Ireland women's cricket team

The Ireland women's cricket team represents Ireland in international women's cricket. Cricket in Ireland is governed by Cricket Ireland and organised on an All-Ireland basis, meaning the Irish women's team represents both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Ireland
Refer to caption
Cricket Ireland logo
AssociationCricket Ireland
Personnel
CaptainLaura Delany
CoachEd Joyce
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate Member (1993)
Full Member (2017)
ICC regionEurope
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
WODI 9th 8th
WT20I 11th 10th
Women's Tests
Only WTestv  Pakistan at College Park, Dublin; 30–31 July 2000
WTests Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 1 1/0
(0 draws)
Women's One Day Internationals
First WODIv  Australia at Ormeau Cricket Ground, Belfast; 28 June 1987
Last WODIv  Netherlands at Sportpark Westvliet, The Hague; 26 August 2022
WODIs Played Won/Lost
Total[4] 159 45/108
(0 ties, 6 no result)
This year[5] 6 3/3
(0 ties, 0 no result)
Women's World Cup appearances5 (first in 1988)
Best result4th (1988)
Women's World Cup Qualifier appearances4 (first in 2003)
Best resultChampions (2003)
Women's Twenty20 Internationals
First WT20Iv  West Indies at Kenure, Dublin; 27 June 2008
Last WT20Iv  Bangladesh at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; 25 September 2022
WT20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[6] 95 34/60
(0 ties, 1 no result)
This year[7] 13 6/7
(0 ties, 0 no result)
Women's T20 World Cup appearances3 (first in 2014)
Best result1st round (2014, 2016, 2018)
Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier appearances4 (first in 2013)
Best resultChampions (2015)
As of 25 September 2022

Ireland made its One-Day International (ODI) debut in 1987, against Australia, and the following year played at the 1988 World Cup, making the first of five appearances at the tournament. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s Ireland was considered to be a top-level team, playing regular ODI series and placing as high as fifth at the World Cup (in 1993, out of eight teams). In 2000, the team played its only Test match, defeating Pakistan. Although it still retains ODI status, Ireland has not qualified for a World Cup since the 2005 event. The team has, however, qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 on two occasions, in 2014 and 2016. In December 2018, Cricket Ireland offered professional contracts to the women players for the first time.[8]

In April 2021, the ICC awarded permanent Test and One Day International (ODI) status to all full member women's teams.[9]

HistoryEdit

1980sEdit

The Irish women's team entered the international arena well before their male counterparts, playing their first ODIs in a three match series against Australia in 1987, a full 19 years before the men's team would make their ODI debut. They lost all three games by more than 100 runs, but were still invited to take part in the World Cup the following year in Australia.

In that World Cup, they finished fourth, losing to New Zealand in the third place play-off game. Ireland subsequently came fourth of five in the tournament, with Ireland's only two wins both came against The Netherlands. The next year, Ireland took part in the first Women's European Championship in Denmark, finishing fourth on run rate, with their only win coming against the hosts.

1990sEdit

The first two years of the 1990s again saw Ireland compete in the European Championships, finishing as runners up to England in 1990, and third place in 1991. Sandwiched between those two tournaments was a 2 match ODI series against England, with England winning both games, the second by 10 wickets.

1993 saw them compete in the World Cup again, this time finishing in fifth place. The next European Championship in 1995 again saw them finish as runners up to England. Following this, they settled into a pattern of playing ODIs against whichever team was touring England, a pattern that continues to this day. The 1997 World Cup saw them lose to New Zealand in the quarter finals. The end of the 1990s saw them again finish as runners up to England in the European Championship in 1999.

2000sEdit

Ireland played their first ever Test match in 2000, beating Pakistan by an innings inside two days in Dublin.[10] This is still their only Test match however. They also dominated the ODI series against Pakistan, winning 4–0 with a fifth game rained off. They still could only finish seventh in the World Cup later that year though, their only win coming against The Netherlands. The following year, they won the European Championship, and that remains the only time out of seven tournaments that the England team had not won the competition.

That seventh place meant that they had to take part in the 2003 IWCC Trophy, the inaugural edition of what is now known simply as the World Cup Qualifier. They won every game in that tournament, which qualified them for the world cup in South Africa in 2005. They came last in that tournament, meaning they will have to qualify again for the 2009 World Cup. Later in the year, they yet again finished as runners up to England in the European Championship.

They played a two match ODI series against the Netherlands, winning both games. In November 2007, they went to the Women's World Cup Qualifier in Lahore, where they played Bermuda, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, South Africa and an African qualifier.

In 2009, Ireland beat the Netherlands to win the European Championship.[11]

In April 2016, Laura Delany was named as captain of Ireland women's cricket team replacing Isobel Joyce who stepped down after the 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20 in India.[12][13][14]

In December 2020, the ICC announced the qualification pathway for the 2023 ICC Women's T20 World Cup.[15] Ireland were named in the 2021 ICC Women's T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier regional group, alongside five other teams.[16]

Tournament historyEdit

Women's Cricket World CupEdit

Women's Cricket World Cup QualifierEdit

ICC Women's T20 World CupEdit

ICC Women's World Twenty20 QualifierEdit

European ChampionshipEdit

  • 1989: 4th place
  • 1990: Runners-up
  • 1991: 3rd place
  • 1995: Runners-up
  • 1999: Runners-up
  • 2001: Winners
  • 2005: Runners-up
  • 2009: Winners

SquadEdit

This lists all the players with a central contract with Cricket Ireland or were named in the most recent ODI or T20I squad. Updated as of 6 September 2022.

Name Age Batting style Bowling style Contract Format Notes
Batters
Gaby Lewis 21 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Part-time ODI & T20I Vice-Captain
Rebecca Stokell 22 Right-handed Right-arm medium Part-time T20I
Sarah Forbes 20 Right-handed Non-retainer T20I
All-rounders
Leah Paul 23 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Part-time ODI & T20I
Laura Delany 30 Right-handed Right-arm medium Full-time ODI & T20I Captain
Orla Prendergast 20 Right-handed Right-arm medium Part-time ODI & T20I
Sophie MacMahon 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium Full-time ODI & T20I
Arlene Kelly 28 Right-handed Right-arm medium ODI & T20I
Celeste Raack 28 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Full-time
Eimear Richardson 36 Right-handed Right-arm off break Full-time T20I
Wicket-keepers
Mary Waldron 38 Right-handed Full-time ODI & T20I
Shauna Kavanagh 30 Right-handed Full-time ODI & T20I
Amy Hunter 16 Right-handed Part-time ODI & T20I
Spin Bowlers
Cara Murray 21 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Full-time ODI & T20I
Rachel Delaney 25 Right-handed Right-arm off break Non-retainer ODI & T20I
Seam Bowlers
Georgina Dempsey 18 Right-handed Right-arm medium Part-time ODI & T20I
Jane Maguire 19 Right-handed Right-arm medium Part-time ODI & T20I
Ava Canning 18 Right-handed Right-arm medium Part-time
Louise Little 19 Right-handed Right-arm medium Part-time ODI
Hannah Little 21 Right-handed Right-arm medium Non-retainer
Kate McEvoy Right-handed Right-arm medium Non-retainer ODI

RecordsEdit

International match summary – Ireland Women[17][18][19]

Last updated 25 September 2022.

Playing record
Format M W L T D/NR Inaugural match
Test matches 1 1 0 0 0 30 July 2000
One-Day Internationals 159 45 108 0 6 28 June 1987
Twenty20 Internationals 95 34 60 0 1 27 June 2008

Test matchesEdit

Test record versus other nations[17]

Records complete to Women's Test #111. Last updated 30 July 2000.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
v. Full Members
  Pakistan 1 1 0 0 0 30 July 2000 30 July 2000

One-Day InternationalsEdit

ODI record versus other nations[18]

Records complete to WODI #1289. Last updated 26 August 2022.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
v. Full Members
  Australia 15 0 15 0 0 28 June 1987
  Bangladesh 6 1 3 0 2 26 November 2011 21 August 2012
  England 17 1 16 0 0 5 December 1988 12 August 2001
  India 12 0 12 0 0 26 July 1993
  New Zealand 20 0 18 0 2 29 November 1998
  Pakistan 18 6 12 0 0 18 December 1997 18 December 1997
  South Africa 20 1 18 0 1 5 August 1997 11 August 2016
  Sri Lanka 4 0 3 0 1 5 December 2000
  West Indies 8 1 7 0 0 29 July 1993 21 July 2001
  Zimbabwe 4 3 1 0 0 5 October 2021 7 October 2021
v. Associate Members
  Denmark 7 6 1 0 0 19 July 1989 19 July 1989
  Japan 1 1 0 0 0 22 July 2003 22 July 2003
  Netherlands 25 23 2 0 0 30 November 1988 30 November 1988
  Scotland 2 2 0 0 0 11 August 2001 11 August 2001

Twenty20 InternationalsEdit


WT20I record versus other nations[19]

Records complete to WT20I #1236. Last updated 25 September 2022.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
v. Full Members
  Australia 8 0 8 0 0 27 March 2014
  Bangladesh 11 3 8 0 0 28 August 2012 5 December 2015
  England 1 0 1 0 0 23 June 2012
  India 1 0 1 0 0 15 November 2018
  New Zealand 4 0 4 0 0 18 March 2016
  Pakistan 15 2 13 0 0 25 May 2009 25 May 2009
  South Africa 13 2 11 0 0 1 August 2008 3 August 2016
  Sri Lanka 3 0 3 0 0 14 October 2010
  West Indies 4 0 4 0 0 27 June 2008
  Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 0 23 September 2022 23 September 2023
v. Associate Members
  France 1 1 0 0 0 29 August 2021 29 August 2021
  Germany 1 1 0 0 0 26 August 2021 26 August 2021
  Namibia 1 1 0 0 0 31 August 2019 31 August 2019
  Netherlands 12 10 1 0 1 6 August 2009 6 August 2009
  Papua New Guinea 2 2 0 0 0 12 July 2018 12 July 2018
  Scotland 11 8 3 0 0 8 July 2018 8 July 2018
  Thailand 4 1 3 0 0 7 July 2018 7 July 2018
  Uganda 1 1 0 0 0 10 July 2018 10 July 2018
  United States 1 1 0 0 0 19 September 2022 19 September 2022

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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