Ireland Women will take on North West Thunder in a T20 game at Old Trafford next month.

Mary Waldron returns to the squad, the only addition from the players that beat Scotland 3-1 in a T20 series recently in Belfast.

The game is part of a double header, which will be followed by Lancashire Lightning against Worcestershire Rapids on Thursday July 1st.

This will be a fantastic opportunity for our players to play a high-quality fixture in an international stadium in front of - hopefully - a vibrant crowd," said Head Coach Ed Joyce.

"The experience of the occasion will be great, however, with the T20 World Cup European Qualifier the following month, its crucial that our players are getting competitive, quality cricket. We see this fixture as a key part of our build-up to that qualifying tournament.

We are delighted to welcome Mary Waldron back into the set-up after being away in Australia for 18 months. I know Mary has been keen to get back home and join up with the squad, and her experience and skill will be a welcome addition to the playing group.

We would like to thank the Thunder for agreeing to play this fixture, and hope that not only can we reciprocate soon, but this may become a mutually-beneficial longer-term relationship.

North West Thunder is a regional team that plays in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and will play in the ECBs new Regional T20 competition in 2021.


Laura Delany (captain), (Leinster) Ava Canning (Leinster), Rachel Delaney (Merrion), Georgina Dempsey (Phoenix), Shauna Kavanagh (Pembroke), Gaby Lewis, (YMCA), Lara Maritz (Phoenix), Cara Murray (Waringstown), Leah Paul (Merrion), Orla Prendergast (Pembroke), Celeste Raack (Merrion), Rebecca Stokell (Merrion), Mary Waldron. (Pembroke)