womens cricket

Return to League action for Women’s teams

The Women’s League returns this upcoming Monday night at 6:30pm.

Unfortunately, Newbuildings are not taking part in this new round of fixtures, since they have not played a match this entire season. We wish them all the best, and hope that they can slowly rebuild and get back to the pitch for the 2020 season.

The Bready army will travel to Strabane Park to face the Saints on Monday. Despite beating Megan’s Moorehead’s team at the very start of the season, both teams now have 4 points apiece. Since they have narrowly missed out playing at the cup final, both are looking to claw their way to the top of the league.

Elsewhere, the Foxies once again host Burndennett at home. Burndennett are currently at the top of the table, but lost out to Foxlodge in the semi-final of the cup last week. Will this game go the same way, or will Burndennett put another feather in their cap?

The final game has been postponed as Eglinton prepare the ground for this weeks Senior Cup Final, Killyclooney will make the trek to Eglinton at a later date. Both teams are tied at the bottom of the league. But will Killyclooney’s newfound confidence as cup finalists help boost team morale and allow them to beat Eglinton once again?

This week’s fixtures:
Strabane V Bready
Foxlodge V Burndennett
Eglinton V Killyclooney (postponed)

Irish_Girls_U15_2017 North West Cricket

Dalzell & Craig Named in Ireland Youth Squads

Ireland name their Under 15 and 17 girls squads

Irish_Girls_U15_2017 North West CricketThe squads who will taking part in the Malvern Festival and Celtic Cup respectively.

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.


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)


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)

North west womens kit bags

Kit Boost For Womens Cricket in NWCU

New Kit For Womens Clubs

North west womens kit bagsOver the past few weeks, the staff in the North West Cricket Union have been travelling round all of the womens clubs in the North West to deliver new team kit bags.

The funding for these bags has come from a joint project between The Derry Midweek League and the North West Active Clubs officer, to develop women and girls cricket in the North West. The program has been running over the winter months, providing coaching to schools, clubs and the North West women and girls teams. There has also been coach education, mentoring and accreditation of female coaches in the North West.

“It was fantastic to get this grant from Sport Northern Ireland, enabling us to provide more opportunities for women and girls to take part in cricket at all level than there has been before.” Said a Derry Midweek Spokesperson

The grant of over £9000 was applied for through the Derry Midweek League, and administered by North West/Cricket Ireland staff, to develop women and girls cricket across the North West.

“It’s fantastic news and will help us attract new members and hopefully new teams as interest in the sport continues to develop,” said a NW Ladies spokesperson.”

Each kits bag contains bats, pads, gloves, helmets and wicket keeping equipment to enable women and girls teams to take part in cricket without the need to have their own equipment.

“After speaking to the womens clubs at the forums held over the winter, it was raised regularly that very few of the players had their own kits and were therefore borrowing club kits…many of which are old mens kits and not fit for purpose. Being mens kits, most of the kits did not fit properly.

The grant only had enough funding for 6 kits originally, however, through assistance from the North West, we were able to purchase two more to ensure that all the clubs had kit” Said NWCU Active Clubs Coordinator


North West Women record Another Win Over Dublin Side

The NW Women recorded another win against Leinster CC in their T20 encounter at Burndennett.

Jemma Rankin’s fluent unbeaten 41 helped the NW post 111 for 4. Rankin’s powerful hitting included 6 boundaries and reinforced her reputation as a powerful all-rounder worthy of higher recognition.

Hazel Magee (25), Julie Logue (15*), and Sarah Black (11) all reached double figures, while Nulty (2-29), McLoughlin (1-6), and Livingstone (1-13) were the successful bowlers for Leinster.

In reply, Leinster never threatened to chase down the target, being dismissed for 59.

That was due to an excellent bowling display, backed up by an energetic and athletic display in the field.

Bready’s Vanessa Buchanan and Eglinton’s Zara Craig picked up four wickets apiece in a superb display as the NW sealed an emphatic 52 runs win.

Coach Martin Deans reflected on an excellent pre-season work out for his side saying, “On behalf of the North West Ladies I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Leinster Cricket Club and coach Rob O’Connor for providing excellent opposition over the past two days.

“We wish them all the best for the coming season. Also many thanks to Declan McGettigan and Burndennett Cricket Club for their hospitality over the two days. To the ground staff, Jackie Brown and Gerry Pollock for all their hard work over the past week in testing weather conditions, and to umpires Davy Caldwell, Alan Dunn and Robert Donnell. Finally to the tea ladies who did an excellent job looking after both teams and all the travelling supporters.”

NW Women v Leinster CC Women,

At Burndennett, NW beat Leinster by 52 runs

NW Ladies

111 for 4 (20 overs; Jemma Rankin 41*, Hazel Magee 25, Julie Logue 15*, Sarah Black 11 ,S Nulty 3-0-29-2, A Livingstone 2-0-13-1, M.K. Mcloughlin 2-0-6-1)

Leinster Ladies

59 all out (18.4 overs; G Ridgeway 10, R Rolfe 8, Vanessa Buchanan 3-1-6-4, Zara Craig 4-0-14-4)

North West Womens Indoor Cricket

North West Womens Indoor Training Starts

Indoor Training Starts for Women

North West Womens Indoor CricketThe North West Cricket Union are pleased to have the Ladies league pre-season training underway early with a welcome to indoor cricket sessions at Artigarvan Hall.

There are two sessions that take place every Monday evening, the first session is from 6pm to 7pm and will only be for those under 17 and will be a mixture of fun games and drills.

These sessions will run until easter as we will be going into schools to do girls only cricket from now until easter. The second slot is open for all players of any age, although we mainly see this for those that play senior cricket in the coming season.

This will take place straight after from 7-9pm. The sessions will feature different just games, one to one training and mini tournament. For each evening there is a small cost of £1.

Cricket Ireland/North West Coaches, Brian Allen, Gary McDaid and Colin Manson take the sessions. The purpose of the sessions is to help ladies develop more skills and technique before the ladies league gets underway in April.

One of the Coaches, Gary McDaid said,

“It is brilliant to see such a high interest in winter training as before ladies would tend to lose interest after their last game of the season. I look forward to helping develop the techniques of the ladies to ensure we have more of a competitive league and so we can compete with the standard of ladies in the NCU and Leinster.

Myself, Brian and Colin are delighted to be able to support these sessions and have the backing of the NWCU and also all the ladies involved. The effort that goes into all involved is outstanding. I look forward to see what the 2017 season has install for the ladies of the North West.’’

For more information regarding the session please contact

Colin Manson – colin.manson@cricketireland.ie.

Gary McDaid – Gary.mcdaid@googlemail.com

Brian Allen – Brian.Allen@cricketireland.ie

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