Ireland Name Squad To Take On South Africa

Ireland players celebrate a wicket
Ireland play South Africa in three Twenty20 Internationals in two days in Solihull
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Ireland Women have named a 13-strong squad to play South Africa Women in three Twenty20 Internationals at Moseley Cricket Club in Solihull next week.

The short series, played over two days on 9th and 10th September, will be Trent Johnston's final one as coach before he heads to Australia to take up a role with New South Wales.

Ireland go into the series on the back of victory in the European Championship and the ECB Division Two T20 Cup.

"It's sad to be leaving but I'm proud of what the players have achieved in my time at the helm," Johnston said.

"The group have really improved as cricketers and taken responsibility for their game. The trophies are a bonus but for me the real prize has been seeing the team grow and mature into a real cohesive unit.

"The future of Irish women's cricket is bright - you only have to look at the fact we have four teenagers in the current squad who are all contributing.

"The pleasing aspect for me is the depth we have now. It used to be that we were really dependent on a couple of main performers, but now everyone is putting their hands up scoring runs and taking wickets.

"South Africa will be a tough challenge for the players, but it's one we'll relish and I'm certain it'll be three very competitive games for the teams," he added.

At full strength, Ireland will be captained by Isobel Joyce and Ireland's most-capped player Clare Shillington is also included.

Ireland Women T20I squad: Isobel Joyce (captain), Laura Delany, Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Gaby Lewis, Louise McCarthy, Kate McKenna, Lucy O'Reilly, Clare Shillington, Elena Tice, Mary Waldron

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