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Naomi Matthews in Ireland Women's Squad and Stormont to Host Zimbabwe

Richard White
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Cricket Ireland has announced a 13-player squad for the upcoming Ireland v West Indies Women's T20 International series in late May, that includes Waringstown's Naomi Matthews.

The West Indies Women's team are fourth in the world T20I rankings, while Ireland are ranked 10th.

The two sides will meet for three matches:

  • 26 May 2019 at YMCA Cricket Club in Dublin
  • 28 May 2019 at Pembroke Cricket Club in Dublin
  • 29 May 2019 at Pembroke Cricket Club in Dublin

 There is free entry into all games.

The squad for the series is:

  • Laura Delany (Captain), Kim Garth, Shauna Kavanagh, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Lara Maritz, Naomi Matthews, Leah Paul, Celeste Raack, Una Raymond-Hoey, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.

Ireland Women's Head Coach Aaron Hamilton said, "The senior squad selected for the West Indies series is one which blends experienced players with some of the best emerging talent we have, with the likes of Louise Little and Leah Paul impressing in the Academy and Super 3s, and Naomi Matthews integrated into the senior performance set-up for the first time. With a T20 World Cup Qualifier campaign approaching in August, these matches against West Indies are an ideal start to a big season ahead for the squad."

2019 Fixtures for Ireland Women

The confirmed fixture calendar for 2019 is:

  • 26 May: Ireland Women v West Indies Women (YMCA CC, Dublin); T20I
  • 28 May: Ireland Women v West Indies Women (Pembroke CC, Dublin); T20I
  • 29 May: Ireland Women v West Indies Women (Pembroke CC, Dublin); T20I
  • 3 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill); 50-over
  • 5 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill); 50-over
  • 7 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill); 50-over
  • 10 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Stormont); T20I*
  • 12 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready CC); T20I*
  • 14 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready CC); T20I*

     * Matches will form part of three double-header events in conjunction with Ireland Men and Zimbabwe Men