Womens Squad Named
Ireland Women have named a squad of 13 for an eight-match tour of Zimbabwe next month. eight-matchday three 50 over matches, followed by five T20 contests, all in Harare.
There are five Leinster players in the squad including debutant Vanessa Kelada, with two apiece from Pembroke, Merrion and Malahide. Ciara Metcalfe from the Hills is joined by fellow leg-spinner Cara Murray from Waringstown, who features in a senior squad for the first time.
Mary Waldron will captain the squad in the first part of the tour during the three one-day games, while Kim Garth will take over the skipper’s armband for the T20 contests once her Sydney Sixers commitments have finished.
“This tour is a great way for us to start our preparation for our WWT20 qualifiers coming up this year in The Netherlands,“ said Head Coach Aaron Hamilton.
“We have a couple of key players unavailable due to injury, work and school commitments, but it’s still a very strong squad. We have Kim Garth and Isobel Joyce, who are both doing so well in the WBBL in Australia. With Mary Waldron and Ciara Metcalfe also playing in Australia over the winter, their combined experience will assist us greatly on this tour.
“I’m also excited to see some more fresh faces coming into the squad for this tour. Having these players exposed to a tour like this will on help in adding to the depth of Irish Women’s cricket,” added Hamilton.
Ireland play their 50-over games on February 1st, 3rd and 5th, while the T20 games are scheduled for February 8th, 10th, 11th, 13th and 14th.
IRELAND WOMEN SQUAD TO TOUR ZIMBABWE
Rachel Delaney (Dragons/Merrion), Kim Garth (Scorchers/Pembroke), Isobel Joyce (Scorchers/Merrion), Shauna Kavanagh (Dragons/Pembroke), Vanessa Kelada (Typhoons/Leinster), Amy Kenealy (Typhoons/Leinster), Anna Kerrison (Scorchers/Leinster), Sophie MacMahon (Typhoons/Leinster), Lara Maritz (Dragons/Malahide), Ciara Metcalfe (Dragons/The Hills), Cara Murray (Scorchers/Waringstown), Una Raymond-Hoey (Scorchers/Leinster), Mary Waldron (Dragons/Malahide).
Ireland Women Fixtures v Zimbabwe
Feb 1, Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women, 1st One-Day at Harare Country Club, 09:30
Feb 3, Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women, 2nd One-Day at Harare Country Club, 09:30
Feb 5, Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women, 3rd One-Day at St George’s, 09:30
Feb 8, Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women, 1st T20 at Harare Country Club, 13:00
Feb 10, Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women, 2nd T20 at Harare Country Club, 13:00
Feb 11, Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women, 3rd T20 at St George’s, 13:00
Feb 13, Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women, 4th T20 at St George’s, 10:00
Feb 14, Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women. 5th T20 at St George’s, 10:00