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Munster Cricket July Update

Munster Cricket | 04 Jul 2016

Munster Cricket July Update

Munster Reds v Leinster Lightning – Sunday July 17th

Munster Cricket eagerly awaits the arrival of the Leinster Lightning in this marquee match at the Mardyke between the reigning Irish champions and our very own Munster Reds, just over a week from now.

Plans have been in place a long time to have our Leinster rivals come down to take on the Reds, in another crucial game as part of Munster Cricket’s pathway to the Interprovincials next year. The Reds squad for the two T20 games has already been picked, and was announced last week on

We wish our boys all the very best ahead of Sunday’s game, and would call on all supporters of Munster Cricket, across the province, to come along and support our talented squad against some of the best players in the island! Admission is free and there will be refreshments available at the bar, and it’s looking all set to be a memorable occasion.

Munster Cricket Rebrand

As those eagled eyes amongst you may have noticed, Munster Cricket has had a total rebranding, including a new website, new logos and a new look across the board. On Monday 27th June Munster Cricket Chairman David Griffin, Reds captain Stephan Grobler and Munster Cricket players Cormac Hassett, Diarmuid Carey, Senan Jones, Diarmuid Carey, Sufyan Khan and Kassim Alam were down in the Mardyke for a photo shoot, and a two-page feature will appear in the Evening Echo over the next week.

Munster Cricket rebrand

The rebranding is one of a number of schemes looking to change Munster Cricket from top to bottom, ahead of next season’s Interprovincials in which the Munster Reds will compete with some of the best players in the country. Don’t forget to have a look around the site and see the changes!

“Thanks to financial support from Cricket Ireland, we have been able to develop a striking new image for Munster Cricket through the design of a new website and logo.” Said Munster Cricket PRO Robert Duggan “Granite Digital, a leading digital marketing agency in Cork, were commissioned to undertake the design and development of both the website and new logo which seem to have garnered favourable reactions for the cricketing public and beyond.

“With Munster's hopeful re-entry in to the Interprovincial set up next year with inclusion in the T20 tournament then a fresh and exciting new image was essential as we seek to get Munster Cricket back where it belongs.”

U14 League Update

Munster Cricket is delighted to announce that the U14 league is trucking on at a considerable pace, with all four teams representing themselves admirably in an extremely competitive competition. . Must credit must be given to Chris Thomas (Limerick), John Simon (Cork County), John Buss (Cork Harlequins) and Jim Doran (Midleton) for putting in so much work for the continued success of this underage league, and we hope to have the results of its conclusion in our next newsletter.

Munster U15 players shine for Southern XI

The Southern XI broke through this year and came third in the U-15 inter-pros but it will be remembered as the year that could have been so much more. An historic opening day victory over Leinster was followed by a heart-breaking 1 wicket loss to the NCU. On the final day, both the weather and regulations ruled against the Southern XI as they dominated the NWCU and yet still lost the subsequent bowl out 3-1.

Munster had four representatives in this year’s squad. Kaasim Alam Baloch of Limerick CC, and Diarmuid Carey, Seanan Jones and Isaac Whitaker all of Cork Harlequins CC. On the first day, Leinster were defeated by 20 runs on Duckworth Lewis in a rain affected match in Saintfield CC. Carey was ruled out sick on the morning of the match. However, the other three Munster players played and contributed to the winning cause. Batting first, the Southern XI made 124 off 29 overs. Whitaker (29) and Jones (33*) shared an important partnership of 44 which took the Southern XI to a decent total. In reply, Leinster lost wickets at regular intervals and tight bowling and fielding kept the run rate down. They were eventually all out for 114 (chasing a revised target of 135), Whitaker bowling excellently to take 2-19.

The following day, the match was moved to North Down CC due to the weather. Unfortunately, the Southern XI lost to the NCU by 1 wicket after an amazing last wicket stand of the 25 by the NCU. Batting first the Southern XI made 218 all out. Alam Baloch (21) got the innings off to a quick start, while Whitaker (33) provided some late innings impetuous. The NCU chase was nip and tuck as they scored quickly but also lost wickets at regular intervals. Carey 1-44, Jones 1-33 and Whitaker 1-35 bowled well and at the end brought the equation down to 20 off 18 balls, 1 wicket left. However, James Hunter struck a 6 and three 4’s to win the match for the NCU.

Southern XI U15 squad 2016

The final game had the Southern XI motivated to make amends for the previous day’s loss. Their game against NWCU was moved to Osbourne Park due to a wet square in Instonians CC. The match was 41 overs and subsequently reduced to 37 overs due to the frequent showers. Batting first for the third day running, the Southern XI started slowly but eventually accelerated to make 179-7 off 37 overs. Alam Baloch made a classy half century (59) and Jones (25) hit a few late boundaries.

Rain was constantly a threat and a delayed restart meant a revised target of 160 off 29 overs for the NWCU. With NCU losing to Leinster in a bowl out, either the Southern XI or NWCU could steal the title with a big win. The NWCU attempted to be positive, but great bowling by the Southern XI, highlighted by Carey’s 0-7 off 5 overs, meant that the NWCU closed on 46-3 off 17 overs when rain returned. Unfortunately the minimum 20 overs hadn’t been bowled and when the rain stopped at 18:37, the 18:35 cut off had been missed. The Southern XI players were dejected and lost the subsequent bowl out 3-1, Carey being the only hitter for his team.

The end table read:

  1. NCU
  2. NWCU
  3. Southern XI
  4. LCU

A disappointing end result for the Southern XI but the Munster players could be proud of their contributions the whole week. As well as excelling with bat and ball, they fielded brilliantly; Carey taking 2 run-outs, and Jones and Alam Baloch taking one each across the three games. This was a fine performance by the Munster boys and the Southern XI as a whole over the three days, and sets the players up well for a strong finish to the season with their clubs.

- Cian Carey.

Munster U13 squad for interpros announced

Ted Williamson and Chris Thomas’ U13 squad will be hoping to spring a shock of their own when they travel north of the border to take part in the U13 Interprovincials this week. The squad of 13 depart for Belfast on Sunday, and play all three Unions in the space of three days.

On Monday they take on Leinster at Strabane CC, and that game is at 12pm; the next day they travel to Ballyspallen to face a strong Northern team at 11am, while they round the tournament out on Wednesday 6th July, facing North-West at Brigade, also an 11am start.

Munster U13

All here at Munster Cricket would like to wish the team all the very best in their ventures up north, and we hope both players and management enjoy their experience and do Munster proud!

Final Hosting Fees

At its meeting on 22 June 2016, the Munster Cricket Executive agreed that, from this season on, a hosting fee of Eur 100 per match will be paid to clubs hosting the following games on behalf of Munster Cricket – Senior Cup Final, Junior Cup final, Minor Cup final and the Senior Shield final. The fee will cover catering costs and other incidental costs in hosting the final. Host clubs should invoice this amount to the Treasurer of Munster Cricket.

Club Accreditation – Monday 5th September

Munster Cricket would again link to remind clubs that inspections in relation to the Club Accreditation scheme will be carried out by Tim Simmonite of Cricket Ireland during the week commencing 5 September 2016. Clubs seeking to be accredited this Autumn will also need to provide their paperwork – copies of constitutions, insurance etc as set out in the accreditation template – to Tim by no later than Friday 19th August 2016. Clubs are asked to contact either David Griffin or Kevin Galvin to book their time for the inspection as soon as possible.

Fixture Changes

There have been a number of important fixture changes worth noting for your diary, affecting games in July. Due to Munster Cricket involvement in the National Cup quarter-finals, the Minor Cup semi-finals, due to take place on the 10th July have now been moved forward a week to Sunday the 3rd July, and the final has been moved forward a day from the 24th to the 23rd of the same month. As a consequence, Tipperary’s seconds match against UCC and North Kerry v Cork Harlequins, both scheduled for the 23rd, have now been moved back to the 24th.