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Ed Joyce Encouraged by Preparations as Squad Named for Quadrangular Tournament

Ed Joyce Encouraged by Preparations as Squad Named for Quadrangular Tournament
Ed Joyce Encouraged by Preparations as Squad Named for Quadrangular Tournament

Ireland Women’s interim Head Coach Ed Joyce has praised his squad’s preparation for the upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier as a 15-player squad is announced for the warm-up Quadrangular tournament ahead of the qualifying campaign beginning in late August.

Speaking ahead of a training session, Joyce said:

“It has been great to see the progress and development of the squad over these last six weeks, particularly the way the players have responded since the disappointment of the Zimbabwe series cancellation.”

“The trip to Somerset for the England Women’s Academy fixtures gave the squad the opportunity to test themselves in a highly competitive environment and allowed us to experiment a little in live match conditions. It was also the first real opportunity as head coach for me to see the players in action, so was a valuable trip in many respects.” 

“Next week’s warm-up tournament in Holland will be our final opportunity to refine our tactics and roles within the squad. What has been important is our need to create a happy team environment – through this will grow confidence both with individuals and within the team. We are obviously a young squad, but what I have seen is a squad of players that is dedicated to the task at hand and responsive to the ideas and feedback they have been given by the coaching staff.”

“We welcome Eimear Richardson back to the squad since her last international appearances at the T20 World Cup last year. Her experience will be important in helping to support the younger players new to the international set-up.”

“We’re also encouraged to see vice-captain Kim Garth back in training. While we won’t rush her back into the squad after her recent injury concerns, it will be a lift for the entire squad to see her on the way back to full fitness.” 

The Quadrangular Tournament, to be played in Netherlands, will see each of the four sides play six T20 matches in seven days, from 8 to 14 August 2019, at Salland Cricket Club in Deventer (www.sallandcc.nl).

The matches will be livestreamed, with links to be made available via Cricket Ireland social media channels on match days.

Match Schedule

  • 8 August: 11.00am Netherlands v Ireland; 3.30pm Scotland v Thailand
  • 9 August: 11.00am Netherlands vs Scotland; 3.30pm Ireland vs Thailand
  • 10 August: 11.00am Thailand vs Netherlands; 3.30pm Scotland vs Ireland
  • 11 August: Rest day                                          
  • 12 August: 11.00am Thailand vs Scotland; 3.30pm Ireland vs Netherlands
  • 13 August: 11.00am Thailand vs Ireland; 3.30pm Scotland vs Netherlands
  • 14 August: 11.00am Ireland vs Scotland; 3.30pm Netherlands vs Thailand 

The Squad

Laura Delany (captain), Kim Garth, Shauna Kavanagh, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Hannah Little, Sophie MacMahon, Lara Maritz, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Celeste Raack, Una Raymond-Hoey, Eimear Richardson, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.

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