On Thursday, the Ireland Cricket Board announced a four-match T20 International home series between Ireland Women and Netherlands Women. The series will take place at Malahide between July 26 and 30, ahead of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup European Qualifier in August in Spain.
Ireland Women recently played a four-match T20I series at Stormont in May against Scotland. The team defeated Scotland by 3-1. Ireland Women will tour England for a one-off encounter with Lancashire Women next week. The match will be played at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.
The fixtures are aimed at providing a great level of competitive international action ahead of the T20 World Cup European Qualifier which will see Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, France, Germany, and Turkey squaring off for one spot in the T20 World Cup global qualifying tournament.
“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,” Head Coach of Ireland Women Ed Joyce said.
“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.”
The board has, however, added that the schedule is subject to change depending upon the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Ireland Women vs Netherlands Women Fixtures
• 26 July 2021: 1st T20I, Malahide
• 27 July 2021: 2nd T20I, Malahide
• 29 July 2021: 3rd T20I, Malahide
• 30 July 2021: 4th T20I, Malahide