Pembroke all-rounder Orla Prendergast has been offered a part-time deal with Ireland Women.

Additionally, contracted players Laura Delany, Gaby Lewis and Celeste Raack have been offered an increased deal until the end of 2020.

The deals were funded by the money saved from Kim Garth opting not to renew her contract earlier this year having accepted a two-year professional contract with Cricket Victoria.

18 year-old Prendergast has won eight caps for the Girls In Green since her debut last year, and has played in all four matches this season in the Super Series.

(Orla Prendergast)

She has also represented the Republic of Ireland women's national under-17 football team.

“I really enjoyed my first experience with international cricket at the T20 World Cup Qualifier last year," said Prendergast.

"It brought plenty of new challenges for me which was great – being able to test myself against high quality opponents was really enjoyable. Not qualifying for the World Cup was a disappointing end to last summer, but it left me wanting to work harder and be part of the squad at the next tournament.

“While it’s frustrating to have our upcoming international games postponed, looking at it positively it gives us more time to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers. I hope these additional coaching contact hours will further my game and give me the best chance to help us qualify for the World Cup next summer.”

Ed Joyce, Ireland Women’s Head Coach, said: “As soon as we understood that there would be funding available, I was keen to see it reinvested back into the players. In the absence of competitive international fixtures, to spread the funding to increase dedicated training contact time with several players is the next best option.

"That four players will now benefit from the reinvestment is good news, and I am especially pleased that we will be able to spend more time working with Orla. Her all-round talent has been recognised for a while, and she has shown that she can step up with each challenge that has come her way. These additional coaching hours will only be of benefit as she grows in confidence and understanding of her game.

“It has been great to see the Super Series this year growing in importance as a competitive benchmark - both for both those within the international set-up, and those who are aspiring to be part of the squad for the World Cup Qualifier in mid-2021.

"That we have, despite the obvious challenges, managed to schedule an eight-match series has been encouraging, and the performances to date have been pleasing to see. The players have not had a traditional season, but what they have lacked in preparation, they have more than made up for in commitment and enthusiasm to make the most of this shortened season.”