Ireland Women ready to take on the World
March 24th 2014 by Cricket Ireland | International
The Ireland men’s cricket team might be out of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 but Irish fans can now look forward to the Ireland Women’s inaugural appearance at the ICC World Twenty 20 when their campaign begins against New Zealand at Sylhet tomorrow.
The Irish men’s side were knocked out of the tournament after suffering an agonising defeat at the hands of Netherlands on Friday, however Irish cricket supporters can get right behind Ireland’s Women as they look to make a big impact at their first ever ICC World Twenty 20 tournament starting tomorrow.
The side coached by Trent Johnston and led by Merrion All-Rounder Isobel Joyce has been extremely well prepared for the event and spirits are high in the camp following an intense six week period of preparation back in Ireland for the tournament after a series of international matches against South Africa and Pakistan in Qatar in January.
Johnston is confident that his team will be able to compete with two of the world’s best sides and hopes that his own World Cup experience can help inspire the Girls in Green.
New Zealand will present a huge challenge in the first game of the tournament for Ireland, the White Ferns beat reigning champions Australia by seven runs in the opening game of the tournament yesterday and Ireland will need to be at their very best in the match that starts at 9.30am Irish time.
Ireland play New Zealand tomorrow (25th March) in Sylhet and will also play Australia (27th March), South Africa (29th March) and Pakistan (31st March).
Squad: Isobel Joyce (capt) (Merrion), Laura Delany (Leinster), Emma Flanagan (YMCA), Amy Kenealy (Leinster), Jennifer Gray (YMCA), Cecelia Joyce (Merrion), Louise McCarthy (Pembroke), Kate McKenna (Merrion), Lucy O’Reilly (YMCA), Eimear Richardson (Leinster), Rebecca Rolfe (Leinster), Melissa Scott-Hayward (Merrion), Clare Shillington (Malahide), Elena Tice (Merrion), Mary Waldron (Malahide).
Ireland v New Zealand, Sylhet, 25 March
Ireland v Australia, Sylhet, 27 March
Ireland v South Africa, Sylhet, 29 March
Ireland v Pakistan, Sylhet, 31 March
Play-offs and final, 2-6 April