Amy Hunter, who only turned 15 last week, can make it a double celebration after being awarded a non-retainer part-time contract by Cricket Ireland.

The exciting Instonians wicket-keeper/batter has been part of the Cricket Ireland Academy and made her Super Series (women’s senior inter-provincials) debut this year, scoring 104 runs at an average of 26, including a half-century for the Typhoons, who went on to win the series.

Amy, who has already been called up to the Ireland Under-19 squad, is one of 12 given the non-retainer contract which incorporates medical and healthcare insurance and sports science support, plus match fees for all international matches.

The other Northern Ireland player in the 12 is Cara Murray, the Waringstown leg spinner who has already played eight internationals.

Cricket Ireland also announced a seventh professional contract, one more than last year, with Leah Paul, the leading run-scorer in the Super 50 series this year, joining captain Laura Delany, Shauna Kavanagh, Mary Waldron, Gaby Lewis, Celeste Raack and Orla Prendergast on the list.