Ireland Women have named a squad of 15 to play Scotland in a five-match series in Spain next month. The teams will play two 50-over games, followed by three T20I's with the action getting under way on November 20th.
Four players receive their first call-ups to the senior ranks - Zara Craig, Georgina Dempsey, Amy Hunter and Jane Maguire.
If Eglinton's Zara Craig gets picked she will be the first player from the NW to win a senior cap since Julie Logue back in 1996.
Missing will be Mary Waldron, Lara Maritz, Eimear Richardson and Una Raymond-Hoey, who are all in Australia or New Zealand at present.
“We’re delighted to finally see some international action return – our last matches were at the T20 World Cup Qualifier in Scotland last year, so this series is very welcome for all involved,” said Head Coach Ed Joyce.
“While spending time with the squad in the nets, and getting that extra contact time with the contracted players is invaluable, nothing compares to actually being out in the middle and experiencing the game in a match scenario- you learn so much more about your game and build confidence in such circumstances. I know the players are all keen to get out to Spain and pull on the green kit once more.
“The absence of a few of our senior players, while unfortunate, has opened up an opportunity for several young players to come in and get a taste of international touring life. I have no doubt they’ll benefit immensely from the experience, which may be crucial as we move into what will likely be a big twelve months for Irish women’s cricket.”
Ireland Women squad
Laura Delany (c), Zara Craig, Rachel Delaney, Georgina Dempsey, Amy Hunter, Shauna Kavanagh, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Jane Maguire, Cara Murray, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Celeste Raack, Rebecca Stokell.