Cricket Ireland have named 13 women players who will be included in their Academy intake in 2021.

The 2021 intake includes six players new to the Academy set-up, with the YMCA trio of Siúin Woods, Sarah Forbes and Kate McEvoy joined by Freya Sargent of Clontarf, Jenny Sparrow from Leinster, and Tess Maritz of The Hills.

There are four Northern Ireland based players returning, with Alana Dalzell (Bready) and Zara Craig (Eglinton) from the NW, while Warinsgtown's Naomi Matthews and Jennifer Hanna represent the NCU.

The other returning players are Rebecca Gough from Rush) and the Malahide pair of Anna Kerrison and Caoimhe McCann.

“The Academy has become a critical part of our player development pathway, and the talent coming through has already begun to help shape the future of the senior team," said Women's Head Coach Ed Joyce.

(Ireland Women's Head Coach Ed Joyce)

"Academy graduates such as Gaby Lewis, Lara Maritz and Kim Garth have all made major impacts on the international stage, whilst recent graduates like Orla Prendergast, Rebecca Stokell and Sophie MacMahon have demonstrated their talent at international and domestic levels.

“The selection for this year’s Academy intake was primarily twofold: focussing on skill sets needed in the short-term in the senior squad, and creating greater depth in a number of areas that we will need if we are to compete at the highest level in varying conditions around the world. This will hopefully see a strengthening of skill levels at the Super Series level, which will further improve that competition as that much-needed step between club and international cricket.

“While these players won’t need any additional motivation, I’m sure it will be in the back of their minds that there is a potential Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2021. To be on the plane to Bangladesh would be an amazing experience, and an opportunity to test themselves against sone of the best young talent on the planet.”

WOMEN’S ACADEMY INTAKE 2021

  • Zara Craig (Eglinton CC)
  • Alana Dalzell (Bready CC)
  • Sarah Forbes (YMCA CC)*
  • Rebecca Gough (Rush CC)
  • Jennifer Hanna (Waringstown CC)
  • Anna Kerrison (Malahide CC)
  • Tess Maritz (The Hills CC)*
  • Naomi Matthews (Waringstown/The Hills CC)
  • Caoimhe McCann (Malahide CC)
  • Kate McEvoy (YMCA CC)*
  • Freya Sargent (Clontarf CC)*
  • Jenny Sparrow (Leinster CC)*
  • Siúin Woods (YMCA CC)*

* First time involvement with the Academy