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Cork County overwhelmed by CSNI in the Irish Cup

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Cork County made the long trip to Belfast last Friday to take on Civil Service North (CSN) in the second round of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup. The fixture took place at Stormont which acts as one of Ireland’s international grounds and will be hosting West Indies A and Bangladesh this coming summer. CSNI are the NCU ClubTurf Ulster Cup holders and had finished third in the NCU Premier League in 2009. They welcomed their skipper, Nigel Jones, back from World Twenty20 competition in the Caribbean and overseas professional Kieran Noema-Barnett was settling into his second full season with the club.

Cork County knew they had a huge task if they were to cause an upset against one of the premier sides in NCU cricket but with a good pre-season under their belts they hoped to provide a competitive opposition to the Stormont side. However due to injuries to vice captain Ross Durity (broken finger) and opening bowler Parvez Ali (stitches), the unavailability of Keith Banks due to personal reasons, Matt Reed who was on holidays and Andrew Saul who had work commitments; the Mardyke side’s chance took a sharp dip and increased the onus on the remaining senior players.

The day started under unbroken sunshine at Stormont with CSN skipper Nigel Jones winning the toss and electing to ‘have a bat’ on what looked like a perfect batting deck. Stephen Dyer and Hamilton Coulter opened the batting for CSN. Hamilton went in the 5th over adjudged LBW while stepping down the pitch to a ball which kept low from Cork County opener James Duggan. Duggan’s opening spell was one of the positives to be taken from the day with the young seamer showing great maturity and control on a wicket which offered little to the bowlers.

CSN skipper Nigel Jones entered the crease and seemed a little jet lagged and required a number of overs to reacclimatize to Irish conditions after his time with the Ireland squad in the West Indies. Two chances went down in the early overs, one difficult snick high past the diving wicketkeeper Des O’Leary, which would have been a great take, and another put down by Andrew Wootton in the slips.

After these early chances went down, both batsmen soon found their timing and rhythm with opener Stephen Dyer, in particular, taking most of the strike. As the batsmen closed in on both their centuries they matched each other shot for shot. Both seemed to be timing the ball nicely and they reached 80 and then 90 within a few balls of each other. With 9 overs to go both batsmen were on 94, CSN on 206. Nigel Jones’ century (119b 10x4s 3x6s) came with a single off the penultimate ball of the following over, and a single by Stephen Dyer from the next ball brought up the 200 partnership. Dyer brought up his century (125b 11x4s 2x6s) with a single from the last ball of the 43rd over.

Stephen Dyer reached 130 with a 6, taken by Nicky Murphy at deep mid-off, who unfortunately stepped back over the boundary rope. However, Dyer was bowled with the very next ball, trying another shot. Jones innings came to an end off the first ball of the last over. At the end of the innings Kieran Noema-Barnett and Allen Coulter were the not out bats, and the score was 295. The Cork County bowlers had not bowled badly, but after the couple of chances that were not taken, they faced a couple of determined and experienced batsmen, who were able to deal with their attack with few alarms.

Chasing a mammoth total of 295 at just under 6 runs per over, the Cork County batting line-up required a great start from openers Andrew Wootton and Des O’Leary but unfortunately Wootton was caught behind early on from CSN opener J. Costain. Cork County captain, Robert Duggan, joined O’Leary at the crease hoping to consolidate and also attempt to chase down the mammoth CSN total. O’Leary followed Wootton for 17 after being run out superbly by CSN overseas professional Kieran Noema-Barnett. Bruce Koch joined Duggan at the crease and both batsman provided County with their main partnership of the innings. The CSN bowlers maintained excellent line and length throughout the innings denying the County batsmen any chance to free their arms and gain any momentum.

Having reached drinks at 25 overs, both Duggan and Koch attempted to accelerate the run rate with the third and fourth choice bowlers entering the CSN attack. Koch, while attempting to make a lofted sweep against the off-spin of Andrews, had the misfortune of losing his footing and mistimed the shot resulting in a straightforward catch by Noema-Barnett. Duggan followed Koch a number of overs later after being trapped LBW on the back foot by slow left-arm bowler Coulter. The County innings soon lost its momentum with wickets falling at regular intervals. Young County batsman, Oliver Creedon, provided brief rest bite with a well work 16 not out showing great maturity and shot selection against the CSN attack. The CSN bowlers took nearly 45 overs to end the Cork County innings.

Cork County now turn their attention to Leinster League Division 2 where they take on Phoenix and Dublin University on the 15th and 16th May, respectively. The Mardyke side will be hoping for alot better fortune and improved performances throughout the side if they are to come away with a win from the weekend.

Saturday May 8th:
Civil Service North (CSNI) 295-3 beat Cork County 113 all out by 182 runs at Stormont. scorecard

Cork County Irish Senior Cup squad announced

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Cork County has announced their squad for their upcoming Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup 1st Round fixture against Civil Service Northern Ireland (CSNI) at Stormont. Cork County will be missing some key figures as they will be without vice captain Ross Durity due to a broken finger sustained against Laois CC recently, Keith Banks due to personal reasons, Andrew Saul due to work commitments and Matt Reed who will be away on holidays. However they will be sending up a strong side to take on CSNI in the hope of springing a surprise against the NCU ClubTurf Ulster Cup holders at the headquarters of the Northern Cricket Union.

The Cork County squad will be departing by coach from the Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday afternoon and will be staying at the Wellington Park Hotel in Belfast on both Friday and Saturday night. The match against CSNI will be starting at 12 noon at Stormont cricket ground on the Upper Newtownards Road.

The Cork County Irish Senior Cup squad is as follows:

  1. Robert Duggan*
  2. Bruce Koch
  3. Chris Banon
  4. James Duggan
  5. Parvez Ali
  6. Andrew Wootton
  7. Des O’Leary+
  8. Ciarán Healy
  9. Darren Fogarty
  10. Oliver Creedon
  11. Nicky Murphy
  12. Brad Morgan

Cork County Leinster Schedule for 2010

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Cork County’s Irish Cup and Leinster League Schedule for 2010:

Irish Senior Cup

Saturday 8th May versus Civil Service North (CSNI) at Stormont

Leinster League Division 2 (all fixtures away from home):

Saturday 15th of May versus Phoenix at Phoenix Park

Sunday 16th of May versus Dublin University at College Park

Saturday 10th of July versus Pembroke at Sydney Parade

Sunday 11th of July versus Rush at Rush

Saturday 17th of July versus The Hills 2 at Milverton

Saturday 28th of August versus CYM at Terenure

Sunday 29th August versus Old Belvedere at Cabra

The Committe would urge as many members and supporters as possible attend these games and wish the best of luck to everyone involved!

Cork County drawn away to Civil Service (CSNI) in the Irish Senior Cup

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup Draw 2010:

The 2010 draw for the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup has been made, and as usual there are a number of intriguing ties to whet the appetite. Cork County have been given a tough drawn away to Civil Service (CSNI) with the tie due to be played at the Stormont ground on the 8th of May.

35 clubs take part in the competition next year, with three Round One ties, which sees Downpatrick, winners in 1985 and 1991, making the trip to Dublin to face Old Belvedere. Rush, who were beaten finalists as recently as 2006, have home advantage over three times victors Lurgan, while CYM host Cork Harlequins. The three Round One fixtures take place on Saturday April 24th.

Round Two gets under way on Saturday May 8th with 1986 champions Phoenix hosting Glendermott, while Railway Union, the 2006 champions face the winners of the Rush versus Lurgan tie.

Holders Leinster start the defence of their trophy with a home fixture against either CYM or Cork Harlequins, while 2009 beaten semi finalists Pembroke will try and go one better with a tough home fixture against North Down, who were the last NCU side to taste victory in the competition, when they won the last of their three triumphs way back in 1995.

North County, the most successful side in the history of the cup with five wins in the last nine years, are home to Eglinton, while Brigade who tasted victory in both 96 and 99 entertain Instonians at Beechgrove.

1995 finalists Bready face tough opposition in the form of YMCA, while there’s another cracking tie in prospect when 1998 winners Strabane play a very talented Merrion side.

Killymallaght face Leinster double winners Clontarf, whose solitary appearance in the final came way back in 1990, while the first North West side ever to win the cup in 1987, St Johnston, make a return to Ireland’s premier competition after a 16 year absence, taking on 2002 victors Malahide in Donegal.

Lisburn have been handed tricky opponents in the form of three time winners Limavady who gave the NW their last triumph back in 2004, while Cork County face a long trek north to Stormont to play Civil Service North.

Another team with a long journey are 2007 beaten finalists The Hills who are away to Carrickfergus, while CIYMS host 2000 champions Donemana, who have been losing finalists in each of the past two campaigns. These two sides met in a thrilling quarter final this season, when Donemana chased down 295 to win with 5 overs to spare.

In the final two ties, 1998 losing finalists Ballymena play Fox Lodge, while Waringstown, winners way back in 1983 travel to play the winners of the Old Belvedere versus Downpatrick match.

The draw in full is as follows:

Round One – Saturday April 24th
A. Old Belvedere v Downpatrick
B. Rush v Lurgan
C. CYM v Cork Harlequins

Round Two – Saturday May 8
Phoenix v Glendermott
Railway Union v Winner of B
Leinster v Winner of C
Pembroke v North Down
North County v Eglinton
Brigade v Instonians
Bready v YMCA
Strabane v Merrion
Killymallaght v Clontarf
St Johnston v Malahide
Lisburn v Limavady
Civil Service North v Cork County
Carrickfergus v The Hills
CIYMS v Donemana
Ballymena v Fox Lodge
Winner of A v Waringstown