Cricket Scotland announce women's series against Ireland
Cricket Scotland is thrilled to announce Scotland’s national women’s squad will travel to Spain in November to play a series of 50-over and T20I matches against Ireland.
Held between 20th to 29th November, Scotland will play two 50-over matches and three T20Is for the first international outing by a Scotland team since the global COVID-19 pandemic began. The dates for the fixtures will be confirmed in due course.
Steven Knox, head coach, said: “The squad are both delighted and excited that they will be playing an international series in Spain against Ireland this November.
“It will give the players a great opportunity to show that all the hard work they’ve done in training over the past ten months, and in the A team games that were played in August and September, will hopefully pay off against a team that are ranked above us in T20I cricket.”
Gus Mackay, CEO at Cricket Scotland, said: “We are delighted to give the Wildcats the opportunity to play International cricket again.
“We would like to thank Cricket Ireland for their commitment to making this series happen thus ensuring that the women’s game in both countries continues to develop. We would also like to thank all the staff at La Manga for their commitment to ensuring a safe environment for the teams to compete in.”
The following 14-strong squad has been selected for the series:
Kathryn Bryce (captain), Sarah Bryce (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Abbi Aitken-Drummond, Priyanaz Chatterji, Ikra Farooq, Katherine Fraser, Becky Glen, Samantha Haggo, Ailsa Lister, Abtaha Maqsood, Megan McColl, Katherine Mills, Charis Scott, Ellen Watson
The squad will be supported by head coach Steven Knox, assistant coach Peter Ross, strength & conditioning coach and analyst Charlotte Dalton, team manager Sue Strachan and Claire Rankin as physio.
Players and support staff will be adhering to strict health and safety protocols issued by sportscotland and the Scottish Government at all times during the series.
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.
Ed Joyce, Head Coach of Ireland Women, said:
“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.”
“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 12 months for Irish women’s cricket.”
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