Ireland women's cricket team

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Association Cricket Ireland
Captain Laura Delany
Coach Aaron Hamilton
International Cricket Council
ICC status Full member (2017)
ICC region Europe
Women's Tests
First international Ireland Ireland vs. Netherlands 
(Utrecht; 26 July 1983)
First WTest Ireland Ireland vs. Pakistan 
(Dublin; 30 July 2000)
Women's One Day Internationals
First WODI Ireland Ireland vs. Australia 
(Belfast; 28 June 1987)
Women's World Cup Appearances 5 (first in 1988)
Best result 4th (1988)
Women's World Cup Qualifier Appearances 3 (first in 2003)
Best result Champion (2003)
Women's Twenty20 Internationals
First WT20I Ireland Ireland vs. West Indies 
(Dublin; 27 June 2008)
Women's World Twenty20 Appearances 1 (first in 2014)
Best result First round (2014)
Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier Appearances 2 (first in 2013)
Best result Champion (2015)
As of 25 November 2015

The Ireland women's cricket team is the team that represents Ireland in international women's cricket. Cricket in Ireland is governed by Cricket Ireland and organised on an All-Ireland basis, meaning the Irish women's team represents both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Ireland made its One Day International (ODI) debut in 1987, against Australia, and the following year played at the 1988 World Cup, making the first of five appearances at the tournament. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s Ireland was considered to be a top-level team, playing regular ODI series and placing as high as fifth at the World Cup (in 1993, out of eight teams). In 2000, the team played its first and only Test match, defeating Pakistan. Although it still retains ODI status, Ireland has not qualified for a World Cup since the 2005 event. The team has, however, qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 on two occasions, in 2014 and 2016.



The Irish women's team entered the international arena well before their male counterparts, playing their first ODIs in a three match series against Australia in 1987, a full 19 years before the men's team would make their ODI debut. They lost all three games by more than 100 runs, but were still invited to take part in the World Cup the following year in Australia.

In that World Cup, they finished fourth, losing to New Zealand in the third place play-off game. Ireland subsequently came fourth of five in the tournament, with Ireland's only two wins both came against The Netherlands. The next year, Ireland took part in the first Women's European Championship in Denmark, finishing fourth on run rate, with their only win coming against the hosts.


The first two years of the 1990s again saw Ireland compete in the European Championships, finishing as runners up to England in 1990, and third place in 1991. Sandwiched between those two tournaments was a 2 match ODI series against England, with England winning both games, the second by 10 wickets.

1993 saw them compete in the World Cup again, this time finishing in fifth place. The next European Championship in 1995 again saw them finish as runners up to England. Following this, they settled into a pattern of playing ODIs against whichever team was touring England, a pattern that continues to this day. The 1997 World Cup saw them lose to New Zealand in the quarter finals. The end of the 1990s saw them again finish as runners up to England in the European Championship in 1999.


2000 was a big year for the Irish women's team as they played their first ever Test match, beating Pakistan by an innings inside two days in Dublin. This is still their only Test match however. They also dominated the ODI series against Pakistan, winning 4–0 with a fifth game rained off. They still could only finish seventh in the World Cup later that year though, their only win coming against The Netherlands. The following year, they won the European Championship, and that remains the only time out of seven tournaments that the England team had not won the competition.

That seventh place meant that they had to take part in the 2003 IWCC Trophy, the inaugural edition of what is now known simply as the World Cup Qualifier. They won every game in that tournament, which qualified them for the world cup in South Africa in 2005. They came last in that tournament, meaning they will have to qualify again for the 2009 World Cup. Later in the year, they yet again finished as runners up to England in the European Championship.

Their most recent activity was a two match ODI series against The Netherlands, winning both games. In November 2007, they will go to the Women's World Cup Qualifier in Lahore, where they will play Bermuda, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, South Africa and an African qualifier.

In 2009, Ireland beat the Netherlands to win the European Championship.[1]

In April 2016, Laura Delany was named as captain of Ireland women's cricket team replacing Isobel Joyce who stepped down after the 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20 in India.[2][3][4]

Tournament history

World Cup

  • 1988: 4th place
  • 1993: 5th place
  • 1997: Quarter finals
  • 2000: 7th place
  • 2005: 8th place

European Championship

  • 1989: 4th place
  • 1990: Runners up
  • 1991: 3rd place
  • 1995: Runners up
  • 1999: Runners up
  • 2001: Winners
  • 2005: Runners up
  • 2009: Winners

Current international rankings

The ICC Women's Rankings incorporates results from Tests, ODIs and T20Is into a single ranking system.

ICC Women's Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  England 41 5,274 129
2  Australia 47 6,025 128
3  New Zealand 50 5,842 117
4  India 45 5,216 116
5  West Indies 39 4,011 103
6  South Africa 55 5,112 93
7  Pakistan 46 3,338 73
8  Sri Lanka 44 2,904 66
9  Bangladesh 19 704 37
10  Ireland 17 504 30
Reference: ICC Women's Rankings, ICC Women's Championship, 21 November 2017
"Matches" is the number of matches played in the 12-24 months since the October before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that.

Current squad

The Ireland squad for the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier was as follows:[5]


Test cricket

ODI cricket

See also


  1. ^ Cricinfo staff (5 August 2009), All-round Richardson guides Ireland to title, Cricinfo, retrieved 5 August 2009 
  2. ^ Delany named Ireland Women captain
  3. ^ Laura Delany named as the new Irish cricket captain
  4. ^ Laura Delany named as new Ireland women's captain
  5. ^ "Ireland Women Name World Cup Qualifying Squad". Cricket Ireland. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
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