Ireland To Take On Pakistan & South Africa

Ireland Women celebrate
Ireland will play Pakistan and South Africa in ODI and Twenty20 tri-series in Qatar in January
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Ireland Women will play their Pakistani and South African counterparts in a series of One-Day and Twenty20 Internationals hosted by the Pakistan Cricket Board in Qatar in January.

The two tri-series events will see the three sides meet each other twice in both formats before the ODI final on 17th January and the T20I final on 24th January.

The competitions will provide all three sides with valuable match practice ahead of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March, where Ireland will be making their first appearance having qualified earlier this year.

"After months of indoor training, bowling machines and the inside of a gym, the players are looking forward to getting back outdoors and playing some cricket," Ireland captain Isobel Joyce said.

"It will be tough going from stepping off the plane in Qatar to playing back to back matches against South Africa and Pakistan, but it seems like the perfect way to start 2014 - in at the deep end," she added.

However, Ireland have been put through their paces ahead of what is an important year for them and Joyce hopes they will be rewarded for their efforts.

"We've never had such a busy off season with the squad working hard to get into good shape so hopefully that will pay off in Qatar," she said.

"With one or two players unavailable due to work or school, this tour will be a good opportunity to see what some other players can do ahead of the T20 World Cup and try to figure out the best combinations for that tournament."

Uncapped Kate McKenna and Jennifer Gray are included in the squad which also boasts the experience of Clare Shillington, as well as Joyce and her twin sister Cecelia.

Ireland ODI/T20I squad: Isobel Joyce (captain), Laura Delany, Emma Flanagan, Jennifer Gray, Cecelia Joyce, Amy Kenealy, Louise McCarthy, Kate McKenna, Lucy O'Reilly, Rebecca Rolfe, Melissa Scott-Hayward, Clare Shillington, Elena Tice, Mary Waldron

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Fixtures & Results

10th January: Ireland v Pakistan
PAK 183-9 beat IRE 73 by 110 runs
11th January: Ireland v South Africa
Match abandoned due to rain
12th January: Pakistan v South Africa
PAk 126-6 beat RSA 125-8 by 4 wickets
13th January: Ireland v Pakistan
PAK 93-3 beat IRE 92 by 7 wickets
14th January: Ireland v South Africa
RSA 54-2 beat IRE 53 by 8 wickets
15th January: Pakistan v South Africa
RSA 105-7 beat PAK 101 by 3 wickets
17th January: FINAL
RSA 95-6 beat PAK 94 by 4 wickets
Fixtures & Results

19th January: Pakistan v South Africa
PAK 65-4 beat RSA 64 by 6 wickets
19th January: Ireland v Pakistan
IRE 98-4 beat PAK 97-4 by 6 wickets
20th January: Ireland v South Africa
RSA 119-2 beat IRE 73-8 by 46 runs
20th January: Pakistan v South Africa
PAK 132-5 beat 111-5 by 21 runs
22nd January: Ireland v South Africa
RSA 102-1 beat IRE 101-7 by 9 wickets
22nd January: Pakistan v South Africa
RSA 97-3 beat PAK 96 by 7 wickets
24th January: FINAL
PAK 72-3 beat RSA 68-9 by 7 wickets