10th December 2016 - Let's All Go-Go To Sligo-go!
The draw for the 2017 National Cup has been made, with Midleton being drawn away to Co. Sligo, with the fixture set to take place on the 13th of May. The omens are good, with Midleton's only previous victory in this competition having been against the same opposition. Our conquerors from last season, Woodvale, are one of a quartet of Northern sides not to enter any Cricket Ireland competition in 2017. The full draw is as follows;
Sion Mills v Saintfield
Burndennet v Armagh
Killyclooney v Academy
Glendermott v Malahide
Bonds Glen v North Kildare
Laurelvale v Newbuildings
Derriaghy v St. Johnston
Cliftonville v Strabane
Rush v Ballyspallen
Laois v Cregagh
Dundrum v Downpatrick
Knockharley v Cork Harlequins
Holywood v Terenure
Limerick v Civil Service
Co. Kerry v Ballaghaderreen
Co. Sligo v Midleton
11th September 2016 - Curtain Falls on Season, Urine Rises on the Breeze
The curtain was finally brought down on the 2016 cricket season at the Oyster Oval today, as Midleton's Second XI traveled to play North Kerry in the MCU Division 2.
Midleton traveled with only 9 players, as the excesses of a six month campaign started to show, but North Kerry were also struggling for players with a number of regulars unavailable. Though the rain had held off, the yellow wind warning for the west coast had, for once, proven to be extremely accurate, and a number of Midleton players found their urine caught in a vortex of wind, causing a random and damaging pre-game flow. Mine ended up on my face, possibly explaining why Met Eireann chose to refer to it as a yellow warning.
Captain Kieran O'Reilly won the toss, and elected to field. Openers Atif Jameel (into the wind) and Danish Iqbal (with the wind) both worked hard against the conditions, but Danish finally made the breakthrough, taking the wicket of Garzinski. Ali Kalota and Luke O'Reilly worked the hard yards, but it was to be the introduction of the Nottingham Nightmare Pete Thackeray that would turn the game on it's head, as the mercurial bowler posted figures of 4/20 off of his 6 overs to destroy the middle order. Kieran O'Reilly's spin took a further three wickets with Danish returning with a wicket to see out the host's innings on 153.
The strong winds finally brought the rain to Kerry as Midleton went out to bat, and the horrendous conditions combined with the sublime batting of O'Reilly and Dave McDonnell soon demotivated the hosts. Dave hit his 50 with a four, followed shortly after by O'Reilly, again with a boundary. Despite some solid bowling from the hosts, it just wasn't to be their day, as Dave (73) and Kieran (60) saw the visitors home.
To the hosts; our sincere thanks for the hospitality and always a pleasure. To the visitors; it's been emotional. To Grainne who delivered the most wonderful sponge cakes during the Midleton innings; we want the recipe.
28th August 2016 - Firsts Finally Peak!
Midleton Firsts closed out their season with a comprehensive victory over Limerick at a gloriously sunny Cricket Field on Sunday.
Batting first, the home side finally delivered on the promise that they have shown over the past few weeks, as everything clicked into place for Dean Wilson's side. Simon Casey, Wilson (45), Luke Deane (36), Kieran O'Reilly (46) and Rob Smyth (38) piled on the runs despite some good bowling from Spenser (4/45) and Deveraux (3/42), and Danish Iqbal lit the tail alight with a phenomenal 25 not out as Midleton batted out their 50 overs, leaving the visitors with a total 240 to chase.
Limerick's response stuttered from the off, but Kassim Alam showed exactly why he's regarded as one of Munster's top prospects with a magnificent knock. However, Dean Wilson's accurate bowling took it's toll, leaving the home captain with figures of 4/17 off of his 9 overs, and by the time Kassim finally departed on 83, Midleton found themselves in previously unknown "even we can't mess this up" territory. Sajid, Mad Dog, O'Reilly and Smyth all took wickets, the fielding was exceptional, and any hopes Limerick had of an unlikely victory were quickly stubbed out in a magnificent display that even impressed Peter Thackeray's visiting mum.
A visibly sluggish Midleton hurling team laboured to a victory over Sars that evening, knowing exactly who would dominate the local paper's sports coverage for the coming week - the Pride of East Cork had well and truly scattered the Magpies.
21st August 2016 - Pain in the Rain for Firsts
At a wet and windy Adare, Limerick and Midleton defied the odds and recorded a result in their bottom of the table MCU Premier Division clash.
Limerick won the toss and elected to field on a slippy track as the storm clouds ominously enveloped the picturesque grounds. Captain Dean Wilson was in fine form with the bat, going on to score 21, but struggled to find support as the wickets of Deane, O'Reilly and Jameel quickly fell, before Wilson himself departed, leaving the visitors on 35/4. However Simon Casey, who had spent Friday night demolishing fittings and fixtures of his local pub, quickly set about demolishing some promising bowling figures with some fantastic shots, ably assisted by Kashif Kahn, moving the visitors above 100 runs before Kahn fell for 24. Stack fell soon after for 1 before the first real shower of the day interrupted play. As the constant drizzle returned to replace the rain, Limerick finally ran out the danger man Casey just after he had reached his half century. The tail wagged and some much needed runs were added by Thackeray, Hameed and McEvoy (13 off of 14 balls), before Danish Iqbal continued his incredible series of scoring 0 not out, leaving Limerick with a target of 142 for the victory.
Limerick's response started brightly with a four from Kahn off of the first ball, but openers McEvoy and Kashif quickly moved to tie down the opening batsmen with some fine bowling. Limerick soon found themselves falling well behind Midleton's run rate, but wickets were proving hard to find, Iqbal finally making the breakthrough in the 12th over just as Kahn had started to motor. Wilson then removed the other opener, but the rain breaks were quickly becoming more frequent, and time was pushing on. Howard and Khalid found runs hard to come by, especially from the tight bowling of Wilson and the mesmerising spin of Hameed, but in the 31st over the rain once again spilled down, and Midleton decided to go for a quick pint and head home, giving Limerick the points.
14th August 2016 - Tribal Tidal Wave Washes Away Hosts
Their hurlers might have fallen at the semi final stage, but Galway's cricketers kept their title challenge going with an emphatic victory over Midleton at the Cricket Field.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat but struggled form the off in the face of some strong bowling. Opener Dave Mc stunned the crowed by not only scoring a single but also a double in his innings, but soon became the first of Amir's three victims as Midleton spectacularly slumped to 53/6 by drinks. It didn't get much better afterwards, as Galway's onslaught continued, Kieran O'Reilly top scoring for the hosts with 19 in a total of 112 which would have been much lower but for some wide bowling from the visitors.
John McEvoy opened the reply in fantastic style, bowling an incredible ball to Conor Mullen to bowl him for a second ball duck. Unfortunately it was to be as good as it got for Midleton, as some poor fielding allowed Ali and Nasim to build up a strong partnership. McEvoy would go on to finally dismiss Nasim for a boundary peppered 26 before Kieran O'Reilly took Ali for 55, but by then the damage was well and truly done with the visitors hitting their target by the 22nd over.
14th August 2016 - Seconds Fall to County
After last week's enforced concession to Co. Tipperary, Midleton Seconds at least managed to get a side on the field at the Mardyke for their MCU Division 2 game against Cork County Thirds.
Midleton won the toss and decided to bat, with openers Aidan Leonard and Darragh O'Shea settling quickly into their rhythm in the face of some strong bowling. Leonard's 16 would prove to be Midleton's highest score of the day, as batsman after batsman worked hard to get their eye in but fail to build on their initial promise. In fairness to the visiting side, County's bowling was fantastic, with the spin of Saleem (3 wickets) and Kayani (4 wickets) causing particular problems, and County captain Kevin Bray and A.W. Younus also taking one each to leave Midleton on 97 all out.
It was always going to be a difficult total to defend, but Midleton opened their bowling response with some venom as Magsi hammered opener Saleem in his first over. Having had two LBW appeals turned down, he decided to take the direct route on his third delivery, destroying the wickets with a fantastic ball. Magsi struck again soon after, taking Simon's wicket for a duck, before fellow opener Fayez Kahn took the wicket of Barlow for 4. But just as County looked to be in serious trouble, captain Bray took to the crease with young Areeb Mian. Both players proceeded to produce a masterclass in patient batting. Despite some brave work in the field by the visitors, the runs kept coming from the pair, and by the time Mian hit his fifth boundary of the afternoon to leave him on 37, it was game over for the visitors.
7th August 2016 - Sharknado of Runs at The Cricket Field
There was a sharknado at the Cricket Field today; but instead of Selachimorpha falling from the sky it was runs at both sides served up a cracker in a strong gusty breeze.
Kerry won the toss and elected to bat, but the two Midleton opening bowlers combined to devastating effect in only the second ball of the game, Kashif Kahn taking a catch from John McEvoy's bowling to dismiss opener Usman Kahn. Any hopes of a swift dismissal of the visitors were soon in tatters though, as Sohail Mohammed and Azeem Kahn combined to build up an intimidating total, despite a slow start to the pairing. By the time Rob Smyth dismissed Mohammed for 63, the visitors had raced to over 150 runs. Kahn was in incredible form, at one stage destroying Smyth with four 6's in a row. Captain Dean Wilson finally took Kahn's wicket with a catch from Kashif's bowling with the Kerry batsman on 151. Despite some spirited resistance from Alam, the rest of the Kerry order fell away quickly, McEvoy taking two further wickets and Fayez Kahn three with some fine work in the field in difficult conditions by Wilson (3 catches), Stack (1) and Fayez Kahn (1). At the end of the 50 overs though, the visitors had set a strong target of 325/8.
Midleton's response got off to a sticky start when Aidan Leonard fell for 1. Midleton's batting could easily have fallen to pieces, but just like the Sharknado series of movies, it only got better as it went on. Wilson and Rob Smyth served up a display comparable with Sharknado 3, Oh Hell No, with a beautiful display of batting. Smyth finally fell on 34. Wilson fell soon after to a questionable catch in the deep, but Midleton's run rate was well above Kerry's had been at that point. Casey and Magsi batted intelligently to keep the rate running over, but it was Kasif Kahn who injected some boundaries into the occasion, ably assisted by Stack (12) and Fayez (17). When Kash finally fell on 35, it was up to last men standing Mad Dog McEvoy and Dangerous Danish Iqbal to continue the chase. Both men were outstanding, frustrating the visitor's bowlers and hitting some majestic shots that belied their position of tailenders. Incredibly, the run rate was holding up, but just as the hosts started dreaming of an improbable come back that would rival Sharknado 4, The 4th Awakens, McEvoy was finally bowled, leaving Midleton on 253 all out from 41 overs.
31st July 2016 - Amusing Pun Inserted In Opening Paragraph of Match Report
The Irish Caravanning and Camping Club may have been next door in Midleton Rugby Club, but it was Cork County who arrived at the Cricket Field in”tent” on making it back to back victories against their hosts.
County once again won the toss, and once again elected to bat, and openers Durity and Coleman quickly set out to punish some poor bowling. Eventually, it was Nottingham Nightmare Peter Thackeray who would make the breakthrough, with Kashif taking Durity’s wicket with a fine catch just before drinks. However, by this stage the scoreline was already approaching 130. In fairness to the Midleton side, they kept their heads up and deservedly bowled the visitors out, Majid Kahn and captain Dean Wilson both taking three wickets and Thackeray two, but an intimidating total of 300 had been set that included 48 extras.
Midleton were light on batsmen, with a number of key players missing. Simon Casey reacted relatively well to his dismissal, and the wickets just continued to fall, Midleton reaching 20/6 by the 12th over. Majid Kahn hit the hosts highest score of the day with a score of 34, but struggled for support. Hugh O’Brien took three wickets for the visitors including two in his third over, but he struggled towards the end of his eight overs, finishing with figures of 3/27. A brief cameo by Waqur Islam towards the end of the innings was finally snuffed out by Carey, and Midleton found themselves all out for 93.
28th July 2016 - Rules Are For Fools at the Mardyke
Midleton’s Cork T20 Cup run came to a controversial end on a “make up your own rules” sort of an evening.
Midleton won the toss and elected to bat, with Ciaran McGregor and Kuros Mohammadi starting brightly and building up a strong head of steam. Kuros finally fell in the 10th over with the score at 68, and he was replaced by Levis, who continued the good work with McGregor at the crease. With Midleton hitting the boundary, Crusaders’ fielders dropped back one by one, until a total of seven men were outside the ring, two more than permitted by MCU rules. An objection was raised but was overruled as “there had been some rule changes in the competition”, and Crusaders tactic of loading the edge of the field started to pay dividends as first McGregor departed for 45, followed by mid-order big hitters Manan Gujjar and AtifJameel, both caught by men deep in the field. As always, Majid Sharif offered stiff resistance, even managing to find the cluttered boundary twice, but the catches kept coming, and despite a late drive by Magsi, Midleton’s innings was closed at 128/8.
At the break, the new rules were explained by the umpire, with no apparent field restrictions after six overs. If Midleton were confused by the sudden rule changes, they did not show it, Gujjar catching Kellegher in the second over from Fayez Kahn’s bowling. In the third over, though, things took a decidedly bizarre turn. When a devilish delivery by Majid Sharif carried from Scot Jeffers’ bat to Mohammadi, the Midleton veteran rolled back the years with an incredible catch. Speaking on the day after the game, Midleton’s T20 captain Adrian Stack takes up the story;
“We all started to run in to celebrate what was a fantastic catch and an important wicket when suddenly we noticed the umpire calling a “no ball”. I asked my players to step back and queried the umpire’s call. He started ranting on to me about some guy called Chris who is on some committee and that the rules were changed and if I didn’t like it I should talk to him. I still had no idea what the no ball was for though! Then their captain starts off about powerplays, which obviously don’t exist in T20 Cup cricket, and the other batsman in a pique of irony starts telling me that as captain I should know all about these new rules. It was a confusing situation to say the least! Finally we found out he’d called it for having more than five fielders on the leg side which was a surprise to myself, Atif, Magsi and Danish who were off side. I approached the umpire after the game, and he said it was me who had crossed over from my position of long off. I was relived he said it was me to be honest. It’s hard keeping an eye on everyone’s position, and people can wander at times, but at least I knew where I was standing during the run up and delivery, so I knew the guy had just embarrassed himself. It would have been laughable to be honest, such gross incompetence backed up by charmless preening from their batsmen, but, well, put it this way; I’ve played cricket for Midleton for two years now, and everyone I talk to goes on about what County are, but anytime I’ve played them at Minor or T20 I’ve found them to be a sound bunch of lads. I guess last night was my ‘induction’ to the Cork County way!”
Midleton were clearly rattled, and the bowling started to suffer as the Crusaders started to increase their run rate. One more wicket was to fall, as Stack took a catch from Manan’s bowling, but in the 18th over the game was put to bed, County Crusaders winning by 8 wickets.
“I really don’t hope people remember this game,” added Stack. “We’ve had a brilliant T20 Cup season, we love the competition and leave with great memories of the tournament. Personally, it’s been an honour captaining the side, and a pleasure playing with the 30 odd players we've fielded in this competition over the summer. This has been the only sour note of the our whole Cork T20 Cup season. Maybe we were a bit too nice this season, so who knows, maybe next year we can cheat our way to victory - it seems to be the way things are done these days. It's a sad state of affairs, but we will certainly have to bring a copy of the rule book and our own umpires to Crusaders anyway next year.”
24th July 2016 - It's Raining Wickets at the Mardyke
After the excesses of Cup Final day, Midleton were forced to field an inexperienced XI for their trip to play Cork County at the Mardyke today.
Only four of the side had played the day before, with the remainder of the side made up of Minor and T20 players captained by Simon Casey. The toss was always going to be vital, but despite Casey being known as quite a big tosser, County won and elected to bat. Openers Durity and Hassett quickly set about their task, and the runs began to flow despite some good opening bowling by McEvoy and Iqbal. Durity finally fell just after drinks, when a mix up allowed Rob Smyth to feed Casey behind the stumps for a narrow run out. Though the black clouds started to appear, a brief shower failed to end the misery of the fielding side, though Hassett finally fell for 107 thanks to a magnificent stumping by Casey off of Thackaray’s bowling. The disco sounds from the Cork Pride Festival in neighbouring Fitzgerald Park provided some respite, though the outrageous absence of my personal favourite, "It's Raining Men" was disappointing. Duggan and O’Sullivan formed a fine partnership as the scoreboard continued to work overtime, and though a flurry of wickets fell towards the end of the innings, the damage had already been done, with the hosts posting a score of 253/5.
Midleton’s reply was over before it started, with the Cawley brothers tearing through the upper order. Rob Smyth’s controlled 44 was a brief highlight for the visitors, as was a well worked innings of 14 for young Aidan Leonard, but with no-one else reaching double figures, Adrian Stack and his new bat “Harbinger of Wrath, Rage and Glory” found themselves alone again on 81 all out as once again sport mirrored life.
23rd July 2016 - Fifty Two Too Much on Proud Day for the Club
Midleton suffered Cup Final heartbreak at the Mardyke on Saturday, as Co. Galway secured their second MCU Senior Cup triumph in three years. Though there may have been some debateable umpiring decisions, no-one in attendance would object to Galway’s triumph, as they batted strongly throughout their innings and produced a fine bowling performance to win by 52 runs.
Midleton won the toss and put Galway in on a misty and overcast morning, but disaster struck early as opening bowler John “Mad Dog” McEvoy was sent packing after bowling two beamers in quick succession. Though accidental on the slippy grass surface, the umpires had no choice but to remove the pacey opener leaving captain Dean Wilson’s already limited bowling options further stretched. Remarkably though, Galway found themselves on 60/4 shortly afterwards as Wilson picked up two wickets in an over to turn the game on its head after Kashif and Manan Gujjar had struck earlier. But Danish Ali stuck to his task, and as the sun came out and started to bake the outfield, Midleton’s bowlers started to struggle. Ali would go on to score 67, with Tariq Rehman offering fine support with a knock of 91, before Wilson, Manan and Kashif finally closed out the innings with Galway on 260/9. Remarkably Galway had not selected a 12th man, and a mechanical problem had led to one of their players not making it to Cork.
During a rather basic tea of bread sandwiches, Wilson was faced with the question of whether Galway should be allowed field a sub for the Midleton innings by the umpires. Though the option was there to demand Galway field with only 10 players on the open plains of the Mardyke, he decided that in the spirit of the game of cricket, it would be unfair for Galway to be punished in such a manner. In a season where the game has been dragged into disrepute repeatedly with petty rules trumping the spirit of the game, it has to be said that it was the most stupid decision by Wilson ever, as we could have totally won a pyrrhic victory, and been “one of those clubs” that everyone hates, and no doubt the cold silver of that sweet, sweet cup would have helped us all sleep at night.
Midleton’s response got off to a stuttering start, with openers Simon Casey and Dave McDonnell quickly finding themselves out followed by Rob Smyth, leaving the score at 30/3. However a fine partnership between Kieran O’Reilly and Luke Deane soon had the scoreboard ticking over. When Deane finally fell LBW for 16, Majid Kahn ably supported the 16 year old O’Reilly, as he reached his half century. Just as Kahn was finding his rhythm, the Galway bowlers struck again, bringing the captain to the crease. With the run rate increasing over by over, Wilson had to take risks, and was finally run out when scampering for a difficult single. Kashif Kahn was up next to bat, and after his superb 78 against Cork Harlequins last week, he was brimming with confidence. Unfortunately the Galway bowlers were once again too sharp, and Kash departed LBW on 18. Manan Gujjar then rattled the opposition with some fine boundaries, leading to some rather disappointing behaviour by Galway with ridiculous claims for run outs and the stumps being kicked away by a bowler at one point. It was completely unnecessary behaviour, as the run rate was approaching almost 12 an over, and rather unbecoming of the soon to be champions. When Gujjar finally fell for 30, Kuros, who had earlier been forced to leave the field due to a shoulder problem, was bowled, before Mad Dog was unleashed for a brief cameo adding six runs before the curtain came down for Midleton in the 47th over, O’Reilly finishing on a magnificent 81 not out.
21st July 2016 - Senior Cup Preview
Midleton Cricket Club will make their first appearance in the Munster Cricket Union Senior Cup Final since 2003 when they face Co. Galway Cricket Club at the Mardyke on Saturday, with the game starting at 12.
Co. Galway will enter the game with the far superior Cup pedigree, having won the competition in 2014 and reaching the final in 2015, but will face a spirited Town side who ran their hosts mightily close when the sides met at The Lydican back in May. On that occasion, a severely depleted Midleton side could only field 9 recognised first teamers, but put on an incredible display to bat their way to within 31 runs of Galway’s mammoth total on a day when over 600 runs were scored in the scorching Galway sunshine.
Both sides have proved their worth in reaching the final, with Midleton overcoming Cork Harlequins and Co. Kerry and Galway defeating Limerick and last season’s winners Cork County on their respective paths to the final. For Midleton captain Dean Wilson, the game has thrown up some unexpected headaches in the week leading up to the big game.
“This is a fantastic achievement for our club, and a fitting reward for all of the hard work that has gone into the club both on and off the pitch this season. The worst part has been picking my 12 man squad, to be honest! We’ve gone from a situation at the start of the season where it was difficult to get an XI together to one where I’ve had to leave out 5 or 6 top players from my squad that would normally have walked into the side. I would like to apologise to those guys, but be assured, with the strong spirit and real sense of teamwork that we’ve shown both on and off the pitch so far this season, we will be going on to bigger and better things, and we will have plenty more cup final days in the coming years.”
Saturday’s game will be played in colours with a white ball, and there is a reserve date set should poor weather intervene.
20th July 2016 - T20 a Plenty at the Cricket Field
Midleton welcomed the Harlequins’ Masters to the Cricket Field for their final Cork T20 Cup home game of the season.
The ever popular Jack Filan captained the visitors, who won the toss and put the hosts in to bat. Opener Ciaran McGregor hadn’t played for the club since May, and seemed keen to make up for lost time as he smashed his way to a quickfire 36 before falling to the bowling of Vasloo. Fellow opener Kuros Mohammadi preferred the more patient route to run building, and provided fine support to Andrew Levis (27) and Majid Sharif before finally falling to the bowling of Filan, who narrowly missed out on his hat-trick after dismissing Eamon Dolan. Danish Iqbal and Majid Sharif closed out the innings with some fantastic batting, Sharif hitting 24 not out and Danish hitting 23 in a boundary laden knock, leaving the hosts on 161/4 from their 20 overs.
After what could best be described as a smorgasbord of biscuits, that included Jaffa Cakes, Chocolate Digestives, Custard Cremes, Bourbons and Chocolate Wafers, visiting opener Dave Peet quickly got to work on hitting the top score of the day, but from an early stage it was clear that the tight bowling of Iqbal (1/11), Sharif and McGregor and Luke O’Reilly was going to restrict the run rate far below the required 8 runs an over. Brendan Jalil was sensational as always in the field, taking an incredible catch to dismiss Jon Russell before taking a second off of the bowling of Shane O’Reilly to dismiss Hickey. Shane O’Reilly and captain Adrian Stack bowled out the closing overs, with Stack finally taking the wicket Peet for a fine 64 thanks to the alertness of Thackeray in the field and adding the scalp to Burfield in a scattergun spell of bowling that allowed Levis to show his incredible dexterity behind the stumps, as the visitors fell short by 24 runs with the light quickly fading.
17th July 2016 - Tipp Beat - Status of Hay Unknown
A youthful Midleton side powered their way to victory against visitors Co. Tipperary Seconds at the Cricket Field today.
Openers Kieran O'Reilly and Aidan Leonard were in fine form and quickly started piling on the runs on a warm and muggy day. Midleton seemed to be cruising towards a formidable total in the 15th over, when suddenly both openers full in a dazzling display of bowling from the visitors, leaving the score at 67/2. Charlie Bryan was on hand to steady the ship, but his knock of 28 was constantly interrupted by the sound of falling wickets at the opposite end as the middle order fell. Any hopes of a wagging tail were cut short by more fine bowling by the visitors, Praveen posting particularly impressive figures of 2/7 off of his six overs, as the home side set a target of 135 all out.
Midleton's bowling response was superb, with openers Dainsh Iqbal (0/6 from five overs) and Nathan Bryan (0/12) frustrating the openers. However, it was Charlie Bryan who would finally find the breakthrough, with bowling so potent that several ladies in the area fell immediately pregnant, before Magid Sharif helped himself to four quick wickets to destroy the middle order. Any hopes of a fightback we dashed when David Jallil took two wickets, before Aidan Leonard, who won the post match crossbar challenge, ended the Tipperary innings for 92 all out.
16th July 2016 - Ted Ton Topples Town
Midleton were defeated in the final league game before next Saturday’s Munster Senior Cup Final against Co. Galway.
Captain Dean Wilson took the opportunity to have one last look at his bowling line up before the final, playing a total of nine bowlers throughout the Harlequins innings. However, it was to be a stubborn performance from veteran Ted Williamson that was to frustrate the varied bowling attack, as the left hander hit a sublime 120 before falling to Wilson’s bowling. Nottingham Nightmare Pete Thackeray did his chances of selection no harm with a handy spell that left him with figures of 3/21, with Wilson and McEvoy taking two wickets each and Kashif Kahn, Magsi and Kieran O’Reilly chipping in to clear out the tail once Williamson fell. However, the hosts had already posted a formidable total of 281 all out from their 49 overs.
The hot, muggy conditions had taken their toll on the Midleton fielders, and effects were soon seen during a slow batting response. Openers Luke Deane (3) and Thackeray (6) fell in quick succession, before Atif Jameel fell for 6 just as his partnership with Kieran O’Reilly was starting to develop. O’Reilly finally fell on 20 thanks to a good catch be Senan Jones, and though Majid Kahn hit a quick, boundary packed 26, the visitors found themselves in serious trouble as the wickets continued to fall, leaving Kashif Kahn and Danish Iqbal as the last men standing with the score at 94/9. With nothing to lose, Kashif transformed himself into a fully functioning run machine, as he hammered his way to a fantastic 78, including 13 boundaries, ably assisted by Danish, before being caught by Jones to finish the Midleton innings on 190 all out.
11th July 2016 - Final Ball Drama at The Mardyke
T20 cricket is made for nights like this!
After a sometimes frantic, but always entertaining evening's cricket, Midleton overcame the challenge of Cork County Lions on the last ball of the game, with Magsi hitting the winning runs in an incredible match.
The Lions opened the batting against a 10 man Midleton side, and openers S. and T.R. Kahn quickly started exploiting the gaps in the visitor's field with some clever play. Eventually, Magsi made the breakthrough thanks to a smart catch by Maqbool, before Midleton finally reached 11 men by the 6th over. Atif Akbar's intelligent bowling was finally rewarded with a wicket, before Fayyaz Kahn, making his first appearance of the season, firmly pegged the home side back with a stunning four overs of bowling that left him with figures of 3/11, Maqboul taking another smart catch on an evening that saw plenty of other chances dropped. The Lions eventually set a total of 128, with Saleem unbeaten with a fine 42.
Midleton's response got off to a flyer, with Boom Boom Akbar and Atif Jameel in excellent form. When Akbar finally fell, South African debutant Richard Rust did a fine job supporting Jameel, despite not swinging a bat in anger in 9 years. Though Midleton kept the run rate up, they were never allowed to surpass it thanks to some neat County bowling. Rust eventually fell for 14, before Majid Sharif put in a fine shift scoring 19 before being run out. When Jamell finally fell on 59, the visitor's looked to be in real trouble, but Magsi and young David Jallil were on hand to bring the evening to a climax in the final over.
Requiring 5 from the last six balls, Midleton were assisted by two wides in a tense finish, before Jallil ran a fine single. Needing one off of the last ball to draw, Magsi struck a stunning drive, securing two runs and victory for the visitors and silencing the previously raucous Salsa class that had been taking place in the pavilion.
3rd July 2016 - Cup Final Baby!
Midleton reached the final of the Munster Senior Cup for the first time since 2003 on Sunday, with an incredible team effort against a spirited Co. Kerry side that saw almost 500 runs scored on a perfect day for cricket.
A solid opening stand from Dave Mac and Simon Casey set the foundations for victory, with Casey showing just why many within the club believe him to be one of the top test cricket players in Ireland at the moment. Midleton's innings was briefly interrupted by by an incident at the neighbouring Midleton Community Hospital garden fete when an unknown assailant attempted to murder the Irish national anthem, but Rob Smyth, who top scored with 61, Kieran O'Reilly (45), Jeff (27), Kashif Kahn and captain Dean Wilson all added much needed runs, before a superb display from Atif Gameel and Peter Thackery added a sting to tail, to leave the tie evenly poised at the break with Midleton on 257/7.
John Mac knocked the top off the Kerry batting lineup, dismissing both openers in his ﬁery opening spell. Kerry regrouped however, and built a solid third wicket partnership and although Midleton ﬁnally made the breakthrough (with Jeff claiming a stumping off Kashif), Kerry continued to creep towards the total. Tight bowling, particularly from Magid Sharif, and heroic ﬁelding won the day in the end as Kerry were all out for 235 as Midleton belied their reputation of being like a fine wine - getting better with age but not very good in cups.
Midleton will meet Co. Galway in the ﬁnal on Saturday July 23rd in the Mardyke after they accounted for Cork County in the other semi.
30th June 2016 - Belfast Bound!
Our congratulations to Luke and Shane O'Reilly who have been selected in the Munster Cricket Union squad for the Under 13 Interprovincials in Belfast next week.
The MCU squad will face the Leinster Cricket Union on Monday, the 4th, the Northern Cricket Union on the 5th and the North West Cricket Union on the 6th. Best of luck boys - just make sure ye're back in time for our Cork T20 game on Wednesday evening!
Congratulations to older brother Kieran also, who has been invited to partake in squad activities for the Munster Reds in their forthcoming fixture against the Leinster Lightening on the 17th of July.
26th June 2016 - #COYBIG Ends in #COYBATTING COLLAPSE
It was first against third in the MCU Second Division on Sunday, as Midleton Second’s travelled to UCC in the most important game in any sport of the day.
College batted first, and soon found themselves at the mercy of The Flyin’ Bryan, as Charlie struck fast and hard, taking the wicket of opener Tahir in the very first over. Not to be outdone, fellow opening bowler Aidan Leonard struck soon after, leaving College in seemingly serious trouble on 21/2. On the change of bowlers, the Younger Flyin’ Bryan, Nathan, joined the party, taking yet another wicket in his opening over, and with the likes of Darragh O’Shea, the Older Flyin’Bryan, Jim, and the Jallil boys taking fine catches in the field, as well as some smart work behine the wickets by Atif, the table toppers looked like they were heading for a surprise defeat. However, opener Kevin O’Sullivan had kept his head as all those around him fell, and was a constant thorn in the visitor’s side. By the time he finally fell to Kieran O’Reilly, he had posted the top score of the day of 38, leaving the visitors with a total of 131 to chase.
Midleton’s response started badly, with the early loss of the talismanic Kieran O’Reilly, and gradually descended quickly afterwards. Fellow opener Eamon Dolan soon departed on four, before Kevin O’Sullivan heaped further misery on the visitors by taking five wickets, including that of top scorer Charlie Bryan on 18. In comparison to the openers, the tail wagged furiously, but with kick off time in the Euro’s approaching, Nathan Bryan (9), Adrian Stack (9) and David Jallil (5 n.o.) all did the honourable thing as the required run rate reached double digits.
25th June 2016 - Saturday Morning Semi Ends In Disappointment
Midleton’s hopes of MCU Junior Cup success came to a crashing end at the Cricket Field on Saturday, as Limerick stormed home to a five wicket semi-final victory.
Midleton opened the batting, and found the Limerick bowlers to be in mean form, restricting openers Simon Casey and Dean Wilson to a mere 19 runs from the first six overs. Kahn, who would eventually go on to post figures of 1/12 from his 9 overs, struck first taking the wicket of Casey for 8, before Wilson followed shortly afterwards from McGrath’s bowling. Just as Rob Smyth and Kieran O’Reilly seemed to be motoring, O’Reilly fell to an unfortunate LBW as his bat caught his pad. Majid Kahn then expertly played himself in with some fine, patient batting, but Midleton’s rhythm was continually interrupted by some precise Limerick bowling. Majid kept things ticking over, but one by one Midleton’s wickets began to fall, despite some good shots by Smyth (22), Andrew Levis (13) and Kashif Kahn (12). Once Magid finally fell for 72 off of Singh’s bowling, the tail fell to pieces in a most dramatic fashion, with Mohammadi’s dismissal, which was marred by a passing defecating dog, indicative of the innings as a whole.
Limerick’s response was devastating, with openers Mohammed Gouse and Sufyan Kahn quickly causing damage. Midleton used eight bowlers in total, but rarely threatened the visitors as the runs piled up. O’Reilly took 2 wickets, Gamell, Wilson and Magid one each, but the visitors soon reached their target of 195 from just 30.4 overs.
17th June 2016 - Masters Bate!
Midleton's Cork T20 Cup odessey continued on Friday night as they defeated Cork Harlequins Masters by 27 runs at Farmers Cross.
Midleton won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Kieran O'Reilly and Dean Wilson started briskly, racing to 26/0 in three overs before Wilson was caught superbly off of the bowling of Jon Russell. Kuros Mohammadi joined O'Reilly at the crease, and the two Special K's soon started motoring with some fine shots, with O'Reilly inventing some new shots and Kuros finally perfecting the top edge to the face shot, seen by many as the purest of all cricket shots. With Kuros finally falling LBW on 34, it was the turn of Rob Gleasure to show just what we've been missing from the UCC man, with a fine four and a superb six to help Midleton to a total of 157 from their 20 overs, O'Reilly hitting an unbeaten 83.
Danish Iqbal and Magid Sharrif opened the bowling and kept things tight, immediately placing the hosts on the back foot, who only reached 8/0 by the end of the third over. Mannan Gujjar and Luke O'Reilly kept up the good work, with Gujjar taking the wickets of opener Dave Peet and the ever dangerous Joe O'Mahony and Luke claiming John Buss. But it was to be the youngest of the O'Reilly's who was to prove to be the star of the show, as Shane O'Reilly's spin betwixted the Masters with a wonderful display of bowling that saw off the middle order. Atif Gameel chipped in with a wicket with Stack supporting, before Sharrif returned to see out the game despite a fine knock of 45 from man of the match Jon Russell.
12th June 2016 - O'Reilly Really Reslunderating!
It’s only June, an we’ve already run out of superlatives for young Kieran O’Reilly after yet another conflagurant performance with the bat.
Quins batted first, and faced some intensive bowling from the injured Danish Iqbal and Aidan Leonard, with Iqbal picking up two early wickets including that of the always dangerous Joe O’Mahony. Luke O’Reilly then enjoyed a fine spell with the ball, taking three fine wickets. Quin’s wobble may have turned into a collapse but for some poor fielding, but the blustery and showery conditions didn’t make things easy, and David Jallil, Danish Iqbal (2) and Adrian Stack (2) held their chances when they came to frustrate their hosts. Kieran O’Reilly claimed two wickets and Simon Casey one, whilst the sharpness of Atif Gameel behind the wickets saw two run outs.
With a target of 172 to chase, the mombistuated O’Reilly set about his task quickly despite some sharp bowling from the Quin’s bowlers of Whittiker and Hickey. Opener Darragh O’Shea was unfortunate to fall for 5, before Greg Hannigan was well bowled for 6. Aidan Leonard was on hand though to support the honfligurant O’Reilly, and both men soon reached their half centuries as Midleton took firm control of the tie. Despite some butterflies towards the end when Leonard was caught out and Stack was clean bowled by Jay Chaudry, O’Reilly was on hand on win the match with a typically menisual boundary to leave him on 92 not out.
It was a bisuating performance from the young man, who is certain to have a long and flascinating career in the game.
12th June 2016 - U14's Beat Limerick
Midleton's U-14 side kept their impressive recent form going with a fine 6 wicket defeat of Limerick.
Limerick opened the batting, but were unprepared for the bowling of Jamie Bryan who promptly ripped through the order, taking a total of five wickets. The batsmen though still had work to do, as Limerick's total of 46 was still a respectable showing in the difficult conditions, but managed to his their target for the loss of only four wickets.
11th June 2016 - Munster Senior T20 Blast
Congratulations to Midleton's Senior T20 side, who won the best dressed team at the recent Senior T20 Blast at the Mardyke. Unfortunately the side failed to progress from Pool A, after an extremely enjoyable tussel with Cork Harlequins that saw them lose out by a mere six runs followed a far less enjoyable hammering by Cork County. But didn't they look good?!?!
7th June 2016 - Heroic Captain Seals Three in a Row
Midleton’s Cork T20 Cup side continued their 100% start to the season as they defeated Harlequins Hurricanes by 5 wickets at Farmer’s Cross on Tuesday.
Midleton won the toss and elected to field, with openers David Jallil and Luke O’Reilly fighting a fiercely contested game of rock paper scissors to decide ends, and it was to be O’Reilly to strike first, taking two quick wickets. The Hurricanes soon showed just why they are the most talked about team in Cork cricket, as Adam Hickey and Jack Buss took to the crease and piled on the runs with some fantastic shots. Eventually Buss fell to Nottingham Nightmare Thackery for 20, and Hickey departed for 39 during a devastating over from Magsi that left him with figures of 2/5 off his six balls. Shane O’Reilly kept things tight from his three overs, as did Majid Sharrif, whilst Stack showed a real captain’s awareness, bowling an 11 ball over in an effort to make his fellow bowlers look even better. Luke O’Reilly came back on for the last over to take the final wicket of the innings thanks to a smart catch by Brendan Jallil, with a promising total of 143 set.
However, Midleton’s response was devastating, with flights to Cork Airport temporarily suspended as openers Kieran O’Reilly and Manam Gujjar got to work, sharing a total of 12 boundaries in a dizzying start. O’Reilly eventually retired on 35 and Manam shortly afterwards on 42. Magsi was unfortunate to top egde, but Majid kept the middle order ticking over with 19, before David Jallil was caught, his brother stumped and Shane O’Reilly contentiously dismissed LBW. With Luke O’Reilly still at the crease, the club needed a hero to see them home.
Webster’s Dictionary defines a hero as “a person who is greatly admired”. Nothing could have been further from the truth as Adrian Stack wearily made his way to the crease. A man who has shown absolutely no cricketing ability in the year he’s spent with the club. A man who has a career high score of 4. A man who has broken three bats despite rarely actually hitting a ball. But there was something magical in the air that night. Perhaps it was his sobriety. Perhaps it was the tiring bowlers. Or perhaps it was the spirit of the Hmong people after he got lost in Lourdes on Sunday and ended up in a Vietnamese language mass. Either way, three of the most unorthodox boundaries followed, as the crowds gasped, and the target was reached.
6th June 2016 - Club Win Two Games of Cricket in a Weekend!!!!
The record books were well and truly torn up this weekend, as Midleton Cricket Club completed a winning weekend as the First's defeated Cork Harlequins in the Munster Senior Cup Quarter Final.
Quins batted first, and were immediately on the back foot after a blistering start by opener John McEvoy that saw the visitors collapse to 8/2 in the opening overs. A mini revival was cut short by a hipcredible Kuros Mohammadi catch, with Waqqar Islam, Kieran O'Reilly and Kashif destroying the Quins batting, leaving them all out for a total of 115 all out.
Midleton's response was sharp, with openers Magid Kahn and Luke Deane patiently eating into the Quin's total. When Magid finally fell for 13, Robert "Rob Rob Toure" Smyth came to the crease and unleashed a hellfire of batting terror on the Quin's bowlers. The car park threatening six was undoubtedly the highlight of a quickfire 50 that included 10 boundaries ,as Midleton raced into the semi finals of the competition.
6th June 2016 - Ramadan Mubarak!
Midleton Cricket Club would like to wish their members a most blessed Ramadan. Kul 'am wa enta bi-khair!
5th June 2016 - Club Win One Game of Cricket in a Weekend!!!!
Midleton's Seconds were made to work hard, but eventually had a little too much for Cork County 3rds on a gloriously sunny Bank Holiday Sunday at the Cricket Field.
Once again, as has so often been the case this season, it was the exceptional batting of Kieran O'Reilly that caught the eye. Following on from his recent 95 away to Limerick, he hit a sensational 100 not out to set Midleton on the road to victory. It was a truly trojan effort that belied the batsman's tender age, though he found himself ably assisted at the crease by Andrew Levis (25), Magid Sharif (17) and Aidan Leonard (30), whilst Atif Aktar, Luke O'Reilly and Magsi also chipped in to set an impressive total of 205/5 from the 40 overs.
Midleton seemed to be cruising to victory as County's openers struggled, with the always dangerous Abdul Younas falling to the bowling of Atif Gameel for only 7 runs and young David Jallil taking an impressive three wickets for 26 runs. Though Atif Akbar and Magsi also chipped in with wickets, there was to be a sting in County's tail, with Saleem and Rashid quickly piling on some much needed runs. Eventually it was to be a fine spell of bowling from Magsi Sharif that finally extinguished any hope for the visitors as the last four wickets fell, leaving County on 194 all out.
29th May 2016 - Where Eagles Fail to Adare
Midleton's Minor Cup dreams were shattered in Adare on Sunday, as Limerick 3 emerged victorious from a fiercely contested tie.
Midleton won the toss and elected to bat, and posted a promising total of 189 all out thanks mostly to Kieran O'Reilly with a fine 95 that included 15 4's. Unfortunately, none of his teammates hung around long enough to build on the good work, with Magid Sharif topping the best of the rest with a knock of 23 that included 2 fours and 2 sixes, with former Midleton man Veerendra Patil impressing as wicketkeeper for the home side.
Limerick opened their reply in fine form, with Ramanujan scoring freely with Patil in support, and it soon became apparent that, despite two wickets each from Sharif and McEvoy as well as one from Atif, Midleton had let themselves short run wise. Surely enough, Limerick reached their total comfortably in the 34th over, Mohamed Gouse top scoring with 56 not out, and E. Xtra with 33 runs.
28th May 2016 - Rusty Midleton Fall Short to Quins
Two evenly matched teams on a sunny day at Quins, and Midleton and Cork Harlequins met in the Munster U14 T20.
Harlequins got off to a flyer, with 40 runs off of the first 4 overs, but Midleton duly tidied up their bowling and fielding to considerably slow the run rate, leaving Quins to set a target of 112 runs.
Midleton got off to a similar quick start, with Daragh Cashman and Rory Treacy playing some fine shots, but Quin's bowlers slowly picked their way through the openers with regular wickets. Midleton's tail wagged with some vigor though, with Jamie Bryan and Jake Hull blasting a six and 5 fours between them off the last ten balls from some nervous debutante bowling by Quins. However not enough to change the game, Midleton finishing on 101/6.
25th May 2016 - T20 Fun in the Sun
Midleton got off to a winning start to their Cork T20 Cup campaign tonight, with a narrow victory over visitors Cork County Lions in glorious sunshine.
With the first cut of silage removed from the Cricket Field, it was a case of singles or boundaries in a tough outfield, and some fine batting by the Lions was only rewarded with singles. The visitor's cause was also not helped by a range of useful bowlers, with Atif (0-10 off four overs), Magsi (0-5 off two overs), Majid Shariff (1-2 off two overs), Luke O'Reilly (2-13), Kieran O'Reilly (0-7) and new boy Muhammad Maqbool (1-5) all working to devastating effect. But it was to be another new signing, Sajad Hameed, recently arrived from Norway, who was to steal the show, with a fine display of spin to claim an incredible 5-7 in only four overs. James Cresswell top scored for the visitors with an impressive 21.
Midleton's response got off to a fine start, with openers Boom Boom Atif Akbar and Darragh O'Shea finding early boundaries, but some sharp bowling, particularly from Saline soon had the hosts rocking. Kieran O'Reilly though, fresh from his impressive score of 30 in the afternoon's Cork Schools T20 final, was on hand to steady the ship, and eventually able to nurse his side home to victory with a huge four to wrap up proceedings in the 12th over.
25th May 2016 - Irish Naional Cup tie Conceded
It is with deep regret that Midleton Cricket Club have been forced to concede their Irish National Cup tie away this Sunday to Woodvale due to logistical difficulties. Though we have made every effort to fulfill this tie, our efforts have proved fruitless. We would like to thank the Munster Cricket Union for their assistance regarding this issue.
24th May 2016 - History in the Making
Midleton First XI made the trip to the wonderfully named Oyster Oval for the unveiling of Co. Kerry's brand new ground last weekend.
In such a weary world, new life is so important. Without it, what are we? We are bags of meat marching towards a hole in the ground - that's what we are. The new life Co. Kerry are giving to Munster Cricket brings us all up a level, alleviating us all from the constant spiral of our own mortality. Giving us hope where there is despair, dreams where there are only nightmares.
Anyway, Kerry scored 161 all out in 47 overs on a sandy surface. Midleton batted afterwards and then the game finished, with the hosts winning. Now let's never speak of this game ever again. EVER.
23rd May 2016 - Play or Park
Midleton Cricket Club have been registered for the latest Topaz "Cash for Clubs" promotion. We will need a total of 2,000 tokens to be entered into the draw for the 22nd of August. Please learn more about the promotion at https://playorpark.ie/cash-for-clubs. Our club code is 3465. We would greatly appreciate if all members could ask friends and family to help us reach our target.
19th May 2016 - Calm Before The Storm
Quiet weekend for the club coming up, with only the Firsts in action away to Co. Kerry. The game will be notable as the first competitive game at Kerry's new ground, the Oyster Bowl.
The scheduled game in the Munster Minor Cup has been postponed due to Limerick's replay in the National Cup against Sligo. Midleton will know their National Cup Second Round opponents come Monday, as Bangor and Dundrum replay their rain affected tie. The winners of that game will be Midleton's guests at the Cricket Field next Sunday.
15th May 2016 - Firsts Fall Just Short in Thriller
The Lydican was looking immaculate for Midleton’s First XI mammoth trip to Co. Galway last weekend, as the sun shone and the runs flowed in the opening fixture of the MCU’s Premier Division season.
Following the unfortunate simultaneous deaths of 46 club member’s grandmothers, First’s captain Dean Wilson was forced to give senior debuts to new signing Atif Gameel and Adrian Stack (yes, he was that stuck) for the game, which saw the new wicket at Co. Galway’s ground used in anger for the first time.
The hosts won the toss, and unsurprisingly decided to bat as the temperature rose. Opening bowlers McEvoy and Kashif Kahn kept things tight on a pitch made for batting, and both took wickets by the 11th over, but a strong partnership between Nasim and Irish International rugby player Kieran Marmion had the visitors in trouble as the runs started to flow. Galway went from 64/2 to 245/2 before Nasim was caught by an incredible catch by Dean from Atif Akbar’s bowling in a scene reminiscent of the 1993 movie Free Willy, where the child tries to catch the escaping whale but fails, but Dean actually managed to catch the ball. Marmion fell soon after, with John McEvoy claiming a story for the grandkids, catching off of Magid Sharif’s bowling as Galway’s batting fell to pieces. A mere 71 more runs were added to the total by the end of the innings, as Majid ended the game with five wickets and Boom Boom Atif Akbar with three, to leave the hosts at 306 all out.
Special mention has to go to Galway for tea, with an impressive spread courtesy of club sponsors Subway, but the spicy jalapeno sandwiches may have contributed to the slow opening from Simon Casey and Majid Kahn and certainly contributed to some stained porcelain in East Cork this morning. Kahn was bowled for 30, before Casey, who had literally put his balls on the line for some much needed runs, was run out for 33. The game looked to be up for the visitors when Sukpul took 3 wickets in an over, with Sharif and Wilson in successive balls, before Stack denied the hat trick with an insanely skilful inside edge, before exiting next ball. Kashif Kahn raced to a quick 10 before departing, before the Nottingham Nightmare Pete Thackery joined a lonely Rob Smyth who had raced to a half century without anyone noticing. When Smyth finally fell on 78, it looked like game over for Midleton, but Atif Gameel was about to have a debut to live long in the memory. A man who had only ever played with tennis balls before proceeded to destroy the bowling figures of the hosts, ably assisted by Thackery, as an unlikely victory suddenly looked possible. Galway’s bowlers suddenly looked rattled, as runs and extras flowed. Disaster stuck, though in the 47th over, as Atif’s wicket finally fell on 49. McEvoy added a quick fire six runs to keep the dream alive before he departed, but sadly the secret weapon of Boom Boom wasn’t deployed, as Thackery fell for 23, ending the innings with Midleton 31 runs short.
14th May 2016 - Junior Cup Dream Still Alive
Midleton ensured a smooth passage into the Semi-Final of the Munster Junior Cup with an impressive win at home to County Tipperary Firsts.
Tipp’s innings started badly losing a wicket in the opening over and failed to improve thereafter, with no batsman reaching double figures as the ruthless bowling of Majid Sharif, Majid Kahn, Danish Iqbal and Kieran O’Reilly limited the visitors to 82 all out within 24 overs.
Tipp stuck back, taking the wickets of Dave McDonnell and Aidan Leonard, but an assured display of batting from Rob Smyth and Majid Kahn ensured victory for the hosts after only 15 overs.
10th May 2016 - Midleton CC players lead the way in Munster Schools T20 Cup Batting performances
Midleton’s Kieran O’Reilly tops the Munster Schools T20 Cup batting averages after two rounds of matches to date. Kieran’s two visits to the crease for the Cork Combined Schools XI have produced scores of 48 not out, against Midleton College, and 70, against Bandon Grammar School, so he currently totals 118 runs!
Meanwhile Kieran’s MCC colleague, Ciaran McGregor, is proving to be the mainstay of Midleton College’s batting line-up. Despite heavy defeats to Cork Combined Schools and PBC, Ciaran currently lies third in the batting averages – his two knocks of 56 not out and 12 giving him a total of 78, just one run behind the second-placed batsman in the current standings.
9th May 2016 - Fixture Postponed
As no play was possible on Saturday in the National Cup game between Quins and Ballaghaderreen, the game will be replayed on May, 22nd. This will mean the First XI clash with Quins scheduled for the same day will have to be refixed. It also means Quins will have to make the arduous trip to Co. Roscommon for the replay.
8th May 2016 - Last Over Agony For Seonds
The promised heatwave this weekend may not have materialised, but the heat was very much on at The Cricket Field as Midleton 2nd XI and Co. Kerry 3rds served up a cracker of a game.
Rain delayed the start of the game by an hour, and with an early tea called, it looked like this fixture would be rained off for the second time in two years. But with the clouds eventually breaking and the sun peeking through, the game finally got underway, though with a truncated 36 overs each.
Midleton openers Dave McDonnell and Luke Deane were quickly into the action, scoring well and playing some fine shots. However, just as they reached the 50 partnership both openers suddenly found themselves out, with Deane LBW for 31, and Dave “Don’t Do Doubles” Donnell inexplicably going for a double and getting run out for a fine 24. However Charlie Bryan and Kieran O’Reilly quickly steadied the ship, with Midleton breaking 100 in the 21st over. Disaster soon struck though, with the seemingly invincible Bryan bowled for 28. The effect on the middle order was devastating, as the realisation that if the man that so many people within the club see as a God-like figure could be out, anyone could be. O’Reilly stuck to his task, but all those around him fell for a total 23, before O’Reilly finally fell last wicket for an incredible 40 as Sean Rutland cleaned up the tail with figures of 4/6 off of two overs.
With the sandwiches already gone, and bedtime approaching for some of the younger members of the Midleton team, it was a quick turnaround into the second innings. Jonathan Boulding and Rutland opened for the visitors, but were constantly frustrated by the bowling of Charlie Bryan, Atif, Magsi, Nathan Bryan and Majid. With one eye on the clouds and the other on the run rate, Kerry looked to be in serious trouble, especially when Boulding was caught on 49 by Stack, who marked the 90th birthday of David Attenborough by plucking the ball out of the air in a manner similar to when a polar bear catches a migrating salmon in the Alaskan wilds. Honourable mentions in the field also to Brendan Jalil and debutant Greg Harrigan, whilst captain Kieran O’Reilly sealed a man of the match performance with another wicket. However, the Kerry boys kept the runs ticking over, and despite the loss of further wickets, sealed victory by two wickets in the second last ball of the game.
5th May 2016 - The Kerryman Match Report
Nice write up in The Kerryman newspaper of the North Kerry / Midleton Division 2 game. Good to see Nathan Bryan deservedly getting the praise he deserves for his fine bowling performance.
5th May 2016 - Weekend Action
It's a weekend off for the First XI this week, as National and Irish Senior Cup action takes over. Quins face our regular cup opponents Ballaghadereen in the National, whilst Cork County welcome Railway Union in the Irish Senior Cup, with both games scheduled for Saturday. Midleton have already been awarded a bye into the second round of the National Cup.
The Seconds are going for two wins on a row on the Sunday as they welcome Co. Kerry 3 to The Cricket Field, with the game starting at 1.
2nd May 2016 - First XI Open Season
A day of low scoring but high drama at the Cricket Field in Midleton today, as the First XI kicked off their 2016 campaign at home to Cork County in the traditional curtain raiser to the season, the Munster Senior Shield.
County won the toss and elected to bat, a decision they soon came to regret as Danish Iqbal ripped through the openers. His final figures were an impressive 3/13 in just five overs, including a wicket in his first over, as fellow opener Kashif Kahn kept County on the back foot. Waqar Islam further frustrated the County attack with some fine bowling, before Majid Kahn took the wicket of danger man Grobler for 22. Top scorer for the visitors was Qassim Mohamidi with 45, before he fell to Dean Wilson, who mopped up the tail with a further two wickets with the help of some fine fielding, leaving the visitors all out for a total of 123.
What seemed like a manageable total for the home side suddenly became a mountain though, as they found themselves 65/8 after only 21 overs. Cometh the hour, cometh the man, as legendary club chairman Kuros Mohamadi was wheeled gently to the crease. A batting masterclass was to follow, and the visitors found themselves nervously looking at the scoreboard as the runs flowed freely. After a fine supporting role from Kasif, the chase looked manageable as Midleton found themselves only 10 runs behind entering the 37th over, but it was sadly not to be, Kasif falling first, before last man Danish Iqbal fell to leave the hosts agonisingly short of their target. Kuros deservedly carried his bat with an exceptional 31.
26th April 2016 - First XI Set to Go
Midleton's First XI start their season this Bank Holiday Monday with the re-arranged Munster Senior Shield semi-final tie at home to Cork County. The winners will face either Cork Harlequins or Co. Kerry in the final.
24th April 2016 - Midleton Seconds Off To a Winning Start
Midleton’s Second XI’s season got off to a winning start today, with a 5 wicket win over MCU Division 2 new boys North Kerry CC at the Cricket Field.
Having won the toss, Midleton choose to field first, and the opening bowling partnership of John McEvoy and Charlie Bryan immediately put the visitors on the back foot. With runs at a premium, the visitors reached to the 10th over at 28 for the loss of one wicket to McEvoy. Though the runs finally started to flow, a fine spell of bowling by Magsi decimated the top order, returning fine figures of 3/29. But it was to be Nathan Bryan who was to prove to be the star of the day, with an incredible three wickets in the first three overs of his spell and two in a row in his last over, leaving him with figures of 5/20. Try as they may, though, Midleton were unable to take the last wicket of the innings, and North Kerry reached the 40 over mark with a total of 140/9.
Midleton’s response got off to a sticky start, with opening Andrew Levis out in the second over, but a fine display of batting from Ciaran “The Notorious” McGregor (30), Majid Kahn (19) and Kieran O’Reilly (26) soon had the scoreboard ticking over. North Kerry’s bowlers hit hard between the 15th and 18th overs, taking 3 wickets in quick succession including that of debutant Kieran Lineen, but Charlie Byran and Adrian Stack were on hand to add the remaining runs required to reach the target of 141 with 13 overs remaining.
21st April 2016 - N.K. On The Block
Only six years after their formation, the ambitious North Kerry Cricket Club have joined the ranks of the Munster Cricket Union for the 2016 season. They will join a record-breaking seven other sides in Munster’s Division 2, with their opening fixture taking place at Midleton’s Cricket Field on the 24th of April. We caught up with NKCC’s Paul Wyer ahead of their historic moment.
“Yeah, that game really will be a watershed moment for us in what has the potential to be a very exciting year,” admits the Guildford born Wyer. “We have already made a concerted and successful effort to build towards a squad of 20 members plus, but we will always remain committed to offering an opportunity to play cricket to a wide variety of ages and abilities. More often than not we have had fathers and sons playing on the same team and we really hope that this continues.”
Founded in 2010 by a group of ex-pats and based in the Listowel / Ballybunion area of Kerry, NKCC have been regulars in the successful Kerry T20 competition since. However the club felt they were hamstrung by a number of factors, and so began working towards three main aims; securing their own cricket ground, raising funds for an artificial wicket and gaining entry to the Munster Cricket Union League. “Cricket still remains a very niche interest in Kerry, so while we look forward to one day having our own ground, the opportunity to ground share with Co Kerry this season offers up a different route for our development. As interest in the sport grows, new opportunities may present themselves and as part of our inclusion in the league we will try to do what we can to develop that interest. During the off season months we plan to work closer with our local community and offer some introduction to cricket to local kids in the hope that the game increases in visibility and popularity at both a local and county level.”
Co. Kerry burst onto the Munster Cricket scene in 1988 winning both the Munster Minor League and Cup in their debut season, before establishing themselves as one of the region’s most competitive senior clubs. Having already faced down the challenges of the fearsome sounding Dingle Dingoes, who’s to say that these babies to the league won’t soon be following in the footsteps of their southern rivals.
NKCC’s first ever fixture will be at the Cricket Field, Midleton, on the 24th of April. Please support Munster cricket and play your part in history by being there.
10th April 2016 - Rain Delays Play
Regrettably, out pre-season game against Barrow C.C. was cancelled today due to the horrendous weather conditions in Cork. We would like to wish Barrow the very best of luck for the coming season in the Cheshire County Cricket League, and hope to have them back another time soon.
With the continued bad weather making pitch preparation next to impossible, there is a serious risk of disruption to forthcoming home fixtures. We would ask all members to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.
24th March 2016 - Fixture List Updated
The MCU have released the fixture list for the 2016 season. Full details can be found on our Results and Fixtures page.
Midleton Cricket Club are also delighted to announce a pre-season T20 game against touring side Barrow CC of the Cheshire County League on Sunday, the 10th of April.
20th March 2016 - Pause for the fallen
Next weekend sees the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Check out Brenda Malone's wonderfully titled blog "The Cricket Bat That Died for Ireland" for a fascinating look at some of the objects associated from that era that are in the collections of the National Museum of Ireland. To learn more about the cricket bat that died for your freedom, click here!
5th March 2016 - New Merchandise
Add €€€€€ to the value of your car this season (that's €5!) with this exclusively designed car sticker. Our sincere thanks to Shelley O'Reilly Graphic Design for the artwork and Padraig Corcoran of Signum for the printing. Pick up yours today for only €5. Contact any committee member of the club locally, or pop us an email and we'll work out the post and packaging for overseas.
12th January 2016 - It's a (Country Kitchens) Wrap!
Midleton Cricket Club are delighted to announce Country Kitchens Bakery as our newest website sponsors for 2016. Country Kitchens are Ireland's largest producers of fresh bagels and bake at home bread in Ireland, and their wraps, pitta breads and naan breads can be found in your local SuperValu, Dunnes Stores or Tesco stores throughout the country. Our sincere thanks to the FitzGerald family for their support!
31st December 2015 – Seriously Sticky Wicket
Our thoughts go out to our members, neighbours, friends and businesses affected by the recent floods in Midleton. Last night's floods hit the Lauriston Estate next door to the Cricket Fields, with Towns Park (home of Midleton Rugby Club) also suffering severe damage.
23rd December 2015 – Season’s Greetings
Happy Christmas to all involved with Midleton Cricket Club, and let's hope for a successful cricketing campaign in 2016!
9th December – Bye, Bye, First Round!
The draw for the 2016 Irish National and Senior Cups was made in Dublin today, with Midleton receiving a bye into the second round. The draw was met with a huge sigh of relief from everyone at the club, having endured three away trips to Connaught opposition since the club first entered the competition in 2012. Recent bogey side Ballaghadereen, who have knocked Midleton out of the competition in each of the last three seasons, have been drawn away to Cork Harlequins, whilst Co. Kerry are the second side to receive a bye into the second round. First round ties will take place on Saturday, the 7th of May (replay date Sunday, the 22nd May), with Midleton’s second round tie scheduled for Sunday, the 29th of May (replay date Sunday, the 19th of June). The full draw is as follows;
Cork Harlequins v Ballaghaderreen
Co. Sligo v Limerick
Glendermott v Lurgan
Burndennett v Woodvale
Ballyspallen v Greystones
Creevedonnell v Civil Service (LCU)
Cliftonville v Sion Mills
Academy v Newbuildings
Bangor v Dundrum (LCU)
Armagh v Terenure
Balbriggan v Killyclooney
North Kildare v Bonds Glen
Laois v Saintfield
Rush v Downpatrick
Byes: Co.Kerry, Midleton
In the Senior Cup draw, Cork Country will host Railway Union at the Mardyke in the first round, with Co. Galway receiving a bye to round 2.
28th November 2015 – Painting The Town Black & White!
Midleton Cricket are delighted to announce Pat Walsh Paints of Nordic Enterprise Park, Knockgriffin, Midleton, as our first website sponsor of the 2016 season. Pat is well known around town for his generosity in supporting a wide range of sporting institutions in the town of Midleton, particularly the highly successful Midleton senior hurling side. We would ask all our members to kindly support our sponsors whenever possible.
10th November 2015 – Whizz Quiz Kids!
Did you know that today is the 156th anniversary of the opening of Midleton train station? No? Well you're not alone; no-one else at
tonight's Midleton Cricket Club table quiz did either! An eclectic array of conundrums from quiz master Jim Doran kept everyone on their toes at a well attended fundraiser at the Mad Monk, Church Lane, Midleton. In the end the All Whites of Darragh, Willis, Eoin and Ali O'Shea proved to be sharpest of us all, picking up first prize on the night. Our sincere thanks for Andy Levis for organising the night, Jim for the questions, The Mad Monk for the hospitality, Mike Carey Music for the sound equipment and of course, all members of Midleon Cricket Club and their friends who attended. We hope you all learned at least one fascinating fact on the night!
6th November 2015 – Table Quiz
Midleton Cricket Club will be launching their new website on Tuesday, the 10th of November 2015 in the Mad Monk, Church Lane, Midleton in conjunction with a fund raising table quiz. Entry will be 40 euro for tables of four, with a top prize of...., well, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it!
28th September 2015 – Dean of A New Era!
Following their recent A.G.M., Midleton Cricket Club have announced that Dean Wilson will be captain of their First XI for the 2016 season.
New Zealand born Wilson has been a member of the club since the 2002 season having made the town his home. He has also represented Munster on several occasions, most recently in a series of one-day games against the Oman National side.
“I’m really excited to captain the side for the coming season. This is a great cricket club that really tries to bring the game to the people of East Cork,” said the all-rounder. “We were extremely unlucky at times last season, but we have a lot of very promising young kids coming through, so the outlook is very positive for us in my opinion. I’m hoping that during my tenure I can help these youngsters improve and fulfil the huge potential that they have.”
Dean also hopes to welcome more adults to the club for the coming summer. “We’ve had a few guys who came down for a look, liked what they saw and hung around and really added a lot to the club. Maybe in the past we haven’t advertised ourselves enough, and people aren’t aware there is a cricket club in the town. We have two teams, and cater for players of all ability, so hopefully anyone who’s interested will come down and have a look around next season.”
For the time being though, the club are focusing their attentions for the off-season on several fundraising events. “We’re relaunching our website shortly, and we’ve got a table quiz coming up on the 10th of November that will hopefully raise some money for improving our training facilities in the Midleton College. Thanks to some of the incredible results by the Ireland national side, people know more about cricket now than maybe they did before. We just want to give people the platform to come down and watch or even have a go at playing.”
28th September MCC AGM
Midleton Cricket Club held their annual A.G.M. at Midleton College tonight with a healthy turnout in attendance. Kuros, Dave and John retain their respective positions of Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, whilst Dean takes over as First XI's captain. Our thanks to all who took the time to attend. First milestone for the new season will be an upgrade to our training facilities in time for pre-season training in 2016.
13th September 2015 Season Review
Sunday’s torrential rain may have forced the cancellation of Midleton Cricket Club’s last game of the season, but the club still managed to see plenty of action despite the unsettled summer.
Simon Casey’s First XI competed in the top flight of the MCU Senior League. Despite exiting the National Cup Competition to Ballaghaderreen following batsman Sukhpal Singh’s unbeaten 204, they bounced back to thrash Country Kerry down in Tralee, with Dean Wilson taking an impressive four wickets. Rob Smyth impressed with 94 runs against Co. Galway, but it was a rare bright spot for the side, as they struggled for runs in an extremely competitive division despite the best efforts of Majid Kahn and Jeff Hitchmough, with pre-season favourites Cork County topping the table.
Run scoring also proved difficult at times for the Seconds in Division Three, but the continuing emergence of new talent from Jim Doran’s underage structure promises much for the future. Aidan Leonard, Ciaran McGregor and the Jalil brothers David and Brendan showed great promise with a string of excellent displays, while young Shane O’Reilly took his first two wickets for the club in the home win to Harlequins.
The T20 version of the game threw up some of the most exciting moments of the season. Danish Iqbal hit a last ball six to seal victory against Cork Harlequins, whilst Peter Thackeray’s magnificent boundary catch at Farmers Cross in difficult conditions will live long in the memory.