Amy Hunter has been named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for January, coming top of a worldwide poll ahead of Australian greats Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney.

Last week Hunter was the unanimous choice as the Belfast Telegraph Electric Ireland Player of the Month for her performances in Ireland’s first three T20 internationals in Zimbabwe – when she scored 220 runs for once out, including her maiden century in the shortest format – and now she has followed up with the prestigious ICC award.

On receipt of the award, the 18-year-old Methodist College student, who started her playing career at Instonians, said: “It’s a honour to win the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for January. To be on a shortlist alongside two of the world’s best is something that I am immensely proud of.

“It’s been an amazing start to the year with two convincing series wins against Zimbabwe. I am pleased to have been able to contribute to the teams’s success and hope to continue to do so.”

The upcoming fixtures for the Ireland Women’s side will be ratified at the Cricket Ireland Board meeting on  Wednesday but already confirmed is the qualifying tournament for the T20 World Cup in May in the UAE and this summer home series against Sri Lanka and England plus a T20 series in the Netherlands.