A big summer of women’s cricket in Ireland gets underway this Friday with the start of the 2018 Super 3’s Series.

The opening clash – a T20 between the Dragons and Typhoons at Merrion Cricket Club - will be followed by the defending champions the Scorchers playing a T20 double-header on Sunday at Pembroke Cricket Club.

The Series is the peak domestic cricket competition for women’s cricket in Ireland. It features three squads – Scorchers, Typhoons and Dragons - that play a series of 20-over and 50-over matches between May and September each year.

The Scorchers won the 2017 title in convincing fashion, under the captaincy of Ireland international - and member of the recent Women’s Big Bash League in Australia - Kim Garth.

Announcing their final teams for the opening fixtures this weekend, the three teams’ Head Coaches provided an insight into the season ahead:

Andrew Poynter, Head Coach of the Scorchers and former Ireland Men’s international player, said: “I’m really looking forward to the start of the Super 3’s tournament this weekend, and hoping the team can keep up our run of performances from last year’s tournament.

"Unfortunately we have been struck with quite a few injuries, but still have the depth of squad to win both games on Sunday. I am really looking forward to seeing some of the girls that didn’t get as much of a go last year to play starring roles this year. Una Raymond-Hoey will deputise as captain for the games that Kim Garth will initially miss through injury.”

Tim Simmonite, Head Coach of the Dragons, said: “It’s great to see this season’s Super 3’s programme get underway. With the Women’s international team heading to the T20 World Cup Qualifier in July, these T20 matches carry particular significance as they provide a great opportunity for the players to showcase their abilities prior to the squad’s selection.”

Clare Shillington, Head Coach of the Typhoons and current Ireland Women’s international, said: "I am really looking forward to getting our Super 3's season underway. We have gained three new players in Aoife Beggs (Scorchers), Celeste Raack (Overseas) and Matilda Lugg (Overseas) which has greatly bolstered our team.

"Unfortunately there has been no opportunity to train together so it will be a baptism of fire for our overseas imports in particular. The Typhoons have been improving year on year and I believe this is our year to push on and take the 2018 title."

Dragons

Shauna Kavanagh (Captain), Mary Waldron, Gaby Lewis, Cecelia Joyce, Paris Crowe, Lara Maritz, Kerry Tomlinson, Caoimhe McCann, Tess Maritz, Niamh Walsh, Amy Hunter, Rachel Delaney.

Typhoons

Laura Delany (Captain), Amy Kenealy, Aoife Beggs, Celeste Raack, Heidi Cheadle, Jennifer Gray, Louise Little, Matilda Lugg, Robyn Lewis, Sadhbh Breslin, Sophie MacMahon, Vanessa Kelada.

Scorchers

Una Raymond-Hoey (Captain), Sarah Condron, Isobel Joyce, Anna Kerrison, Ali Keenan, Anna Kirk, Cathy Murphy, Cara Murray, Lucy O’Reilly, Alana Ryan, Rebecca Stokell, Cliona Tucker.