Ireland Women Under 19 2023
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Tournament Coverage Under 19 Women's World Cup 2023 (South Africa, 14-29 January)
Matches 2023
Women's U19 World Cup, Group 2: Pakistan beat Ireland by 7 wickets.
Potchefstroom, 23 January.
Ireland 113/7 (20 overs; Annabel Squires 55*; Rida Aslam 2-26)
Pakistan 117/3 (17.3 overs; Syeda Shah 35, Eyman Fatima 25, Warda Yousaf 24*)
Abbi Harrison of Ireland celebrates the wicket of Eyman Fatima of Pakistan (ICC)
Defeat for Ireland in their final match of the Tournament with Pakistan easing over the line by 7 wickets with two and a half overs to spare. Ireland's innings was dominated by Annabel Squires' half century with Zara Craig's 17 the only other score in double figures. The Irish running between the wickets has been heart-stopping at times and today they benefitted from the umpire's generous 'not-out' decisions on two occasions in that regard. The Pakistan openers Fatima and Zulfiqar rattled along reaching 44 inside the Powerplay before Zulfiqar was out in a Zara Craig wicket maiden. But that was the high point for Ireland as Warda Yousaf and skipper Syeda Shah combined in a 56 run partnership that ensured the win. Ireland head home with just that Group Stage win over Indonesia to show for their first taste of competition at this level. Quite a gulf for the 'smaller' countries to bridge both in skills and athleticism if they are to compete with the 'bigger' nations but hopefully having dipped their toes in the water they can build on this experience.
Women's U19 World Cup, Group 2: England beat Ireland by 121 runs.
Potchefstroom, 21 January.
England 207/2 (20 overs; Grace Scrivens 93, Liberty Heap 42, Niamh Holland 34*, Seren Smale 30*)
Ireland 86 (16.4 overs; Hannah Baker 3-9, Sophia Smale 3-11)
England's Grace Scrivens during her innings of 93 against Ireland (ICC)
A dominant display of batting by Grace Scrivens whose fifty came up in 30 balls 10x4, 2x6. No mercy shown here by the England openers who reached 105/0 at drinks. It was a tough day in the field for the Girls in Green but the breakthrough came when Laura Maguire crept one under Liberty Heap's bat. And it was Freya Sargent who claimed the wicket of an exhausted looking Grace Scrivens, swinging across the line. 93 off 56 balls (15x4, 2x6) spectacular stuff indeed. Ireland's reply to that massive England total was disastrous, immediately losing Rebecca Gough who hit the ball straight to short cover and set off for a non-existant single - sent back and out by 10 yards! Then a second with Annabelle Squires chipping tamely to mid-off. 'Tip and run' madness causes the third - another run-out with Joanna Loughran 'ball-watching' and failing to reach the keeper's end. With Zara Craig pulling Scrivens to short mid wicket and Georgina Dempsey chopping on, Ireland had subsided to 51/5 at Drinks. Siúin Woods was bowled by Sophia Smale who had a second in the over with Harrison slicing high to cover on the ring. Leg-spinner Hannah Baker wrapped things up with 3 wickets and as expected a huge win for England who leap above New Zealand to top Group 2. Next up Pakistan on Monday for the Irish.
Women's U19 World Cup, Group C: Ireland beat Indonesia by 49 runs.
Potchefstroom, 19 January.
Ireland 156/5 (20 overs: Zara Craig 52*, Georgina Dempsey 50, Rebecca Gough 27; Kadek Ariani 3-30, Ratna Dewi 2-23)
Indonesia 107/8 (20 overs: Ratna Dewi 34*; Zara Craig 2-4)
Indonesia's Ni Kadek is bowled by Zara Craig (ICC)
Ireland won the Toss and opted for the 'less pressure' option - get what you can, and hope it's enough. And so it proved with a 93 run partnership between Georgina Dempsey and Zara Craig the key to the game after Ireland had a wobbly start, that threatened the Girls in Green's progress to the next stage of the Tournament. Wickets for each of Ireland's opening attack, and a scrambled run out claimed a third, with both batters heading for the same end more than once! Wickets for Zara Craig either side of the Drinks break and in the end six of Ireland's seven bowlers claimed at least one wicket. An easy win for Ireland but it would be foolish to ignore the fact that they conceded 30 extras in that Indonesian total. A feature of all their games so far that probably cost them a win against the West Indies and one that must be addressed before they face Group B winners England on Saturday, and likely Pakistan on Monday.
Post-match comments from Player of the Match Georgina Dempsey
Women's U19 World Cup, Group C: New Zealand beat Ireland by 9 wickets.
Potchefstroom, 17 January.
Ireland 74 (18.1 overs: Zara Craig 20; Natasha Codyre 3-6, Natasha Wakelin 2-12)
New Zealand 75/1 (6.5 overs: Anna Browning 29)
Ireland's Zara Craig batting against New Zealand (ICC)
Not the start Ireland needed with captain Amy Hunter missing from today's lineup - a fractured thumb has put her out of the Tournament with CSNI's Aoife Fisher flying in to replace her. Two run-outs in the first three wickets to fall didn't help the cause as Ireland were blown away. New Zealand also missing their star left-arm spinner Fran Jonas today with 23 Senior internationals under her belt, she is out of the Tournament with a calf strain. But that didn’t seem to hinder their progress to the win inside 7 overs. Not many positives to take from today for the Girls in Green.
Ireland stand-in captain Siuin Woods was interviewed after the match (ICC)
Women's U19 World Cup, Group C: Ireland lost to West Indies by 7 runs.
Potchefstroom, 15 January.
West Indies 125/3 (20 overs: Z James 52, N Cumberbatch 21*; F Sargent 2-9)
Ireland 118/7 (20 overs: A Squires 42, A Hunter 21; Z James 4-20)
Zaida James of West Indies batting with Joanna Loughran behind the stumps (ICC)
A half century from Zaida James set things up for the Windies before she was the first of a Freya Sargent double strike in the eighteenth over. A tidy display with the ball and in the field by the Girls in Green who should not have been overawed by the prospect of a run-a-ball chase for the victory. There was an early loss for Ireland when Siúin Woods dragged a catch to midwicket. Ireland looked to be pacing the chase well at the half way stage but Amy Hunter was bowled playing back and across the line and and soon after Georgina Dempsey was lbw playing an ambitious sweep. Disaster then for Ireland as Annabel Squires was bowled sweeping - too full for the shot and Zaida James took a second in the over, Harrison top edging a pull to short third man. So the most experienced players had gone and from then it was a too big an ask for the rest. In the end it was somewhat closer than it should have been, the West Indies dropping more catches than they held, but a win for them nonetheless.
Ireland captain Amy Hunter speaking after the match
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