Favorite West Indies to give Ireland’s World Cup bid a rocky start
After two losses in their warm-up matches, things won’t be any easier for the women of Ireland tomorrow when they start their World Cup qualifying campaign in Harare.
their first opponents in Group A are the West Indies, the top ranked team not automatically qualifying for next year’s final in New Zealand and the favorites to fill one of the three spots available to qualify for the final at the end of next week.
Ireland are ranked fifth in the nine-team tournament, so they will have a role to play in their rankings if they are to achieve their primary goal of finishing in the top five, which will allow them to advance to the expanded women’s championship to 10. teams and guarantee him regular matches against the best in the world over the next three years. Everything else for Head Coach Ed Joyce’s team will be a bonus.
The first warm-up game against Thailand was just that, all the bowlers practiced and all 16 players were used on the field, but as captain Laura Delany said yesterday, the end result was not not the central point.
âThe result was not what we wanted, but we were focusing on our processes and giving everyone an opportunity,â she said.
âRegarding last Friday, I thought it was a very good game against Pakistan, we would have liked 20-30 more points and then let go of a few opportunities early on.
âWe played well and it was a competitive game, which is exactly what we wanted before our first game against the West Indies.
Ireland are set to field the squad that will face Pakistan again tomorrow, which will include the two players from Northern Ireland in the squad, spinner Cara Murray and 16-year-old Amy Hunter, who was comfortably the top scorer of the two. warm-up matches with 72 races.
Delany describes next week, when Ireland are due to finish in the top three in a group that also includes the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, as a “great opportunity”.
The game against the Dutch is likely to be Thursday’s crucial game.
“We beat them in Dublin this summer, but we know it will be a competitive game with so much at stake,” added Delany.
âMy message as captain will be to focus on the processes, to do what we have been working on in training and the result will flow by itself. ”