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Fintan McAllister has been appointed interim women’s Performance Coach in the national set-up and women’s Academy until the end of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, Cricket Ireland announced on Wednesday (July 10).

McAllister will work alongside Ed Joyce, who was appointed interim head coach of the senior international side last month. He will also coach the Academy side in two one-day and one T20 fixture against Scotland women’s academy. 

“It’s great to have the opportunity to work with Ed in the build-up to the Qualifier, and also lead the Women’s Academy side for these games against Scotland Academy,” McAllister said. “The Academy is a brilliant stepping stone for players between club cricket and international cricket, providing an opportunity for those wanting to develop their game and push for higher honours. I know the players have been working extremely hard over the last number of months and good progress is being made, and I’m looking forward to supporting the work in improving and developing the next generation of senior internationals.”

Academy fixtures:
23 July: 1st one-day match: Ireland Women’s Academy vs Scotland Women’s Academy at Rush
25 July: 2nd one-day match: Ireland Women’s Academy vs Scotland Women’s Academy at North County
26 July: Only T20: Ireland Women’s Academy vs Scotland Women’s Academy at Phoenix

Academy squad:
Rachel Delaney (Captain), Amy Hunter, Caoimhe McCann, Hannah Little, Jane Maguire, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Sophie MacMahon, Anna Kerrison, Naomi Matthews, Rebecca Stokell, Amy Kenealy, Cara Murray. 

Ireland Under-19s squad
Ireland Under-19 squad will face Northamptonshire in two one-day and one T20 match in the middle of August. The squad was announced on Wednesday.

U-19 fixtures:
20 August: 1st one-day match: Ireland Under-19s Women vs Northamptonshire at Finedon Dolben CC
21 August: 2nd one-day match: Ireland Under-19s Women vs Northamptonshire at Kettering Town CC
23 August: Only T20: Ireland Under-19s Women vs Northamptonshire at Burton Latimer CC

U-19 squad:
Cara Murray (Captain), Alana Dalzell, Sarah Forbes, Jennifer Hanna, Amy Hunter, Hannah Little, Jane Maguire, Tess Maritz, Eimear Mullen, Mya Naughton, Cliodhna O’Reardon, Jenny Sparrow, Cliona Tucker.

Ireland Under-15s squad
Ireland Under-15 squad is scheduled to play five T20 matches against Netherlands Under-15 in Netherlands at the end of this month.

“This group of players have worked really hard during the winter program on all aspects of their games,” said Andrew Poynter, head coach of the squad. “Clare [Shillington] and I are really looking forward to seeing them show off their skills and test themselves in different match situations and different conditions. It’s brilliant that an under-15s squad can go to the Netherlands and play against another international side this early in their development. It should be a trip full of massive learning opportunities.”

U-15 fixtures:
30 July: 1st & 2nd T20 match: Ireland Under-15s girls vs Netherlands Under-15s Girls at  Kampong Cricket Club
1 August: 3rd and 4th T20 match: Ireland Under-15s girls vs Netherlands Under-15s Girls at Kampong Cricket Club
2 August: 5th T20 match: Ireland Under-15s girls vs Netherlands Under-15s Girls at Kampong Cricket Club

U-15 squad:
Amy Hunter (Captain), Katie Brophy, Ava Canning, Zara Craig, Beth Deacon, Georgina Dempsey, Rebecca Gough, Zoe Hoffman, Joanna Loughran, Emma McEvoy, Ella Pasley, Freya Sargent, Siúin Woods.

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