Ireland women's cricket team

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Cricket Ireland logo
Association Cricket Ireland
Captain Laura Delany
Coach Aaron Hamilton
International Cricket Council
ICC status Associate member (1993)
Full member (2017)
ICC region Europe
ICC Rankings Current [1] Best-ever
Women's 10th 8th
Women's Tests
Only WTest v  Pakistan at College Park, Dublin; 30–31 July 2000
WTests Played Won/Lost
Total [2] 1 1/0
(0 draws)
Women's One Day Internationals
First WODI v  Australia at Ormeau Cricket Ground, Belfast; 28 June 1987
Last WODI v  South Africa at the Absa Puk Oval, Potchefstroom; 19 May 2017
WODIs Played Won/Lost
Total [4] 145 39/100
(0 ties, 6 no result)
This year [5] 0 0/0
(0 ties, 0 no result)
Women's World Cup Appearances 5 (first in 1988)
Best result 4th (1988)
Women's World Cup Qualifier Appearances 4 (first in 2003)
Best result Champions (2003)
Women's Twenty20 Internationals
First WT20I v  West Indies at Kenure, Dublin; 27 June 2008
Last WT20I v  Bangladesh at Kampong Cricket Club, Utrecht; 14 July 2018
WT20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [6] 44 12/35
(0 ties, 0 no result)
This year [7] 3 2/1
(0 ties, 0 no result)
Women's World Twenty20 Appearances 2 (first in 2014)
Best result 1st round (2014, 2016)
Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier Appearances 2 (first in 2013)
Best result Champions (2015)
As of 8 January 2018

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 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.


Ireland played their first ever Test match in 2000, beating Pakistan by an innings inside two days in Dublin.[8] 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.

They played a two match ODI series against the Netherlands, winning both games. In November 2007, they went to the Women's World Cup Qualifier in Lahore, where they played 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.[9]

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.[10][11][12]

Tournament history[edit]

World Cup[edit]

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

European Championship[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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  Australia 54 7,157 133
2  England 45 5,715 127
3  New Zealand 57 6,900 121
4  India 59 6,672 113
5  West Indies 48 4,725 98
6  South Africa 62 5,775 93
7  Pakistan 52 3,920 75
8  Sri Lanka 52 3,256 63
9  Bangladesh 19 704 37
10  Ireland 17 504 30
Reference:,, 31 March 2018

Current squad[edit]

The Ireland squad for the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier was as follows:[13]


Test cricket[edit]

ODI cricket[edit]

See also[edit]