Orla Prendergast recognised in Team of the Tournament at the T20 World Cup
February 27th 2023 by Gerard Mulreaney | International, Women
DUBLIN – The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced their Most Valuable Team of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup with Ireland’s 20-year old all-rounder Orla Prendergast named in the 12-player squad.
In her first appearance at a T20 World Cup, Pembroke Cricket Club’s Prendergast scored 109 runs with the bat, which included 61 against the West Indies.
Prendergast was just as effective with the ball, taking three wickets and also looked very impressive in the field as she put in a true all-round performance for Ireland.
Following the conclusion of the tournament yesterday, the Upstox Most Valuable Team of the Tournament was chosen by a panel of experts, including commentators Ian Bishop, Melanie Jones, and Ebony Rainford-Brent, journalist Firdose Moonda, with ICC Women’s Cricket Manager Snehal Pradhan acting as convenor. A fan vote run on icc-cricket.com also contributed towards the selection.
The team was made up of:
• Tazmin Brits (South Africa) 186 runs at 37.20
• Alyssa Healy (wk) (Australia) 189 runs at 47.25 and four dismissals
• Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa) 230 runs at 46.00
• Nat Sciver-Brunt (c) (England) 216 runs at 72.00
• Ashleigh Gardner (Australia) 110 runs at 36.66 and 10 wickets at 12.50
• Richa Ghosh (India) 136 runs at 68.00
• Sophie Ecclestone (England) 11 wickets at 7.54
• Karishma Ramharack (West Indies) 5 wickets at 10.00
• Shabnim Ismail (South Africa) 8 wickets at 16.12
• Darcie Brown (Australia) 7 wickets at 15.00
• Megan Schutt (Australia) 10 wickets at 12.50
• 12th player: Orla Prendergast (Ireland) 109 runs at 27.25 and 3 wickets at 26.00
Ireland Women’s head coach Ed Joyce said:
“It’s great recognition for Orla, who had a tremendous tournament for us with both bat and ball. She has been in exceptional form since returning from injury last year - and it’s great to see the cricket world starting to recognise the talent in Irish cricket coming through that we have known for several years now. While this is a personal recognition for Orla, I hope that it will instil even more belief in the wider squad that we can match it with the best and deserve our place on the world stage.”
Read the original announcement here.