27th June 2018 - Cork T20 Roundup

It was two wins from two at the Mardyke this week for the Midleton sides in the Cork T20 Cup, as the Tunders defeated the Cork County Strikers and the Munstermen saw off the Cork County Lions, with the glorious weather complimenting the glorious surroundings on a pitch with a lightening quick outfield.

First up were top of the table Thunders on Monday night, who got quite the scare from a determined Strikers side, who had the batting of Eshan and Rioghan O'Sullivan to thank for an impressive target of 133. However, the table topping Thunders survived some fine bowling by the hosts to scrape home with four balls to spare, 37 from Rennie and an unbeaten 50 from Shijin breaking the host's hearts.

At the other end of the table, The Mustermen were looking to avoid the ignominy of finishing bottom of the table after a poor run of form by the People's Champions on Wednesday. It was an evening for the bowlers, Karun taking two caught and bowled, Bala taking one and Darragh O'Shea taking two catches behind the wickets, as the hosts were bowled out for 115. The unlikely opening partnership of Eoin O'Shea and Stack soon had the reply up and running with a partnership of 42, before a mini slump and an unfortunate injury to Fayyaz Khan required Kabir and Bala to steady the middle order, Afzal finally hitting the winning runs with an impressive boundary to seal victory with 9 balls remaining and Stack top scoring on the night with a T20 career best 27.

16th June 2018 - 69 Results In Hard Semi

Midleton progressed to the Semi Final of the Junior Cup, where they will face a difficult away trip to Co. Kerry, after an emphatic 69 run victory against Co. Limerick.

Limerick had knocked Midleton out of this competition for the past two seasons, and the omens looked bad when opener Simon Casey was dismissed for 1, but Rob Smyth and Luke Deane settled the nerves with a magnificent partnership, peppered with some fine shots. Smyth fell two short of his half century and Deane fell on 53, Ramay doing the damage, but Majid Khan and "Big" Maqbool, who both finished fasting yesterday, proceeded to gorge themselves on runs with a boundary laden partnership. Indeed, at 202/3 in the 32nd over, it looked like the hosts could have hit 300 if things went right. Unfortunately though, when the crash came, it came hard. Ramay once again did the damage, dismissing the two high scorers for 41 and 50 respectively, before Khalid and Sidiqi ripped through the tail and middle order, leaving the hosts all out for 247.

A tough day in the field though had left it's mark on the visitors, and a vicious opening spell of bowling from Iqbal and Gujjar soon swung the game back in Midleton's favour. By the 12th over, Limerick had been reduced to 57/6, Gujjar claiming four and Iqbal two. Poulose and Rehman dug in, but the damage had been done. Poulose eventually fell for 39, and despite a brief but brave last man stand by Udin, it was not to be for the visitors, as Gibson claimed Udin's wicket, leaving Rehman last man standing on an impressive 62 not out.

10th June 2018 - Long Way to Tipperary

Atif Akbar's Badgers made the long trip to Tipp to face Tipperary 2 in the Quarter Finals of the Minor Cup with revenge firmly on their mind, having been defeated by the same opposition in a bowl out the season before.

Midleton won the toss and decided to bat in overcast conditions, but after a mere 15 overs they found themselves on 51/6 following some unfortunate decisions, the worst being Stack's run out in the fourth over that led to a traditional upper order collapse. Fellow opener Azfal showed some spirit to keep the scoreboard ticking over, chalking up 26, but it was to be fine partnership between Bala and Fayyez that would finally steady the ship. Bala, who has impressed recently in training, was due a good innings, and it couldn't have come at a better time with the visitor's faltering, and despite the massive boundary, Fayyaz even managed to chip in an up and over to cow corner before falling for 21. Wicketkeeper Atif Jameel was on hand to keep Bala company though as the Tipperary attack floundered and the run rate rose on a slow outfield. Bala finally fell for 64 shortly after Jameel departed to 29, but the damage had been done, and the hosts faced a daunting target to 192 to progress to a semi final against either Limerick or Cork County.

Captain Akbar opened the bowling with a fine spell, dismissing opener Manoj early on in a tight spell. Azfal soon joined the action from the other end, dismissing Sindo. Another unfortunate run out piled further misery on the hosts, but Thomas Raju and wicketkeeper Lino soon had the attacked blunted with a patient re-building of the innings. But it was to be the captain once again who would break the partnership, taking an incredible catch to dismiss Lino from Mike Whilte's bowling, before another fine catch from Karun just before drinks has the hosts back on the ropes. Despite the efforts of Raju, the wickets kept falling at the other end, Bala and Kabir causing trouble with their spin from one end, Fayyez with his pace from the other. White further decimated the middle order, and once stage finding himself on a hat-trick, before Raju finally fell to a Stack catch, who added some much needed homo eroticism into his celebrations by swan diving / belly flopping half naked into the boundary rope, and the last men standing were left requiring a daunting 70 to clinch victory. A remarkable effort from both batsmen almost saved the day though, as Midleton were repeatedly frustrated in their efforts to close out the game, but it was to be that man again, Atif Akbar, who would close proceedings thanks to a smart Azfal catch with Tipperary 35 runs shy of their target.

6th June 2018 - Munstermen Fail Test

The Munstermen's Cork T20 Cup tie against Quins' Masters may have been interrupted by a swarm of bees, but it was a decidedly D- performance by the reigning champions as they were defeated by 7 wickets at the Cricket Field.

Quins won the toss, and put Midleton in to bat, and the hosts immediately began to stutter, Stack clean bowled for 3 by Russell, fellow opener Sheikh following closely afterwards for 11. Mick White finally offered some resistance before the unsighted batsman was unfortunate to be run out for 26. With Moran (3), Darragh O'Shea (0) new boy Eoin O'Shea (0) and captain Akbar (6) all dismissed cheaply, it was left to Ian Tovey to keep the scoreboard ticking over with some big boundaries before he also departed, leaving the score at 83/8. Fayyez Kahn was on hand though to save the innings, forming excellent partnerships with first, new boy Willis O'Shea and then Kabir Choudhury, despite a brief interruption to allow the swarm of bees pass across the ground. Khan was finally dismissed a mere five runs short of his half century, helping the hosts post a decent target of 154.

Masters' reply couldn't have started worse, with a mix up at the crease allowing Darragh O'Shea to run out Russel on only the second ball of the innings, Greg Higgins and Dave Peet were on hand to steady the ship, Higgins adding a quickfire 34 from 23 balls before falling to a Willis O'Shea catch, Peet adding 33 before being bowled by Sheikh. Any hopes of a comeback from the hosts were then dashed by a patient batting display from Brendan Winslow, ably assisted by Eric Cotter, to see the visitor's home with 14 balls to spare.

2nd June 2018 - Victory at Last!

After 643 days, Midleton's First XI finally registered their first victory in League competition since August 2016 at The Mardyke this afternoon.

County named a strong side for the tie, with several players having appeared for County in Leinster league action, and it looked like it was going to be a case of same old story when Majid Khan was dismissed by Kevin Bray from a McGurk delivery in the third over. However, Rob Smyth and the in-form Dean Wilson were on hand to salvage the innings, the deadly duo forming the highest scoring partnership of the day, adding 71 before Smyth fell for 35. Maqbool was the victim of a first ball duck, but Wilson continued to show signs of brilliance to steady the ship, and the visitors looked comfortable at 85/3 after 22 overs. But then, as with so many times in the past, things took a sudden turn for the worse, Wilson falling first for 26, followed by White for 16 and Gibson for 0 within the space of 8 balls to leave the visitors rocking. New boy Sheikh failed to bake, adding only 1 run, before Atif Jameel and Naveed Khan were also dismissed cheaply leaving the score at 110/9. While most would have foreseen yet another league defeat for Midleton, tailenders Atif Akbar and Danish Iqbal had other ideas though. Neither player would be known for their patience at the crease, but both showed magnificent maturity to keep Midleton in the game by creeping up the score run by run when all seemed lost. Eventually, Akbar fell to the bowling of Fiaz, but by then the damage had been done, and the hosts faced an intimidating target of 141 on a difficult wicket.

The hosts got off to an awful start though, and found themselves at 10/3 in only the 6th over after some explosive bowling by Iqbal and Wilson. County new boy Ritesh Sah batted well, posting County's highest score of the day with 28, but the catches kept coming and the wickets kept tumbling, and once Smyth caught Sah and White caught the always dangerous McNamara, the writing was on the wall. Naveed ripped through the tail, taking five wickets for 25 runs and ending up on a hat-trick after a Gibson catch dismissed Khan before McGurk was clean bowled, leaving County all out for 101 from just 29.5 overs.

At their current rate, the Firsts would statistically have to wait until the 6th of March 2020 for their next league win, but on a day when everything finally went right, you would have to expect that they will be tasting victory again far sooner than that.

26th May 2018 - Trip to Tip

The Firsts first competitive league fixture of the season ended in a disappointing defeat, as Tipperaty County left the hosts in a spin at Towns Park.

Tip won the toss, and elected to bat first. After an explosive start by the opening bowlers that saw both openers cheaply dismissed, Matthews and the impressive Abraham settled quickly and soon had the scoreboard ticking over. Midleton finally made the breakthrough just before drinks, Casey taking a fine catch at the boundary, before Naveed and Akbar took further vital wickets as the visitors found themselves firmly on the back foot. But whilst the wickets continued to tumble, some high scoring cameos from a lively tail kept the scoreboard heading skyward, with the visitors eventually being bowled out for an impressive total of 194 all out.

Majid Khan led the response, with a quick fire 50, but once he fell for 53, the familiar batting soundtrack started to play, ably assisted by some fine spin bowling and an incredible one handed catch on the boundary to dismiss Gibson.


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25th May 2018 - Thunders Rumble!

The newly formed Cork Thunders made their debut in the Cork T20 Cup this evening with a rousing performance against Quins' Masters at Farmer's Cross.

The Masters batted first, and after a shaky start, were thankful to have the experience of Dave Peet, Richard Gash and John Russel to add some much needed runs, Gash top scoring with 32. Rohit was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three wickets for a very economical 14 runs from his four overs, as the hosts setting a good total of 123/8 from their 20 overs.

Jebin got the visitor's response off to a dream start, with a well batted 40 that included three 4's and two 6's, and he was ably assisted by Rohyn who chipped in with an impressive 31. But the experience of the host's bowlers started to show, with Classen, John Buss and John Russell leaving the game in the balance, but a quick fire 13 from Jim Patson swung the game back to the Thunders, and Matthew and Santhosh Thomas were on hand to see the visitors home with 16 balls to spare for a historic first ever victory.

23rd May 2018 - Inbeatable!

It was a repeat of the 2017 final at The Farm this evening, as the newly renamed Midleton Munstermen started their defence of the Cork T20 Cup with a win over UCC.

It was a case of "we've only got 8, we'll have a bat" for new captain Atif Akbar due to a combination or late working and traffic, but Midleton, assisted by some wayward bowling from the hosts, were still able to post a decent target of 128, Maqbool top scoring with 27, ably assisted by some mature batting from Atif Jameel (24) and the captain (22).

The scorching sun certainly played its part too, with a large number of dropped catches from both sides, but it was to be the impressive bowling of Mannan Gujjar and Fayez Khan that would really cause the damage, as the hosts were rocked to 16/2 after the first 5 overs. Bala, Mike White, Maqbool and Kabir Chowdary kept the pressure up with some fine bowling, and despite a brave stand by Denney David, The Pirates rarely looked like toppling the people's champions, finishing up 14 runs short in their chase.

20th May 2018 - Gibson Shines

Gavin Gibson hit an impressive 77 on his Badgers debut, but it wasn't enough for the hosts in another frantic game at the Cricket Field.

The Second's new captain, Atif Akbar, won the toss and elected to bat on a grey afternoon, and it looked like a wise decision as openers Gibson and Adrian Stack started strongly, averaging just over 8 runs an over against the Limerick attack. Stack departed for 22 after 8 overs, but O'Shea continued to support the new boy, and Midleton found themselves in an unusually strong position of 134/3 at drinks. However, Gibson fell soon afterwards to Safraz's bowling, triggering a disappointing collapse that saw the innings close at 212 all out after 33 overs, Bala (19), Fayez (15) and the returning Ian Tovey (17) the pick of the tail.

Limerick's response was slow but steady, and despite the early loss of Ian Donchi to the bowling of Akbar, some patient batting from Umair and Safraz repeated frustrated the host's attack. Indeed it wouldn't be until the 27th over when Akbar would again strike, dismissing Safraz for 68 thanks to a smart catch from Stack. Three balls later, the captain struck again, bowling Prithiv for 0. Suddenly it was a completely different game, with Umair run out by O'Shea, and a Mike White catch removing Daly from Fayez's bowling before Akbar returned for his fourth wicket of the game. Limerick were starting to wobble, but finally had James Spenser on hand to steady the ship and take Limerick from requiring 30 runs from 36 balls to sealing victory with 9 balls remaining thanks to some fine shots. It was rough on Midleton after a long afternoon's work, but with four debutantes in the side, captain Akbar can be very product of his charge's performance.

19th May 2018 - Gnarly Harley!

Midleton's season finally kicked off today in stunning sunshine, with Co. Meath side Knockharley the visitors for a massively entertaining first round National Cup tie.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat. They say catches win matches, so by that logic, edges should win hedges. If this was the case, the opening batsmen would have headed back up the M8 with a tremendous amount of hedging after a nervy opening, both Iqbal and Waqar piling on the pressure. It was to be Iqbal who made the deserved breakthrough in the fourth over taking the wicket of Ingamells, and by drinks Tayyab Rashid and  the classy Bellew had also fallen, the latter to a fantastic direct hit run out by Majid Khan, leaving the score at 74/3. But things started to go rapidly downhill after drinks, as the hugely impressive Ovais Ali was joined firstly by Mark Ingamells and then Tahir Rasheed ramped up the scoring with a glut of runs that looked like putting the game far beyond the hosts, Rasheed adding 96, Ingamells 29 and Ali finishing on 55 not out to set a target of 246 for the win.

It seemed a daunting task for the hosts, who are not traditionally known for their high run scoring prowess, and the task got even tougher in the sixth over when Simon Casey was bowled by promising youngster Daniel Swift before new boy Gavin Gibson also departed there overs later. Things were looking grim for Midleton, with the score sitting at 36/2, but Majid Khan and Dean Wilson were about to form the outstanding partnership of the day, adding a massive 149 in an incredible display. Both men piled on the runs with some fine shots, as Midleton battled their way to an improbable victory. Khan finally departed on 106, but Waqar was on hand to keep the runs flowing, adding a swift 23, before Atif Jameel joined Wilson at the crease. Unfortunately for the hosts though, some fine bowling by captain Jack Condie and Rashid saw the run rate, and the game, slowly slip away, Midleton finishing up an agonising 13 runs short in their chase after a pulsating tie.

14th April 2018 - Kevin O'Brien Comes to Town

The Kevin O'Brien Cricket Academy came to Midleton this Saturday, with the current Ireland international giving a fantastic insight into the professional game as well as exceptional fielding, batting and bowling advice. Incredibly, the rain held off, giving the opportunity for 20 of the club's members to learn from one of the world's greatest all rounders.

6th April 2018 - Club Statement

Midleton Cricket Club have announced their decision to resign from the Munster Cricket Union Premier Division due to a lack of suitable players. 

Though the announcement may come as a shock to some coming so close to the start of the season, discontent had been simmering since the club's AGM at the end of last season, despite captain Majid Kahn's side reaching the Quarter Finals of the National Cup. 
"Despite our record breaking run in the National Cup, last year's league campaign was a tough one," admits club P.R.O. Adrian Stack. "We were constantly running into trouble with player availability. Our strongest XI would give anyone a run for their money, but through holidays, injuries, family commitments and the likes we were rarely able to field our strongest side. The gap between Premier Division cricket, where you are playing against sides containing overseas professionals, and Division 2 cricket was just too wide to successfully promote players. Throughout the season, we were sending sides out with maybe 3, 4 or 5 Division 2 players and getting beaten out the gate. Well before the end of the season, the Senior squad were getting fairly demoralised. There was an intense discussion at our AGM over whether to continue playing Premier Division or not, but the decision was made to try to keep going in the hope that we could attract some players of suitable ability. Unfortunately, the exact opposite has happened, with a number of our Senior players announcing their unavailability for the 2018 season." 
The club will now compete in the MCU's Division 1, leaving only five sides in the province's top flight, but the club will complete their obligations in this season's National Cup, Munster Senior Cup and Munster Senior T20. "It's been a tough decision to make. We've looked at all options available to us, including importing our own overseas' professionals, but we've punched well above our financial weight for a number of seasons now, and we just have to accept that we are unable to compete with the concentration of wealth at some of the other Munster Clubs. Our main aim here is not for short term glory, but for long term sustainability. We hope to be able to offer the people of East Cork an opportunity to play, watch and enjoy the game of cricket for many years into the future, We all sincerely hope to be able to look back on this day in the future and consider it as a step sideways rather than backwards."

1st April 2018 - Fixtures Out

The full fixtures for 2018 are now up on the site, with the Seconds kicking things off on the 15th of April with a home tie against UCC. The Firsts welcome Quins a week later on the 22nd, The Munstermen kick off the Cork T20 Cup action on the 17th of May and the Thunders make their debut in the competition on the 25th of May.

31st March 2018 - Super Kev!

Kevin O'Brien will be bringing his Cricket Academy to Midleton on Saturday, the 14th of April, in what could prove to be the greatest challenge of his career. The Ireland all rounder will be carrying out a group training session from 10am with a quick meet and greet afterwards. "Everything I've ever achieved in my career will pale into insignificance if I can teach just one of these lads how to catch a ball, or even occasionally hit it with a bat," the Dubliner has, no doubt, thought to himself! 

1st January 2018 - Gnarley Knockharley!

Midleton Cricket Club have received a home draw for the 2018 National Cup, and will entertain Meath side Knockharley in May.