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The Ireland Under-19s Women’s cricket team are currently in South Africa preparing for the inaugural ICC Women’s Under-19 T20 World Cup, which takes place between the 14-29 of January. Here is what you need to know about the tournament.
The ICC are hoping that this new tournament will offer young women across the globe the chance to showcase their mettle and also help drive the growth and popularity of women’s cricket.
This T20 competition feature 16 teams split into four groups of four. Eleven full-member nations, including Ireland, received automatic entry to the inaugural edition of the Under-19s Women’s T20 World Cup. The remaining five spots were filled by one team from each of the ICC’s five regions, through regional qualifying tournaments.
Ireland Women are in Group C along with New Zealand, West Indies, and Indonesia.
The top three from each group will progress to the Super Six round, where teams will be pooled into two groups of six. Group 1 will comprise the three teams each from Groups A and D, while Group 2 will have three teams each from Groups B and C.
The top two teams from each group will progress to the semi-finals which will both be played on 27 January at JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom.
The final will take place at the same venue on 29 January.
Ireland Under-19 Women’s Squad: Amy Hunter (c), Siúin Woods (vc), Zara Craig, Georgina Dempsey, Rebecca Gough, Abbi Harrison, Jennifer Jackson, Johanna Loughran, Niamh McNulty, Aimee Maguire, Kia McCartney, Ellie McGee, Julie McNally, Freya Sargent, Annabel Squires.
Non travelling reserves: Alice Walsh, Aoife Fisher.
The squad will be captained by senior international Amy Hunter. It will be the 17 year-old’s first time to skipper an Irish side in a competitive game.
ICC Women’s U19 T20 World Cup Matches
• 15 January: Ireland v West Indies (North West University; starts at 8am)
• 17 January: Ireland v New Zealand (JB Marks Oval; starts at 8am)
• 19 January: Ireland v Indonesia; North West University; starts at 8am)
• 20 January: Fourth place playoffs (If Ireland qualifies)
• 21-25 January: Super 6 Stage matches (If Ireland qualifies)
• 27 January: Semi-finals (If Ireland qualifies)
• 29 January: World Cup Final (If Ireland qualifies)
*All times are in Irish time
The games are expected to be broadcast live on ICC.TV
England: Ellie Anderson, Hannah Baker, Josie Groves, Liberty Heap, Niamh Holland, Ryana MacDonald-Gay, Emma Marlow, Charis Pavely, Davina Perrin, Lizzie Scott, Grace Scrivens, Sophia Smale, Seren Smale, Alexa Stonehouse, Maddie Ward. Non-travelling reserves: Emily Churms, Charlotte Lambert, Bethan Miles, Jemima Spence, Mary Taylor.
Pakistan: Aroob Shah (c), Aliza Khan, Anosha Nasir, Areesha Noor, Eyman Fatima, Haleema Azeem Dar, Haniah Ahmer, Laiba Nasir, Mahnoor Aftab, Quratulain Ahsen, Rida Aslam, Shawaal Zulfiqar, Warda Yousaf, Zaib-un-Nisa, Zamina Tahir. Non-travelling reserves: Aqsa Yousaf, Dina Razvi, Maham Anees, Muskan Abid, Tahzeeb Shah.
India: Shafali Verma (c), Shweta Sehrawat (vc), Richa Ghosh (wk), G Trisha, Soumya Tiwari, Sonia Mehdiya, Hurley Gala, Hrishita Basu (wk), Sonam Yadav, Mannat Kashyap, Archana Devi, Parshavi Chopra, Titas Sadhu, Falak Naz, Shabnam MD. Stand-by players: Shikha, Najla CMC, Yashashree.
South Africa: Elandri Janse Van Rensburg, Simone Lourens, Anica Swart, Karabo Meso, Madison Landsman (vc), Oluhle Siyo (c), Kayla Reyneke, Jenna Evans, Miane Smit, Ayanda Hlubi, Seshnie Naidu, Refilwe Moncho, Mona Lisa Legodi, Nthabiseng Nini, Jemma Botha. Non-travelling reserves: Caitlin Wyngaard, Diara Ramlakan.
New Zealand: Izzy Sharp (c), Olivia Anderson, Anna Browning, Kate Chandler, Natasha Codyre, Isabella Gaze, Antonia Hamilton, Abigail Hotton, Louisa Kotkamp, Fran Jonas, Kayley Knight, Paige Loggenberg, Emma McLeod, Georgia Plimmer, Tash Wakelin.
West Indies: Ashmini Munisar (c), Asabi Callendar, Jahzara Claxton, Naijanni Cumberbatch, Earnisha Fontaine, Jannillea Glasgow, Realanna Grimmond, Trishan Holder, Zaida James, Djenaba Joseph, K D Jazz Mitchell, Shalini Samaroo, Shunelle Sawh, Lena Scott, Abini St Jean.
Scotland: Katherine Fraser (c), Alisa Lister (vc) (wk), Molly Barbour-Smith, Olivia Bell, Darcey Carter, Maryam Faisal, Maisie Maceira, Orla Montgomery, Niamh Muir, Molly Paton, Niamh Robertson-Jack, Nayma Sheikh, Anne Sturgess, Emily Tucker, Emma Walsingham.
Australia: Chloe Ainsworth, Jade Allen, Charis Bekker, Paris Bowdler, Maggie Clark, Sianna Ginger, Lucy Hamilton, Ella Hayward, Milly Illingworth, Eleanor Larosa, Rhys McKenna, Claire Moore, Kate Pelle, Amy Smith, Ella Wilson. Non-travelling reserves: Paris Hall, Samira Dimeglio, Sara Kennedy, Olivia Henry, Ananaya Sharma.
Bangladesh: Disha Biswas (c), Shorna Akter, Rabeya, Marufa Akter, Dilara Akter, Misty Rany Saha, Reya Akter Shika, Sumaiya Akter, Afia Humaira Anam Prottasha, Mst Unnoti Akter, Mst Dipa Khatun, Leky Chakma, Asrafi Yeasmin Arthy, Jannatul Maoua, Mst Eva. Stand-by: Suborna Kormaker, Nishita Akter Nishi, Mst Rabaya Khatun, Juairiya Ferdous.
Rwanda: Giselle Ishimwe (c), Merveille Uwase, Henriette Isimbi, Marie Jose Tumkunde, Giovanis Uwase, Shakila Nivomuhoza, Sylvia Usabyimana, Henriette Ishimwe, Divine Ishimwe, Belyse Murekatete, Cynthia Uwera, Cesarie Muragijimana, Rosine Irera, Synthia Uwere, Zurufat Ishimwe.
Zimbabwe: Kelis Ndhlovu (c), Kelly Ndiraya, Kay Ndiraya, Adel Zimunhu, Natasha Mtomba, Vimbai Mutungwindu, Danielle Meikle, Tawananyasha Marumani, Michelle Mavunga, Olinda Chare, Kudzai Chigora, Betty Mangachena, Chipo Moyo, Faith Ndhlalambi, Rukudzo Mwakayeni.
United Arab Emirates: Theertha Satish (c), Vaishnave Mahesh, Samaira Dharnidharka, Lavanya Keny, Sanchin Singh, Rinitha Rajith, Induja Nandakumar, Siya Gokhale, Mahika Gaur, Anvi Sumil Patil, Archana Supriya, Rishitha Rajith, Geethika Jyothis, Sanjana Ramesh, Ishitha Zahra.
USA: Geetika Kodali (c), Anika Kolan (vc)(wk), Aditi Chudasama, Bhumika Bhadriraju, Disha, Dhingra, Isani Vaghela, Jivani Aras, Laasya Mullapudi, Pooja Ganesh (wk), Pooja Shah, Ritu Singh, Sai Tanmayi Eyyunni, Snigdha Paul, Suhani Thadani, Taranum Chopra.
Sri Lanka: Vishmi Gunaratne (c), Dewmi Vihanga, Umaya Rathnayake, Rashmi Nethranjali, Rashmika Sewwandi, Manudi Nanayakkara, Sumudu Nisansala. Pamoda Saini, Vidushika Perera, Dulanga Dissanayake, Rishmi Sanjana, Nethmi Senarathne, Harini Perera, Vihara Sewwandi, Dahemi Senethma.
Indonesia: Wesikaratna Dewi (c), Thersiana Penu Weo (vc), Ni Kadek Ariani, Yessny Djahilepang, Sang Ayu Puspita Dewi, Lie Qiao, I Gusti Pratiwi, Ni Kadek Murtiari, Ni Putu Cantika, Ni Kadek Dwi Indriyani, Desi Wulandari, Ni Made Suarniasih, Gusti Ayu Ratna Ulansari, Dewa Ayu Sasrikayoni, Kadek Ayu Kurniartini.