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World Cup winning coach Mark Lane to take on role with Women's cricket squad

Updated: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 17:49 | Comments

Mark Lane spent five years as England coach
Mark Lane spent five years as England coach

World Cup winning coach Mark Lane is joining the Cricket Ireland coaching team for both the Women's International tournament in Qatar and the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. 

The 45 year-old will be working in a consultant role alongside the recently appointed Women's head coach Trent Johnston.

Lane, who won both the Women’s World Cup and ICC Women’s World Twenty20 during his five years’ tenure as England head coach, is being retained as coach mentor for the women's game.

He is looking forward to his new role saying: "I'm delighted to accept this new challenge and I'm looking forward to working with the group of players.

"I'm very hopeful that I can help to continue to grow the game and make it even more successful. These are exciting times for Irish cricket and it's a great opportunity to be part of it."

Trent Johnston welcomed Lane into the Ireland fold saying: "I’m delighted to have Mark as part of the coaching set-up in Qatar and then at the Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh. His experience and knowledge of the ladies game will be invaluable to me and the squad."

Johnston, Lane and the Ireland squad flew to Qatar on Wednesday where they are participating in an International Tri-Series against Full Members South Africa and Pakistan, which begins on Friday.

Ireland play ODI’s against Pakistan - Friday/Monday and against South Africa - Saturday/Tuesday - the final is scheduled for Friday 17 January. All four matches will be under floodlights. 

The teams then switch to T20 mode, with Ireland facing Pakistan on the 19 January before facing both sides in a double-header a day later, before the tour concludes with the final on Friday 24 January

Ireland squad:
Isobel Joyce (capT) (Merrion), Laura Delany (Leinster), Emma Flanagan (YMCA), Jennifer Gray (YMCA), Cecelia Joyce (Merrion), Amy Kenealy (Leinster), Louise McCarthy (Pembroke), Kate McKenna (Merrion), Lucy O’Reilly (YMCA), Rebecca Rolfe (Leinster), Melissa Scott-Hayward (Merrion), Clare Shillington (Malahide), Elena Tice (Merrion), Mary Waldron (Malahide).

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