Clare calls time on ODI career after Ireland lose again in Super Sixes
Clare Shillington, the only Ulster-born player in the Ireland team, announced her retirement from one-day international cricket after Ireland lost their final match at the World Cup qualifiers in Colombo yesterday.
"It feels like it's the right time to move away from the longer format due to the increased programme and upcoming tour commitments," said Shillington.
One of the biggest hitters in the team, however, Shillington (36) is staying on to play Twenty20 internationals with the qualifying competition for next year's World Twenty20 being played later this year.
Ireland's final match of a disappointing campaign in Sri Lanka followed the pattern of the previous Super Six matches although this time a last wicket stand of 43 between Mary Waldron and Ciara Metcalf took the innings into the final over. Shillington, whose first ODI back in 1997 was also against South Africa, scored eight to bring her tally to 1,276 runs in 90 ODIs.
Rain ended the match after 21 overs of the reply, with the Proteas 36 runs ahead.
Ireland 166 (49.5 overs, M Waldron 33 not out, I Joyce 30, C Joyce 29, G Lewis 21) South Africa 82-1 (21 overs).
South Africa won by 36 runs (DLS).