Ireland Women depart for T20 World Cup Qualifier
DUBLIN - The Ireland Women’s senior squad flew out to Scotland today to compete in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, starting 31 August 2019. Captain Laura Delany shared some thoughts before she left.
Speaking at Dublin Airport, Delany was upbeat about the challenge ahead:
“It’s always exciting playing in these tournaments with the prospect of what lies ahead should we qualify. I think it will be a tough test for us as a squad but we can’t wait to get started.”
“At the moment our focus is getting out of the group stage, we’ve had a couple of tough games against Thailand but I am hopeful we will put that right come match day.”
“Should we qualify, there’s nothing more exciting for a cricketer than playing in a World Cup. It’s the biggest tournament players can play in whilst representing their country, playing against the best sides in the world - doesn’t get much better than that.
Asked about the rise in profile of the women’s game, she said:
“Livestreaming of a number of our matches is a brilliant addition to the Qualifier this year. The more exposure of the women’s game the more it will continue to grow and develop. We’re quite fortunate that we always have family and friends support and follow our progress on Twitter whilst away, however with some of the games being streamed they will be able to follow ball by ball!”
Laura Delany (c), Kim Garth (vc), Shauna Kavanagh, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Lara Maritz, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Celeste Raack, Una Raymond-Hoey, Eimear Richardson, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.
29 August: Ireland v Papua New Guinea (10.00am, Forfarshire Cricket Club)
Qualifier group stage
31 August: Ireland v Namibia (2.00pm, Arbroath Cricket Club)
1 September: Ireland v Netherlands (2.00pm, Forfarshire Cricket Club)
3 September: Ireland v Thailand (10.00am, Forfarshire Cricket Club)
5 September: Semi-Finals
7 September: Final