It's been quite a weekend for Eimear Richardson, taking eight wickets and scoring 127 runs for her Northern Districts side in the New Zealand domestic 50-over competition.

In Sunday's match she hit eight boundaries in a rapid 55 from just 34 balls to help her side to an impressive 292 for 7.

She then claimed 4 for 21 in her ten over spell in a 76-run win. over Otago.

Eimear Richardson receives presentation from Robin Walsh on her 50th cap

That followed an even more dominant batting display by the 34 year-old Irish all-rounder against the same opponents the day before.

Richardson hit 10 fours as she top scored with 72 from just 48 deliveries as ND posted 289 for 7, then took another four scalps in the 72-run win.

The Leinster all-rounder first played for Ireland in 2006, winning 87 caps, taking 72 wickets at just over 22, with her best haul of 5 for 4 coming versus Japan. She averages 17 with the bat, making four half centuries.

Ireland Women have a potentially crucial year in store with a 50-over World Cup qualifier in Sri Lanka in July, and the European T20 World Cup qualifiers in Scotland scheduled for August.

There were hopes for a ODI tri-series in Spain before the start of the season, but given Covid restrictions, this looks highly unlikely.