Netherlands to host Ireland and Namibia after gaining ODI status
Netherlands have announced their home fixtures for this season on Wednesday. They will host Namibia for five T20Is and also face Ireland in three ODIs after recently being accorded ODI status by the ICC.
The Dutch women have shown good progress over the last few years, including their first-ever T20I win over Ireland in the summer of 2020 and also playing competitive games against Scotland and Sri Lanka.
Namibia will kick off the home summer by visiting the Netherlands in June and early July 2022 for five T20Is. Both countries have met before: in September 2019 in Arbroath, Scotland. Iris Zwilling (3 for 11) and Heather Siegers (3 for 27) restricted Namibia to 91-8 on that occassion. In reply, Sterre Kalis (34) and Siegers (21) helped the Dutch women get the required runs in the eighteenth over.
Namibia’s visit will be followed by Ireland visiting the Netherlands towards the end of August. The two teams have met several times in their long cricketing history. Their last three matches with ODI status date back to 2006; when one match was rained off and the other two were won by Ireland.
National women’s coach Shane Deitz was happy with their slate of fixtures. “We have a fantastic summer of cricket ahead for the team with great opportunities in T20 and 50 over cricket all at home in front of our home supporters. The girls have worked really hard over the winter and early in the summer and are ready for the international summer ahead,” he said.
“Building on from a great tour in Zimbabwe at the end of 2021, where the team showed that we can be competitive against higher ranked teams, we have a chance again to take on some quality opposition on our home grounds.”
“Namibia – currently ranked higher than us – will be a great challenge and one we are excited about. They are a well-prepared side and played a lot of international cricket of late, so this will be a tough series.”
“Later we get to play Ireland, whom we have played many times over the past 12 months. They have had the better of the results, but we have pushed them hard and want to try and be on the right end of the results this time.”
The Netherlands will also take on a Fairbreak team in a three-match T20I series post the Ireland tour.
“Lastly, playing the Fairbreak organisation is fantastic. FairBreak has given great opportunities for Associate countries’ players in the women’s game to show their skills against the world’s best. Shaun Martyn and his team have been inspirational to women cricketers around the world, and it will be an honour to play them in a three-game series which will bring women from all parts of the world together. On the field again, it’s a great chance for the team to showcase their skills in front of our home supporters,” Deitz said.
T20I Series vs Namibia
27 June: 1st T20I (Hermes DVS, Schiedam)
28 June: 2nd and 3rd T20I (Hermes DVS)
30 June: 4th T20I (VCC, Voorburg)
01 July: 5th T20I (VCC)
ODI Series vs Ireland
22 August: 1st ODI (VRA, Amstelveen)
24 August: 2nd ODI (VRA)
26 August: 3rd ODI (VCC)
T20 Series vs FairBreak International
31 August: 1st T20 (VRA)
01 September: 2nd T20 (VRA)
02 September: 3rd T20 (VRA)