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Ireland Women in May return to international cricket with four-game T20 streak against Scotland in Stormont |  Cricket News


The four T20 matches against Scotland later this month will be the Irish women’s first home games since May 2019, and the first of any kind since September 2019; Stormont to host its first international women’s cricket matches since 1997

Last updated: 04/05/21 17:12 pm

Ireland Women will return to action later this month

The Irish women will return to international cricket for the first time since September 2019 when they host a four-game T20 series against Scotland in Stormont later this month.

It will be a welcome return to action for Ireland, who have seen a number of their scheduled matches, including scheduled matches against Scotland, canceled in 2020.

The matches will be played May 23-27, marking the first time that an international women’s cricket match has been held in Stormont since 1997.

Discussing the announcement, Irish women’s coach Ed Joyce said: “It goes without saying that we are delighted to see this series go ahead – with a T20 World Cup Qualifier in August and a 50-over World Cup Qualifier. in december we need to play as much competitive cricket as possible this year.

“The Scots will be a good challenge, and the ICC ranking points will be on the line, so we are preparing very well for a competitive series. It will also be fantastic to see the Irish Women’s International Team play Stormont for the first time. time since 1997.

“The application and attitude of the players over the last 18-20 frustrating months has been incredible, so this series is a welcome relief for the group.

“In addition, we also hope to have a full and varied fixture list for the team ahead of the two qualifying rounds later this year.”

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The matches will also mark the return of the Ireland women’s team for the first time since May 2019.

Irish captain Laura Delany added: “I am absolutely delighted to be wearing the Irish jersey again.

“It’s been a long time since we played an international game so we’re really looking forward to coming back. We’ve been working hard during the winter season, now we need games to assess where we are at.

“It is important for the development and growth of women’s football that our fixtures are spread across the country. Playing at Stormont will not only be a fantastic experience for the players, but will boost women’s football in Northern Ireland.

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Irish captain Laura Delany (right) in action against Australia in 2015

“Despite the disappointments of 2020, I know the team are looking forward to the Scottish series and I hope this is the first of a good block of matches heading into qualifying.”

Cricket Ireland has confirmed that it will work with Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland and the Sport Expert Group to ensure all matches comply with Covid-19 protocols.

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