The Scotland Women’s Cricket team will return to full international action this month as they take part in a long-anticipated series against Ireland in Belfast.
The Wildcats will take on their celtic neigbours in four T20 matches between May 23 and May 27 at Stormont, marking the first international action for the team since September 2019.
Scotland will be led by Kathryn Bryce with sister Sarah acting as vice captain in the squad of 14 named by new Head Coach Mark Coles. Also joining the tour will be Abtaha Maqsood, the third Scotland player to feature in The Hundred later this summer with Ikra Farooq and Alisa Lister both in line to make their full international debut. F
“It’s great to finally have international cricket to look forward to,” said Coles, who took up the full-time Head Coach role just over a month ago. “It’s been a long wait for the players and I know they can’t wait to get out there again. We’ve got a good mix of youth and experience in the team so this will be a good yardstick for me to see where we are currently and the work that lies ahead of us as we head into World Cup and Commonwealth Games qualifiers.”
Cricket Scotland and Cricket Ireland have been working hard behind the scenes for several months to make a series happen between the two teams. Mostly recently, an attempt to play on neutral ground in Spain in March was thwarted at the last minute by an extension of Covid-19 travel restrictions. Cricket Scotland CEO Gus Mackay is delighted to know that the matches are finally going ahead.
“I want to thank Cricket Ireland High Performance Director Richard Holdsworth and all of his team for the effort that they have put into making this series possible. Our women’s side have a crucial year ahead of them and being able to play competitive international cricket in preparation for that is absolutely essential. I’m grateful to everyone involved for making this happen and looking forward to seeing both teams out on the pitch in Belfast.”
The matches will be played on May 23rd, 24th, 26th and 27th.
Scotland Women’s squad to face Ireland
Kathryn Bryce (Captain)
Sarah Bryce (Vice Captain)
Unavailable; Hannah Rainey
Non Travelling Reserve: Charis Scott
Head Coach: Mark Coles
Assistant Coach: Peter Ross
Strength and Conditioning/Analyst: Charlotte Dalton-Howells
Team Manager: Sue Strachan