17th September 2017 - It's a Wrap!
Midleton finally drew the curtain down on a roller coaster season with a heavy defeat to Cork Harlequins in the inaugural future named Joe O'Mahony Memorial Plate Final.
Midleton won the toss and decided to bowl first in balmy conditions at Farmer's Cross, and openers Luke O'Reilly and Magsi started strongly with both Quins openers dismissed by the sixth over, Buss caught and bowled by Magsi and Higgins caught by Stack from O'Reilly. And things got even better for the visitors when O'Mahony fell for 14, Iqbal claiming an incredible catch off of Fayyez Khan's bowling. But Siblee Islam and Liam Edwards put the brakes on the collapse, putting on an impressive, patient batting display that frustrated the visitors. In the end, the partnership would be broken just after drinks, Arunraj taking his first ever wicket for the club with a powerful strike to remove Edwards. The hosts kept the scoreboard ticking over though, Hourihane adding 25 before another incredible catch by Iqbal removed him, before Iqbal returned to bowl out Siblee for 55, the top score of the day. The tail was quickly dispatched, but at some expense, with 41 runs added in the last 5 overs. Magsi claimed the final wicket on the last ball after Iqbal bowled Russel, Stack claimed another catch and O'Reilly removed Buss Senior, leaving Midleton with a target of 167 to win.
The long 40 overs in the field though had taken their toll on Midleton, and a stuttering batting response meant the chase was over almost before it began. Imran Khan was caught LBW by Hickey on his second ball, before O'Mahony claimed a wondercatch to dismiss Gujjar from Higgins' bowling. Jon Russell and Siblee piled on the misery as the middle order quickly fell, only Luke O'Reilly on 14 and Atif Akbar on 13 offering much resistance, as Quins deservedly claimed the title in the 20th over, with Midleton all out for 80.
10th September 2017 - Plate Steel
We're certainly no meteorological experts here at Midleton Cricket Club, and it's very rare that we keep up to date with current international events, but without a shadow of a doubt, no-one on this entire planet had to endure worse winds we had to today at the Cricket Field in a keenly contested Division 2 Plate Semi-Final against Cork County 3.
Midleton won the toss, and With an eye on the grey skies, decided to bat. Openers Bala (0) and Stack (4) were soon sent packing by an aggressive opening spell from Kennedy and Sammy, but Imran Khan and Arun were on hand to steady the ship in decidedly choppy waters. Midleton reached the 8th over on 60/2 before a minor collapse saw Atif Jameel and Magsi carry on the fight. Midleton continued to keep the scorekeepers busy, until Jameel was finally bowled by the impressive Tughrul Khan Rashid. But Danish Iqbal was ready and waiting to turn a good score into an incredible score, and he swiftly got his eye and launched a flurry of boundaries left him on the top score of the day of 64 before being finally dismissed by a wonder catch by Eshan O'Sullivan. The tail just kept wagging, and Akbar (13), Luke O'Reilly (6), Fayyez (14) and Ahmed all added to an impressive target of 234 for County's batsmen.
However, the County response never got up and running due to a combination of decreasing winds and regular rain breaks. The speed and accuracy of O'Reilly, Akbar, Iqbal and Magsi were just too much, and the spin of Ahmed was complimented by the wrath of Khan, who finished on figures of 3/3, as the middle and lower order were quickly dismissed. The fielding was exceptional, Ahmed, Stack and Arun all taking fine catches in difficult conditions, and Ahmed chipping in with a fine run out, as the hosts created the perfect storm for the County batsmen to flounder on.
Midleton will now face Cork Harlequins, who dispatched Waterford, in their last game of the season next Sunday for the honour of the inaugural MCU Division 2 Plate.
3rd September 2017 - And That's That!
Midleton's Seniors brought the curtain down on an eventful season with a trip to Adare to face Limerick on the day of Eid al-Adha, but unfortunately for Midleton, they were the ones who were about to be slaughtered.
Midleton could only rouse 10 players for the game, and their problems mounted as they lost the toss and Limerick chose to bat. After an hours rain delay, play finally got underway, Iqbal stunning the hosts with a fine spell of bowling that saw opener Burra caught LBW. However the young partnership of Sufyan and Khalil soon sent the scoreboard into overdrive as they exploited the gaps in the under strength visitor's field. In the 15th over, a Garda Ford Transit Connect called to the ground. The Peter Horbury designed vehicle has been manufactured by the Ford company since 2002, and was awarded the Van of The Year award in 2004. It is used by the Gardai in for a wide range of everyday duties. Being smaller and more nimble that the much larger Transit, it is ideal for tasks such as transporting violent dwarves to prison or moving things that are relatively large, but not large enough to merit being moved in a Transit, which, as mentioned previously, is much larger. Limerick finished on 407/7, O'Reilly taking three, Iqbal coming back to claim another, Ali Butt claiming his first wicket for the club and Magsi earning a well deserved scalp thanks to a violently over-celebrated catch by Stack.
Midleton's response was to go hard or go home, with a distinct emphasis on the going home, with only five players facing a double digit number of balls. Magsi top scored with 27 not out, with Peter Thackeray producing a warrior's innings to frustrate the Limerick attack and Bala, Atif Jameel and Majid Khan also playing some fine shots to drag the visitor's final score to 89/9 at close.
13th August 2017 - Dark Games
A crazy game of cricket at The Cricket Field on Sunday, as Midleton fell narrowly to Co. Galway in an MCU Premier Division tie that ended in some controversy after an eventful afternoon's play.
Captain Majid Khan struggled to field a team that eventually would only boast three regulars, with the rest of the team made up of a combination of T20 and Minor players. And if the omens looked bad once the toss was lost, the first four balls of the innings would give a hint of the craziness that would follow, as opening bowler Danish Iqbal first bowled a beamer, was hit for a huge six off of the free ball, almost missed the mat with a wide with the next, before demolishing opener Suki's leg stump with an incredible ball to stun the visitors. Luke O'Reilly and Thackeray took care of the next two batsmen, before Arjun Chandrasekar looked to stamp his authority with a huge knock of 87. But incredibly, the wickets kept falling at the other end, Atif Akbar and Maqbool claiming two each and Khan and Wilson one each, with Atif Jameel in irresistible form behind the stumps and some fine fielding from Rizwan Ali and Luke O'Reilly restricting the visitors to a surprisingly low score of 204 all out.
Openers Khan and Wilson started well against the bowling attack, and were soon racking up the runs as an unlikely chase suddenly looked possible, but once both fell in relatively quick succession, a collapse that saw Jameel (4), Fayyez Khan (1), Maqbool (0) and Ali (7) dispatched swung the game firmly back towards the visitors. But Danish Iqbal has been in fine form with the bat this season, and he quickly steadied the ship with a calm 20, before Atif Akbar battled his way to a fine 46 to once again swing the game back towards the hosts. Finally, it fell to the last man pairing of O'Reilly and Thackeray, who started slowly but steadily batting Midleton towards an improbable victory much to the frustration of the visitors. With plenty of overs left and Galway out of decent bowlers, victory seemed assured until Galway complained about the drizzle, and without consultation, the umpires ended the game, incorrectly claiming Midleton would have to forfeit the game as they did not have a computer on site to calculate the D/L score. It proved to be the last of several questionable and incorrect calls by the umpires on the day, as Galway departed the field claiming the tie. Though subsequent phonecalls would confirm that Midleton had indeed lost by 6 runs by the D/L calculations, Midleton will feel aggrieved that their final pair never received any warning of the imminent end of play that their patient play deserved.
However, the result would not take away from the incredible performances served up by such an inexperienced Midleton side.
9th August 2017 - It's V For Victory!
Midleton picked up their first piece of silverware in twelve years tonight at The Farm as they battled their way past a spirited UCC Pirates side in the Cork T20 Cup Final.
Midleton were rocked before the start of the game as influential captain Darragh O’Shea was forced to withdraw from the squad with an eye injury, elevating Adrian Stack from the position of 12th man. Their plans were thrown into further disarray by an impressive display of accurate bowling by the UCC opening bowlers. After two dropped catches saved the opener’s bacon, Abdul finally made the breakthrough in the fourth over, dismissing Simon Casey for 8. Three balls later, he dismissed fellow opener Atif Jameel, before catching Danish Iqbal LBW on the next ball. Midleton were in complete disarray, but the big man Mannan Gujjar was on hand to steady the ship. By the time Balaji was run out, the score had leapt from 17/3 to 45/4, and Gujjar kept the steady flow of runs coming, ably assisted by Mohammed Maqbool. Gujjar finally fell for 20 to a catch at mid on, and Midleton suffered another dose of the jitters, as firstly Magsi (2) and then Fayyez (6) were quickly dismissed, but Boom Boom Atif Akbar was on hand to blast the run rate into overdrive with an incredible display that included two huge sixes. Maqbool finally fell for an impressive 18, leaving Thackeray and Akbar to see out the 20 overs, Akbar’s 22 not out the highest score of the innings and UCC left with a target of 106 to win.
UCC had previously made short work of Midleton’s bowlers in both T20 and league games, Rohit Dhamane proving to a particular problem for the Midleton attack, and Midleton looked to be in serious trouble as opening bowler Iqbal was smashed for 10 runs in his first over. But Darragh O’Shea has instilled a strong streak of self-belief in his side this season, and Atif Akbar crafted the perfect response in the second over, Magsi taking an incredible catch out of the sun to dismiss Kaleem. Dhamane started strongly as UCC surged ahead of the run rate, but Akbar hit again in the 6th over to bowl Fahd. Thackeray and Mannan then ratcheted up the pressure, and it was to be Thackeray who would temp Dhamane into one risk too many, Casey catching a ball that had snow on it, the dangerman departing on 21. By the time Thackeray bowled Gul in the 14th over, UCC were in deep trouble as the tight bowling of Gujjar and Thackeray had dragged the once rampant hosts below their target. Akbar was recalled to tidy up the tail, claiming two more wickets, as Fayyez Khan’s bowling offered Bala and Maqbool difficult catches, both of which they held to leave the hosts decimated. It was a brave effort from the UCC boys, but with 18 runs required from the last over, they struggled to get a bat to the incredible bowling of Iqbal, who bowled the over for the loss of only run run, giving Midleton a 17 run victory.
For Midleton, the long wait was finally over.
7th August 2017 - Youths Debuts
This season's Midleton Under 12's made their debut this morning against their Cork Harlequins counterparts at Farmer's Cross.
Under the watchful eye of coach Kuros and in glorious conditions, both sides served up an incredible display of skills that most certainly bodes well for the future of both clubs!
6th August 2017 - Badgers Rain
A cracking game of cricket at the Oyster Oval today, as Midleton Seconds closed out their regular league season with a hard fought victory over North Kerry in wet and windy conditions.
Midleton won the toss and elected to bat as the rainy skies briefly cleared, and openers Bala and Stack quickly had the run rate rising. However, another of the forecasted showers hit soon afterwards, once again halting proceedings. Once play resumed, Stack continued to hit some fine shots, despite the ball skidding wickedly off of the damp mat, making him potentially the finest Irish wet weather batsman in the country, an accolade sadly on a par with that of World's Tallest Dwarf in terms usefulness. However, North Kerry Captain Paul Wyer was about to blow the game apart with an incredible display of leadership. Firstly he dismissed Stack for 35, before being directly involved in eight of the following nine dismissals, as Midleton slumped from 71/0 to 163 all out, Bala top scoring with an incredible knock of 63. Finishing with bowling figures of 7/34, which included three wickets in the 18th over, Wyer also claimed two catches, with the visitors departing the field after only 28 overs.
The rain delays had shortened the game to 36 overs, but it all seemed academic as Magsi hit twice in quick succession to dismiss the host's openers. Atif Akbar soon joined the party, bowling Godwin in the 12th over to leave the hosts rocking on 37/3. But it was to be Wyre once again who proved to be the thorn in Midleton's side, and he stuck up a fine partnership with Jonathan Boulding that left the game finely balanced before a mix up allowed Bala to finally run out Wyre for 23. Boulding fell soon afterwards on 49, following another fine catch by new wicketkeeping sensation Darragh O'Shea as the game swung back in Midleton's favour. Fayyez Khan produced a lean spell of bowling to further peg back the hosts before Iqbal did some more damage, taking two wickets. Finally, despite some late, big hitting by Umar, Midleton closed out an exhilarating game to win by 22 runs.
30th July 2017 - In Your Face
Midleton Firsts faced further pain on Sunday at the Cricket Field as Kerry emphatically got their season back on track after their elimination from the National Cup.
Midleton made two early breakthroughs through Kashif and Danish, but Kerry's batting was powerful to say the least, and they quickly piled on the runs. At one stage the run rate hit 8 an over, with Arslan taking full advantage of being dropped on four separate occasions to hit an impressive 152. The bowlers kept going though, Majid Khan, Kieran O'Reilly and Mannan all chipping in to help the hosts dismiss Kerry for a relatively low score of 309.
Any hopes of a decent chase were soon dashed though, as Midleton's batting line up once again misfired. Casey, Jameel, O'Reilly and Khan all fell early doors to leave the score at 20/4, Casey suffering a broken helmet from some quick opening bowling. Rob Smyth and Mannan Gujjar offered some resistance, but it was never going to be enough. Ali Butt, making his debut for the club, found the boundary, but it was a rare highlight for the battered tail and Midleton were summarily dismissed for a total of 102.
30th July 2017 - High on Grass
There may have been more men who were out at the neighbouring Cork LGBT Pride Family Day in FitzGerald’s Park, but not many more, as the wickets tumbled at the Mardyke where The Badgers visited Cork County 3.
Three more debutants brought the total number of players who have represented The Seconds this season to 30 in eight games in what has been, at times, a difficult season, but it all came together on the field today in an incredible game.
County won the toss and elected to bowl on the grass wicket. Openers Bala and O’Shea weathered the early storm well until the first rain break of the day after seven overs interrupted their tempo. Shortly after resuming, O’Shea swiftly departed, followed by Imran Kahn, both for 4. Bala would go on to post the visitor’s top score of the day of 13 before Samander Khushall made his mark on the game by tearing the middle order to shreds. Midleton’s batsmen did well to get their eye in, but were constantly thwarted by the unfamiliar pitch, Magsi the only other man to break double figures, as the visitor’s set County a total of 86 to win.
With both sides ready to resume the game, the heavens once again opened, forcing a long delay to dry out the pitch with the result that County’s target was revised to a mere 75. In the absence of a recognised wicket keeper, Darragh O’Shea deputised behind the sticks, with an unorthodox sweeper keeper behind him to keep extras to a minimum, but Midleton need not have worried, as O’Shea claimed the faintest of edges to dismiss opener Barlow from Magsi’s bowling. The wickets continued to tumble as the most unlikely of victories suddenly seemed possible. Magsi claimed two more before fellow opener Atif Akbar joined the party, and Midleton’s second string duo of Fayyez claimed two more with the help of sharp catches from Rizwan and Atif, before Ahmed dismissed County’s top scorer Saleem for 21. At drinks, the maths were simple – County had 4 wickets remaining and required 25 runs for the win. Stack recalled his opening bowlers to finish the job, and they didn’t let him down. Khurram summed up an incredible day for the fielders with a calm pass to O’Shea to claim a crucial run out, before Magsi produced one more wonderball to seal the victory for the visitors by 10 runs just as the skies once again darkened over and the rains fell.
23rd July 2017 - A First!
There were incredible scenes at the Cricket Field today, as Cork County were the visitors for a crucial MCU Senior Cup Semi Final.
County won the toss, and quickly had the scoreboard ticking over, but it was to be in the 26th over when the day would take a magical turn as a Garda helicopter landed on the neighbouring rugby pitch.
Alpha Sierra 2, an EC 135 T2 Eurocopter had been on traffic duty for the Wexford/Waterford Catholic Cricket tie at White Elephant Stadium in Cork city when it decided to cool its heels within a wayward throw of the wicket. The helicopter, which is typically based at Baldonnel Aerodrome, was unveiled back in 2008 by the then Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Brian Lenihan T.D. along with the then Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy, and was the second Eurocoptor to be added to the Garda Siochana’s Air Support Unit. The helicopter replaced a defunct Eurocoptor AS355N Squirrel.
The EC 135 T2 is a twin engine light utility craft, and over 1,220 units have been delivered to 350 customers in 75 countries. The vast majority are used in emergency medical services operations, but they are also used in policing operations in twenty countries worldwide. The craft has an exemplary safety record, though an EC135 T2 was involved in a serious incident in Scotland in 2013 when it crashed into a pub in Glasgow, resulting in 10 fatalities.
Thankfully, though, there were no such incidents today, and AS2 was soon back patrolling our skies.
18th July 2017 - Vincibles!
The 66th Cork City Sports may have been on at nearby CIT, but it was Midleton who were in for the high jump at The Farm this evening as UCC ended captain Darragh O'Shea's unbeaten record in the competition.
Though O'Shea's side had already exceeded the number of wins from last season's competition, they just failed to beat former captain Adrian Stack's record of 9 games unbeaten after a big hitting display from the hosts. College won the toss and elected to bat, and though Luke O'Reilly made an early breakthrough thanks to a smart O'Shea catch, Rohit Dhamane came to the crease and piled on the misery for Midleton's bowlers with yet another exceptional display with the bat as the run rate quickly moved above 7 an over. To their credit, Midleton's bowlers kept plugging away, but were left down by some lackluster fielding, at least some of which could be put down to a strong, low sun. Shane O'Reilly finally made a late breakthrough, and Gujjar exposed a weak middle order in his final over, but by then the damage had been done, with an imposing total of 178 being set by the hosts.
Midleton's response couldn't have gotten off to a worse start, with openers Dave McDonnell and Adrian Stack quickly dismissed. Gujjar hit a quickfire 23, followed by some solid batting from Akbar and Jameel that saw the response rise above 11 runs an over, but that would prove to be the highlight of the innings as UCC claimed a string of catches to destroy the Midleton batting order. A brave final stand from Luke and Shane O'Reilly added some respectability to proceedings, but the visitors were eventually dismissed for a total of 103 all out.
16th July 2017 - Firsts Fall Again
Midleton posted their second highest batting total of the MCU Premier Division season, but their total of 122 was nowhere near enough to beat the hosts at the Mardyke.
Midleton won the toss and elected to bat on a roasting summer's day, but Kieran O'Reilly's 35 would prove to be a rare highlight as Midleton's batsmen once again misfired, Cawley claiming 3 wickets and O'Sullivan 2.
With John McEvoy's move to Dublin, Midleton's bowling attack was shorn of yet another attacking threat, with Iqbal and Masters still unavailable for selection. Surely enough, County quickly piled on the runs, reaching their target with the loss of only two wickets.
With further players unavailable for next weekend's meeting between the sides in the Munster Senior Cup semi-final, Midleton's Seniors are facing into a tough end of season run rooted to the bottom of the league.
15th July 2017 - Badgers Snared
There's something bad about Midleton Cricket Club and new grounds. Having been the first side to visit and lose at Kerry's Oyster Bowl, Midleton became the first side to visit and lose at the absolutely stunning Carraiganore grounds of Waterford & District.
Atif Akbar deputised as captain in the absence of Adrian Stack and travelled with a relatively strong side. However the visiting bowlers were repeatedly frustrated by a calm, controlled display of batting by the hosts. Luke O'Reilly managed an early breakthrough, but Waterford proved to have runs right through their batting line up, the impressive Glenn Egerton steadying the ship after Shane O'Reilly (2), Peter Thackeray and Magsi claimed further wickets. Extras, once again, we the bane of the Midleton innings, with a total of 44, but Midleton finally managed to close the home side's innings in the 39th over thanks to Akbar (2), Ali Kalota, and Magsi and Luke who returned to see off the home side for a total of 183.
Midleton, buoyed by their recent strong batting display at home to Limerick, went into their innings with some confidence, but things soon started to turn sour as openers McDonnell (20) and Simon Casey (12) fell early. Unfortunately, only captain Atif Akbar was to exceed McDonnell's total with a knock of 21, as Waterford's bowlers excelled on their new home patch, Egerton claiming four wickets including that of the in-form Kalota and wicket keeper McGuire claiming three edges and a stumping, leaving the visitors stranded on 94 all out.
12th July 2017 - Uncredible!
Midleton retained their unbeaten record in the Cork T20 Cup with a hard fought victory over the Harlequins Hurricanes.
The Quins kids are growing up fast though, and it won't be long before this side will surely be the dominant force in Cork cricket.
9th July 2017 - Odyssey Ends
Midleton's fairytale run in the National Cup finally came to an end at the stunning Malahide Cricket Ground, as the hosts romped to an impressive 8 wicket victory to set up a semi final tie with Derriaghy.
All the talk beforehand focused on Irish international bowler Peter Chase, but it was to be Danny O'Shea who would prove to be the star of the show, the Irish/Australian bowler taking five wickets for a mere 14 runs after the home side won the toss and elected to bowl. Chase would chip in with two wickets, but Midleton suffered badly after drinks, as the spinner battered the visitors from the off taking Midleton's score from 73/4 to 93 all out in a flurry of wickets. Despite the undoubted quality of the bowling though, it has to be said that Midleton's score was the highest they had achieved during their epic cup run.
It was never going to be a target to defend though, and the Malahide opening batsmen duly set about demolishing the bowling attack, hitting 21 for the loss of no wickets after two overs. There was a modicum of comfort for Midleton when O'Shea was dismissed for 13 and big hitter Alan Reynolds went for 43, but the hosts duly hit their target after a mere 11.5 overs.
8th July 2017 - New Boys Shine
It may have been a game short on quality at times, but there was no lack of drama at The Cricket Field this afternoon, as the Badgers saw off Limerick 3 by 18 runs in a game that ebbed and flowed right up to the final ball.
Midleton had registered a total of 7 new players during the week as the traditional mixture of July lethargy and summer holidays took their toll on availability. The resultant team featured four players making their debut for the club and Kevin Moran resuming his position behind the sticks after an absence of two years. It was down to the experienced members of the squad to to show the newcomers how things should be done, and captain and opener Adrian Stack duly obliged, smashing his third ball straight into point to record yet another duck. But somehow, the expected collapse failed to materialise, as Moran rolled back the years with a mercurial performance, assisted by new boys Kashif Javid, Zain Kazmi and Imran Khan, who added an impressive 36 runs to the total before falling to the excellent Limerick youngster Nienaber. It was to be one of the experienced boys who would cause Limerick the real damage though, as Ali Kalota, who postponed his return to Pakistan to play for the club for another month, quickly powered his way to the high score of the day with a dazzling array of boundaries. Shane O'Reilly, who recently captained the Munster U13's, showed incredible maturity in support, keeping the bowling of Nienaber at bay, before another new recruit, Rizwan Ali piled on the agony for the visitors on a baking outfield with a dramatic cameo and 11 runs, setting the visitors a total of 183 to win.
And what a chase it was! Midleton were largely the architects of their own near downfall, with a litany of extras, as one by one the visitor's batsmen kept the run rate on target. Magsi, Atif, Kashif and Imran all claimed one wicket each, but even by drinks, the maths were simple - if Midleton dismissed Limerick they would win, if Limerick batted out their 40 overs, they would win. It was to be Shane O'Reilly who would swing the balance back towards the hosts, as his devilish swing finally claimed Mogli, but the tide had soon turned once again thanks to some powerful batting by Kamboj. Suddenly, in the 29th over, the game once again swung in Midleton's favour, as Kashif dismissed Kamboj and Nienaber, but Limerick still had wickets to spare to set up a nail biting finish. After a frantic few overs, it was to be Luke O'Reilly who would finally claim the points for the hosts in the 35th over of an epic contest, catching Mohammadi LBW and closing out the contest in the most breathtaking of fashion.
5th July 2017 - Unvincibles
Darragh O'Shea's unvincibles continued to vomit on the face of English grammar this evening at The Cricket Field as they saw off Cork Harlequins' Masters in an entertaining tie that saw the hosts maintain their unbeaten record in the Cork T20 Cup.
Midleton won the toss and elected to bat first on a stunningly warm evening. Opener Simon Casey fell early to John Buss' bowling, but fellow opener Adrian Stack and Manan Gujjar quickly steadied the ship, Gujjar's five boundaries helping him to the evening's highest total of 33 and sending the run rate into overdrive. Magsi kept things ticking over, but once Stack finally fell for 7, Atif Jameel lit up the innings, hitting three successive sixes before being run out by Rahman. The middle order continued to pile on the runs though, Ali Kalota adding 19 and Andy Pye hitting a classy 20 to set the visitors a target of 158, Cotter the pick of the visitor's bowlers, recording figures of 3/28.
Despite the intimidating total and the even more intimidating bowling of openers Luke O'Reilly and Atif Akbar, the Masters lived up to their reputation of a classy batting side. Akbar, though, was to prove to be the star of the show, a vicious swinging delivery dismissing Claassen before a wonder throw from the deep ran out Siblee. Despite a back injury, Magsi claimed two wickets, including the dangerous Buss for 31. Winslow breifly went boundary crazy before being run out by Stack from Kalota's bowling, before Stack produced an erratic display of bowling that took two wickets in an over followed by a wide laden dreaded 10 ball over to see out the game, Midleton winning by 29 runs.
26th June 2017 - Purple Rain
The rain that had threatened all day finally reached the Mardyke moments before the start of Midleton's Cork T20 Cup match on Monday, resulting in an abandonment.
Captain Darragh O'Shea may have sneaked a sigh of relief, as his nine man side, that lacked a recognised wicketkeeper, maintained their unbeaten start to the competition.
At least the occasion gave Midleton a chance to wish a fond farewell to Ali Kalota and Majid Sharif, both of whom have secured big money transfers abroad. Both men have contributed so much to the club and will be sadly missed.
25th June 2017 - Double Disappointment
Midleton closed out their Senior T20 season with two promising displays at the Mardyke on Sunday.
Cork County were the early morning opponents, and despite a rash of hangovers, County once again found themselves run mightily close thanks to strong batting by Kieran O'Reilly (55) and Majid Khan (36) that saw Midleton set a total of 137. Islam (2), Gujjar, McEvoy and Luke O'Reilly took the wickets in response, as the hosts quickly realised that for the second game in a row, they would not be patronisingly asking their visitors to bowl out their allocation for batting practice. Indeed, only 9 balls remained when the home side eventually scrambled over the line to secure their place in the final.
In the second game, Zuhair Shah once again proved to be something of a nemesis for Midleton, his top score of 64 helping Quins to a total of 147/6, Kieran O'Reilly taking two wickets, and Rob Smyth surprising everyone with an overdue direct hit. Smyth then showed fine form with the bat, hitting 66, but partners were in short supply, only two other players reaching double figures. Despite a late bash from Waqar, Midleton fell an agonising 8 runs short in their chase, and exited the competition at the group stage.
24th June 2017 - Students Pass Test
Rohit Dhamane was the difference between Midleton and UCC at the Cricket Field on Saturday, as his fantastic 121 was to prove to be the difference in a game that saw over 500 runs scored.
Midleton, lead by captain Ali Kalota, opened strongly, with Danish Iqbal and Luke O'Reilly cheaply dismissing the College openers. However Dhamane quickly set about demolishing the attack with some massive boundaries that rocked the hosts' attack. Chand would be the next top scorer with a fine knock of 68, but the relentless Dhamane soon had tempers fraying in the field, a total of 18 boundaries keeping the fielders busy on a baking outfield. To their credit, Midleton kept fighting, Iqbal and O'Reilly taking 3 wickets each, Thackeray two and Magsi finally claiming the wicket of the top scorer, UCC eventually dismissed for an intimidating total of 276 with three balls of their innings remaining.
Midleton's response stuttered from the off, O'Shea out for 0, with Sharif following shortly afterwards for 3 and Bala trapped for 9. Captain Kalota tried to inject some urgency into proceeding with a quick 13, but when he fell, leaving Magsi and Iqbal at the crease, things looked grim for the home side. However, Iqbal had been showing some incredible form with the bat recently, and quickly set about increasing the stuttering run rate. Boundary after boundary followed, with Magsi giving fantastic support, as suddenly an unlikely victory seemed possible. When Magsi finally departed for 39, Atif Jameel continued the fine support, but just as the balance of power started to swing towards the hosts, Iqbal fell for 79, caught, ironically, by Dhamane. Shane O'Reilly and Andy Pye kept bravely battling to see out the Midleton Innings, but unfortunately the hosts eventually fell 33 runs short.
22nd June 2017 - T20 Test Status
Darragh O'Shea's T20 side continued their winning ways away to Harlequins Hurricanes on a historic day for Irish Cricket, after the national team were finally granted test status.
Brothers Luke and Shane O'Reilly opened the bowling against the youthful hosts, with Luke making the early breakthrough, taking the wicket of Max Egan. But in-form Adam Hickey and Joe Hourihane soon had the visitors chasing shadows on the field, with a fine partnership that saw the runs flow freely, until Shane O'Reilly finally bowled Hourihane. The back up bowlers of Sharif, Magsi and Thackeray then set to work on the middle order, but Hickey kept the run rate ticking over before finally falling to an Atif Jameel stumping off of Sharif's bowling for 41. It was left to Ali Kalota to keep the pressure on, the off spinner taking two late wickets and a catch, leaving the hosts on 104/9 from their 20 overs.
Andy Pye and Magsi opened the response for the visitors, and despite a fine opening spell by Seanan Jones that saw Pye fall, Magsi and Ali Kalota produced an incredible batting performance that had the home side reeling. A flurry of boundaries followed, before Magsi retired having hit his half century. Luke and Shane O'Reilly continued to support the impressive Kalota who would go on to finish on 38 not out, before Froggat claimed both wickets during an impressive spell of bowling that left him with figures of 6/2, but by the time Stack reached the crease, only one run was required to win the tie, which duly arrived on the next ball.
18th June 2017 - Big Blasting
Midleton's hopes of progressing in the Senior T20 took a blow this afternoon after two defeats in sweltering conditions at the Mardyke.
Midleton's best chance of progressing was to defeat Cork Harlequins, who had already lost the opening game against Cork County. However an inspired Ted Williamson performance helps Quins set an intimidating total of 183/6, Wilson, Iqbal and Smyth claiming the wickets. Kieran O'Reilly and Rob Smyth led the response, but despite some fine shots, the run rate proved to be the stumbling block, Midleton eventually finishing on 143/5, O'Reilly scoring 68.
It was straight back out for the batsmen for the final game of the day, and once again Midleton showed some hitherto unknown steel with the bat, Simon Casey hitting 30 from 29 balls and Khan 50 from 50 as Midleton set a target of 153/4 from their 20 overs. County, who seem to be in the midst of a preposterous rebranding as the "Rebels", looked to be in some serious trouble at one stage, but managed to avoid an embarrassing defeat with 23 balls to spare.
16th June 2017 - Heat is ON!
Darragh O'Shea's T20 side continued their winning ways at a gloriously sunny Farmer's Cross this evening in the Cork T20 Cup.
Midleton batted first, and opener Manan Gujjar quickly set the tone with a flurry of boundaries. O'Shea hung in there in support, but Eric Cotter finally made the breakthrough for the Masters in the fourth over, dismissing the captain for 4 in what was to be his first of a three wicket haul. Atif Jameel and Ali Kalota were sent packing soon after, but it was to be Danish "0 Not Out" Iqbal batting at five who was to get the run rate motoring with an impressive 28, as the regular tailender turned up the heat on an already baking evening. Gujjar finally fell 9 short of his half century, and after a mini collapse in the middle order, it was left to young Shane O'Reilly and not so young Peter Thackeray to see out the innings, the last two adding an incredible 19 runs and frustrating the Master's attack, closing Midleton's innings at 129/9.
The Master's response was impressive, with both Luke O'Reilly and Majid Sharif's bowling taking a bit of a hammering, before Sharif struck back, bowling opener Higgins with a devilish ball. Atif Akbar and Magsi kept up the pressure, but it was to be Gujjar and Thackeray who were to cause the damage, Thackeray dismissing Russel for 24 and Gujjar disposing of dangerman Dave Peet for the Master's top score of 31 as the game dramatically ebbed and flowed. Eventually though, it was to be man of the match Iqbal who would prove to be the difference, as his figures of 2/11 off of his two overs left the hosts agonisingly four runs short of their target.
11th June 2017 - Crash & Burn!
Midleton Cricket Club made history today at the Cricket Field when they reached the third round of the Irish National Cup for the very first time with a 6 wicket victory over North West side Burndennett.
Majid Khan won the toss and elected to field on a windy day with the menacing dark clouds a constant threat. The visitors opened with Little Mark and Big Mark, as Doherty and captain Pollock developed a decent opening in the face of aggressive bowling from Gujjar and McEvoy. It looked like the visitors, who entered the game as odds on favourites, were about to go into overdrive in the 8th over though, as the ten runs from Gujjar’s bowling left them on 29/0, but in an instant the game was turned on its head as McEvoy finally made the breakthrough, taking the wicket of the captain for 16 thanks to an alert Luke Deane behind the stumps. Suddenly, Burndennett were in disarray, as Dean Wilson and Danish Iqbal took over the bowling duties. Both men bowled what were to be the remaining 12 overs of the innings, during which they dismissed the visitors for only a further 29 runs as the wickets fell thick and fast. Fellow opener Doherty was caught LBW by Wilson, before catches by Rob Smyth, Kieran O’Reilly, Miller Masters and another worldy by Luke Deane destroyed any resistance in the middle order. The bowling was simply outstanding, Iqbal finishing with figures of 4/11 and Wilson with figures of 5/15 to add to the six wickets he had taken in the First Round game in Sligo as the visitors were finally dismissed for a total of 58.
However, Midleton have a tradition of doing things the hard way when it comes to batting, and found themselves rocked early on by the pace of the South African professional Ruqeno Weavers who took two wickets in the second over of his opening spell to leave the hosts on the ropes at 4/2. For a moment, it looked like it could go either way, but captain Majid Khan was on hand to steady the ship with a patient performance peppered with some fine shots, ably assisted by New Zealander Miller Masters. Weavers eventually trapped Masters LBW for 4, but young Kieran O’Reilly was on hand to carry the fight to Burndennett with an assured performance that belied his age and kept the scoreboard kept ticking over nicely. Khan will have been disappointed to fall to an excellent stumping by Kelley for 27 with only two runs required to win, but Simon Casey was on hand to admire another stunning shot by O’Reilly from close range that crossed the boundary and sealed the most unlikely of victories, the first ever recorded by a Munster side against a team from the North West.
Midleton now progress to the Quarter Finals of the competition and remain as the only Cork side left in national competition this season.
10th June 2017 - Benched!
Dean Wilson and Adrian Stack called into the Red FM studios today to discuss Midleton cricket and tomorrow's big game. You can listen to the podcast HERE The lads are on at around the 40 minute mark.
7th June 2017 - Cup Fever
Midleton Cricket Club look forward to the biggest game in their history this Sunday, as North West Championship side Burndennett visit The Cricket Field for their National Cup 2nd Round clash.
Midleton are the only Cork side remaining in National competition following their commanding 8 wicket victory away to County Sligo, a game that saw New Zealand born bowler Dean Wilson claim six wickets, backed up by a flawless fielding display. Burndennett’s progress was rather less orthodox, opponents Armagh failing to show up after their bus broke down en-route to the Derry club’s picturesque grounds.
Midleton have struggled with the bat this season, averaging a mere 107 runs an innings in their five league defeats so far, but captain Majid Khan will look to mirror the sparkling Cup form of last year’s side that saw them progress to the Munster Senior Cup where they were narrowly defeated by Co. Galway. Burndennett have also struggled in the league, but the unveiling of South African fast bowler Ruqeno Weavers last week had an immediate impact as his four wickets propelled them to their first win of the season at home to near neighbours Strabane.
Burndennett plan to travel in numbers on Sunday, with the club staying Saturday night in the Park Hotel. With the bar in the Rugby Club open, all are welcome in what promises to be an historic day for the East Cork club.
In the event of a no result, the clubs are scheduled to meet in Burndennett on Sunday, the 18th of June.
6th June 2017 - Youths News
Midleton Cricket Club will begin their Youth coaching sessions tomorrow evening from 16:15 to 18:15 at the nets in Midleton College. Players of all ages and ability are more than welcome. Sessions will continue every Wednesday afternoon at this time.
5th June 2017 - Bank Holiday Blues
The Badgers bowed out of the MCU Minor Cup this afternoon after a 3-2 defeat in a bowl out at the Cricket Field to Co. Tipperary.
After 8 hours of constant rain and with some on-line forecasts predicting a 98% chance of a further 8 hours of constant rain, Badger's captain Adrian Stack offered an immediate bowl off to settle the tie, but the umpires decided to wait for one hour to see if conditions would improve. After both sides lost an hour of their lives that they most likely won't recoup and will, almost certainly, look back on when they are on their deathbed and curse the very invention of the sport of cricket, the umpires finally declared a bowl off.
Despite a fairly decent bowling line up for the home side, the waterlogged mat made things a lottery, but Tipp's Lino Varghese's fine ball took the middle stump to claim the tie and guarantee Tipp's spot in the Quarter Finals away to Cork County next Sunday.
4th June 2017 - Tribal Beating
Midleton's poor form with the bat once again hurt them in a low scoring but thrilling tie at the Lydican in Galway.
With one eye on the forecast, the plan for the under strength visitors was simple - lose the toss, stand in a field for four hours, feel the liberating Connaught rain on our face and travel home with a draw. The first part of the plan was brilliantly executed by captain Majid Khan, but then things started to unravel as opening bowlers John McEvoy and Dean Wilson rather unsportingly produced a scintillating spell of bowling that left the Galway top order decimated. Danish and Umair added some steel to the home side's middle order, but Thackeray and Khan were on hand to tidy up, before McEvoy came back to terrify the tail with an impressive display of power and accuracy, finally dismissing the hosts for a total of 118 all out and leaving a massive hole in the game plan. McEvoy and Khan claimed 3 wickets each, Wilson and Thackeray 2, with fine work by Casey, Deane and Masters in the field.
Quite apart the meteorological calculations being blown out of the water, the early finish also meant that the MCU's newest stupid law regarding tea was enforced. Instead of eating between innings like normal, civilised people, there was a quick turnaround for the Midleton innings with tea not until 3:15pm. A visibly hungry Simon Casey fell early, before a vitamin deficient Luke Deane was run out. But the young pair of Miller Masters and Kieran O'Reilly soon found their groove and began the chase in earnest before being interrupted by the late tea. The effect on the pair was devastating, Masters falling two balls into the restart and O'Reilly soon after. Atif Jameel added a quick fire 15, but the wickets kept falling, Sharrif (3), Khan (11) and Stack (0) departing before McEvoy was comically run out for 2, leaving the visitor's last pair of Dean Wilson and Peter Thackeray staring into the abyss at 69/9. What followed was a graphic depiction of how not all superheros wear capes, as Wilson piled on the runs and Thackeray frustrated an increasingly cranky bowling attack to near breaking point. The score edged over 100 thanks to a wide as the rain finally arrived, but just as everyone started running through the permutations, Wilson was unfortunately trapped LBW to close out the innings as the conditions deteriorated.
28th May 2017 - A Kicking From Kerry
Midleton's weekend finally came to an end at the Oyster Oval today with a crushing 364 run defeat at the hands of County Kerry.
Midleton traveled light, with only 10 players available including a number of minor regulars. The toss was always going to be vital with such an inexperienced side, but once lost, the visitor's knew they were in for a long day in the field. And what a long day it proved to be. Twice the Kerry batsmen found the sea in a boundary peppered innings. To add insult to injury, Midleton were then penalised 42 runs for a slow bowling rate by the umpire in an act similar to a furious customer punching a prostitute in the face because he's sickened by his own desire. After 50 long overs, Kerry finally closed their innings on 463/5, Kalota taking two wickets, Sharif, Rohit and Iqbal one each.
Once both Midleton openers were dismissed for ducks (including one rare diamond duck), memories of last season's batting collapse came flooding back, but spirited performances by Luke Deane (36), Atif Jameel (21) and Atif Akbar (10) saw the visitors post a somewhat respectable total of 99/9 in the circumstances.
27th May 2017 - Cup Half Full
A thrilling afternoon's cricket in Adare saw Limerick progress at the expense of Midleton in a ding dong battle in the MCU Junior Cup.
Midleton could have ended up with a team of three men and a baby, as expectant father Majid Khan struggled to raise his troops, but eventually the visitor's managed to travel with a full compliment. Midleton started strongly, as openers Simon Casey and Miller Masters dominated the game from the crease. At the start of the 27th over, the visitors were coasting on a remarkable 145/0, but then disaster struck as both openers departed within two balls of each other, Masters on 80 and Casey on 53. Carnage ensued, as the middle order once again collapsed, and it was left to tailenders Danish Iqbal (18) and Parth Rajan (11) to salvage a respectable total of 195 before the innings was closed.
Limerick's reply was soon faltering, as Iqbal claimed the wicket of Kaasim Alam from a Master's catch on 6, before Kumar was bowled by Iqbal for 9. But Shane Burke and Khalil Ahmad were on hand to steady the ship, and try as they may, bowlers Luke O'Reilly, Majid Sharif, Atif Akbar and Waqar Islam failed to dislodge the free scoring pair. Kieran O'Reilly finally made the breakthrough, dismissing Burke for 60 off of 58 balls, whilst Masters dismissed Ahmad soon afterwards and Limerick suddenly found themselves once again on the back foot. McGrath departed for a duck, caught LBW by Masters, but by the time the wicket of Sultan was claimed thanks to a catch by Sharif off of Islam's bowling, a nervy Limerick were almost home and hosed, Burra eventually hitting the winning runs to see the hosts home by four wickets.
24th May 2017 - Ole O'Shea!
Midleton got their Cork T20 Cup season underway under the stewardship of captain Darragh O'Shea with a comprehensive victory over last year's champions, Cork County Crusaders, at the Mardyke this evening.
Both sides were struggling for players, and a remarkable 9 of the starting 21 had taken part in the recent MCU Premier Division clash between the two sides, with four players from Midleton and five from County. Crusaders were without their 11th man, Peter Barlow, and were made to pay on the wide open spaces of the Mardyke in muggy conditions. Gujjar started brightly, but one risk too many saw Smyth join Kieran O'Reilly at the crease in the third over. What followed was a punishing batting masterclass, as both men piled on the runs despite some accurate bowling by Daniel Kennedy and Neppeli. Midleton were cruising, but it was to be the introduction of young bowling sensation Eshan O'Sullivan that was to almost stem the tide for the home side, as his bowling finally accounted for O'Reilly (71) and next man in Atif Jameel. From the other end, Kevin O'Sullivan devastated the middle order, taking three wickets in one over as Midleton "did a Midleton". Smyth remained scoring at the crease until four balls from the end before falling for 86, leaving captain O'Shea and Stack to see out the innings, Midleton posting a huge target of 182/7 from their 20 overs.
Crusaders' needed a miracle, but Majid Sharif's bowling and an incredible at full stretch from Luke O'Reilly had both openers heading back to the pavilion. After an ill advised experiment with spin bowling, Magsi returned to what he knew best and dismissed danger man Kevin O'Sullivan thanks to a Gujjar catch. Atif Akbar kept things tight and was ably assisted by a long distance run out from Majid Sharif, before Shane O'Reilly claimed his first of many wickets this season on the last ball of the match to leave the home side on 105/8.
21st May 2017 - Firsts Fall Again
It was top against bottom this afternoon at the Cricket Field, as Midleton First's hosted top of the table Limerick.
Limerick have been in fine form recently, and having won the toss, wasted no time in stamping their authority on the game against an injury ravaged home side. Kieran O'Reilly and Peter Thackeray took one wicket each during a long afternoon in the field, opener Harry Broadhurst carrying his bat on 107 and Munster's Murtaza Sidiqi adding an unbeaten 109 as the runs ran freely. At the end of the 50 overs, Midleton faced an enormous total of 330 for the win.
Captain Majid Kahn led by example during the response, a boundary laden knock that saw the opener eventually hit 52 before falling. The supporting batsmen though struggled, with only Kieran O'Reilly offering any other significant resistance with 19 before being run out. Khalid was the pick of the bowlers, taking 5/34, before Midleton finally closed their innings at 124 all out, which, on the bright side, was their highest total posted so far this season.
20th May 2017 - Pain with Rain
Midleton Second's on/off home tie against Lismore was finally called off due to the rain after just 20 overs of play at the Cricket Field today.
Some aggressive bowling by openers Majid Sharif and Atif Akbar saw the visitors on the back foot from the off, as the top order was swiftly shredded. Debuts boys Parth and Vikram Venkataramanan also impressed in the field, with Simon Casey performing superbly behind the stumps. The first rain delay, though, interrupted proceedings in the 13th over with the visitors at 37/4. Once play resumed after about 30 minutes, Luke O'Reilly and Fayez Kahn entered the fray and continued the destruction. Unfortunately though, the skies once again clouded over, and once the rain started again in the 20th over with the score at 60/5, everyone decided to go home despite the outrageous array of top quality sandwiches on offer.
14th May 2017 - Flying Badgers!
Midleton's Seconds scraped home to their second victory of the season at home to Cork Harlequins 3rds at the Cricket Field this afternoon.
The home side's bowlers were outstanding, Majid Sharrif and Atif Akbar did the early damage with three quick wickets wiping out the top order. After a frantic opening 10 overs, Magsi and Fayaz Kahn kept up the tempo, a blistering spell from Magsi leaving him with figures of 5/11 as Kahn mopped up the tail in a dazzling display of bowling, leaving Quins all out for a total of 57.
Midleton, though, have been known to blow opportunities like this before, and duly went on a collapse of epic proportions after the third ball dismissal of Kuros Muhammadi. Rohit looked like he could steady the ship before falling to the first ball of Max Egan's spell for 10. Egan then went on the rampage through the Midleton batting order, seeing off Balaji, McNamara and Stack for ducks in his opening over. Stack described the carnage shortly afterwards - "He bowled deceptively slow. The ball left his hand and I got into a good position. Then I waited. And I waited. Then I started thinking about my life. Then I realised how much of it I has wasted, so I started crying. By the time the ball arrived, I could hardly see for the tears in my eyes. Honestly, I haven't cried that much since the end of The Notebook. If that lad can continue to trigger existentialist crises in middle aged batsman, he'll have a great future in the game. It was an extremely intelligent bowling display, just bowl the right line and length."
With Midleton at 16/5, only opener Darragh O'Shea had held himself together, but when he was joined at the crease by Atif Akbar, the game finally started to ebb in Midleton's favour. Akbar hit a swift 22 that included a massive six, and by the time he had departed for 22 and O'Shea for 9, it was left to Atif Jameel and Majid Sharif to add the last 10 runs to seal the win.
13th May 2017 - National Glory!
Midleton made the long trip to Sligo's picturesque Racecourse ground today for their eagerly awaited first round National Cup game.
The home side won the toss, and elected to bat in blustery but dry conditions. Luke O'Reilly, making his debut at senior level, made an early breakthrough in a spell of aggressive opening bowling. Sligo proved to be big hitters with the bat, and quickly piled on the boundaries on a tight pitch before Dean Wilson entered the fray and turned the game on its head with a devastating bowling spell, ably assisted by Thackeray from the other end and some incredible fielding. The catches were too numerous to mention, Iqbal, Smyth, Kahn, Stack and Wilson himself all producing catches of the highest quality to decimate the middle and lower orders despite the awkward winds, with Kieran O'Reilly and Miller Masters, also making his debut at this level, mopping up everything on the floor. Sligo simply had no response to the intensity of the Midleton display, and were finally dismissed for 81 all out, Wilson taking 6 wickets and Thackeray 3.
As the clouds started to gather, Midleton openers Kahn and Casey set about the chase, but were recalled only two and a half overs later as the heavens opened with the score at 18/0. For a while it looked touch and go, but as the clouds finally moved on, the openers returned to the crease to pile on the runs. Kahn finally fell for 20 after one big hit too many. Casey fell soon after as he tried his best to open up, but Luke Deane and Rob Smyth were on hand to steer the visitors home with 8 wickets to spare, as Midleton recorded their first ever victory on the pitch in national competition.
6th May 2017 - Totes Tipp!
Some of the finest writers of our generation would struggle to come up with one word that would describe Midleton Second's season opener away to Co. Tipperary Second's this weekend. Incredibly, there are times when even the word "totes-amazeballs" doesn't quite fit the bill.
Midleton's day started badly, with only 10 players arriving at Ballyeighan on a bright Saturday afternoon, but things started to improve as stand-in captain Simon Casey won the toss and elected to bat. Tipperary claimed two quick wickets, as openers Darragh O'Shea and Atif Akbar fell early on, but thoughts of a short afternoon's work in the field quickly evaporated as Atif Jameel and Casey steadied the ship. By the time Jameel finally fell for 39, the day's main target of batting the 40 overs suddenly began to seem achievable. New signing Miller Masters added some more steel to the middle order, before Majid Sharif continued his fine form with the bat from 2016, piling on 23 more runs. Sijil Marasseril's bowling ensured the tail didn't wag, but Midleton kept the pressure up right until the last ball, another new signing Jon McNamara unlucky to be run out on the last ball as Midleton posted a target of 173, Casey top scoring on 42.
Young Luke O'Reilly had shown a huge improvement in his bowling in pre-season, and sure enough, his opening spell of bowling had the hosts on the back foot from the off, the youngster not allowing himself to be bullied by the Tipp openers. At the other end, Magsi kept things tight as always, before Masters joined the attack with an excellent spell of bowling. By drinks, everyone knew they had a game on their hands, with the hosts at 80/3. Tipp threw the kitchen sink at their visitors, trying every trick in the book against some fine bowling by Majid, Thackeray and Akbar, but the fielding was excellent and Midleton finally bowled their hosts out with two overs and 18 runs to spare in a thrilling finish that saw the new-look Badgers get their season off to a winning start.
30th April 2017 - Defeat Snatched...
Midleton First's disappointing start to the season continued at the Cricket Field, as they fell to a heartbreaking defeat to visitor's Cork Harlequins.
Both sides had struggled with the bat in their season opening defeats, and thus it was to be the case again on a gloriously sunny Bank Holiday Sunday. Quins batted first, but were absolutely demolished by the Flying Dutchman, Dean Wilson, who returned incredible figures of 14/7 from his ten overs. In the field, Atif Jameel impressed behind the stumps, whilst Kuros Muhammadi struck back at critics who had accused him of being too old and fat and crocked and bald to play anymore with two fantastic catches. Mannan and Danish both picked up well deserved wickets, whilst Khuram ensured he will never, ever be mentioned in the Evening Echo again by claiming the wicket of Ted Williamson. Quins were finally bowled all out for a more than manageable target of 113.
The Midleton batting collapse, however, was a thing of beauty. Rob Smyth completely failed to read the script, as the number three batsman thrashed his way to an unbeaten 72. Remarkably, the next highest score from any Midleton player was 4, as five batsmen departed for ducks, and four more were dismissed for 1 in a batting display that could best be described as rhyming with "clucking squitt". Smyth finally ran out of partners in the 26th over, and Midleton found themselves rooted to the bottom of the Premier Division after what could prove to be a costly defeat.
23rd April 2017 - There's Only Wan King!
Cork County were the visitors to the Cricket Field this afternoon, as the Firsts kicked off their league campaign.
Captain Majid Kahn won the toss, and elected to bat, with openers Simon Casey and Dean Wilson marching out with the deluded confidence that only the insanity of early season can give you. Sure enough, Casey was soon making the return journey, having been caught LBW for 2 by Kelleher. Midleton's batsmen continued to struggle, with Smyth (4), Wilson (16) and Kahn (7) falling quickly afterwards. Indeed, at one stage Midleton looked like they were in real danger of posting the lowest score of a Cork side for the weekend, but finally surpassed County's 77 (scored in the Leinster League stuffing the previous day) with the aid of some woeful bowling by the visitors. Eventually, extras were to be the star scorer of the innings, a remarkable total of 49 exceeding Kieran O'Reilly's top score of 19 by quite some distance. By the time John McEvoy was finally dismissed, Midleton had reached a total of 117 all out from a paltry 34 overs.
It was never going to be enough, but Midleton showed some fine form, with Atif Jameel taking Hassett's wicket with a fine catch from Waqar's bowling. However, County new boy Gary King swiftly got into his stride with a mighty knock that saw him reach his half century with County on 63/1. Kevin O'Sullivan was happy to block at the other end, before finally falling to a fine Waqar catch with his first real shot in anger. King continued to pile on the runs, before McEvoy dropped a catch on the second last ball of the innings, costing Midleton the game. King's unbeaten 87 was the highlight for the visitors, but it was a promising start for the Captain Kahn's era.
17th April 2017 - Fixtures Re-Re-Revealed
Cork T20 Cup fixtures have been confirmed, with Midleton's season confirmed as starting on the 17th of May at home to UCC Pirates. We'll be emailing a handy fixtures calendar to all members shortly. Please print it off and attach to your fridge. If you don't own a fridge, buy one, it's an ideal way to chilling your food products and preventing food spoilage bacteria. Alternatively, there is a fixtures calendar at the bottom of the midletoncricket.com website with fixtures available either as a list of as a calendar.
16th April 2017 - Pre-Season in the freezin'
Majid Kahn lead his Tigers into action for the very first time on Sunday, as they faced Cork Harlequins' Junior side at Farmers Cross on a cold Easter Sunday.
Midleton batted first, with Casey, O'Reilly and Wakar all batting well to set a competitive total from the 30 overs played.
Unfortunately, Midleton were unable to close out the game, with some poor fielding costing the visitors dearly, and Zahair Shah proved to be the match winner with a fine knock that took Quins over the line.
Plenty of positives from the day though from a Midleton side that kick off their season in earnest next Sunday at home to Cork County.
29th March 2017 - Fixtures Re-Revealed
Couple of early season changes to the fixtures, with the Second's opener moved from the 22nd of of April to the 6th of May. This is due to Co. Tipperary's involvement in a community initiative.
The provisional fixtures for the Cork T20 competition have been released, with Midleton's opening game on the 17th of May. Full fixtures will be posted on the website once confirmed.
10th March 2017 - Fixtures Revealed
The 2017 MCU fixture list has been released, with both Midleton's Firsts and Seconds in action on the opening weekend of the season.
With the much unloved Munster Senior Shield finally binned, the First XI open their season with a home league tie against last year's champions, Cork County, on the 23rd of April. On the previous day, the Seconds will make the trip to Tipp to take on Tipperary's Seconds.
This season's Division 2 will see Lismore and Waterford making a welcome return to league action, swelling the number of clubs in the division to 10. Due to the large number of participants, each club in the division will only play each other once. This means that though the Seconds will be denied a trip to the beautiful surrounds of Lismore's ground (we welcome them to The Cricket Field on the 20th of May), they will get the opportunity to visit Waterford's new ground in July.
This season's annual slaughter of the grannies will take place on the 3rd of June, as the Firsts travel to play Galway on the 4th.
The fixtures calendar is in the footer of the website, and we will be emailing all members a condensed fixture list shortly.
22nd February 2017 - Cup Draws
The draws for the Munster Senior, Junior and Minor Cups were made today.
Defending Senior Champions, Co. Galway, return to the scene of last year's victory to face Cork County in the Quarter Finals, the winners travelling to Midleton for the semi-final.
It's Limerick again in the Junior Cup, this time away, with the winners travelling to last year's champions Harlequins for the semi.
An impressive 10 clubs have entered this season's Minor Cup, including Lismore and a Waterford Districts side. Midleton once again host Tipperary in the first round, the winners progressing to face Cork County away.
Dates yet to be confirmed.
15th February 2017 - Catch 'em All!
Our sincere thanks to the supremely talented Shelley O'Reilly and renowned independent marketing strategist Jim Doran for their assistance in designing our promotional posters for the 2017 season. Keep an eye out around East Cork for them in the coming weeks. Can you collect them all?!?!
Seriously though, if we catch anyone nicking these we'll break yer legs.
8th February 2017 - Yes We Kahn!
Following a well attended AGM, Midleton Cricket Club are delighted to announce that Majid Kahn will captain the club's First XI for the 2017 season.
Majid has been one of the club's most consistent performers on the pitch for the past number of seasons and is a hugely popular member of the club. Everyone at the club would like to thank outgoing captain Dean Wilson for bringing the fun back to cricket in 2016 and leading the club to our first Senior Cup final in a decade. Thankfully, Dean has committed to playing for the club for another summer.