Delany and Joyce lead Ireland Women to win over Devon
LAURA DELANY took five wickets while Cecelia Joyce scored yet another half century as Ireland strolled to a seven wicket win over Devon.
Leinster all-rounder Delany starred with the ball as she took 5 for 30 as Devon finished on 150 for 9.
She was well supported by Louise McCarthy who conceded just 14 runs in her ten over spell - five of which were bowling extras.
Elena Tice (1-40) was the other wicket taker, but the Merrion teenager will be looking to improve her radar after conceding a disappointing ten wides.
The Irish fielding was again top notch, as they managed two run outs, including Devon skipper Rosalie Fairnbairn, who top scored with 65.
The former England international - a veteran of 37 ODI's and 7 Test matches - had shared a stand of 94 with Vicky Bowden (26), after Devon had been stuttering on 30 for 3.
Una Raymond-Hoey (3) was trapped lbw by Rebecca Donohoe, but any nerves were quickly settled by a match defining second wicket partenership of 95 between Cecelia Joyce and Delany.
Joyce struck six boundaries in her 53 - her third successive county championship half century - and Delany proved the prefect partner, making a well manufactured 39.
Both fell in quick succession to left-armer Hazelle Garton (2-39), but the game was truly all but over at that point. Elena Tice (18*) and Shauna Kavanagh (12*) eased the women past their target with seven wickets and 6.4 overs to spare.
The Irish now switch to T20 mode when they face Lancashire and Durham on Tuesday.
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