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Cricket Ireland has today announced a four-match T20 International series against Netherlands Women to be played at Malahide in late July, ahead of the all-important ICC Women’s T20 World Cup European Qualifier in August.
The fixtures are:
• 26 July 2021: Ireland Women v Netherlands Women – 1st T20I (Malahide, starting 4pm)
• 27 July 2021: Ireland Women v Netherlands Women – 2nd T20I (Malahide, starting 4pm)
• 29 July 2021: Ireland Women v Netherlands Women – 3rd T20I (Malahide, starting 4pm)
• 30 July 2021: Ireland Women v Netherlands Women – 4th T20I (Malahide, starting 11am)
The matches will be livestreamed and livescored via the Cricket Ireland match centre. Permitted spectator capacity will be advised closer to the series.
Ireland Women recently defeated Scotland 3-1 in a four-match T20I series at Stormont in May, and next week will head to England for a one-off encounter with Lancashire Women to be played at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester. These new fixtures will provide an even greater level of competitive international action ahead of the T20 World Cup European Qualifier where Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, France, Germany and Turkey will battle it out for one spot in the T20 World Cup global qualifying tournament.
Ed Joyce, Head Coach of Ireland Women, said:
“It was great to see the character and determination emerge from this young squad after we went 1-0 down in the Scotland series last month. To turn it around and dominate the following three matches told me a lot about the focus and competitive edge that this squad possesses. Indeed, that last squad was missing some of our key players, so to see a number of our emerging talent step up and shoulder responsibility was very encouraging.”
“As always, the more competitive cricket we can get for the squad, the better – and we appreciate the Dutch side travelling over during what are still challenging times. We look forward to another competitive series, and – with the Lancashire Women match next week – this will be an important month for our preparations ahead of out T20 World Cup Qualifier in August.”
Shane Deitz, Head Coach of Netherlands Women, said:
“It’s fantastic that the KNCB and Cricket Ireland have been able to put this tour together in these circumstances. Our team has had many tours postponed and it has been a long time since we have been able to go and play against some quality opposition in quality conditions. I am excited to see the team play and I know the girls are very excited for the opportunity. This will be a superb build up for the European qualifiers in Spain and for us to work out some combinations and try a few things.”
The fixtures are all subject to change given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in government policies.
ICC Qualifier tournaments in 2021
– ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier (26-30 August 2021, Spain)
– ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier (December 2021, Sri Lanka)
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