ECB Women's Development XI defeat Ireland by seven wickets, to win the
ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier competition in Stirling today.
Continuing their form after dominating Scotland yesterday, Jo Cook once
again won the toss and put the opposition into bat. This decision paid
dividends with early wickets falling, leaving Ireland on 5-72.
Lancashire's Alex Hartley led the bowing attack for the development side
picking up 3-8 along the way.
Hartley was backed up well by Alice MacLeod (2-12) and Lucy Maxwell
(2-24) who both had good spells, leaving the Irish unable to build an
innings. Ireland were all out for 105 after 45 overs.
The ECB Development XI looked comfortable as they rattled off the total
in just over 26 overs, losing just the three wickets along the way.
Fran Wilson (35) put in a good contribution before Kathryn Doherty (13)
joined MacLeod at the crease to hit the winning runs for the development
Berkshire's MacLeod (42*) top scored for the development side and said:
"We kept them down to a good run rate early, the pitch made it hard for
them to get our spinners away. We started reasonably steady, but with
our top order putting away the bad ball we managed to keep the run rate
I'm really happy with the win, it's great how we have progressed as a
team throughout the tournament. "
Reflecting on the performance of the ECB Development XI throughout the
competition Paul Shaw, ECB High Performance Manager for Women and Girls
said: "This tournament has provided us with a number of great
opportunities for our young players. It has been very pleasing to see
the players progress both as individuals and cricketers, cumulating with
a professional performance against Ireland today.
I would like to thank Phil Hudson and the ICC for organising this
tournament and giving the ECB this very importance development
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