Ireland name their Under 15 and 17 girls squads
Irish international Clare Shillington is Head Coach of the Under 17’s and is pleased with the talented squad selected.
“It’s a great time in Irish Cricket to be involved with this U17 age group,” said Shillington. “Six out of the 15 have now had experience at senior level having travelled to both Abu Dhabi to play England and South Africa to take part in the quadrangular series there.
“There is huge depth within the squad in all departments and it will be exciting to see what they can do in the series at Oak Hill.
“Many of the girls have proven themselves within the Toyota Super 3’s set-up this season and it will be great to see them bring their skills to the next level against what I’m sure will be a strong Scottish side.
“There are lots of new and old faces to watch within the squad so I’m hoping we’ll get plenty of home support down in Oak Hil.”
The teams will play in three 40 over games starting on Monday July 24, while the series concludes with a T20 on the Thursday – all games are at Oak Hill.
Ireland’s Under 15 girls will play next month in the Malvern Festival, taking on Essex, Shropshire and Lancashire.
The squad is coached by Rob O’Connor, who has high hopes for his talented charges.
“I’m very excited to see how this squad performs in Malvern this year,” said O’Connor. “As always, the standard will be very high and the girls will be challenged throughout, which is exactly what they need.
“Everyone has worked very hard over the winter and it was difficult having to choose a final squad of 13, however I am happy that the girls not selected will be travelling to Malvern with Cricket Leinster, and they will play a senior role with that side.”
Pembroke’s Orla Prendergast skippers the squad and O’Connor believes the talented all-rounder was the natural choice for the role.
“Orla has performed very well in the Toyota Super 3’s for the Scorchers this season, with both bat and ball, and with her experience and knowledge of the game, I have no doubt she will be an excellent leader.”
The Malvern Festival for the squad runs from August 7th to the 10th.
IRELAND U17 GIRLS SQUAD
Aoife Beggs (YMCA), Sadhbh Breslin (Merrion), Aisling Byrne (The Hills), Alana Dalzell (Bready), Anna Kirk (Clontarf), Hannah Little (Pembroke), Louise Little (Pembroke), Lara Maritz (Malahide), Cara Murray (Saintfield), Lucy O’Reilly (YMCA), Leah Paul (Merrion), Orla Prendergast (Pembroke), Ellen Ridgeway (Leinster), Rebecca Stokell (Leinster), Cliona Tucker (Pembroke)
Coach: Clare Shillington
Mon 24 July – Ireland U17 G vs Scotland U17 G (Celtic Cup), 40 overs at Oak Hill (12pm)
Tue 25 July – Ireland U17 G vs Scotland U17 G (Celtic Cup), 40 overs at Oak Hill (12pm)
Thu 27 July – Ireland U17 G vs Scotland U17 G (Celtic Cup), 40 overs at Oak Hill (12pm)
Fri 28 July – Ireland U17 G vs Scotland U17 G (Celtic Cup), 20 overs at Oak Hill (12pm)
IRELAND U15 GIRLS SQUAD
Orla Prendergast (Pembroke) (Capt.), Aoife Brennan (Clontarf), Sarah Condron (Malahide), Zara Craig (Eglinton), Amy Hunter (Instonians), Ali Keenan (Phoenix), Maria Kerrison (Leinster), Louise Little (Pembroke), Isobel McCormack (Malahide), Eimear Mullen (Pembroke), Emma Paul (Merrion), Isabel Saeed Maguire (Leinster), Cliona Tucker (Pembroke)
Coach: Rob O’ Connor, Manager: Julie Logue
Fixtures – All games at Malvern.
7th August – Ireland v Lancashire (T20) (12.30pm) followed by Final or 3/4 place play-off
8th August – Ireland v Shropshire (11am)
9th August – Essex v Ireland (11am)
10th August – Ireland v Lancashire (11am)