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Another setback for Ireland ahead of quest to reach T20 World Cup

 

By Ian Callender

Ireland Women will finish a disappointing third in the Quadrangular tournament in Deventer after a third defeat in five matches yesterday.

More worryingly, they are no longer among the favourites to finish in the top two at the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament which starts in 17 days' time after Thailand made it 18 wins in 19 T20 internationals.

In another interrupted game, Ireland started well and reached 36-1 after six overs, but once again the wicket of Kim Garth led to a collapse.

When she was out for 16 at the start of the ninth over, Ireland slumped from 44-2 to 87-8.

Only 11 overs were left when play resumed, with Thailand's target a modest 64, and although Ireland restricted them to 37-1 in seven overs, the wickets in hand were key and the Asians eased home by seven wickets with four balls to spare.

Ireland's final match today against Scotland may be a dead rubber but they will be keen to get the upper hand before they meet the qualifying hosts again in the tournament that matters.

SCORES: Ireland 87-8 (16.5 overs, L Delany 22, M Waldron 21; S Tippoch 3-10) Thailand 67-3 (10.2 overs; S McMahon 3-13). Thailand Women (set 64 in 11 overs) won by seven wickets (DLS).

  • Ireland Under-17s won the first of their four-match series against Scotland in Oak Hill yesterday by 21 runs with Instonians' James Hunter and Olly Metcalfe playing starring roles.

Hunter top scored with 76 (10 fours and three sixes) and Metcalfe hit a run-a-ball 33 in Ireland's 225-9.

It was Metcalfe's throw which ended the frustrating Scottish eighth-wicket stand of 45 with a run-out, Hunter followed up with the ninth wicket in the next over and the visitors were bowled out in 45 overs.

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