For the 2022 season, Cricket Ireland has selected Paul Davidge as the new head coach of the Typhoons of the Arachas Super Series. Former Ireland international Clare Shillington, who stepped down at the end of the 2021 season, is replaced by the 40-year-old Englishman from Essex.
Davidge, a former wicketkeeper, has been coaching for more than 20 years and will combine his new post with his present roles as Essex County Cricket Club’s Women’s Elite Eagles Program Head Coach (U18 – 1st XI) and academy coach at Central Sparks. He also serves as a coach for the counties’ Academy wicket keepers. During the 2019 season, he also worked with the Suffolk CCC Men’s 1st team squad.
Davidge had a 12-year playing career that included spells with a number of English county teams, including Berkshire and Wiltshire, as well as time spent playing A Grade cricket in Australia. He has played for the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), captaining them in a three-day match in 2011.
He’ll train with the Typhoons ahead of the Arachas Super Series opener against the Scorchers at Merrion Cricket Club this weekend. The Arachas Super Series, now in its seventh year, is a best-v-best competition that pits Irish senior internationals against Ireland’s top young talent. The competition’s title sponsor is once again Arachas, Ireland’s largest and fastest-growing statewide insurance agency.
Speaking from home after his appointment, Davidge said: “I am delighted to be named head coach of the Typhoons. I have followed the rise of the Ireland women’s cricket team over the past 18 months and along with the new funding commitment from Cricket Ireland, I can only see that the program will continue to grow. I feel that I can offer support, experience, and learning opportunities for the players in the Typhoons squad and try to give the players the best opportunity to play successfully for the National side.”