In a first for Gold Coast cricket, the Dolphins recently hosted a series of international matches featuring teams from Australia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Ireland. The Australian women’s team, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, played its first matches since being crowned World T20 Champions earlier this year when it took on Pakistan in a four match series at Kerrydale. The Southern Stars (featuring our own Delissa Kimmince) lived up to their World Champions crown by sweeping Pakistan aside 4-0 in the series. Following the Southern Stars’ series, a South Australian XI went up against Papua New Guinea in T20 and one-day matches. Finally, the Dolphins hosted Ireland’s national cricket team as part of its 2015 One-Day Cricket World Cup preparations. The Irish held a three day camp at Kerrydale prior to playing the Queensland Bulls in a 50 over match. Despite the occasion of it being Ireland’s first ever match in Australia, the Bulls easily accounted for their international rivals posting a massive 230 run win. While there is a lot of planning and effort required to host such matches (and the club thanks Cr Jan Grew for her continued support in this regard), the benefits to the club and the Gold Coast are significant. In addition to infrastructure improvements (Cricket Australia recently installed a new scoreboard at the ground), the exposure gained by hosting these teams games is immense. For instance, the ICC’s Cricket 360 TV program that featured the Irish visit to the Coast was expected to be seen by over a billion people. Hopefully the success of these matches goes some way to secure more elite cricket for the Gold Coast in future.