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2nd T20I: Ireland lost to Scotland by 8 wickets
Desert Springs, Spain, 24 October.
Ireland 117/7 (20 overs: Amy Hunter 68; Priyanaz Chatterji 2-18, Hannah Rainey 2-21)
Scotland 121/2 (19.1 overs: Sarah Bryce 57*, Kathyrn Bryce 48*; Ava Canning 1-12, Alana Dalzell 1-19)
The Bryce sisters led Scotland to an 8 wicket win (CricketEurope)
Scotland levelled the T20 series with an eight-wicket win in Spain. Once again it was the Bryce sisters who provided the inspiration for their side with an unbroken third wicket stand of 111 as they chased down 118 to win in the final over. Ireland's innings was all about Amy Hunter, who hit ten boundaries in her 54-ball 68. The Belfast teenager received little support though and a total of 117 for 7 looked a little light and so it proved. A series win for Ed Joyce's side but much food for thought with the team far from their best at times.
!st T20I: Ireland beat Scotland by 7 wickets
Desert Springs, Spain, 23 October.
Scotland 91 (18.3 overs: Darcey Carter 45; Laura Delany 2-7, Alana Dalzell 2-8, Cara Murray 2-15)
Ireland 92/3 (16 overs: Gaby Lewis 53*, Laura Delany 25; Olivia Bell 2-20)
Gaby Lewis (Mateo Villalba)
A half century from Gaby Lewis, who shared a 62-run stand with Laura Delany (25) led Ireland to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Scotland in their first T20I in Spain. Chasing a modest 92, Ed Joyce's side lost Amy Hunter and Orla Prendergast cheaply, but coasted to victory thereafter. the win was set up by an impressive bowling display, with two wickets apiece for Alana Dalzell, Cara Murray and skipper Delany. A good win for Ireland who looked much more dominant in the shorter format. The Celtic Challenge Series concludes on Tuesday with a final T20I.
3rd ODI: Ireland beat Scotland by 33 runs
Desert Springs, Spain, 21 October.
Ireland 239/9 (50 overs: Leah Paul 70, Laura Delany 41, Amy Hunter 37, Arlene Kelly 26; Hannah Rainey 5-41, Abtaha Maqsood 2-27)
Scotland 206 (49 overs: Kathryn Bryce 83, Priyanaz Chatterji 32, Maryam Faisal 26; Arlene Kelly 4-35, Cara Murray 3-36)
Arlene Kelly (Mateo Villalba)
Toss: Ireland. Another close game between these sides but in the end a win for Ireland that gives them the series 2-1. Both sides very much rely on their top order to score the runs and both look vulnerable if they fail to deliver. Two T20s next up on Monday and Tuesday, and it will be interesting if there will be a move to a more ‘postive’ approach in the early overs in the reduced format.
2nd ODI: Ireland beat Scotland by 79 runs
Desert Springs, Spain, 19 October.
Ireland 270/6 (50 overs: Orla Prendergast 64, Leah Paul 58, Amy Hunter 56, Laura Delany 28*; Kathryn Bryce 2-44)
Scotland 191 (39 overs: Kathryn Bryce 67, Sarah Bryce 23, Aisla Lister 47; A Canning 4-36, Cara Murray 2-37, Arlene Kelly 2-36, Freya Sargent 2-33)
Orla Prendergast top-scored for Ireland as they levelled the series. (Mateo Villalba)
Slow start / steady start, call it what you will but certainly plenty of 'dots' in the early overs as Ireland look to set a total. Amy Hunter's arrival at the crease upped the scoring rate going at better than a run-a-ball. Ireland 115/1 at the halfway stage suddenly looking on course for 200 plus. Orla Prendergast delivers again with another half century and this is looking like a big chase for the Scots. And it looked as if Ireland would need every one of their 270 runs as the Scots got to 170/5 needing 101 with 17 overs remaining. But the innings fell away dramatically as they lost their remaining five wickets for only 21 more runs. Revenge for Ireland with the series tied 1-1.
1st ODI: Ireland lost to Scotland by 40 runs
Desert Springs, Spain, 17 October.
Scotland 211 (47.2 overs: Kathryn Bryce 78, Sarah Bryce 42; Georgina Dempsey 2-25, Freya Sargent 2-38, Arlene Kelly 2-34, Laura Delany 2-23)
Ireland 171 (41.4 overs: Leah Paul 43, Orla Prendergast 37, Arlene Kelly 25; Hannah Rainey 3-30, Darcey Carter 2-47, Abtaha Maqsood 2-47)
Laura Delany saw her ambition of winning all five matches in Spain this week ended at the first hurdle as Scotland took their official one-day international bow with a 40-run victory over Ireland at the Desert Springs complex. Ireland skipper Delany won the toss only to see Scottish sisters Sarah and Kathryn Bryce race away to 83/1 before ODI debutante Freya Sargent took two wickets in the 19th over with her off-spin.Kathryn Bryce continued to a top score of 78 but steady wicket-to-wicket bowling from Delany and Arlene Kelly prevented the tail from wagging and 212 to win should have been well within the compass of Ireland’s batters, albeit on a painfully slow pitch. Leah Paul helped build a solid platform of 97/2 at the halfway point of the chase but her lbw dismissal for 43 sparked a mini-collapse that saw the Girls in Green slip to 123/5. The turning point of the game was a mix-up between Orla Prendergast and Rebecca Stokell that resulted in the latter, who had been in good touch, being run out for 37, and Ireland finished well short on 171 when Kelly was last out for 25. Ed Joyce will want to work on his side’s fielding, which looked rusty in comparison to Scotland’s, and the Ireland coach may consider that batting first is likely to be a better option in tomorrow’s second 50-overs game of three.
Scotland Women A v Ireland U19 Academy - match abandoned
Clydesdale, 22 August.
Scotland
Ireland
Scotland Development XI beat Ireland Development XI by 57 runs
Clydesdale, 21 August.
Scotland 138/6 (20 overs: L Jack 56*, E McGee 2-25)
Ireland 81/7 (20 overs: A Tector 20; P Chatterji 2-11, O Bell 2-15)
Clydesdale is hosting the games this week (Stephen McCartney)
Lorna Jack's half century ensured Scotland got the four-match series off to a winning start as they beat Ireland by 57 runs in the opening game at Clydesdale. Jack hit five fours in her unbeaten 56 as the hosts posted 138 for 6 in their 20 overs. Rush bowler Ellie McGee took 2 for 25, while there was a wicket apiece for Niamh MacNulty and Alice Tector. The Irish reply was dealt a severe blow with the dismissal of skipper Amy Hunter in the first over. They never really threatened thereafter, with only Alice Tector (20) making an impression. The teams are back in action on Tuesday when they face each other in a 50-overs game at the same venue.
3rd T20I: Netherlands lost to Ireland by 6 wickets.
Amstelveen, 17 August.
Netherlands 116-6 (20 overs; I Zwilling 56; A Kelly 2-20)
Ireland 119-4 (19.1 overs; R Stokell 33*, S MacMahon 23*, G Lewis 20)
Ireland with the trophy (Cricket Ireland)
Ireland completed a clean sweep of their T20I series against The Netherlands, but hey were pushed all the way by the hosts, who took the contest to the final over. The Oranje posted 116 for 6 with Iris Zwilling hitting 2 sixes and 2 fours in her 56. Arlene Kelly (2-20) was again the most successful Irish bowler, taking her weekly tally to 10. Unlike previous games, the Irish lost early wickets and were very much in a real contest at 69 for 4 in the 13th. An unbroken fifth wicket stand of 50 by Rebecca Stokell (33*) and Sophie MacMahon (23*) got the Irish over the line with five balls to spare, although the hosts will be rueing some missed opportunities.
2nd T20I: Netherlands lost to Ireland by 66 runs
Amstelveen, 16 August.
Ireland 148/6 (20 overs: A Hunter 36, O Prendergast 25, L Delany 20; R Rijke 3-37)
Netherlands 82 (15.5 overs: B de Leede 21, L Delany 3-5, A Kelly 3-11, G Dempsey 2-16)
Ireland captain Laura Delany (Sportsfile)
Laura Delany delivered a Player of the Match performance on the day when she overtook Mary Waldron to become Ireland Women's most-capped player with 185 international appearances. Delany scored 20 and followed it up with three wickets on a day to remember for the affable Irish skipper. Belfast teenager Amy Hunter top-scored with 36 and Orla Prendergast chipped in with 25 as Ireland posted 148 for 6 - Louise Little adding late impetus with an unbeaten 17 from just 6 balls. Heather Siegers (18) struck a few powerful blows as the Dutch threatened briefly at 46 for 2, before losing four wickets for 6 runs to end their brief challenge. Arlene Kelly (3-11) made it 8 wickets in two games, while there were two for Georgina Dempsey and a memorable first international scalp for Clontarf teenager Freya Sargent in a 66-run win. The day though belonged deservedly to Delany (3-5) who will lift the series trophy on Thursday as the Irish have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game competition.
1st T20I: Netherlands lost to Ireland by 10 wickets
Amstelveen, 14 August.
Netherlands 92/9 (20 overs; R Rijke 38, P Molkenboer 23; A Kelly 5-12, G Dempsey 2-13)
Ireland 96/0 (13.1 overs; A Hunter 49*, G Lewis 43*)
Arlene Kelly took 5 for 12 (KNCB)
Arlene Kelly took five wickets in a Player of the Match display as Ireland beat The Netherlands convincingly by 10 wickets in the first game of their three-match series in Amstelveen. Orla Prendergast and Ava Canning struck in the first two overs, while Georgina Dempsey got two in an over -including the Dutch star Babette de Leede - to leave the hosts reeling on 18 for 4. Robin Rijke (38) and Phebe Molkenboer (23) put on 39, and at 57 for 4, they had settled the ship. However, New Zealand born medium pacer Kelly produced Irish record T20I figures of 5 for 12 to wreck the innings. A final total of 92 for 9 was never going to be enough and so it proved. Belfast teenager Amy Hunter just missed out on a maiden T20I half centiry, hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes in her unbeaten 49, while Gaby Lewis hit 9 boundaries in her 43 not out off 37 balls. The Irish gave a debut to Clontarf teenager Freya Sargent, who although wicketless, showed enough promise to get further chances. The teams meet again at the same venue on Wednesday.
3rd T20I: West Indies beat Ireland by 8 wickets
St Lucia, 8 July.
Ireland 116-9 (20 overs, Amy Hunter 44, Orla Prendergast 40, H Matthews 4-14 (inc hat trick) , Cherry-Ann Fraser 2-29)
West Indies 120-2 (18.1 overs, Hayley Matthews 48, Aalayah Alleyne 40* , Chinelle Henry 13*)
2nd T20I: West Indies beat Ireland by 8 wickets
St Lucia, 6 July.
Ireland 113-7 (20 overs, Amy Hunter 33, Laura Delany 20)
West Indies 114-2 (16.4 overs, Hayley Matthews 50, Chinelle Henry 22)
Amy Hunter scored 33 (Cricket West Indies)
Ireland lost the second match of their T20I series against the West Indies as the hosts took an unassailable 2-0 series lead. Amy Hunter's 33 (4 fours) was the best of an Irish total of 113 for 7 - the innings never really geting going after the influential duo of Gaby Lewis and Orla Prendergast both went early for just two apiece. Laura Delany made a sedate 20, while there were double figure contributions from Eimear Richardson (16), Rebecca Stokell (15) and Arlene Kelly (13). Ed Joyce's side didn't help their cause with no fewer than four run-outs. While their total was one more than they managed in Tuesday's last-ball loss, it proved to be woefully inadequate as once again Hayley Matthews proved Ireland's nemesis. The West Indies skipper hit 9 boundaries in a 39-ball half century that helped her side romp to an eight-wickets win in the 17th over. The Irish have the chance to finish the tour on a high as they play the third and final T20I at the same venue on Saturday.
1st T20I: West Indies beat Ireland by 2 wickets
St Lucia, 4 July.
Ireland 112-7 (20 overs; Laura Delany 34, Eimear Richardson 22; Hayley Matthews 3-22, Cherry-Ann Fraser 2-22)
West Indies 113/8 (20 overs; Hayley Matthews 37; Arlene Kelly 3-21)
Amy Hunter batting (West Indies Cricket)
There was heartbreak for Ireland Women as they lost a last-ball thriller against the West Indies in the first of their three T20I's in St Lucia. Skipper Laura Delany's 34 was the highlight of what looked a modest 112 for 7 - three wickets for Hayley Matthews. The hosts though found scoring equally tough despite 37 from Matthews. Three wickets from Arlene Kelly (3-21) meant seven were needed from the final over with three wickets left. Cara Murray struck from the third ball, leaving the equation 5 from 3 balls. A two followed by a leg-bye left two required from the last ball. However, a crucial wide, followed by a single saw a joyous West Indies prevail in dramatic fashion.
ICC Women's Championship, 3rd ODI: : West Indies beat Ireland by 6 wickets
St Lucia, 1 July.
Ireland 203 (50 overs: Gaby Lewis 95*, Ava Canning 20; Afy Fletcher 3-37, Shamilia Connell 2-16, Cherry-Ann Fraser 2-20, Qiana Joseph 2-34)
West Indies 204/4 (41.1 overs; Stafanie Taylor 79*, Chinelle Henry 53*; Aimee Maguire 2-24)
West Indies celebrate with the Series Trophy (CWI Twitter)
West Indies claimed the Series 2-0 and 5 ICC Women's Championship points with a comprehensive win over Ireland in the final match of three. For Ireland Gaby Lewis 'carried her bat' for a magnificent 95* on a day to forget for the Irish batting line up. It was only Lewis' eighth wicket partnership of 43 with Ava Canning (20) and one of 50 with Cara Murray (19) that clawed the Girls in Green past the 200 mark, that proved to be in inadequate. For Ireland with the ball, ODI debutant Amiee Maguire claimed two wickets, both stumpings by Amy Hunter, while Orla Prendergast and Sophie MacMahon claimed one each, but a total of 30 Wides in the bowling figures is not a recipe for success at any level. Stafanie Taylor and Chinelle Henry swept the Windies to the win with almost nine overs to spare, in an unbroken partnership of 110, to claim the Series and ICC points, with Ireland fortunate to sneak a single point from the washed out second match, where they found themselves 36/5. Next up are the 3 T20s, again in St.Lucia, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this coming week.
ICC Women's Championship, 2nd ODI: : West Indies v Ireland - match abandoned
St Lucia, 28 June.
Ireland 36-5 (8.4 overs, A Alleyne 2-4, S Connell 2-24)
West Indies
West Indies won the toss but no play was possible for 5 hours due to heavy rain. and a wet outfield. The overs were reduced to the bare minimum 20. Ireland's batters were in early trouble and only Orla Prendergast achieved double figures as Ireland struggled to 36 for 5 when further rain ended the match. Ireland were fortunate to share the points in this second ODI.
ICC Women's Championship, 1st ODI: : West Indies beat Ireland by 58 runs
St Lucia, 26 June.
West Indies 297/6 (50 overs: Hayley Matthews 109, Stefanie Taylor 55, Chinelle Henry 53*, Shemaine Campbelle 24; Cara Murray 3-60)
Ireland 239/9 (50 overs: Gaby Lewis 83, Laura Delany 40, Orla Prendergast 37, Mary Waldron 20; Hayley Matthews 3-53, Afy Fletcher 2-49, Qiana Joseph 2-53)
Gaby Lewis during her innings of 83 (Cricket West Indies)
Quite a total set by the Windies for Ireland to chase, with Matthews and Taylor adding 156 for the second wicket. Fortunately for the Girls in Green both were out within five balls of each other which slowed the Windies charge somewhat. Cara Murray the pick of the bowlers with three wickets while there were one each for Ava Canning, Arlene Kelly and Sophie MacMahon. No great urgency in the chase from Ireland, but Lewis and Prendergast put together a steady confidence boosting fifty partnership. Amy Hunter joined Laura Delany at the fall of Lewis' wicket but was out for just a single and when Delany herself was out the asking rate had reached 12 an over. Valuable time at the wicket for the top order but no real prospect of chasing down that big first innings score by the hosts.
Women's World T20, Group B: : India beat Ireland by 5 runs (DLS).
St George's Park, Gqeberha, 20 February.
India 155/6 (20 overs: Smriti Mandhana 86, Shafali Verma 24; Laura Delany 3-33, Orla Prendergast 2-22)
Ireland 54/2 (8.2 overs: Gaby Lewis 32*) (Target 60 off 8.2 overs)
Ireland players celebrate Amy Hunter's catch off Delany's bowling that claimed Verma's wicket. (ICC)
Ireland finished their World Cup odyssey today with a game against the juggernaut that is India.Taking wickets has been a struggle throughout the campaign and it was no different today as Smirti Mandhana and Shafali Verma added 62 for the first and Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur another 52 before the second wicket fell at 114. Two in two for skipper Delany and ditto for Orla Prendergast in the nineteenth over, what would Ireland have given for those wickets earlier in the innings. They had their chances as it was another day when more were dropped than held. Of those that were, two were quite special, Amy Hunter diving forward at deep square to remove Verma and another stunner from Prendergast who made ground and dived to hold the catch from Kaur. Late wickets for Ireland but that couldn't stop India posting a challenging 155 in their twenty overs. Ireland's reply started in disastrous fashion with Amy Hunter run out by a distance answering Lewis' improbable call of 'two'. To make matters worse Orla Prendergast advanced to seamer Renuka Thakur, played inside it and the ball hit the top of off stump. Skipper Delany found the boundary off the sixth delivery and Ireland were 5 for 2 wickets at the end of the opening over. Gaby Lewis and Laura Delany set about the recovery and posted a fifty partnership, not without risk, before rain forced a delay with India 5 runs ahead on DLS. And that was how it ended, as the rain did not relent in time to allow a resumption of play. Ireland disappointed not to get back on the pitch, as a reduced target would have been to their advantage, putting less pressure on their middle and late order batting line up which has wilted in previous games. Oh so close to a famous win but in the end a bit of a damp squib on a day that started in glorious sunshine.
Women's World T20, Group B: : Ireland lost to West Indies by 6 wickets
Newlands, Cape Town, 17 February.
Ireland 137/9 (20 overs: Orla Prendergast 61, Gaby Lewis 38; Shamilia Connell 3-24, Karishma Ramharack 2-18, Afy Fletcher)
West Indies 140/4 (19.5 overs: Hayley Matthews 66*, Chinelle Henry 34)
Orla Prendergast top scored with a 47 ball innings worth 61 runs. (ICC)
Ireland won the Toss and opted to bat but lost Amy Hunter with just a single on the board - a swing across the line and a top edge lobbing to mid wicket. Orla Prendergast has looked head and shoulders above the rest of the batting line up in terms of her timing and clean striking of the ball, and today was no exception. She scored 61 that included 6x4 and 1x6 off only 47 deliveries in a partnership with Lewis worth 90 off 67. Lewis found her rhythm after a slow start, and when she was third out the score had reached 116. A sorry but familiar tale thereafter, as noted by commentator Ian Bishop, as not for the first time the innings petered out, well short of what looked possible for three-quarters of the way through the 20 overs. West Indies skipper Hayley Matthews was dropped off a straighforward chance at backward point when only 8 and she had moved on to 31 at the Drinks break - the Windies 58/2 at that point. Ireland were not at their best in the field, missing a couple of run-out chances and gifting a couple of boundaries with misfields that helped keep the Windies in the game. Matthews moved to her half-century off only 40 deliveries and when she was dropped twice more one sensed that it was not to be Ireland's night. Was it the batting, the bowling or the fielding that cost Ireland the game? One could make the case for each, or indeed all three, but one thing is certain - Orla Prendergast deserved better than to finish on the losing side.
Women's World T20, Group B: : Ireland lost to Pakistan by 70 runs.
Newlands, Cape Town, 15 February.
Pakistan 165/5 (20 overs: Muneeba Ali 102, Nida Dar 33; Arlene Kelly 2-27)
Ireland 95 (16.3 overs: Orla Prendergast 31, Eimear Richardson 28; Nashra Sandhu 4-18, Nida Dar 2-5, Sadia Iqbal 2-17)
Muneeba Ali whose maiden T20 century was the first in this Tournament (ICC)
A maiden century for Muneeba Ali, the first in the Tournament was more than enough to see Pakistan to a revenge victory in Cape Town. In partnership with Nida Dar 101 runs were added, with Ireland neither looking like taking a wicket, nor able to stop the singles flowing. There were two wickets for Arlene Kelly in the twentieth over, but by then it mattered little. Not a great day in the field either for the Girls in Green who missed more than one chance. The Pakistan total was a formidable one and given the nature of the Newlands pitch, slow with some spin and 'tennis ball' bounce, the danger of coming down the wicket and not getting to the pitch of the ball was an ever present one. Orla Prendergast again showed what a clean hitter of the ball she is and Eimear Richardson worked the ball into spaces to find the boundary five times, but it was mission impossible for the others whose departures were as disappointing as they were predictable given the situation. Ireland face the West Indies on Friday, again at Newlands, and again under the lights, so hopefully lessons learned tonight will prove useful as they seek their first win in the Tournament.
Laura Delany after the loss to Pakistan
Women's World T20, Group B: : England beat Ireland by 4 wickets
Paarl, 13 February.
Ireland 105 (18.2 Overs: Gaby Lewis 36; Sophie Ecclestone 3-13, Sarah Glenn 3-19 )
England 107-6 (14.2 Overs: Alice Capsey 51; Cara Murray 3-15)
Sophie Ecclestone celebrates the wicket of Irteland's top scorer Gaby Lewis. (ICC)
Ireland battled bravely but a horror collapse put paid to any chance of Ed Joyce's side pulling off a shock against England. Gaby Lewis top scored with an even time 36 as the Irish reached 80 for 2, before the wheels came off against the English triumvirate of spinners, as eight wickets fell for 25 runs. Orla Prendergast struck in the first over of the chase, but Alice Capsey hit 10 fours and a six as she made a T20 World Cup equaling record half century from just 21 deliveries. Her dismissal sparked a collapse with Cara Murray's lack of pace causing trouble, taking 3 for 15 as England limped to the four-wicket win. Next up for Ireland is Pakistan on Wednesday.
Women's World T20, Warmup: : Australia lost to Ireland by 3 wickets.
Stellenbosch, 8 February.
Australia 168/3 (20 overs: Alyssa Healy 62* ret.hurt, Tahlia McGrath 56* ret.hurt, Ellyse Perry 40*; Orla Prendergast 2-19)
Ireland 169/7 (19.4 overs: Laura Delany 32, Orla Prendergast 26, Amy Hunter 26, Louise Little 21; Megan Schutt 2-16, Alana King 2-25)
The end of Laura Delany but the Irish skipper made a vital contribution to the win. (ICC)
What a win for the Girls in Green! Australia won the Toss and elected to bat, but the perfect start for Ireland with Orla Prendergast bowling Beth Mooney first ball of the match! Tahlia McGrath joined Alyssa Healy at the crease and it was 'normal sevice resumed' as both raced along to their half-centuries, and it was no surprise to then see both Tahlia McGrath and Alyssa Healy 'retiring hurt' - nothing too serious for either I would imagine! Arlene Kelly had Grace Harris caught, making it the second 'duck' of the day by an Aussie and Orla Prendergast finished with figures of 2-19 from her four overs, yorking Meg Lanning in the twentieth over. Amy Hunter and Gaby Lewis started the chase but Lewis fell lbw to Jess Jonassen for only 11 and Hunter, who had started at a gallop with 26 off only 14 deliveries was caught, failing to clear mid-off in the next over. Orla Prendergast went on the counter attack, taking 13 off a Jess Jonassen's over but was caught off Tahlia McGrath's first delivery. And when Eimear Richardson was out in the tenth over the steam may just have been taken out of Ireland's chase. Ireland were well up with the rate but needed to keep it going at better than a run-a-ball from here. Elysse Perry helped Ireland's cause with her two overs costing 34! Louise Little was stumped off the legspin of Alana King and skipper Delany was bowled next over. The experienced Megan Schutt returned for the nineteenth over and bowled Mary Waldron leaving Ireland needing 9 off the final Tahlia McGrath over and they got them with two balls to spare!
Women's World T20, Warmup: : Ireland lost to Sri Lanka by 2 runs
Stellenbosch, 6 February.
Sri Lanka 149/5 (20 overs: Harshitha Samarawickrama 56* (ret.hurt), Vishmi. Gunaratne 36, Chamari Athapaththu 27; Laura Delany 3-20)
Ireland 147 (19.5 overs: Gaby Lewis 38, Arlene Kelly 30, Laura Delany 21; Oshadi Ranasinghe 3-22, Inoka Ranaweera 3-26)
Harshita Samarawickrama on her way to 56* before retiring hurt. (ICC)
So close to a win for Ireland who needed four off the final over only to fall three runs short of a famous victory. Ireland had asked Sri Lanka to bat first in this first of two ‘official’ warmup matches, the game listed as 15-a-side (11 batting, 11 bowling). Sri Lanka had moved to 71/1 at the halfway stage and were 133 before Eimear Richardson picked up the wicket of Gunaratne with the final delivery of her four over spell. There were three twentieth over wickets for skipper Laura Delany as Sri Lanka set Ireland a target of 150 to win. There was a flying start to the reply by Gaby Lewis who found the boundary with ease but lost partner Amy Hunter who was bowled for 5. Ireland lost a second in the Powerplay as Prendergast departed, but it was still a decent start to a tough chase. Just when it looked as if Ireland were getting on top they lost two quick wickets, as Lewis and Richardson departed in quick succession. Ireland were 73/4 at the halfway point, up with the asking rate and with skipper Laura Delany and Louise Little in the middle. Two balls later the Drinks break had claimed Little, stumped for 11 to give Ranasinghe her third wicket. A tough but doable 49 needed off six overs became tougher when Delany was run out but Ireland were right back in the game when 15 came from the 16th over with Leah Paul and Arlene Kelly striking some lusty blows. A six from Kelly and suddenly Ireland were favourites only 15 needed off 15 balls. Arlene Kelly hit another six taking 11 off the penultimate over to leaves just four needed from the last. A dramatic start as Cara Murray is trapped lbw to leave 3 needed off 3 balls. With last batter Jane Maguire at the crease it was heartbreak as Kelly was run out off the penultimate ball trying to get the strike. So near but yet so far. Next up it's Australia on Wednesday for the Girls in Green. Warmups don't come much tougher than that but they will be heartened by today's performance with the bat.
Women's World T20, Warmup: : Bangladesh lost to Ireland by 8 wickets
Cape Town, 3 February.
Bangladesh 120/6 (20 overs: Shamima Sultana 34, Shorna Akhter 28; L Paul 3-17)
Ireland 124/2 (18.5 overs: O Prendergast 49*, E Richardson 34, L Delany 19*, G Lewis18; Fahima Khatun 2-16)
Orla Prendergast batting (CricketEurope)
Three wickets for Leah Paul and an unbeaten 49 by Orla Prendergast led Ireland to a morale boosting eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in their unofficial T20 World Cup warm-up game. Left-arm spinner Paul claimed 3 for 17, while there was a wicket apiece for Jane Maguire (1-11), skipper Laura Delany (1-18) and Cara Murray (1-18) as Bangladesh posted 120 for 6. The continued absence of regular T20 opener Amy Hunter with her thumb injury sustained in the U19 World Cup saw Eimear Richardson promoted to open the innings and the move was a successful one. Richardson hit five fours and a six in a breezy 34 from just 24 balls, dominating an opening stand of 50 with Gaby Lewis (18), before both fell in quick succession. Orla Prendergast took up the mantle as she hit seven boundaries in an unbeaten 49 from 39 deliveries, adding an unbroken 67 with Laura Delany (19*) as the Irish sealed the win with seven balls to spare. Ed Joyce's squad play their first official warm-up match on Monday against Sri Lanka (8am GMT).
Women's World T20, Warmup: : Bangladesh v Ireland
Cape Town, 1 February.
Ireland 94/7 (20 overs: O Prendergast 36, M Waldron 21; Jananara Alam 4-20)
Bangladesh 95/5 (18.2 overs: M Khatun 35 ret.no, Shamima Sultana 20, Lata Mondal 19*; G Dempsey 2-5, L Delany 2-14)
Orla Prendegast scored a run-a-ball 36 in Ireland's innings. (Rodney Smythe)
Ireland Women's delayed first warm-up game against Bangladesh turned into a farce after Ed Joyce's side were forced to borrow three players from the opposition in order to get a fully fit side out on the park. The Irish have been hit by tummy troubles which saw the original date pushed back 24 hours. Hopefully there will be 'runs' of a different kind when they start their campaign in earnest on February 13th. Star player Gaby Lewis went for a three ball duck - one of four wickets for Jahanara Alam - who also dismissed skipper Laura Delany second ball. Orla Prendergast struck five boundaries as she top-scored with a run-a-ball 36, while Mary Waldron made 21 from 34 balls. Ruhana Ahmed's unbeaten 17 was the other double figure score in Ireland's 94 for 7. Bangladesh's Khatun made 35 in an opening stand of 54 before retiring to give others a chance to get some middle practice. Laura Delany (2-14) and Georgina Dempsey (2-5) brought respectability to the outcome with a brace apiece, but Bangladesh clinched the low-key win with five wickets and ten balls to spare. The sides will meet again on Friday, when hopefully both will be at full strength.
Women's Super 3 Series 2023
50 overs: Scorchers v Dragons. Abandoned.
Oak Hill, 17 September.
Scorchers
Dragons
50 overs: Scorchers lost to Typhoons by 8 wickets (DLS)
Malahide, 10 September.
Scorchers 60 (21.5 overs: Georgina Dempsey 4-19, Ava Canning 3-18, Alice Tector 2-4)
Typhoons 61/2 (6.3 overs: Georgia Atkinson 28; Jane Maguire 2-21) (Rain affected - target 61 in 49 overs.)
Winning Typhoons squad (Siobhan Taylor)
Total demolition of the Scorchers top order by Georgina Dempsey and Ava Canning who bowled unchanged, reducing the Scorchers to 47/7 when rain caused an interruption. No relief for the batting side after the resumption with Alice Tector wrapping up the innings with the total on just 60 - Extras top score with 15. Can the Typhoons wrap up the win before the promised rain returns - Silly question! All over inside 7 overs, as one-sided a contest as you will ever see. The win gives the Typhoons the title with still one match to play at Oak Hill next week.
50 overs: Dragons beat Typhoons by 67 runs
Stormont, 3 September.
Dragons 271 (50 overs: Amy Hunter 100, Arlene Kelly 44, Alana Dalzell 28, Leah Paul 24; Sarah Forbes 5-28, Georgina Dempsey 2-51)
Typhoons 204 (42.5 overs: Robyn Searle 66, Georgia Atkinson 56; Cara Murray 7-34, Molly Devine 3-30)
Amy Hunter acknowledges the applause for her century. (Sportsfile)
A century from Amy Hunter and seven wickets for Cara Murray spearheaded a 67-run win for the Dragons over table toppers Typhoons in ongoing Super Series 50 overs Cup at Stormont. Belfast teenager Hunter's maiden competition hundred saw her hit 9 fours and a six in her 88-ball knock, sharing a second wicket stand of 97 with Leah Paul (24) and 88 for the third with Alana Dalzell (28). Arlene Kelly made 44 and the total of 271 was also boosted by 44 extras. South African Robyn Searle (66) and New Zealander Georgia Atkinson (56) shared a second wicket stand of 90 in the chase after Cara Murray had removed opener Sarah Forbes - who had taken five wickets in the first innings. Mollie Devine (3-30) broke the stand, then removed Irish internationals Rebecca Stokell and Louise Little cheaply to open the door. Leg-spinner Murray then ripped through the middle and lower order to have the excellent analysis of 7 for 34 - a competition record and with it the Player of the Match award.
50 overs: Scorchers lost to Typhoons by 7 wickets
Park Avenue, Railway Union CC, 29 August.
Scorchers 156/9 (50 overs: Siúin Woods 40, Shauna Kavanagh 28; Alice Tector 3-17, Georgia Atkinson 3-20, Freya Sargent 2-22)
Typhoons 157/3 (36.4 overs: Sarah Forbes 60, Robyn Searle 45*, Georgia Atkinson 25)
Sarah Forbes who top scored for the Typhoons (Sportsfile)
50 overs: Typhoons beat Dragons by 3 wickets
The Hills, 10 August.
Dragons 226 (45.5 overs: Amy Hunter 81, Orla Prendergast 56; Georgia Atkinson 3-38, Georgina Dempsey 2-24, Freya Sargent 2-53)
Typhoons 227/7 (47 overs: Laura Delany 98*, Robyn Searle 45, Louise Little 21; Alana Dalzell 3-36, Arlene Kelly 2-45)
Laura Delany scored an unbeaten 98 (Sportsfile)
Laura Delany led the Typhoons to a three wicket win over the Dragons and to the top of the Super Series table in an entertaining match at The Hills. Chasing 227, the Irish skipper shared a third wicket stand of 104 with Robyn Searle (45) after Bready seamer Alana Dalzell (3-36) had made early inroads. Two wickets for Arlene Kelly left the Typhoons 7 down with 30 still needed, but Delany ensured the win, ending unbeaten on 98 (7 fours, 1 six). Earlier the Dragons total of 226 owed much to their Irish internationals Amy Hunter and Orla Prendergast. Teenager Hunter top-scored with 81 from 83 balls (8 fours, 1 six), adding 117 in 20 overs with Prendergast, who made 56 (4 fours). New Zealander Georgia Atkinson took three wickets, while there were two apiece for Georgina Dempsey and Freya Sargent. The next game in the series has Dragons hosting Scorchers at Stormont on Sunday August 20th.
50 overs: Typhoons beat Scorchers by 8 wickets
Sydney Parade, Dublin, 19 July.
Scorchers 128 (37.4 overs Ellie McGee 22, Mary-Anne Musonda 21; Georgia Atkinson 3-10, Alice Tector 2-12)
Typhoons 131-2 (23.4 overs , Georgia Atkinson 71*, Sarah Forbes 22)
Georgia Atkinson was Player of the Match (Sportsfile)
A fine all-round display from Georgia Atkinson powered the Typhoons to an emphatic 8-wickets win over the Scorchers at Sydney Parade. The Kiwi leg-spinner took 3 for 10 as the Scorchers could only muster 128, with Ellie McGee (22) and Mary-Anne Musonda (21) their main contributors in a modest batting effort - two wickets also for teenager Alice Tector (2-12). A special word to for veteran wicket-keeper Mary Waldron who snaffled a tournament record five catches behind the stumps. Atkinson then made a run-a-ball 71 not out (7 fours, one 6) as she and Sarah Forbes (22) shared an opening stand of 72 to all but decide the contest - the Typhoons securing the win in the 24th over.
50 overs: Dragons v Scorchers: no result
Waringstown, 16 July.
Scorchers 84-2 (20 overs, Gaby Lewis 29, Christine Coulter Reilly 19)
Dragons
Match abandoned due to rain.
50 overs: Typhoons lost to Dragons by 6 wickets
YMCA, 18 June.
Typhoons 289/7 (50 overs; Laura Delany 127, Robyn Searle 73; Arlene Kelly 4-43, Orla Prendergast 2-23)
Dragons 290/4 (48.1 overs; Bella Armstrong 163*, Leah Paul 69; Sarah Forbes 2-34)
Bella Armsstrong (Piaras/SPORTSFILE)
A record-breaking unbeaten 163 from Bella Armstrong led the Dragons to a six-wickets win over the Typhoons at Claremont Road. Set what looked a formidable 290, Armstrong and Leah Paul broke the back of the chase with an opening partnership of 166 in 28 overs. Paul fell for 69, but Armstrong continued on her merry way, with the New Zealander hitting 19 fours and a six in her wonderful knock that saw victory clinched with 11 balls to spare. The Typhoons innings saw Laura Delany and Robyn Searle (73) share a record stand of 203, with the Irish skipper hitting 17 boundaries in her 127 from 118 balls. There were four wickets for Arlene Kelly and two for fellow international Orla Prendergast that will have them in good spirits for their tour of the West Indies later this month.
T20: Typhoons lost to Scorchers by 9 wickets
Oak Hill, 5 June.
Typhoons 101 (18.4 overs, Robyn Searle 25, Sophie MacMahon 3-9, Aimee Maguire 3-20 )
Scorchers 102-1 (13.1 overs, Gaby Lewis 50*,Mary-Anne Musonda 29)
Gaby Lewis with the Trophy winning Scorchers Squad (Rodney Smythe)
The Scorchers clinched the Super Series T20 Trophy with an emphatic 9-wickets win over the Typhoons at Oak Hill. Batting first the Typhoons made a decent start as Robyn Searle made 25, but thereafter the rate slowed as the Scorchers bowling unit tightened things up. Three wickets apiece for Sophie MacMahon (3-9) and Aimee Maguire (3-20) restricting them to 101. The chase was a formality, with Gaby Lewis hitting 9 boundaries in an unbeaten 50, sharing an opening stand of 70 with Mary-Anne Musonda (29) as the win was sealed in the 14th over.
T20: Dragons beat the Typhoons by 1 run
Eglinton, 28 May.
Dragons 120/7 (20 overs: Leah Paul 44, Arlene Kelly 29; Laura Delany 3-21, Louise Little 2-26)
Typhoons 119/5 (20 overs: Mary Waldron 56*; Georgia Atkinson 32; Cara Murray 2-21)
Arlene Kelly takes a return catch to dismiss Louise Little (CricketEurope)
The Dragons won a last-ball thriller against the Typhoons in their T20 clash at Eglinton. Needing four to win, Mary Waldron was run-out by Alana Dalzell coming back for the third run that would have secured a super-over, Batting first the Dragons lost early wickets including internationals Amy Hunter and Cara Murray, as well as overseas player Bella Armstrong. Captain Leah Paul top-scored with 44 from 37 balls (6 fours), sharing a 5th wicket stand of 51 in 9 overs with Arlene Kelly. That helped them to 120 for 7 - three wickets for Ireland captain Laura Delany, two for the impressive Lou-lou Little, and one apiece for Freya Sargent and Ava Canning. Player of the Match Cara Murray took the wickets of Robyn Searle and Delany to leave the match in the balance at 50 for 3 in the 9th. A fourth wicket stand of 60 in 9 overs between Mary Waldron and Georgia Atkinson (32) reduced the equation to 11 required off 10 balls, but the decisive moment came when Atkinson was run out by a direct hit from Aoife Fisher at mid-on. Waldron's half-century in vain in a match that ebbed and flowed. The Typhoons though have a final chance at redemption, with a winner-takes-all clash at Oak Hill on Monday against the Scorchers.
T20: Typhoons lost to Scorchers by 25 runs
Oak Hill, 21 May.
Scorchers 121-3 (Overs 20, M Musonda 71*, )
Typhoons 96 (Overs 19.2, S MacMahon 5-12, E McGee 3-17)
Mary-Anne Musonda made 71 (Seb Daly (Sportsfile))
T20: Typhoons lost to Dragons by 5 wickets
Oak Hill, 21 May.
Typhoons 113-5 (Overs 20, G Atkinson 43, MV Waldron 40*)
Dragons 114-5 (Overs 19.4, A Hunter 46*)
T20: Scorchers lost to Typhoons by 8 wickets (DLS)
Anglesea Road, Dublin, 14 May.
Scorchers 80/9 (20 overs: L Maritz 26; F Sargent 4-14, L Little 2-12, G Dempsey 2-16)
Typhoons 68/2 (11.4 overs: M Waldron 23*) (Target: 67 off 16 overs overs.)
Four wickets for Freya Sargent led Typhoons to a surprisingly easy eight-wickets win over defending champions Scorchers at Anglesea Road. The Clontarf teenager, who played in the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year, claimed 4 for 14 to help restrict them to a very modest 80 for 9. Lara Maritz top-scored with 26, while there were two wickets apiece for internationals Louise Little and Georgina Dempsey. Rain meant a revised target of 67 in 16 overs which proved no trouble - Mary Waldron's 23 not out sealing a comprehensive win in the 12th over.
T20: Scorchers lost to Dragons by 23 runs
Anglesea Road, Dublin, 14 May.
Dragons 115 (19.2 overs: L Paul 33; N MacNulty 3-22, A Maguire 2-20, S MacMahon 2-21)
Scorchers 92 (19.5 overs: G Lewis 21; O Prendergast 3-7, A Kelly 3-11, L Paul 2-15)
Irish internationals Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast and Arlene Kelly starred as the Dragons shocked defending champions Scorchers in a T20 match at Merrion. Defending 115, Prendergast and Kelly each claimed three wickets, while Paul picked up a brace as the Scorchers were bowled out for 92. Player of the Match Prendergast dismissed Zimbabwean Mary-Anne Musonda with the first ball of the chase, while Kate McEvoy claimed the prize scalp of Gaby Lewis, trapped lbw playing across the line for a top score of 21. Earlier, Leah Paul's 33 (3 fours) was crucial to the Dragons 115 - three wickets for Niamh McNulty (3-22) and two apiece for Sophie MacMahon and Aimee Maguire.
T20: Dragons lost to the Typhoons by 8 wickets
Lisburn, 7 May.
Dragons 96/6 (20 overs: Jaimie-Lee Strang 28, Cara Murray 25*; Georgina Dempsey 2-21)
Typhoons 97/2 (15.3 overs: Robyn Searle 39*, Louise Little 21)
Georgina Dempsey took two wickets in a Player of the Match display to help the Typhoons clinch a comfortable 8-wickets win against the Dragons at Wallace Park. Her 2-21 helped restrict the hosts to 96 for 6 in their 20 overs, with Jaimie-Lee Strang top-scoring with 28, while Cara Murray made an unbeaten 25. The pair had come together at 40 for 5 and their stand of 56 in 40 balls gave the total some respectability. There was a wicket apiece too for Ava Canning, Laura Delany, Louise Little and debutant Alice Tector. Robyn Searle (39*) shared stands of 37 and 44 with Louise Little (21) and Mary Waldron (17) as the Typhoons romped to the win in the 16th over.
T20: Dragons lost to the Scorchers by 7 wickets
Lisburn, 7 May.
Dragons 113/4 (20 overs: Amy Hunter 60; Niamh MacNulty 2-21)
Scorchers 117/3 (17.1 overs: Mary-Anne Musonda 38, Sophie MacMahon 27*)
The second game of the day produced a similar result as The Scorchers this time beat the Dragons by seven wickets. Batting first, Amy Hunter dominated an opening stand of 73 with Amy Caulfield (17). The Irish international hit 7 fours and a six in a fine attacking display, but the rest of the side struggled to inject any impetus into the innings and a final total of 113 for 4 looked light. Niamh McNulty took two wickets, while there was one apiece for Christina Coulter-Reilly and Sophie MacMahon. The latter then made an unbeaten 27 to clinch the Player of the Match accolade, with runs once again for Zimbabwe captain Mary-Anne Musonda - who hit 7 boundaries in her 38 from 25 balls. There were double figure contributions too from Gaby Lewis (18), Lara Maritz (16*) and Coulter-Reilly (15*) as the win was reached with 17 balls to spare.
T20: Scorchers beat the Dragons by 5 wickets
Malahide, 1 May.
Dragons 82/9 (20 overs: Leah Paul 27; Hannah Little 2-6, Ellie McGee 2-9)
Scorchers 83/5 (18.3 overs: Mary-Anne Musonda 36*; Alana Dalzell 2-9, Cara Murray 2-24)
Mary-Anne Musonda led the Scorchers to victory with an unbeaten 36 (Rodney Smythe/CricketEurope)
Zimbabwean Mary-Anne Musonda led Scorchers to a five-wicket win in the opening match of the Super Series at Malahide. Her unbeaten 36 proved the difference in a low scoring encounter, where runs were at a premium in tough conditions. Chasing just 83, Scorchers lost Gaby Lewis and Anna Squires cheaply in the reply - both falling to Alana Dalzell (2-9). Cara Murray accounted for Sophie MacMahon and Lara Maritz, while Sarah McEvoy dismissed Christina Coulter-Reilly to give the Dragons hope. However, Musonda guided them home to seal the win in the penultimate over. Earlier, Dragons captain Leah Paul top-scored with 27, hitting two of only three boundaries in the innings. The left-hander shared a stand of 42 with Alana Dalzell (16) who was the only other player to reach double figures. Hannah Little (2-6) and Ellie McGee (2-9) each took two wickets, while the fielders were at the top of their game, making four run-outs to keep Dragons to 82 for 9.
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Ireland Under 17 beat North West Warriors by 2 wickets.
Stormont, 28 July.
North West Warriors 175 (43.1 overs; Zara Craig 31, Alana Dalzell 29, 45 bowling extras, Freya Sargent 5-22)
Ireland Under 17 177-8 (42.1 overs; Extras 44, Isabel Light 37, Lara McBride 37, Annabel Squires 27; Tanisha Hussain 3-31)
Freya Sargent's five-wicket haul inspired Ireland Under 17s to Future Series glory as they gained revenge on the Warriors Women to lift the trophy at Stormont. Sargent took 5 for 22 as the NW were bowled out for 175 - Zara Craig top-scoring with 31, Alana Dalzell making 29, and the Irish teenagers donating 45 bowling extras. Isabel Light and Lara McBride each made 37 in an opening stand of 86, and despite a late wobble with the finishing line in sight, the 17s eventually won by by two wickets, helped again by 42 bowling extras, which became a feature of the week - something for the coaches to work on. A very enjoyable series but maybe a rethink required on the 50 overs format, which seemed too long for what were very young teams for the most part.
NCU lost to Cricket Leinster by 5 wickets.
Stormont, 28 July.
NCU 167 (36.2 overs, Charlotte Lyons 27, Jemma Gillan 36, Gracie Keenan 23, 36 bowling extras; Lucy Barry 3-40 , A Brennan 2-33, Christina Coulter Reilly 2-35)
Cricket Leinster 170-5 (36.4 overs, Christina Coulter-Reilly 71*, A Brennan 24, C Geddan 2-17)
Leinster finished the week on a winning note as they beat hosts NCU by 5 wickets to clinch 3rd place in the Future Series. The NCU made 167 with Jemma Gillan (36), Charlotte Lyons (27) and Gracie Keenan (23) their main contributors. Lucy Barry (3-40) and Christina Coulter-Reilly (2-35) again among the wickets. CCR has been Leinster's stand-out player this week and the Clontarf all-rounder led her side to victory with an unbeaten 71 (5 fours).
NCU lost to North West Warriors by 9 wickets
Stormont, 27 July.
NCU 123 (28.1 overs, Aoife Fisher 26, Ciara Murray 19, Mollie Devine 2-6, Lucy Carmichael 2-7, Alana Dalzell 2-13, Cody Wallace 2-20)
North West Warriors 125-1 (20.2 overs,Mollie Devine 42*, Sarah Black 37, Lucy McGranaghan 21*)
The Warriors Women made it three wins from three to qualify for Friday's play-off final in the Future Series after a resounding 9-wicket win over hosts NCU at Stormont. A fine bowling display by the Warriors saw two wickets apiece for Mollie Devine, Lucy Carmichael, Alana Dalzell and Cody Wallace to dismiss the NCU for 123, Aoife Fisher (26) again top scoring on her home patch, while Ciara Murray made 19. The modest target was little trouble to the table toppers, with Fox Lodge opener Mollie Devine top-scoring with an unbeaten 42, sharing stands of 62 for the opening wicket with Ballymagorry team mate Sarah Black (37) and an unbroken 63 for the second with Strabane's Lucy McGranaghan (21*).
Cricket Leinster lost to Ireland Under 17 by 7 wickets
Stormont, 27 July.
Cricket Leinster 87-7 (20 overs, I Jennings 30, J Loughran 20, Isobel Light 3-13)
Ireland Under 17 88-3 (13.4 overs, Annabel Squires 27* Isobel Light 23 )
Rain affected - match reduced to 20 overs per side.
North West Warriors beat Cricket Leinster by 65 runs
Bready, 25 July.
North West Warriors 206 (46.3 overs, Mollie Devine 35 ret, Alana Dalzell 27, Zara Craig 23, 62 extras, Lucy Barry 3-53, Christina Coulter-Reilly 2-29
Cricket Leinster 141 (40.1 overs, Sophie Stewart 36, Cody Wallace 3-22, Mollie Devine 2-9, Charley Scott 2-20, Arianna McKenna 2-31)
A wicket for Cody Wallace (Lawrence Moore)
Hosts NW Warriors made it two wins from two as they beat Leinster by 65 runs. The Warriors were helped by the waywardness of the Dubliners attack who conceded 49 wides and 7 no-balls in their 62 extras, helping the Warriors to 206. Fox Lodge opener Mollie Device top-scored with 35 before retiring, while there were runs too for Alana Dalzell (27) and Zara Craig (23). The Clontarf duo of Lucy Barry (3-53) and Christina Coulter-Reilly (2-29) were among the wickets. Leinster struggled against the Warriors attack with Sophie Stewart's 36 the best of their 141 - three wickets for Bready's Cody Wallace on her home ground, and two apiece for Mollie Devine, Charley Scott and Arianna McKenna.
NCU lost to Ireland Under 17 by 91 runs
Bready, 25 July.
Ireland Under 17 210 (44.4 overs, Isabel Light 42, Julie McNally 30, Ellie McGee 25, 56 extras, Abbi Leckey 3-30, Aoife Fisher 2-9, R Evans 2-24)
NCU 119 (35.2 overs, Aoife Fisher 37, Ciara Murray 27, Annable Squires 4-29,
Annabel Squires took four wickets (Lawrence Moore)
Ireland U17's beat the NCU by 91 runs in the second round of games in the Women's Future series at Bready. The Irish teenagers made 210 with runs for Isabel Light (42), Julie McNally (30) and Ellie McGee (25), as well as 56 extras. Abbi Leckey took three wickets while there were two apiece for Evans and Aoife Fisher. The CSNI opener was again top-scorer for the Belfast side, making 37 in the chase, but despite runs too for Muckamore's Ciara Murray (27), they were bowled out for 119 - four wickets for Annabel Squires. The sides now have Wednesday off before the series resumes in Belfast on Thursday and Friday.
North West Warriors beat Ireland Under 17 by 35 runs
Bready, 24 July.
North West Warriors 229-8 (50 overs; Alana Dalzell 84, Sarah Black 42, Zara Craig 27; Ellie McGee 2-28, Freya Sargent 2-41)
Ireland Under 17 194 (38.2 overs; Julie McNally 55, Freya Sargent 46; Ellie McGee 25*, Alana Dalzell 3-36, Tanisha Hussain 3-43)
Niamh McNulty runs out Cody Wallace (CricketEurope)
Alana Dalzell was the star of the show as the Warriors beat Ireland U17s by 35 runs. Bready's Irish international top-scored with 84 before being run out off the penultimate ball as her side made 229 for 8 - runs too for Sarah Black (42) and Zara Craig (27). Extras were to prove crucial also with the Irish teenagers conceding 45 wides and no-balls. That was to prove fatal as they came close in the chase. When Julie McNally (55) and Freya Sargent (46) were in full flow as they added 90 in just 11 overs, Ireland were well on top at 142 for 3 in the 24th over. However, both fell to Tanisha Hussain (3-43) and with Dalzell picking up three wickets too, the teenagers were bowled out for 194 in the 39th.
Cricket Leinster beat NCU by 40 runs
Bready, 24 July.
Cricket Leinster 213-9 (50 overs; Christine Coulter-Reilly 82, extras 54; Jemma Gillan 2-21, Jennifer Hanna 2-30, Aoife Fisher 2-47)
NCU 173 (44.2 overs; Aoife Fisher 80; Sophie Stewart 3-12, Lucy Barry 3-21 )
The winning Leinster squad with coach Bernard O'Meara (CricketEurope)
Christine Coulter-Reilly carried her good domestic form into the first game of the Women's Future Series to help Leinster to a 40-run win over the NCU at Bready. CCR top-scored with 82 ( 3 fours, two 6's) as she dominated their total of 213 for 9. The NCU let them off the hook after reducing them to 163 for 7, conceding 54 extras,47 of which came in wides and no-balls. That was to prove crucial in the final analysis as the Belfast side finished on 173, despite Aoife Fisher's 80. There were three wickets apiece for Sophie Stewart and Lucy Barry in the 40-run win.
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Women's U19 World Cup, Group 2: Pakistan beat Ireland by 7 wickets.
Potchefstroom, 23 January.
Ireland 113/7 (20 overs; Annabel Squires 55*; Rida Aslam 2-26)
Pakistan 117/3 (17.3 overs; Syeda Shah 35, Eyman Fatima 25, Warda Yousaf 24*)
Abbi Harrison of Ireland celebrates the wicket of Eyman Fatima of Pakistan (ICC)
Defeat for Ireland in their final match of the Tournament with Pakistan easing over the line by 7 wickets with two and a half overs to spare. Ireland's innings was dominated by Annabel Squires' half century with Zara Craig's 17 the only other score in double figures. The Irish running between the wickets has been heart-stopping at times and today they benefitted from the umpire's generous 'not-out' decisions on two occasions in that regard. The Pakistan openers Fatima and Zulfiqar rattled along reaching 44 inside the Powerplay before Zulfiqar was out in a Zara Craig wicket maiden. But that was the high point for Ireland as Warda Yousaf and skipper Syeda Shah combined in a 56 run partnership that ensured the win. Ireland head home with just that Group Stage win over Indonesia to show for their first taste of competition at this level. Quite a gulf for the 'smaller' countries to bridge both in skills and athleticism if they are to compete with the 'bigger' nations but hopefully having dipped their toes in the water they can build on this experience.
Women's U19 World Cup, Group 2: England beat Ireland by 121 runs.
Potchefstroom, 21 January.
England 207/2 (20 overs; Grace Scrivens 93, Liberty Heap 42, Niamh Holland 34*, Seren Smale 30*)
Ireland 86 (16.4 overs; Hannah Baker 3-9, Sophia Smale 3-11)
England's Grace Scrivens during her innings of 93 against Ireland (ICC)
A dominant display of batting by Grace Scrivens whose fifty came up in 30 balls 10x4, 2x6. No mercy shown here by the England openers who reached 105/0 at drinks. It was a tough day in the field for the Girls in Green but the breakthrough came when Laura Maguire crept one under Liberty Heap's bat. And it was Freya Sargent who claimed the wicket of an exhausted looking Grace Scrivens, swinging across the line. 93 off 56 balls (15x4, 2x6) spectacular stuff indeed. Ireland's reply to that massive England total was disastrous, immediately losing Rebecca Gough who hit the ball straight to short cover and set off for a non-existant single - sent back and out by 10 yards! Then a second with Annabelle Squires chipping tamely to mid-off. 'Tip and run' madness causes the third - another run-out with Joanna Loughran 'ball-watching' and failing to reach the keeper's end. With Zara Craig pulling Scrivens to short mid wicket and Georgina Dempsey chopping on, Ireland had subsided to 51/5 at Drinks. Siúin Woods was bowled by Sophia Smale who had a second in the over with Harrison slicing high to cover on the ring. Leg-spinner Hannah Baker wrapped things up with 3 wickets and as expected a huge win for England who leap above New Zealand to top Group 2. Next up Pakistan on Monday for the Irish.
Women's U19 World Cup, Group C: Ireland beat Indonesia by 49 runs.
Potchefstroom, 19 January.
Ireland 156/5 (20 overs: Zara Craig 52*, Georgina Dempsey 50, Rebecca Gough 27; Kadek Ariani 3-30, Ratna Dewi 2-23)
Indonesia 107/8 (20 overs: Ratna Dewi 34*; Zara Craig 2-4)
Indonesia's Ni Kadek is bowled by Zara Craig (ICC)
Ireland won the Toss and opted for the 'less pressure' option - get what you can, and hope it's enough. And so it proved with a 93 run partnership between Georgina Dempsey and Zara Craig the key to the game after Ireland had a wobbly start, that threatened the Girls in Green's progress to the next stage of the Tournament. Wickets for each of Ireland's opening attack, and a scrambled run out claimed a third, with both batters heading for the same end more than once! Wickets for Zara Craig either side of the Drinks break and in the end six of Ireland's seven bowlers claimed at least one wicket. An easy win for Ireland but it would be foolish to ignore the fact that they conceded 30 extras in that Indonesian total. A feature of all their games so far that probably cost them a win against the West Indies and one that must be addressed before they face Group B winners England on Saturday, and likely Pakistan on Monday.
Post-match comments from Player of the Match Georgina Dempsey
Women's U19 World Cup, Group C: New Zealand beat Ireland by 9 wickets.
Potchefstroom, 17 January.
Ireland 74 (18.1 overs: Zara Craig 20; Natasha Codyre 3-6, Natasha Wakelin 2-12)
New Zealand 75/1 (6.5 overs: Anna Browning 29)
Ireland's Zara Craig batting against New Zealand (ICC)
Not the start Ireland needed with captain Amy Hunter missing from today's lineup - a fractured thumb has put her out of the Tournament with CSNI's Aoife Fisher flying in to replace her. Two run-outs in the first three wickets to fall didn't help the cause as Ireland were blown away. New Zealand also missing their star left-arm spinner Fran Jonas today with 23 Senior internationals under her belt, she is out of the Tournament with a calf strain. But that didn’t seem to hinder their progress to the win inside 7 overs. Not many positives to take from today for the Girls in Green.
Ireland stand-in captain Siuin Woods was interviewed after the match (ICC)
Women's U19 World Cup, Group C: Ireland lost to West Indies by 7 runs.
Potchefstroom, 15 January.
West Indies 125/3 (20 overs: Z James 52, N Cumberbatch 21*; F Sargent 2-9)
Ireland 118/7 (20 overs: A Squires 42, A Hunter 21; Z James 4-20)
Zaida James of West Indies batting with Joanna Loughran behind the stumps (ICC)
A half century from Zaida James set things up for the Windies before she was the first of a Freya Sargent double strike in the eighteenth over. A tidy display with the ball and in the field by the Girls in Green who should not have been overawed by the prospect of a run-a-ball chase for the victory. There was an early loss for Ireland when Siúin Woods dragged a catch to midwicket. Ireland looked to be pacing the chase well at the half way stage but Amy Hunter was bowled playing back and across the line and and soon after Georgina Dempsey was lbw playing an ambitious sweep. Disaster then for Ireland as Annabel Squires was bowled sweeping - too full for the shot and Zaida James took a second in the over, Harrison top edging a pull to short third man. So the most experienced players had gone and from then it was a too big an ask for the rest. In the end it was somewhat closer than it should have been, the West Indies dropping more catches than they held, but a win for them nonetheless.
Ireland captain Amy Hunter speaking after the match
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Scotland lost to Ireland by 12 runs
Nunholm, Dumfries, 3 August.
Ireland 116 (20 overs; Annabal Squires 37; Nayma Sheikh 3-13, Maisy Maceira 2-9, Kirsty McColl 2-13)
Scotland 104-9 (20 overs, Niamh Muir 31, Gabriella Fontenla 29, Freya Sargent 3-17, Ellie McGee 2-6)
Freya Sargent celebrated her senior call-up by taking three wickets to bowl Ireland U17's to a consolation 12-run win over tri-series winners Scotand at Dumfries. Annabel Squires top-scored with 37 (6 fours) adding 54 for the second wicket with Lara McBride (19). Three wickets for Nayma Sheikh and two apiece for Maisy Maceira and Kirsty McColl stalled the Irish and they finished on 116. It proved enough as Sargent (3-17) and Rush's Ellie McGee (2-6) restricted the hosts to 104 for 9, despite 31 from Niamh Muir and 29 from Gabriella Fontenia.
Ireland beat Netherlands by 65 runs
Nunholm, Dumfries, 2 August.
Ireland 122/5 (20 overs: Annabel Squires 52*, Alice Walsh 40; Nienke Beishuizen 3-19
Netherlands 57 (16.3 overs: Robin Schmidt 19; Niamh MacNulty 2-1, Freya Sargent 2-5, Emily Calvert 2-6, Ellie McGee 2-16)
Ireland recovered from a dreadful start to beat the Netherlands by 65 runs in the latest match of their tri-series in Scotland. Batting first Nienke Beishuizen (3-19) had them reeling on 1 for 3, but they rallied thanks to a fourth wicket stand of 71 between Annabel Squires and Alice Walsh. Squires hit 5 boundaries in a top-score of 52 not out, while Walsh's quickfire 40 came from only 33 balls, also hitting 5 fours and the only six of the innings. The Irish finished on 122 for 5 and that was more than enough. Two wickets apiece for Niamh McNulty, Ellie McGee, Emily Calvert and skipper Freya Sargent ensuring the win as the Dutch were skittled for 57. Ireland are back in action on Thursday when they face the hosts in the afternoon game at 1pm.
Scotland beat Ireland by 34 runs
Nunholm, Dumfries , 1 August.
Scotland 116-6 (18 overs, WG Walsingham 50, N Sheikh 25, F Sargent 2-15, L McBride 2-23)
Ireland 82-9 (18 overs, N Robertson-Jack 4-15, M Parker 2-10)
Match reduced to 18 overs per side
Ireland v Netherlands - no result
Nunholm, Dumfries, 1 August.
Ireland 48-2 (5.3 overs) abandoned
Netherlands
Match abandoned due to rain
Ireland v Netherlands: match abandoned
Dumfries, 31 July.
Netherlands 132-7 (20 overs, C van Koolwijk 49*, M van den Raad 33, F Sargent 3-20)
Ireland
Rain ended match after the Netherlands' innings.
National T20 2023
Final: Merrion beat Fox Lodge by 170 runs
Malahide, 27 August.
Merrion 230/3 (19 overs; Leah Paul 112*, Polly Inglis 42*, R Delaney 36)
Bready Fox Lodge: 60 (13 overs; Sarah Black 29; Sophie Stewart 2-4, Julieanne Morrissey 2-4, Rachel Delaney 2-14)
Winners Merrion (Sportsfile)
Defending champions Merrion showed no mercy as they ruthlessly dismantled Fox Lodge by 170 runs in the All-Ireland T20 final at Malahide in a game reduced to 19 overs by early rain. Lucy Neely struck early to dismiss Annabel Squires, but that was a rare highlight for the Ballymagorry side as Irish internationals Leah Paul and Rachel Delaney (36) pounced on anything remotely loose. The pair added 96 n just 52 balls before Delaney was run out by a direct hit by Mollie Devine. Isabel Light was then bowled by 11 year-old Elle Moore, but Merrion finished strongly. Paul hit 18 boundaries in her unbeaten 112 from 62 deliveries, sharing an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 77 in just five overs with overseas player Polly Inglis. The New Zealander hit 6 fours and the only maximum in the innings in her 19-ball 42 not out as Merrion finished on an imposing 230 for 3. Fox Lodge never threatened in the chase with only Sarah Black offering any serious resistance as she hit three fours and a six in 29 from 22 balls. There were two wickets apiece for Sophie Stewart, Julieanne Morrissey, and Rachel Delaney in a comprehensive win.
Semi-final: CSNI lost to Fox Lodge by 9 runs (DLS)
Stormont, 13 August.
Bready 76-1 (11.1 overs; M Devine 24*, L Neely 19*, S Black 17; A Leckey 1-26)
CSNI 40-4 (5 overs, M Devine 2-16) (Target was 50 in 5 overs)
Winners Fox Lodge (Fox Lodge CC)
Fox Lodge are through to the final of the All-Ireland T20 Women's competition after a 9-run win over CSNI in a rain-affected semi-final at Stormont. The Ballymagorry side had reached 76 for 1 in the 12th over when the rain hit. Lucy Neely (19*) and Sarah Black (17) had shared an opening stand of 30, with Neely and Mollie Devine (24*) adding an unbroken 46. That strong position stood them in good stead when the DLS calculations came out - the home side needing a tough 50 in 5 overs. The NW side were further helped by regulations which meant they could use 3 bowlers rather than 5 having one each. Mollie Devine proved the match winner as she took 2 for 16 in her two, while Neely also conceded 16. Skipper Kara Bates solitary over brought only 7, as CSNI finished on 40 for 4 - Jemma Gillan hitting 3 fours in an unbeaten 24. Fox Lodge will meet Merrion in the final at Malahide on Sunday August 27th.
Fox Lodge v CSNI: no play.
Ballymagorry, 6 August.
Bready
CSNI
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Laura Delany post match interview after loss to Pakistan (15 February)
Ireland captain Laura Delany ahead of the T20 World Cup opener against England (12 February)
Ireland U19 girls captain Amy Hunter (1 January)