Ireland women's cricket team

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Ireland
Cricket Ireland logo.svg
Cricket Ireland logo
Association Cricket Ireland
Personnel
Captain Laura Delany
Coach Ed Joyce
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate Member (1993)
Full Member (2017)
ICC region Europe
ICC RankingsCurrent [1] Best-ever
WODI 10th 8th
WT20I 10th 10th
Women's Tests
Only WTestv Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan at College Park, Dublin; 30–31 July 2000
WTestsPlayedWon/Lost
Total [2] 1 1/0
(0 draws)
Women's One Day Internationals
First WODIv Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia at Ormeau Cricket Ground, Belfast; 28 June 1987
Last WODIv Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand at Castle Avenue, Dublin; 13 June 2018
WODIsPlayedWon/Lost
Total [3] 148 39/103
(0 ties, 6 no result)
This year [4] 0 0/0
(0 ties, 0 no result)
Women's World Cup appearances5 (first in 1988 )
Best result4th (1988)
Women's World Cup Qualifier appearances4 (first in 2003 )
Best resultChampions (2003)
Women's Twenty20 Internationals
First WT20Iv WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies at Kenure, Dublin; 27 June 2008
Last WT20Iv Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands at The Village, Malahide; 30 July 2021
WT20IsPlayedWon/Lost
Total [5] 78 25/52
(0 ties, 1 no result)
This year [6] 7 5/2
(0 ties, 0 no result)
Women's T20 World Cup appearances3 (first in 2014 )
Best result1st round (2014, 2016, 2018)
Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier appearances4 (first in 2013 )
Best resultChampions (2015)
As of 30 July 2021

The Ireland women's cricket team represents Ireland in international women's cricket. Cricket in Ireland is governed by Cricket Ireland and organised on an All-Ireland basis, meaning the Irish women's team represents both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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Ireland made its One-Day International (ODI) debut in 1987, against Australia, and the following year played at the 1988 World Cup, making the first of five appearances at the tournament. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s Ireland was considered to be a top-level team, playing regular ODI series and placing as high as fifth at the World Cup (in 1993, out of eight teams). In 2000, the team played its only Test match, defeating Pakistan. Although it still retains ODI status, Ireland has not qualified for a World Cup since the 2005 event. The team has, however, qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 on two occasions, in 2014 and 2016. In December 2018, Cricket Ireland offered professional contracts to the women players for the first time. [7]

In April 2021, the ICC awarded permanent Test and One Day International (ODI) status to all full member women's teams. [8]

History

1980s

The Irish women's team entered the international arena well before their male counterparts, playing their first ODIs in a three match series against Australia in 1987, a full 19 years before the men's team would make their ODI debut. They lost all three games by more than 100 runs, but were still invited to take part in the World Cup the following year in Australia.

In that World Cup, they finished fourth, losing to New Zealand in the third place play-off game. Ireland subsequently came fourth of five in the tournament, with Ireland's only two wins both came against The Netherlands. The next year, Ireland took part in the first Women's European Championship in Denmark, finishing fourth on run rate, with their only win coming against the hosts.

1990s

The first two years of the 1990s again saw Ireland compete in the European Championships, finishing as runners up to England in 1990, and third place in 1991. Sandwiched between those two tournaments was a 2 match ODI series against England, with England winning both games, the second by 10 wickets.

1993 saw them compete in the World Cup again, this time finishing in fifth place. The next European Championship in 1995 again saw them finish as runners up to England. Following this, they settled into a pattern of playing ODIs against whichever team was touring England, a pattern that continues to this day. The 1997 World Cup saw them lose to New Zealand in the quarter finals. The end of the 1990s saw them again finish as runners up to England in the European Championship in 1999.

2000s

Ireland played their first ever Test match in 2000, beating Pakistan by an innings inside two days in Dublin. [9] This is still their only Test match however. They also dominated the ODI series against Pakistan, winning 4–0 with a fifth game rained off. They still could only finish seventh in the World Cup later that year though, their only win coming against The Netherlands. The following year, they won the European Championship, and that remains the only time out of seven tournaments that the England team had not won the competition.

That seventh place meant that they had to take part in the 2003 IWCC Trophy, the inaugural edition of what is now known simply as the World Cup Qualifier. They won every game in that tournament, which qualified them for the world cup in South Africa in 2005. They came last in that tournament, meaning they will have to qualify again for the 2009 World Cup. Later in the year, they yet again finished as runners up to England in the European Championship.

They played a two match ODI series against the Netherlands, winning both games. In November 2007, they went to the Women's World Cup Qualifier in Lahore, where they played Bermuda, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, South Africa and an African qualifier.

In 2009, Ireland beat the Netherlands to win the European Championship. [10]

In April 2016, Laura Delany was named as captain of Ireland women's cricket team replacing Isobel Joyce who stepped down after the 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20 in India. [11] [12] [13]

In December 2020, the ICC announced the qualification pathway for the 2023 ICC Women's T20 World Cup. [14] Ireland were named in the 2021 ICC Women's T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier regional group, alongside five other teams. [15]

Tournament history

World Cup

European Championship

ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier

Squad

This lists all the players who have played for Ireland for the past 12 months. Updated as of 30 July 2021.

NameAgeBatting styleBowling styleContract
Captain and All-rounder
Laura Delany 29Right-handedRight-arm medium Part-time
Batters
Gaby Lewis 20Right-handedRight-arm leg break Part-time
Rebecca Stokell 21Right-handedRight-arm medium Non-retainer
Amy Hunter Right-handed
All-rounders
Leah Paul 21Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Non-retainer
Orla Prendergast 19Right-handedRight-arm medium Non-retainer
Rachel Delaney 24Right-handedRight-arm off break
Wicket-keeper
Shauna Kavanagh 29Right-handedRight-arm medium Part-time
Mary Waldron 37Right-handed-Part-time
Spin Bowlers
Eimear Richardson 34Right-handedRight-arm off break Non-retainer
Celeste Raack 27Right-handedRight-arm leg break Part-time
Cara Murray 20Right-handedRight-arm leg break
Pace Bowlers
Lara Maritz 20Right-handedRight-arm medium Non-retainer
Sophie MacMahon 24Right-handedRight-arm medium Non-retainer
Ava Canning Right-handedRight-arm medium -
Georgina Dempsey Right-handedRight-arm medium -

Records

International match summary – Ireland Women [16] [17] [18]

Last updated 30 July 2021.

Playing record
FormatMWLTD/NRInaugural match
Test matches1100030 July 2000
One-Day Internationals148391030628 June 1987
Twenty20 Internationals7825520127 June 2008

Test matches

Test record versus other nations [16]

Records complete to Women's Test #111. Last updated 30 July 2000.

OpponentMWLTNRFirst matchFirst win
v. Full Members
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 1100030 July 200030 July 2000

ODI cricket

ODI record versus other nations [17]

Records complete to WODI #1119. Last updated 13 June 2018.

OpponentMWLTNRFirst matchFirst win
v. Full Members
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 150150028 June 1987
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 6130226 November 201121 August 2012
Flag of England.svg  England 17116005 December 198812 August 2001
Flag of India.svg  India 120120026 July 1993
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 200180229 November 1998
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 186120018 December 199718 December 1997
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 17115015 August 199711 August 2016
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 403015 December 2000
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 7160029 July 199321 July 2001
v. Associate Members
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 7610019 July 198919 July 1989
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1100022 July 200322 July 2003
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 222020030 November 199830 November 1998
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 2200011 August 200111 August 2001

Women's T20I cricket


WT20I record versus other nations [18]

Records complete to WT20I #923. Last updated 30 July 2021.

OpponentMWLTNRFirst matchFirst win
v. Full Members
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 6060027 March 2014
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 9360028 August 20125 December 2015
Flag of England.svg  England 1010023 June 2012
Flag of India.svg  India 1010015 November 2018
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 4040018 March 2016
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 142120025 May 200925 May 2009
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1019001 August 20083 August 2016
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 3030014 October 2010
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 4040027 June 2008
v. Associate Members
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 1100031 August 201931 August 2019
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1191016 August 20096 August 2009
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 2200012 July 201812 July 2018
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 752008 July 20188 July 2018
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 413007 July 20187 July 2018
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda 1100010 July 201810 July 2018

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