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Ireland opt for youth in T20 Qualifiers

Lucy O'Reilly set to become the second youngest woman to make her international debut

 Ireland opt for youth in T20 Qualifiers

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Ireland coach Jeremy Bray has never been afraid of giving youth a chance.

Lucy O'Reilly is set to become the youngest Irish international cricketer after being named in the Ireland squad for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifiers later this month.

The YMCA all-rounder, daughter of former Irish international Peter O'Reilly, is one of 14 players named for the global event which will see eight countries converge on Dublin in search of the three remaining places on offer for Bangladesh in 2014.

O’Reilly has already played for the Senior Women, making her debut in May in the County Championships. She played a major role taking 2-15 last weekend as Ireland beat Worcestershire by seven wickets in their Division Two game.

Ireland coach Jeremy Bray has never been afraid to give youth a chance as he showed by selecting leg-spinner Elena Tice against The Netherlands in August 2011.

If O’Reilly plays in the qualifiers she will take Tice’s age record and become the second youngest women’s international in the history of the game, behind Sajjida Shah.

Bray, the scorer of Ireland’s first century in a World Cup, said: “While the headlines will be about the teenagers in the squad such as Lucy, Elena, Una Raymond-Hoey and Kim Garth, it shouldn’t be forgotten that we've got a spine of experience in there too.

“Isobel and Cecelia Joyce have been stalwarts for over a decade now, while Clare Shilliington and Eimear Richardson are also battle hardened.

“There’s a real team camaraderie and spirit in the camp, and it’s a real bonus for the team to be on home soil. Our conditions will give us a massive advantage over the other sides who may find it very difficult to acclimatise. The fact that the ICC has just announced that there are three qualification places up for grabs instead of one is a real boost.

"We've had some very competitive cricket this year and are benefiting greatly from our exposure in the County Championship. Having gained successive promotions, we’ve noticed a real increase in standard, and that can only be good for our development as we look to qualify for the final stages of global tournaments.”

Bray revealed that Ireland had been making full use of their new base at YMCA. "We've played three T20 games against a strong YMCA Academy side each of the last three Wednesday's and hope to continue that in the run up to the tournament. It's proving to be of great benefit for everyone to face the Academy team which includes three first team regulars including Jack Tector. We've also been working hard on our fielding and fitness, and I've been especially impressed by Una Raymond-Hoey, who I rate as one of the top three fielders in the Ireland camp. We all know how crucial this discipline of the game is in the Twenty20 format and I'm certain we won't be found wanting."

Ireland have been seeded third and are drawn in the same group as Sri Lanka, Japan and Canada.

Top seeds Pakistan are in the other Group alongside The Netherlands, Zimbabwe and Thailand.

The tournament will be held at four venues in Leinster (The Hills, Malahide, Merrion and YMCA) from July 23rd until August 1st.

The squad in full is as follows:

Isobel Joyce (captain) (Merrion), Laura Delany (Leinster), Kim Garth (Pembroke), Cecelia Joyce (Merrion), Shauna Kavanagh (Pembroke), Amy Kenealy (Leinster), Louise McCarthy (Pembroke), Lucy O'Reilly (YMCA), Una Raymond-Hoey (Clontarf), Eimear Richardson (Leinster), Melissa Scott-Hayward (Merrion), Clare Shillington (Malahide), Elena Tice (Merrion), Mary Waldron (Malahide).

Reserves
Emma Flanagan (YMCA), Jenny Gray (YMCA), Robyn Lewis (YMCA), Rebecca Rolfe (Leinster).

ICC Women's World T20 Global Qualifier July 23- August 1
July 23 - Ireland v Japan (The Hills)
July 24 - Ireland v Canada (YMCA)
July 26 - Ireland v Sri Lanka (Merrion)
July 28 - August 1 TBA depending on group standings.

Ireland have also named their squads for Series in the UK and Ireland against Pakistan and the latest round of games in the ECB County Championships.

Pakistan Series in the UK 8-10th July @Solihull

Isobel Joyce (capt) (Merrion), Laura Delany (Leinster), Kim Garth (Pembroke), Shauna Kavanagh (Pembroke), Amy Kenealy (Leinster), Louise McCarthy (Pembroke), Lucy O'Reilly (YMCA),  Eimear Richardson (Leinster), Rebecca Rolfe (Leinster), Melissa Scott Hayward (Merrion), Clare Shillington (Malahide), Elena Tice (Merrion), Mary Waldron (Malahide).

Staffordshire/Lancashire 13th - 15th July

Isobel Joyce* (captain) (Merrion), Emma Beamish (Merrion), Clodagh Conway (Rush), Laura Cullen (Clontarf), Laura Delany (Leinster), Fiona Gill (Malahide), Jenny Gray YMCA), Shauna Kavanagh (Pembroke), Anna Kerrison (Leinster), Robyn Lewis (YMCA), Una Raymond Hoey (Clontarf), Eimear Richardson (Leinster), Rebecca Rolfe (Leinster).
*15th July only.

Pakistan series at Home 16-19th July

Twenty20 Squad (12) 16th July @YMCA

Isobel Joyce (capt) (Merrion), Laura Delany (Leinster), Kim Garth (Pembroke), Shauna Kavanagh (Pembroke), Amy Kenealy (Leinster), Louise McCarthy (Pembroke), Lucy O'Reilly (YMCA),  Eimear Richardson (Leinster), Melissa Scott Hayward (Merrion), Clare Shillington (Malahide), Elena Tice (Merrion), Mary Waldron (Malahide)

ODI Squad (14) 17th July @Rathmines & 19th July @ YMCA

Isobel Joyce (capt) (Merrion), Laura Delany (Leinster), Kim Garth (Pembroke), Cecelia Joyce (Merrion), Shauna Kavanagh (Pembroke), Amy Kenealy (Leinster), Louise McCarthy (Pembroke), Lucy O'Reilly (YMCA), Rebecca Rolfe (Leinster), Eimear Richardson (Leinster), Melissa Scott Hayward (Merrion), Clare Shillington (Malahide), Elena Tice (Merrion), Mary Waldron (Malahide).
 

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