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Ireland set to face England in World Cup warm-ups


Big opportunity: Laura Delany looking forward to taking on England’s Lionesses

Big opportunity: Laura Delany looking forward to taking on England’s Lionesses

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Big opportunity: Laura Delany looking forward to taking on England’s Lionesses

England are lined up to come to Belfast next month with the Lionesses set to play three 50-over games against Ireland Women at Stormont.

The first game is scheduled for Sunday May 23 which would mean a return to action for the first time in any format for Laura Delany's side since September 2019 and a first 50-over game in a huge 1,075 days!

Cricket Ireland promised games for the squad ahead of the delayed World Cup qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka - put back from June to December - and with the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament, first up, at the end of August in Scotland, two T20 series have also been arranged.

A four-match series against Netherlands has been scheduled for the end of July and they also hope to play four T20 games against Ireland Youth Boys, probably the under-17s, in place of a couple of 50-over games which was the original plan when the World Cup was due to take place in June.

Ireland Women played an England Academy side in a T20 series at Millfield School in 2019, but the last time they played an England XI was in April 2017 in Abu Dhabi, when the margins of victory in the series were 276 runs, seven wickets and eight wickets, so they will be keen to get closer to the team ranked number three in the world; Ireland are 10th.

The games at Stormont will be the first international action in Northern Ireland since a men's T20 against Bready in July 2019. The Men's squad are due to return action on June 2 with the first of three World Cup Super League games against Netherlands in Utrecht.

The first home match is due to be played in Malahide on July 11, a one-day international against South Africa.

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Meanwhile, James Cameron-Dow, the Ireland, Knights and CIYMS slow bowler, has been appointed as Director of Youth Cricket at Instonians.

The new role will see Cameron-Dow in charge of all cricket at Shaw's Bridge, both boys and girls, at under-18 level and below and will also be responsible for all the coaching at RBAI and prep school Inchmarlo.

The five-times capped international - his last was the Test match against Afghanistan in 2019 - will continue to play his club cricket at Belmont.

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