A worldwide television audience of hundreds of thousands were tuned into Bready last month as the Ireland’s women cricketers played host to Australia and Pakistan in a Tri-Series tournament.

The visiting nations used the event as preparation for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham which featured women’s T20 cricket for the first time.

The Australian side are the number one ranked side in the world and their games with 11th ranked Ireland went to form as they recorded back to back wins.

The games between Pakistan and Australia were unfortunately called off due to rain and although Pakistan defeated Ireland, the Kiwis claimed the series courtesy of their victories over the girls in green.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Sandra Duffy attended the weekend game against Australia and praised everyone involved in hosting the high level international.

“This was a brilliant opportunity for the Ireland women to gain experience against some of the top sides in the world and prepare for their World Cup qualifying games later this year,” she said.

“Bready Cricket Club have gone from strength to strength in recent years and have developed an outstanding venue fit for international fixtures such as this.

“Ireland’s men’s and women’s games at Bready are beamed to homes all over the world on television and online and cement our city’s reputation for playing host to international level events.”

Ireland and Australia’s women cricketers pose for a post-match selfie following their first game in Bready.
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