Ireland's World Cup qualifier preparations received a boost on Thursday as a four-match series was announced against the Netherlands.

The T20 International series will be played at Malahide in late July, ahead of the all-important ICC Women's T20 World Cup European Qualifier in August.

Ireland recently defeated Scotland 3-1 in a four-match T20I series at Stormont in May, and next week will head to England for a one-off encounter with Lancashire to be played at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.

These new fixtures will provide an even greater level of competitive international action ahead of the T20 World Cup European Qualifier where Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, France, Germany and Turkey will battle it out for one spot in the T20 World Cup global qualifying tournament.

"It was great to see the character and determination emerge from this young squad after we went 1-0 down in the Scotland series last month," said head coach, Ed Joyce.

"To turn it around and dominate the following three matches told me a lot about the focus and competitive edge that this squad possesses. Indeed, that last squad was missing some of our key players, so to see a number of our emerging talent step up and shoulder responsibility was very encouraging.

"As always, the more competitive cricket we can get for the squad, the better – and we appreciate the Dutch side travelling over during what are still challenging times.

"We look forward to another competitive series, and – with the Lancashire Women match next week – this will be an important month for our preparations ahead of out T20 World Cup Qualifier in August."