Ireland have named a 13-player squad for the upcoming Ireland v West Indies Women’s T20 International series in late May.
Laura Delany skippers the side and she is joined by Rathmines colleagues Sophie MacMahon and Rebecca Stokell.
Pembroke have four representatives in the line-up with Kim Garth, Shauna Kavanagh, Mary Waldron and Louise Little named.
There are three players from Merrion, Leah Paul, Celeste Raack and Naomi Matthews, while Clontarf have two - Lara Maritz and Una Raymond-Hoey. YMCA's Gaby Lewis completes the squad.
Ireland Women’s Head Coach Aaron Hamilton said: “2019 is both an exciting year for women’s cricket, and – in a sense – the beginning of a new journey for the international squad.
"At the back end of 2018 we lost around 600-caps worth of experience with the retirement of four senior players, and with Lucy O’Reilly taking a break from the game, this has opened up opportunities for younger players to step up and take their chance on the international stage.
"Combined with the new player contracts, the international season will certainly take on a sense of the new.” “The players have trained hard over the winter months, and it will be good to get out on the field and taking on one of the world’s top teams here in Ireland.
“The senior squad selected for the West Indies series is one which blends experienced players with some of the best emerging talent we have, with the likes of Louise Little and Leah Paul impressing in the Academy and Super 3s, and Naomi Matthews integrated into the senior performance set-up for the first time.
“With a T20 World Cup Qualifier campaign approaching in August, these matches against West Indies are an ideal start to a big season ahead for the squad.”
IRELAND WOMEN SQUAD:
Laura Delany (Captain) (Leinster), Kim Garth (Pembroke), Shauna Kavanagh (Pembroke), Gaby Lewis (YMCA), Louise Little (Pembroke), Sophie MacMahon (Leinster), Lara Maritz (Clontarf), Naomi Matthews (Merrion), Leah Paul (Merrion), Celeste Raack (Merrion), Una Raymond-Hoey (Clontarf), Rebecca Stokell (Leinster), Mary Waldron (Pembroke).
The confirmed fixture calendar for 2019 is:
- 26 May: Ireland Women v West Indies Women (YMCA CC, Dublin); T20I
- 28 May: Ireland Women v West Indies Women (Pembroke CC, Dublin); T20I
- 29 May: Ireland Women v West Indies Women (Pembroke CC, Dublin); T20I
- 3 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill); 50-over
- 5 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill); 50-over
- 7 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill); 50-over
- 10 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Stormont); T20I*
- 12 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready CC); T20I*
- 14 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready CC); T20I*
* Matches will form part of three double-header events in conjunction with Ireland Men and Zimbabwe Men.
In addition, the squad will play an as yet unannounced quadrangular tournament abroad, before heading to the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in August/September in Scotland.