stumping appeal but fell to the very next ball, Ian Coleman with great work behind the stumps to send Mullen back to the hutch. Galway’s dangerman Waqqas was removed second ball, edging a swinging delivery from Bilal to Coleman behind the stumps. Jaffer Hussain and M.Ali didn’t last long either; the former caught off Wootton for his fifth wicket, the latter caught off Junaid Amin(1-15).

Danish Ali(33) and Sajjad Mahmood(15*) put up a bit of a fight for the home side and it took three bowling changes to eventually break the partnership, seamer Morne Bauer(1-8) having Ali caught by Peter Barlow at mid-wicket. The game was soon up for Galway, Robert Duggan(1-2) sealing victory for the Leesiders with the wicket of S.Khan(0) and condemning them to a 78 run loss. Cork County will now face Clare at the Mardyke in the semi-final as they bid to retain their Senior Cup crown.