Ireland Women Under-19s squad named for English tour

Cricket Ireland has named the Under-19 Women’s squad to play four fixtures at Malvern College, Worcestershire next week.

Andrew Poynter, Head Coach of the Under-19s, said: “I am really looking forward to this week of cricket, as it’s a good way for the players to put into practice what they have been working on during the winter, and in club cricket and Super 3s competitions.

“The selectors have chosen a squad with plenty of experience – players likes Leah Paul, Aoife Beggs and Louise Little already have senior international caps. But I’m particularly pleased that most of the others in the squad have been gaining competitive experience at Super 3s level, which underscores the growing importance of that competition.

“The players are well aware of the potential opportunities that this tour offers – Gaby Lewis, Cara Murray and Rebecca Stokell all represented the Under-19s last year, and all three are now in the current senior side that is competing successfully at the Women’s World T20 Qualifier at present. The Under-19s is the talent pipeline to the national senior team, and this squad shows that we have a lot of positives to look forward to over coming years.”

Ireland Women international Leah Paul will lead the side, which also contains her Merrion team mate Sadbh Breslin.

Leinster players dominated the squad with ten representatives, including four from Pembroke.

Bready's Alana Dalzell flies the flag for the NW, while Jennifer Hanna and Amy Hunter are the two players from the NCU region.

IRELAND WOMEN U19 SQUAD

  • Leah Paul (capt) (Merrion)
  • Aoife Beggs (YMCA)
  • Sadhbh Breslin (Merrion)
  • Aisling Byrne (The Hills)
  • Alana Dalzell (Bready CC)
  • Jennifer Hanna (Donaghcloney Mill)
  • Amy Hunter (Instonians )
  • Hannah Little (Pembroke)
  • Louise Little (Pembroke)
  • Tess Maritz (Clontarf)
  • Orla Prendergast (Pembroke)
  • Cliona Tucker (Pembroke)
  • Sarah White (Phoenix)

Fixtures

  • 17th July - Ireland U19 v Norfolk Junior (50 over)
  • 18th July - Ireland U19 v Essex-Colwall (50 over)
  • 19th July - Wales v Ireland U19 (T20)
  • 19th July – Ireland U19 v Norfolk Senior (T20)