Ireland Women 2023
Forthcoming Fixtures
11 August 1st T20I: Ireland v Sri Lanka (Sydney Parade, Dublin)
13 August 2nd T20I: Ireland v Sri Lanka (Sydney Parade, Dublin)
16 August ICC Women's Championship, 1st ODI: Ireland v Sri Lanka (Stormont)
18 August ICC Women's Championship, 2nd ODI: Ireland v Sri Lanka (Stormont)
20 August ICC Women's Championship, 3rd ODI: Ireland v Sri Lanka (Stormont)
7 September ICC Women's Championship, 1st ODI: Ireland v England (Stormont)
9 September ICC Women's Championship, 2nd ODI: Ireland v England (Stormont)
11 September ICC Women's Championship, 3rd ODI: Ireland v England (Stormont)
14 September 1st T20I: Ireland v England (Clontarf)
16 September 2nd T20I: Ireland v England (Clontarf)
17 September 3rd T20I: Ireland v England (Clontarf)
Tournaments 2023
Tournament Coverage Women's T20 World Cup 2023 (South Africa, 10-26 February)
Tournament Coverage ICC Women's Championship 2022-2025
Matches 2023
T20 World Cup
Group 2: West Indies beat USA by 9 wickets
Bridgetown, 21 June.
USA 128 (19.5 overs: Andries Gous 29, Nitish Kumar 20; Roston Chase 3-19, Andre Russell 3-31, Alzarri Joseph 2-31)
West Indies 130/1 (10.5 overs: Shai Hope 82*, Nicholas Pooran 27*)
After the early loss of Steven Taylor, Andries Gous and Nitish Kumar gave the USA hope of a substantial total with a partnership that saw them reach 48 at the end of the powerplay. But from there it was all a struggle as wickets fell steadily, and the final total provided no challenge to a West Indies side that raced to the win. In a display of power hitting Shai Hope cleared the ropes 8 times in his 39 ball innings with Pooran adding 3 of his own, to seal the win, just five balls after the drinks break. In a group where NRR will likely decide the second semi-final place, the Windies were hoping for a boost to their NRR, and that is exactly what they got, so much so that a win against South Africa overnight on Mon/Tue will see them into the semi-finals.
Final: Sri Lanka beat Scotland by 68 runs
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 7 May.
Sri Lanka 169/5 (20 overs: Chamari Athapaththu 102, Nilakshika de Silva 26*; Rachel Slater 2-35, Kathrine Fraser 1-18, Abtaha Maqsood 1-27, Priyanaz Chatterji 1-34)
Scotland 101/7 (20 overs: Priyanaz Chatterji 30; Udeshika Prabodhani 3-13, Inoshi Priyadharshani 1-13, Sugandika Kumari 1-17, Kavisha Dilhari 1-25)
Chamari Athapaththu celebrates her magnificent century (ICC)
A huge blow for the Scots chances today as captain Kathryn Bryce is missing through injury. Stand-in skipper her sister Sarah has won the Toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat first. In their previous games Sri Lanka have taken a steady approach when batting first, preserving wickets and seemingly happy to set what looked like moderate totals in the belief that their spinners will defend them. However Scotland showed in their semifinal with Ireland that they can be aggressive in the chase and pose a real threat to the Tournament favourites today. Early strike for Priyanaz Chatterji who has Gunaratne caught behind. Two more wickets for the Scots but not the big one of Athapaththu unfortunately for them, Sril Lanka 62/3 at the drinks break. Three boundaries from Athapaththu in the twelfth over off Rainey ups the scoring rate considerably, a sign of things to come from her? Indeed it is as she takes another twelve off Chloe Abel to home in on a half century. 116/3 with five overs remaining, 54 runs coming in overs 11-15, looking ominous for the Scots just now with Athapaththu in overdrive! And luck is certainly with her, as she 'plays on', but despite the ball rattling the stumps the bails stay in place, more good fortune next ball as she is dropped in the deep and collects a boundary into the bargain. Her century comes up off just 60 deliveries (13x4, 4x6) she has saved her best for the Final and departs first ball of the final over, caught in the deep. A second wicket for Rachel Slater bowling Perera next ball but Sri Lanka have given the Scots a mountain to climb. Horley first to go, hitting to mid off and beaten by the direct hit from de Silva. Megan McColl was inexplicably given not out lbw in the first over but doesn't escape a second time and Sarah Bryce is bowled off her pads swinging across the line second ball, two in the over for Prabodhani, it's all going wrong for the Scots. Priyanaz Chatterji has been playing a lone hand for Scotland but her defiance is ended when she drags a sweep onto her stumps. Lorna Jack lbw for 12, a third wicket for Prabodhani and a first for Dilhari in the next with Fraser edging the legspinner behind. A disappointing display by Scotland in the end but the result was never in doubt after that Athapaththu innings. No trophy for the Wildcats but they will be satisfied with the bigger prize they gained with their semifinal win against Ireland.
Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier, Semi-Final: : Ireland lost to Scotland by 8 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 5 May.
Ireland 110/9 (20 overs: Leah Paul 45, Arlene Kelly 35, Orla Prendergast 11; Rachel Slater 3-32, Kathryn Bryce 4-8)
Scotland 112/2 (16.2 overs: Megan McColl 50, Kathryn Bryce 35*; Arlene Kelly 2-28)
Scottish celebrations after reaching the World Cup Finals (ICC)
With a place in the World T20 Cup Finals at stake past form could count for little in this Celtic clash, when the pressure on both sides will be immense. Some have characterised it as a battle of Ireland's batting versus Scotland's bowling and with Ireland winning the Toss and opting to bat first that will be the first match-up of the day. And first blood to Scotland as Hunter charges past the second ball of the innings and misses with an ugly heave across the line. Two in the over for Bryce as Lewis slaps a short ball to Ailsa Lister at mid-on, both openers gone without scoring! Delany steers to backward point where the left handed Rachel Slater gathers and her throw to the keeper sees Orla Prendergast short! Delany finally off the mark through a misfield in the covers but plays outside a Bryce in-swinger and is bowled for just 2. Ireland 24/4 at the end of the so called Powerplay and lose Eimear Richardson 1 off 8 skying a slog to the safe hands of Abtaha Maqsood at mid off. Thankfully for Ireland this is Bryce's last over, her opening spell has put Scotland firmly in the driving seat. An important little partnership here with Leah Paul and Rebecca Stokell adding 15 so far to take Ireland to 40/5 at the drinks break. Partnership broken in the next over, Stokell walks past a leg-side delivery and is stumped. The way the Ireland batters seem keen to 'come down the pitch' she may not be the last. Paul and Kelly are clawing Ireland back into the game with a partnership worth 34, five overs remaining, what can Ireland post? Luck is with them as a couple of half chances don't stick, a sumping missed and a wild throw costs a run out. It's a shot-a-ball from here on in - fifty partnership has thrown Ireland a lifeline, but it ends in the final over worth exactly 60, with Kelly caught at deep mid-wicket, Paul falls two balls later caught on the ring at extra cover and Murray is bowled first ball. Three wickets for Rachel Slater in that final over but they've cost 32 runs today. Ireland mightily relived to get past the century mark but Scotland will still fancy themselves to chase this down. Megan McColl quickly into her stride, she looks determined not to be tied down here aiming to take advantage of the Powerplay fielding restrictions 41 without loss after 6 with Ireland's bowling lacking any kind of threat at the moment. Commentator's wicket!! Saskia Horley goes for the paddle from outside off stump but only manages to play it onto her wicket. Kathryn Bryce to the crease and immediately under way with three boundaries - looks determined to make it her day today with Scotland 70/1 at the drinks break. Megan McColl powers on to 50 off 47 balls (4x4, 1x6) before she is bowled by Arlene Kelly - too little too late for Ireland one would think. Indeed it was, Ireland sent home 'tae think again'. A totally dominant display by Scotland with Ireland's top order demolished by Kathryn Bryce and their bowling dismissed by an agressive display with the bat from McColl and POTM Bryce.
Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier, Group B: : Ireland beat Netherlands by 54 runs
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 3 May.
Ireland 144/4 (20 overs; Laura Delany 70*, Eimear Richardson 34*, Orla Prendergast 19; Iris Zwilling 2-13)
Netherlands 90 (17.3 overs; Babette De Leede 20; Laura Delany 3-6, Orla Prendergast 3-26; Arlene Kelly 2-8, Jane Maguire 1-4)
A captain's innings of 70* from Laura Delany (ICC)
Poor start for Ireland who have lost both openers Amy Hunter and Gaby Lewis early. A big win for the Dutch would see them leapfrog the Irish to the top of the table. Very early days though. Couple of Orla Prendergast boundaries settle the nerves. She and Laura Delany hoping to lay a platform. But Prendergast caught at long on as she tried to clear the ropes. Well held. Leah Paul goes and Ireland wobbling a bit at 55 for 4 at the 10 overs mark. Could that be a turning point? Delany dropped at long-on by Kalis, who pushes it over the rope. Has she dropped WCQ? Delany dropped again on 29. 100 up in the 16th over - how many can they get in the last four? Plenty as the stand is worth 89. Laura Delany's 70 comes off 45 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes. Well supported by Eimear Richardson's 34. Steady start by both teams comes to life in the 4th over after Zwilling hits two boundaries but perishes trying for a third off Orla Prendergast - ct at mid-on by Richardson. Two more wickets for Orla as she traps Kalis with an inswinger and castles Rijke next ball. 60 for 3 at the 10 overs mark. Tough ask for the Dutch who will be overtaken by UAE on NRR if they lose. Wickets in each of the next two overs by Arlene Kelly and Laura Delany maintain Ireland's dominance. And the skipper has a second in her next over as De Leede half hits to deep mid-on. That you feel ends any slim chances the Dutch had. Delany gets her third - there won't be many easier adjudications for the Player of the Match award....Jane Maguire on to bowl and she strikes right away. Wickets falling in clusters. Second wicket for Kelly followed by a welcome wicket for Cara Murray. Final margin 54 runs. Ireland will play Scotland in one semi-final and Sri Lanka and UAE in the other with the winners going to the T20 World Cup. Those games are on Sunday.
Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier, Group B: : Ireland beat Vanuatu by 9 wickets
Tolerance Oval, 1 May.
Vanuatu 88/9 (20 overs: Valenta Langiatu 27, Nasimana Navaika 19; Eimear Richardson 3-8, Laura Delany 2-10, Arlene Kelly 2-15)
Ireland 89/1 (12.3 overs: Gaby Lewis 45, Amy Hunter 34*)
Ireland make short work of the Vanuatu batting line up (ICC)
Ireland chose to field and Ava Canning is first to strike bowling Rachel Andrew in her second over, but since then there have been few from either bowler that threatened the stumps. Not Ireland's best day with the ball so far today - wayward and little treat, Vanuatu 53/1 at the Drinks break. Finally Ireland home in on the stumps and a succession of heaves across the line accounts for the middle order. Delany collect a wicket and the inevitable run out means it's two in the over before a little Richardson leg-cutter clip the off stump, 8 down with one over to go. Ireland can't take the final wicket but a target of 89 should pose no problems for the Girls in Green. Fast start to the chase 53/0 at the end of the Powerplay. A quick finish here will boost Ireland's NRR at the top of the table. Ireland's openers add 82 before Lewis is caught failing to clear mid-off, a wicket for Navaika. Ireland sit top of the group with their next game against second placed Netherlands - It would take a big win by them to overtake Ireland. The prize for topping the group is of course avoiding a semi-final clash with Tournament favourites Sri Lanka.
Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier, Group B: : Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 56 runs
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 29 April.
Ireland 176/3 (20 overs: Amy Hunter 71: Gaby Lewis 69)
Zimbabwe 120/8 (20 overs: Mary-Anne Musonda 48, Modester Mupachikwa 27; Ava Canning 2-13, Laura Delany 2-19, Cara Murray 2-29)
Gaby Lewis and Amy Hunter added 130 for the first wicket (ICC)
Toss: Zimbabwe. Ireland strong favourites following that 5-0 T20 series win earlier in the year. Zimbabwe suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Vanuatu in their openingdo but game but bounced back with a convincing 8 wicket win over UAE. One change in the Ireland line up - like for like, Jame Maguire replacing Alana Dalzell. Amy Hunter takes 3 boundaries from the first three Nkomo deliveries to get Ireland under way. Ireland rattling along 52 after just 5 overs. It's help yourself here as both batters pile up the runs, 85/0 after 10, big total in prospect. Fifty for Lewis off 36 (6x4,2x6) plenty more there if you want them. Fifty now for Amy Hunter off 34 (6x4). Partnership broken at 130, Lewis caught at long on and finally Hunter follows getting a bottom edge through to the keeper. Orla Prendergast run out off the final delivery trying for an extra run but Ireland surely have enough already to claim the points. A fumbled run out chance by Hunter costs nothing as next ball Mayers chips to mis off and a second for Canning as Tiripano lobs a sweep gently to square leg. 66/2 at the half way stage, Zimbabwe with a lot to do. Delany breaks the partnership bowling Mupachikwa and holds a catch at mid off to give Kelly a wicket, Musonda playing a lone hand for her side here, but perishes in the deep off Cara Murray. Straight up from Mujaji and straight down again as Murray drops the caught and bowled but Richardson makes no such mistake next ball. Skipper Delany cashes in with a couple as the Zimbabwe innings folds without causing the Irish any worries.
Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier, Group B: : UAE lost to Ireland by 6 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 25 April.
UAE 105/9 (20 overs: Khushi Sharma 24, Theertha Satish 22, Heena Hotchandani 18, Esha Oza 15; Arlene Kelly 2-12, Eimear Richardson 2-15, Cara Murray 1-15, Alana Dalzell 1-22
Ireland 106/4 (16.1 overs: Gaby Lewis 27, Amy Hunter 25, Orla Prendergast 22*, Eimear Richardson 22*; Esha Oza 3-13, Kavisha Egodage 1-19)
Two stumpings for Amy Hunter in the game today (ICC)
Toss won by Ireland who asked UAE to bat first. Ireland can't afford a slip-up when they get their Qualification campaign underway against a UAE side whose build up to the Tournament was hit by the total wash out of the Quadrangular series that included Netherlands, Scotland and USA. UAE captain Esha Oza takes 15 off Alana Dalzell's opening over but drives the final delivery to Laura Delany at mid off, simple catch, 20/1. Sharma and Satish add 44 before Sharma is stumped by Amy Hunter off Arlene Kelly, 66/2 at the halfway stage of the innings. Cara Murray strikes with her first delivery, Sharma stumped, so both set batters gone in consecutive deliveries, that should slow things down as the two new batters find their feet. Never run on a misfield they say and when Hunter fumbles a return from the deep that's what the batters attempt, silly run out. Two in the next Richardson over sees Ireland in full control, 10/4 in the last 4 overs. And another two crazy run outs sees the seventh and eighth wickets fall and a second wicket for Arlene Kelly in the nineteenth makes it 9. Ireland surely favourites at the change of innings. And Ireland start the chase at a gallop, fifty on the board before Lewis edges behind last ball of the Powerplay. Spinners on now, so a different challenge facing the Girls in Green. A win for spin as Hunter runs past one and is stumped by a distance and in the same over Laura Delany manages to paddle onto her leg stump from just her second delivery! 68/3 after 10 and vital phase for both sides coming up after the drinks break. Disaster for Rebecca Stokell who chips a return catch to Oza first ball after the resumption. Ireland creeping along but less than 30 required now. A couple of close lbw shouts go Ireland's way and the ball drops in amongst a couple of fielders - nervy stuff. But Eimear Richardson and Orla Prendergast go on the attack adding a quickfire 38 to get Ireland over the line with overs to spare.
Warm-up match: Ireland beat USA by 4 wickets
Mohan's Oval, Abu Dhabi, 23 April.
USA 119-9 (20 overs: E Richardson 3-13, A Kelly 2-25, C Murray 2-28)
Ireland 120-6 (15.2 overs: A Hunter 34, R Stokell 23*; G Kodali 2-25)
Ireland Women bounced back from their loss to Scotland with a morale boosting four-wicket victory over the USA in their second and final warm-up game of the T20 World Cup qualifiers. A fine bowling display saw the USA kept to 119 for 9, with none of the top five able to reach 20 despite all getting to double figures. Eimear Richardson (3-13), and Arlene Kelly (2-25), both got two wickets in an over to stall any momentum, while there was also a brace for leg-spinner Cara Murray (2-28). Gaby Lewis raced out of the traps with a quick 19, before being stranded when an Amy Hunter drive was deflected onto the stumps with her out of the crease. There would have been a few nerves when Orla Prendergast followed first ball, but a stylish Hunter hit six boundaries in a top score of 34 from just 26 balls to all but settle the contest. Skipper Laura Delany made 15, while there was confidence boosting runs too for Rebecca Stokell in a typically hard-hit unbeaten 23. Geetika Kodali took 3 wickets in a whole-hearted display, but the win was sealed in the 16th over. Ed Joyce’s side begin the competition in earnest with a clash on Thursday against hosts UAE.
Warm-up match: Ireland lost to Scotland by 8 wickets
Mohan's Oval, 21 April.
Ireland 98 (17.5 overs: Laura Delany 27, Orla Prendergast 21, Amy Hunter 15, Arlene Kelly 15*; Chloe Abel 3-17, Priyana Chatterji 3-17, Rachel Slater 2-15)
Scotland 100/2 (16.1 overs: Saskia Horley 34*, Sarah Bryce 34*, Kathryn Bryce 21; Ava Canning 1-9, Eimear Richardson 1-28)
The Bryce sisters led Scotland to an 8 wicket win (CricketEurope)
Ireland have won the toss and are batting. Usual openers Gaby Lewis and Amy Hunter. It's a bad start as Gaby Lewis goes caught off Rachel Slater for just a single. Orla Prendergast the new batter. End of the powerplay and two boundaries in that sixth over by Prendergast has got the Irish up and running after a watchful start. Second wicket down as Hunter gives a catch to the keeper Bryce. Prendergast the next to go and Ireland wobbling a bit as the big three all back in the hutch. Captain Laura Delany - who won her 200th cap this week - in the middle with Rebecca Stokell. 53/3 at the halfway point. A second wicket for Chloe Abel with a third catch for keeper Sarah Bryce has the Scots on top. Delany going well though. Eimear Richardson falls first ball and it's five down. Good test for the middle and lower order. Louise Little a third victim for Abel as wickets continue to tumble. Delany dismissed for a top-score of 27 - stumped by Sarah Bryce who has four scalps behind the stumps - her sister has two catches as well. Two boundaries by Arlene Kelly adds some vital runs. Ava Canning and Cara Murray both out cheaply and Ed Joyce's side in danger of being bowled out. And they are indeed - 98 all out in the 18th. Not great but it will be a good test for the bowling unit. Scotland depend a lot on their top-order so early wickets could make it interesting. Ava Canning strikes in the first over bowling Darcey Carter without scoring. and that brings the Scottish captain Kathryn Bryce to the crease. Eimear Richardson traps Bryce lbw in her first over and Sarah replaces her sister at the crease. 57/2 at the half way stage, game still very much in the balance. The Bryce Horley partnership is into the forties and looks to have swung the game Scotland's way. A comfortable win in the end for the Scots with that unbroken third wicket partnership of 66 seeing them home with almost four overs to spare. Fragile batting from Ireland meant that they were always second favourites here. Ireland's second 'official' warmup match versus USA is on Tuesday at the same venue with a midday start.
2nd T20I: Ireland beat Thailand by 8 wickets
The Sevens Stadium, Dubai, 18 April.
Thailand 79 (19 overs: Nannapat Khoncharoenkai 27*; Arlene Kelly 4-12, Laura Delany 2-13, Ava Canning 1-11, Alana Dalzell 1-12, Cara Murray 1-19)
Ireland 83/2 (13.2 overs: O Prendergast 32, A Hunter 30*, Laura Delany 15*; Onnicha Kamchomphu 1-13, Chanida Sutthiruang 1-23)
Laura Delany gets her 200th cap (Barney Read)
Ava Canning with the wicket of Nattaya Boochatham in the first over is just the start Ireland would have wanted after losing the Toss. And more trouble for the Thai girls as Dalzell picks up the second in her third over. It's the seventh over, Canning's last, before they find the boundary, twice. Cara Murray and Arlene Kelly took up the attack with Thailand 38/2 at the half way stage. A wicket for Arlene Kelly in the eleventh over breaks that little partnership and Ireland seemed to have things under control when Murray claimed her first and Thailand reached 70/4 with only five overs remaining. Three wickets in Kelly's next over including that of top scorer Khoncharoenkai ensured that Ireland would be chasing a low total tonight. An Eimear Richardson run-out claimed the eighth and Delany celebrated her 200th cap with the ninth and tenth meaning Arlene Kelly never got the chance of a five-for by bowling the final over. With Gaby Lewis gone without scoring, bowled in the first over of the chase, Orla Prendergast joined Amy Hunter at the crease and was into her stride straight away with three boundaries. Ten overs gone and Ireland saw Ireland reach 57/1 with only 23 more required for the win. That was down to 17 before the partnership was broken, Prendergast bowled by Kamchomphu. A fitting end to the game saw Laura Delany rattling off three boundaries including the winning runs on a day to remember for the Irish skipper. So it's now on to the 'official' World Cup warm-ups, the first of which is versus Scotland on Sunday, followed by the USA on Tuesday.
1st T20I: Ireland v Thailand - Abandoned without a ball bowled
Dubai, 16 April.
Ireland
Thailand
Torrential rain and flooding throughout the Gulf region meant that no play was possible.
5th T20I: Zimbabwe lost to Ireland by 14 runs
Harare, 2 February.
Ireland 138/7 (20 overs: Gaby Lewis 42, Orla Prendergast 42, Laura Delany 18; Kelis Ndhlovu 3-20, Nomvelo Sibanda 2-11, Precious Marange 2-27)
Zimbabwe 124/8 (20 overs: Mary-Anne Musonda 52, Kelis Ndhlovu 32: Laura Delany 3-17, Orla Prendergast 3-24)
Ireland won by runs (Kudzayi Chipidza)
Ireland batting first in the 5th and final T20. There's a debut for Joanna Loughran of Leinster. A blow for Ireland as Amy Hunter goes early after a slow start to the innings - 4 for 1 in the 3rd over. Gaby Lewis is up and running though to get the Irish back on track as she passes 20 as they reach 31 for 1 after 6 overs. Orla Prendergast joins in the fun and these two picking up the pace in a second wicket stand of 58 as they sit on 62 for 1 at the halfway point of the innings. The fun ends though as Lewis skies one to mid-off to depart for 42. Skipper Laura Delany makes a fluent 18 before chipping tamely back to Precious Marange 105 for 3 after 15. Prendergast still firing on all cylinders, but kiss of death as she is bowled in the next over - three sixes in her 42. Ireland losing their way a bit as Louise Little swings across the line and is bowled for 7, quickly followed by Arlene Kelly and Rebecca Stokell to similar heaves. A final total of 138 is nowhere near their previous efforts but they will be hopeful of defending it and completing a clean sweep. Steady start to the chase with Musonda looking dangerous - they are right up with the required rate at the end of the powerplay, continuing in the same vein as the midway point approaches. Ireland need a wicket. They will be aware of the lack of depth in the batting if they can remove these two. Leah Paul finally gets the breakthrough as she bowls Ndhlovu for 32 with the total on 77. Will that open the door? Musonda though the key to the game as she reaches her 50 from 39 balls, including six boundaries. This one going all the way as the return of Orla Prendergast does the trick as she bowls Musonda who misses with an ugly heave across the line, quickly followed by trapping Mujali lbw. It's now three wickets in five balls as Laura Delany gets into the action. Make that four wickets in eight balls as a second for the skipper. Hosts falling apart - self destructed. Prendergast gets a third, as does Delany. Not often you see an international team's tail starting at 3... Brief rally but the damage has been done with the loss of six wickets for seven runs. Last over begins with 19 needed but the 8th wicket falls with a run out coming back for a non-existent second. Ireland close out a 14-run win and a 5-0 series whitewash. Next up is the T20 WCQ in the UAE in a few months.
4th T20I: Zimbabwe lost to Ireland by 9 wickets
Harare, 1 February.
Zimbabwe 65/5 (8 overs: Kelis Ndhlovu 17, Pellagia Mujaji 12, Loreen Tshuma 10*; Georgina Dempsey 1-3, Laura Delany 1-10, Cara Murray 1-17)
Ireland 70/1 (7.5 overs: Orla Prendergast 27*, Gaby Lewis 20*, Amy Hunter 19; Lindokuhle Mabhero 1-6) (Match reduced to 8 overs)
Orla Prendergast's maximum saw Ireland to victory (Kudzayi Chipidza)
Toss: Ireland. Rain delayed the start of the match and the game has been reduced to 8 overs per side. Ava Canning and Georgina Dempsey opening the attack for Ireland. A tidy over from Canning concedes only 3 runs and then a big wicket last ball of Dempsey's ove, Mary-Anne Musonda slicing a full toss high to Lewis at cover. Arlene Kelly bowls the fourth for 11 runs and Cara Murray strikes with the first ball of the fifth having Mujaji stumped, but two more half chances are missed in the over! Leah Paul bowls the sixth, it goes for 9 but Ndhlovu is run out trying for a second run to keep the strike. Cara Murray bowls the penultimate over, 12 come off it but with another run out. Laura Delany bowls the final over for 10 and takes a wicket with the final delivery. Ireland not at their best in the field, they will need to be at their best with the bat to chase this down I think. Hunter and Lewis take 13 off the spin of Precious Marange to start. Left arm spinner Kelis Ndhlovu bowls the second for 7. More spin for the third as legspinner Tshuma takes the ball and Hunter survives as cover and backward point both leave the catch for each other. She runs past one in the next and the keeper fails to gather only to loft to cover next ball. Orla Prendergast joins Lewis at the crease. Sloppy fielding concedes a boundary helping Ireland's cause and batters happy to take on the throw from the deep to run the second. Prendergast runs past one and keeper fumbles - lucky! Last over needing 9 starts with an overthrow for 2. A single to long off. 2 on a half stop to extra cover. 2 to long off - bowler fails to gather the return and misses run out! Prendergast swings the penultimate delivery high over the midwicket boundary for 6. Game over! As tight a 9 wicket win as you'll ever see.
3rd T20I: Zimbabwe lost to Ireland by 60 runs
Harare, 30 January.
Ireland 169/3 (20 overs: Orla Prendergast 69, Laura Delany 54*, Amy Hunter 42)
Zimbabwe 109/7 (20 overs: Kelis Ndhlovu 36, Loreen Tshuma 26*, Chiedza Dhururu 25*; Louise Little 2-8, Orla Prendergast 1-6, Cara Murray 1-19, Freya Sargent 1-20)
Runs again today for the Girls in Green (Zimbabwe Women's Cricket X)
Half centuries from Player of the Match Orla Prendergast and Laura Delany ensured Ireland took an unassailable 3-0 series lead with another comfortable 60-run win. Batting first, the Irish lost Gaby Lewis in the first over, but Prendergast and the in-form Amy Hunter restored the natural order with a second wicket stand of 66, before Hunter was eventually dismissed for the first time in the series for 42 (7 fours). Prendergast thumped 9 fours and a six in her top score of 69 from 44 balls, sharing a third wicket stand of 86 with the skipper. Delany, playing her 100th T20, celebrated in style by making an unbeaten 54 from 44 deliveries, which saw her clear the ropes twice as well as hitting three fours as the Irish made 169 for 3. Yet again, the hosts struggled, never threatening at any stage to chase the target. Kelis Ndhlovu made 36, with Louise Little the pick of the attack, taking 2 for 8. With the series wrapped up, Ed Joyce may opt to give the middle and late order some batting practice ahead of the T20 WCQ in a few months.
2nd T20I: Zimbabwe lost to Ireland by 42 runs
Harare, 28 January.
Ireland 172/3 (20 overs: Amy Hunter 77*, Gaby Lewis 44, Orla Prendergast 37)
Zimbabwe 130/8 (20 overs: Kelis Ndlovu 52, Pellagia Mujaji 31; Laura Delany 4-12, Cara Murray 2-27, Ava Canning 1-15)
More runs for Amy Hunter (Kudzayi Chipadza)
Another half century for Amy Hunter and four wickets for Ireland skipper Laura Delany were the highlights of another comfortable win for Ireland Women as they took a 2-0 lead in their five match series against Zimbabwe in Harare. Hunter celebrated her 50th cap as she hit 6 fours and 2 sixes in an unbeaten 77 from 57 balls following up her impressive century in Friday's opener. An opening stand of 94 with Gaby Lewis (44) put Ireland in control, with a quickfire 37 in just 17 balls by Orla Prendergast taking them to a total of 172 for 3. The hosts started brightly, but were always well behind the required rate despite a second wicket stand of 54 between Kelis Ndlovu (52), and Pellagia Mujaji (31). Delany's canny bowling proved effective as she took 4 for 12 - her best figures in any of her record 196 appearances for Ed Joyce's side as they clinched a 42-run victory,
1st T20I: Zimbabwe lost to Ireland by 57 runs
Harare, 26 January.
Ireland 191/3 (20 overs: Amy Hunter 101*, Gaby Lewis 56, Orla Prendergast 13; K Chigora 2-31)
Zimbabwe 134/5 (20 overs: Mary-Anne Musonda 46, CT Dhururu 22, Kelis Ndlovu 20; Alana Dalzell 2-20, Georgina Dempsey 2-25, Cara Murray 1-28)
Hundred for Amy Hunter (Kudzayi Chipadza)
It has been all Ireland in the first half of the innings after winning the toss. Amy Hunter and Gaby Lewis punishing the bad deliveries to coast relatively untroubled to 87 without loss after 11 overs. Amy Hunter reaches her half century with the first six of the day - 43 balls (5 fours, 1 six) and the 100 comes up in the 12th over. This is the fourth 100 partnership by Ireland in T20I's. The record is 113 by Gaby Lewis and Kim Garth. It's 50 too for Gaby Lewis from 36 balls (9 fours) as the record is broken. The fun ends on 138 as Lewis is lbw as she missed a slog sweep. The big question now is can Hunter get another hundred against Zimbabwe - two years after becoming the youngest ODI centurion? Orla Prendergast goes for 13 as she swings across the line. Rebecca Stokell the new batter but doesn't last long as middle stump knocked out as she heaved across the line. Hunter makes history again. Came off 66 balls with 13 fours and a six. Breakthrough for Alana Dalzell as she ends an opening stand of 38 in the sixth over. The Bready speedster gets her second as Ireland continue their domination. The hosts 62 for 2 after 10 overs. Game all but over - just a question now of the margin of victory. Musonda goes for 46, caught in the deep off Georgina Dempsey, who claims a second shortly after. Cara Murray gets in on the act as wickets tumble. 66 needed off the last over..snookers required..Ireland close out the 57-run win on another record-breaking day for Amy Hunter and Gaby Lewis. The next game is on Sunday.
3rd ODI: Zimbabwe lost to Ireland by 81 runs
Harare, 23 January.
Ireland 180 (48.1 overs: Orla Prendergast 41, Leah Paul 27; Loreen Tahuma 2-27, Lindokuhle Mabhero 2-31, Precious Marenge 2-35)
Zimbabwe 99 (30.5 overs: Ashley Ndhlovu 24*, Mary-Anne Musonda 23; Cara Murray 6-31)
Cara Murray took six wickets as Ireland won by 81 runs (Kudzayi Chipidza)
Toss: Zimbabwe. Gaby Lewis and Amy Hunter gone inside the first five overs both for single figures. Prendergast and Stokell at the crease with half the overs gone - 100 up and Prendergast going well, important partnership this but both fall in quick succession to leave the Girls in Green scrambling to get whatever more runs they can. And the lower order has done well - double figures from numbers 7-11 has given Ireland a total they will hope to defend. Good spread of wickets amongst the Zimbabwean bowlers with all seven used picking up at least one wicket. The hosts made a steady start and it looked as if it was going to be a close-run chase as they reached 59 for 2. However, Cara Murray weaved her magic with her leg-spin claiming 6 for 31 as the hosts lost eight wickets for 40 runs to be bundled out for 99. Her figures are the best by an Irish women in ODI's and only Susan Bray (7-21 v Dutch in 3-day game in 1987) and Isobel Joyce (6-21 v Pakistan in Test 2000) have recorded better analyses in all types of games.
2nd ODI: Zimbabwe tied with Ireland (DLS)
Harare, 21 January.
Zimbabwe 227/9 (50 overs: Chiedza Dhururu 46, Mary-Anne Musonda 41, Ashley Ndiraya 41, Kelis Ndhlovu 34, Pellagia Mujaji 25; Arlene Kelly 4-35, Laura Delany 1-24, Freya Sargent 1-52, Cara Murray 1-67)
Ireland 202/9 (43 overs: Gaby Lewis 42, Leah Paul 34, Rebecca Stokell 30, Amy Hunter 21; Kelis Ndhlovu 3-35, Loreen Tshuma 2-48) (Ireland target 203 in 43 overs)
Zimbabwe defended a target of 203 (Zimbabwe Women's Cricket X)
Toss: Ireland. Zimbabwe’s top five all got starts after being put in by Ireland and had taken the total to 196/3 in the 44th over before losing wickets in the final overs as they pushed on. There were four wickets for Arlene Kelly, two in the final over, and one for Freya Sargent plus two run outs in that spell as the hosts set a total that Ireland will be glad isn’t greater. Good start to the reply by the Girls in Green with openers Leah Paul and Gaby Lewis adding 84 for the first wicket before a rain interruption reduced the game to 43 overs and the Target to 203. A frantic last few overs for Ireland as wickets fell to run-outs and the game became tighter, dropped catches, one of which cleared the rope for a maximum aiding their cause. In the end 6 off the final over and 2 off 3 deliveries proved to be 1 too many!
1st ODI: Zimbabwe lost to Ireland by 10 wickets (DLS)
Harare, 18 January.
Zimbabwe 170 (42.5/44 overs; Ashley Ndiraya 47, Precious Marange 29, Christine Mugeri-Tiripano 22; Freya Sargent 3-29, Cara Murray 3-32, Ava Canning 2-19)
Ireland 110/0 (13.1 overs, G Lewis 65* (11 x 4, 1 x 6,) A Hunter 36*) (Ireland target 110 in 21 overs.)
Gaby Lewis and Amy Hunter shared an unbroken first wicket stand of 110 (Zimbabwe Cricket )
Three wickets apiece for spinners Freya Sargent and Cara Murray have put Ireland in a strong position at the midway point of their first ODI against Zimbabwe in Harare. A delayed start followed by a rain interruption reduced the contest to 44 overs, and the hosts were never able to get away from a disciplined Irish attack that took wickets at regular intervals. Waringstown leg-spinner Murray was instrumental in removing the middle-order, while Clontarf teenager Sargent finished the contest strongly. Leinster opening bowler Ava Canning removed the dangerous Mary-Anne Musonda in the 3rd over of the day and took another to finish with 2 for 19, with Laura Delany and Arlene Kelly the other successful bowlers. A total of 170 should be well within the Irish grasp as they begin their chase after lunch. However, more rain has meant another delay. Set a revised target of 110 in 21 overs, Gaby Lewis (65*) hit eleven fours and a six as she and Amy Hunter (36*) knocked off the runs with the minimum of fuss.
Warm-up: Zimbabwe A lost to Ireland by 158 runs (DLS)
Sunrise Sports Club, Harare, 16 January.
Ireland 222-4 (36 overs, Orla Prendergast 46*, Leah Paul 42, Gaby Lewis 37, Kudzai Chigora 2-33)
Zimbabwe 101 (31.3 overs, Cara Murray 3-13, Jame Maguire 2-3) (Zimbabwe target 259 in 36 overs.)
Orla Prendergast struck an unbeaten half-century as Ireland warmed up for tomorrow’s first one-day international against Zimbabwe with a convincing 158-run DLS victory over their hosts’ A-team at the Harare Sports Club. In a rain-shortened practice match, Leah Paul (42) and Gaby Lewis (37) set the Girls in Green on course for 222-4 from 36 overs, with an opening stand of 54, and Prendergast hit eight boundaries before retiring on 56. But there was no happy return for Amy Hunter, who was bowled for six, at the ground where she became the youngest ODI centurion - male or female - on her 16th birthday, in October 2021. The DLS calculation asked Zimbabwe to score 259 to win, and with leg-spinner Cara Murray taking 3-13 and Jane Maguire 2-3 from three overs, the home side failed to mount a challenge and were bowled out for 101 in the 32nd over. The second and third matches of the ODI series take place on Sunday and Tuesday, followed by five T20 internationals.
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