The young team played English County Championship Division 1 side Berkshire five times, three T20s and two 50-overs, and came away with valuable experience.

 

Opening bowler Louise McCarthy said, “It was great to brush off the cobwebs before the season begins. I really want to hit my straps early on in the season so this was an important step towards that.

“It was a really enjoyable experience. It was inspirational to see the younger girls step up in difficult situations. Some of the fielding from Una Raymond-Hoey was incredible, and the bowling from Robyn Lewis and Lucy O’Reilly, both of whom got three wickets in a match, was so encouraging for the future of Irish cricket.”

Laura Delany captained the side and it was somewhat a baptism of fire for the Leinster all-rounder as this was the first time that many of her players had played in the green of Ireland. “Although the trip was enjoyable it proved testing at times,” she admitted. “We were playing against a very experienced side with some talented players.

“As a player my mental toughness was definitely tested and learning how to separate my own game from being captain is a skill that I’m still learning.”

McCarthy was impressed by a lot of the newcomers to the international scene. “It was nice to see the work ethic of the younger girls,” she added. “And there were promising signs with the ball as was shown when we got Berkshire all out twice, once in T20 and once in 50 overs.”

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