The Cricket Ireland Senior Women’s Team are to play a five-match series against Scotland next month at the Spanish resort of La Manga.

The series will start on 20 November and feature two 50-over matches and three T20 Internationals.

Zara Craig, Georgina Dempsey, Amy Hunter and Jane Maguire all receive senior squad call ups for the first time, however, owing to international travel restrictions the Irish side will be without the services of Mary Waldron, Lara Maritz, Eimear Richardson and Una Raymond-Hoey.

Players and support personnel will be travelling in accordance with strict protocols regarding health and safety during COVID-19 as issued by Sport Ireland.

“We’re delighted to finally see some international action return – our last matches were at the T20 World Cup Qualifier in Scotland last year, so this series is very welcome for all involved,” said Team Manager Ed Joyce.

“While spending time with the squad in the nets, and getting that extra contact time with the contracted players is invaluable, nothing compares to actually being out in the middle and experiencing the game in a match scenario – you learn so much more about your game and build confidence in such circumstances. I know the players are all keen to get out to Spain and pull on the green kit once more.”

“The absence of a few of our senior players, while unfortunate, has opened up an opportunity for several young players to come in and get a taste of international touring life. I have no doubt they’ll benefit immensely from the experience, which may be crucial as we move into what will likely be a big 12 months for Irish women’s cricket.”

Last week Cricket Ireland agreed a number of additional contract arrangement with the Women’s team cohort of players, some of which will mean compensation for earnings they may have lost while on international duty.

The players, management and personnel will self isolate for 14 days on their return to Ireland from the matches.

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