Leah Paul has been unveiled as the first recipient of the Damian Poder Scholarship, and will be playing cricket for Ringwood in Australia this winter.

The Merrion all-rounder has been capped four times for Ireland, playing last year against India and South Africa.

The 19 year-old was delighted at being selected for the prestigious scholarship.

Im naturally delighted to be the first recipeint of the Damian Poder Scholarship.

"He was a real club legend at Merrion and it is a huge honour.

"Im really excited to head to Melbourne. Its a great opportunity for me to develop my skills in a different and challenging environment.

"Hopefully I will learn lots which I can bring back to Merrion next summer.

Merrion President Gerry Ormond explained the ethos behind the award.

"This year Merrion Cricket Club, as a result of a very generous sponsorship, are delighted to announce the inaugural "Damian Poder Award".

"Damian was a member of Merrion for over twenty years and a most valued and popular member and friend both on and off the field.

"As everyone knows, Damian died last year and this award ensures that his memory and spirit will live on.

"The first recipient is one our most talented and promising young cricketers, Leah Paul.

"Leah has been a standout cricketer for the past number of years and has already represented Ireland. She is planning to spend part of the Autumn and Winter playing club cricket in Melbourne and we wish her every success.

"It is not intended that the award will always be to an individual or based on talent alone. Future recipients could be groups or certain youth projects in the club."

Leah won't be the only Irish face at Ringwood over the winter, as Leinster and Irish cricketer Rebecca Stokell will be also there.

We wish both well on their travels.