Tuesday 17 July 2018

Sunday Independent Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year

Aoife Beggs
Aoife Beggs
Rachel Delaney
Jacob Mulder

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Aoife Beggs (18) has accumulated 13 caps since her debut in April. A product of the Rush club - her aunt Caitriona won 66 caps - she moved to YMCA when the north Dublin club's women's section closed two years ago. Beggs' medium-pace bowling came to the fore against Zimbabwe when her 5-52 bowled Ireland to victory. "Aoife's performances in club cricket over the last couple of seasons have been solid and was given an opportunity to tour with the Irish senior women's squad," says Ireland head coach Aaron Hamilton. "She really grew as a young seam bowler in our attack."

Rachel Delaney (20) made her debut in the same game as Beggs, and both have a strong work ethic. An off-spinner who bats in the top order for her club, Merrion, she also wins praise from her coach: "Rachel is an up-and-coming, off-spinning, all-rounder who has the ability to bowl tight spells," says Hamilton. "Rachel has performed well in the Toyota Super 3s over the last couple of seasons and is really starting to grow into being a confident spinner." Delaney's game is improving all the time and she will hope to add to her nine caps.

Jacob Mulder (22) is an Australian-born leg-spinner who is already putting pressure on the established spinners in the Ireland squad. Mulder has lived here since 2013 and came to prominence with North Down and the Northern Knights. Capped once in 2016, his selection was heralded by coach John Bracewell, who said, "I'm delighted to have a leg spinner who can attack both edges of the bat." Now with CIYMS, Mulder added 13 more caps this year, including 4-16 in a T20 against Scotland. His only home appearance this summer saw him make 38no to help Andrew Balbirnie to a double-century against the Netherlands.

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