With the recommencement of cricket almost upon us for the remainder of the summer, there is a sense of relief and energy from players at all levels as it looked likely at one stage that there may be no cricket at all.

Like all amateur clubs, the Lockdown period threw up several significant challenges but, in many ways, it brought people closer together as members aimed to help in any way they could despite the necessary distancing. The demand and interest to get involved in cricket at all levels have been extremely encouraging with our youth ranks growing significantly over the past 3 seasons.

(The 2019 treble winning Cork County side)

The Mardyke has never looked better thanks to the continued efforts of groundsman Matt Reed who was probably pleased to have his longest pre-season ever!

Despite the fact that we are unable to take part in Leinster competitions this season due to the logistics arising from travel restrictions we are very much looking forward to making the most of the condensed season, playing some good cricket and developing some promising young players.

The club vice-captain Diarmuid Carey is eagerly looking ahead to playing some cricket despite the restrictions.

“We had all been eagerly awaiting the green-light to resume training and now having the start date of matches within touching distance is really exciting.

“The condensed nature of the season provides a great opportunity to incorporate young players into the side, which will no doubt bode well for the future.

“The new additions to the club will hopefully enhance the stability of our top order and also improve our potency with the new ball.

(The Mardyke)

“We have played some attractive T20 cricket across the last 3 or 4 seasons and that should hopefully prepare us well for upcoming fixtures.

“Eshan O’Sullivan, Sunil Gautam, Daniel Kennedy and Tahmid Alam are four young players in particular that the club hopes can gain plenty of first-team experience this season.”