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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.

Cork County ease past Merrion 2 at the Mardyke

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Cork County took on Merrion 2 at the Mardyke on Saturday July 12th. Conditions were overcast and humid as Ross Durity won the toss and asked Merrion to have a bat. Andy Wootton opened up from the River End and picked up a wicket with the last ball of his first over, Kade Beasley nicking to Morne Bauer at slip.

Wootton’s second over was also successful, Allwright (7) skying to Stephan Grobler at mid-off. Despite a quick fifteen run partnership between Watkins and Blakeney, County always looked like taking another early wicket and it was no surprise when the former was caught at cover by Tim Clifford, Wootton picking up his third wicket.

24-3 became 46-4 when Blakeney attempted to drop and run but was run out by a direct hit from Andy Wootton. After an economical opening spell from Anthony O’Reilly, Stephan Grobler took over from the University End and had early success bowling Parkinson for 1.

Merrion were now 52-5 after 22 overs and things soon got worse for the visitors, when Tice was caught behind off Grobler. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, first O’Brien and then Sharma trapped in front by Grobler.

A determined defensive effort by Neville was punctuated by a leg-glanced four before he was dropped by Tim Clifford at mid-off. The mistake however was not compounded, as Neville was well snaffled by Robert Duggan at mid-on eight balls later to leave Merrion nine down. The tenth wicket partnership did not last long as Anthony O’Reilly picked up his second wicket of the day, Ensor caught by Chris Banon at mid-wicket.

Stephan Grobler drives through the covers for Cork County

Cork County had succeeded in restricting their visitors to less than 100 and despite requiring just 93 for victory, openers Ross Durity and Stephan Grobler took a careful, measured approach to the run chase.

Aided by some early wides, the County batsmen had moved the score to 49-0 from 11 overs when tea was taken. Ross Durity departed soon after tea, caught by Blakeney off the bowling of Bridge for 27 out of 58. Morne Bauer joined Grobler at the crease and despite some good bowling from Ensor, Sharma and Bridge, County reached the victory target in the 19th over, Grobler finishing on 43*.

An excellent bowling performance with particularly good contributions from Wootton, Grobler and O’Reilly was compounded by a steady batting performance which puts County level on points with Malahide at the summit of the RSA Division 2 league table.

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.

Ross looks to future of Cork Cricket

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

With summer approaching, sport is moving steadily to the centre of the general public’s consciousness, towards a bumper season of events such as the London Olympics and Euro 2012 to savour.

But for a group of Corkmen, it’s the evocative thwack of willow on leather that will provide a more genteel soundtrack to the summer, far from the frenzied hordes of fandom clamouring for the most high profile sporting occasions.

Notwithstanding the well-established iconic status of cricket, it remains a minority sport in Ireland, and in this province, it’s a minority within a minority. “Cricket in Munster is somewhat like rugby in Connacht,” says Ross Durity, captain of Cork County Cricket Club senior squad. “That’s the challenge for us, but we are seeing movement and change that is slowly changing things.”

For the long established club, which has a history stretching back to 1874, efforts to develop the game locally have seen the club move to participate in the Leinster league, as well as the Munster league, in recent seasons.

Outsiders accustomed to inter-provincial rivalries along lines etched by rugby and GAA might regard a Cork club’s participation in the Leinster league as sacrilege, but for Ross, the move has been crucial for development purposes.

“In the last 10 years,” Ross (29) admits, “I’ve taken a total of about four years out of cricket, because the standard hasn’t been great, due to the fewer resources, players and teams in Munster. We haven’t been developing as players. But we’ve got better exposure, and between the two leagues and provincial cup tournaments, we’ll be playing 35 games between now and the beginning of September.”

The development of cricket in this country has faced obstacles, not least among them the perception of the sport as an upper-class and “English” game. However, rather than a monolithic barrier to the development of the sport, this has been more in the nature of an iceberg that has been slowly melting and diminishing over the past 15 years.

Ross has an intimate knowledge of the most recent developments in the game. Cricket is in his blood. He has been playing “since I was able to pick up a bat”, as his father, Leo Durity, is from Trinidad, where the game is a national sport. Leo helped to establish the Cork Harlequins club before moving to Cork County Cricket Club—with his 11-year-old son—in the 1990s.

“If you go back over 10 years ago, the numbers were way fewer. I was playing in adult matches filling in gaps due to the shortage of players. But now, there are many more adults participating, and the foundations are in place for the structures for proper youth training and coaching, helping to ensure the future of the game,” Ross explained.

Due to the increasing success of the Irish national cricket squad, and helped through Sky Sports coverage of the sport, as well as social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook populated by a huge reservoir of potential young talent, there are exciting times ahead for cricket in Ireland and Cork, Ross reckons.

Such increasing exposure has helped to further diminish infrastructural and funding obstacles to the development of cricket. Cricket Ireland has appointed a development officer for Munster, and Ross too is involved in coaching Munster under-age teams.

Ross, with Cork County youth coach Dermot Giltinan, and Munster development officer Jim Doran, has been closely involved in the promotion of cricket in schools, with the face to face approach being most effective: “You really have to make the first move, so we go out to the primary schools. The basics of cricket are, someone throws a ball, and someone else hits it. It’s a bat and ball game, and that’s what makes it appealing to young kids. We just let them hit the ball.”

At club level, the question of tight resources is always prominent, with assistance sought from the National Lottery, and ongoing fundraising campaigns being held to help with developments. But the efforts have been worth it. Located in a beautiful setting in the Mardyke, the club’s historic pavilion has a modern bar and restored function room, catering for functions and parties, as well as serving patrons attending matches and training nights at the club.

The increased exposure in the Leinster league has led to the club being invited to participate in the 2012 North Down CC T20 Tournament this weekend, representing Munster and giving the pre-season event a truly All Ireland feel.

Cork County is also hiring a professional coach for the summer, Sam Ward from New Zealand, who will work with the club from this weekend until the beginning of September—a welcome development for the likes of Ross, who, as a coach and a player, often feels stretched in his efforts to attain the balance between training others and working on his own game.

Looking to the future, Ross sees vibrant times ahead for cricket. He puts the slow development of the game in Ireland as much down to the stop-start nature of cricket (“in Ireland, we’re used to continuous sports”) as to any post-colonial hang-ups: “The view about the Englishness of the sport, I just ignore, because it’s totally ridiculous. Think about India, and that history of that country; there, cricket is the most almighty sport in the world. And the Englishness of soccer and rugby has been no obstacle to the growth of those sports.”

It is all a question of ensuring a proper development path for young players, Ross insists.

“When I was younger, I represented Munster and Ireland at under-age level. I played alongside the likes of Kevin O’Brien, and I’m not saying I could have been on the national squad too, but if there had been better structures I definitely would have been a better player. If you’re growing up now, you’ve a way better chance of developing faster, and before long, hopefully, there won’t be any need for a Cork team to be playing in the Leinster league,” he said.

“I love this game. My passion is coaching. We’re not doing this for selfish reasons. It’s all about development of the kind of structures that will ensure opportunities for young kids to progress through club and provincial level up to national standard, and ensure the continuance of the legacy of this great club, which is one of the oldest in these islands,” Ross concluded.

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Courtesy of The Cork News

2011 Leinster Season Review (Cover Point)

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The Munstermen never recovered from the early loss of their main man, Bruce Koch, to injury. Only Ross Durity can be happy with his batting, and only George Barry and Sidarth Joshi with their bowling. Keith Banks came out of retirement to open the bowling in place of Koch, and did a reasonable job. But in the end they avoided relegation comfortably enough, and must hope that with Koch back in harness, Chris Banon, Darren Fogarty, Shannon Madden and Robert Duggan can score the runs they are quite capable of. The bowling still looks a little threadbare.

Full analysis available on the Cover Point website.

A positive two weeks on the road for Cork County

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Cork County continued their positive run of form following their demolition of Limerick Raiders in the Munster Senior Cup quarter final at the Mardyke. Next up over the June Bank Holiday weekend were tricky away ties at Midleton in MCU Division 1 and Leinster CC in LCU Division 2.

Saturday June 4th

The away trip to Midleton brought the Mardyke side to unfamiliar territory with the East Cork club having moved from their old grounds at Midleton College out to the grounds of Midleton RFC. The home side won the toss and put the league holders into bat on the new artificial surface and immediately County were in trouble losing Shannon Madden and the returning Robert Duggan, both adjudged caught behind. Both the openers were soon followed by overseas player George Barry who was out to an excellent diving catch at point. At 9-3 the County middle order had to scramble into action with Ross Durity and Sidhz Joshi joining each other in the middle; what followed was an outstanding exhibition of composure and power as both batsmen recorded centuries – Durity (164) and Joshi (127*) in a Club record 280 run 4th wicket partnership to take the game away from the home side to leave Cork County on 348-5 after their 50 overs.

In response, Midleton put up a brave fight after losing some early wickets with middle order batsman Robert Smyth (110) recording a century of his own. James Duggan, who returned to the County side following his college exams, finished up with figures of 4-30 having bowled some excellent line and length. Overall it was a lacklustre fielding display from the Mardyke side as they had one eye on Monday’s trip to Rathmines and also having put such a large total on the board for Midleton to chase. In the end they bowled out the home side for 236 which handed County an impressive 112 run victory.

MCU Division 1:
Cork County 348-5 beat Midleton 236 all out by 112 runs at Midleton RFC.

Monday June 6th

Bank holiday Monday brought a tough trip up to Observatory Road in Rathmines for a clash with high flying Leinster CC. The home side, who were relegated from Division 1 last season, are hoping for an immediate return to the top division and so represented a good barometer for the Mardyke side. On a decent looking wicket Cork County skipper, Bruce Koch, won the toss and decided to bat. His decision was vindicated with another solid start from the opening partnership of Durity and Madden with Durity in particular looking very fluent in the middle. The partnership was broken with the score on 40 after Durity was adjudged LBW by Buksh. Barry entered the fray with some explosive hitting down the ground but a missed timed drive saw his demise to a straightforward catch at extra cover. Koch then proceeded to stroke the ball around the famous Rathmines ground with typical aplomb with hint of power every now and then. Unfortunately the middle collapsed around him with Joshi, O’Leary, Fogarty and Wootton all departing for a combined score of 4 as a result of some superb swing bowling from Carroll! Former skipper, Robert Duggan, joined Koch at the crease and attempted to get his captain on strike as often as possible entering the final 10 overs and with the batting power play imminent. However, following a sharp piece of fielding from Jones, Duggan was run out and Koch (76) soon followed leaving County with a total of 203 to defend.

With a total probably 20-30 runs short of a satisfactory score to defend, County knew they needed early wickets and they delivered with an exemplary opening attack from Bruce Koch and George Barry. Barry probed with excellent line and length while Koch bowled with great venom as they both tore into the Leinster top order removing the two dangermen Jones and Schultz with the score still under 70. Some exceptional keeping from wicket keeper Shannon Madden aided the two openers reducing the home side to 74-7. County’s fielding was generally excellent with one or two exceptions. However, a superb 8th wicket partnership between Byrne (36) and man-of-the-match Carroll (66) brought Leinster to within victory but County fought back to bring themselves to the verge of victory with the home side on 181-9. Carroll continued to play in a composed manner and guided his side to a nail biting victory by 1 wicket with a boundary through mid wicket with only 3 overs remaining. It was a great spectacle for the neutrals with both sides going toe to toe in a fine game of cricket.

LCU Division 2:
Leinster 203-9 beat Cork County 202 all out by 1 wicket at Observatory Lane.

Saturday June 11th

Following the disappointment of the 1 wicket loss to Leinster CC, County faced another tricky away trip the following weekend with a journey down to Carriganore in Waterford to face WIT. Last season the Mardyke side found both of their trips to Waterford more than a difficult obstacle so they were not underestimating the task in hand this year. However, with a crucial LCU Division 2 home tie against Old Belvedere the following day, County rested some first team regulars. In the absence of Bruce Koch, Ross Durity captained the side which saw senior debuts for both seamers Brian O’Leary and Farhan. The match also saw the return of Brad Morgan to the Cork County senior side after his ‘brief’ hiatus to Cork Harlequins last season. WIT won the toss and decided to bat. An innings typified with plenty of aerial shots saw the home side set a total of 213 with Haq Nawaz reaching 53 with debutant Brian O’Leary finishing with figures of 3-39.

On an artificial with uneven bounce, Cork County openers Shannon Madden and Ross Durity were determined to establish a solid start. After an uncomfortable innings, Shannon was caught behind for 15 and he was soon followed by overseas player George Barry who was adjudged LBW to Adeel. Robert Duggan joined Durity in the middle and both experienced batsmen were eager to consolidate the innings. However, Durity soon departed to an excellent caught and bowled by Adeel. Des O’Leary joined Duggan and both combined to form a solid partnership with both players playing some nice shots down the ground and square of the wicket. With County cruising towards victory, O’Leary mistimed a full delivery and was clean bowled by Nawaz. A well crafted innings by Duggan saw him soon reach his half century and he began to open up with victory in sight and finished the game on 77 not out. Victory was secured with Creedon dispatching a full delivery from Adeel to secure an impressive 5 wicket victory at a demanding venue.

MCU Division 1:
Cork County 215-5 beat WIT 213 all out by 5 wickets at Carriganore.

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