[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The conclusion of the women’s Cricket World Cup brought the curtain down on four incredible careers as Merrion twins Cecelia and Isobel Joyce and Pembroke’s Ciara Metcalfe and Clare Shillington bade farewell to the international stage.
Their campaign ended on a low note with New Zealand overhauling their tally of 79 with plenty of time to spare, meaning Ireland ended the campaign without a win.
Metcalfe and Shillington had both confirmed their intentions to retire prior to the tournament with the Joyces announcing their decisions after the game.
After the match, vice-captain Kim Garth was asked whether the squad knew about the Joyce sisters retirement before the game?
“No we didn’t. We found out after the game in the huddle. There were definitely a lot of tears. Ceils, Ciara, Shills and Isobel have been four incredible servants of Irish cricket and I don’t think Irish cricket would be anywhere near where it is today without them.
“They’re going to be a huge loss – they’re champions on the field but off the field as well. We’re going to miss them a lot.
“As much as we’ll miss them, it’s certainly going to be a different dynamic without them.”
Between them, they had 75 years worth of international experience with Isobel making her debut in 1999 a month shy of her 16th birthday while her sister following within two years.
Metcalfe also made her debut in 1999 while Shillington was the longest serving of the lot, lining out in 1997, going on to score over a 1,000 runs in both one-day internationals and T20 matches.
Reacting to their decisions to retire, Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom added: “The legacy of Isobel, Cecelia, Clare and Ciara is too large to encapsulate succinctly, but they should know that they have inspired many young girls and boys in Ireland to take up our sport.
“They have helped bring Irish women’s cricket to a new level and have provided the exposure it deserves.
“One of the taglines of the current 20×20 campaign is: ‘If you can’t see it, you can’t be it’ – these four players have raised the profile of our sport in Ireland so that many kids have not only seen it, but now know they can be it.
“I know each of our retirees are keen to remain within the sport, and I look forward to seeing their further contributions to cricket going forward.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]