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Gaby Lewis grabs the glory in Ireland’s stroll to victory

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Ireland's Orla Prendergast. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Rowland White

Ireland's Orla Prendergast. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Rowland White

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Ireland's Orla Prendergast. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Rowland White

Ireland Women again proved too strong for their Netherlands counterparts as they clinched the four-match series in Malahide with a game to spare.

They restricted the Dutch to 109 for five in their 20 overs and Gaby Lewis won the match and brought up her 50 with 51 balls to spare.

It is the Women’s second series win of the summer, following up their 3-1 victory over Scotland at Stormont in May and they are looking good to win the European T20 Qualifiers, to be held in La Manga at the end of next month.

This is a stronger squad than started the season with veteran wicket-keeper Mary Waldron playing her first game yesterday and Eimear Richardson and Sophie McMahon also in the side.

It was Orla Prendergast who got Ireland off to the dream start yesterday, taking a wicket with the second ball and conceding just six runs in his first three overs, resulting in the Dutch scoring only 37 in the first 10 overs, having hit only four boundaries.

However, thanks to Miranda Veringmeier hitting six fours and two successive sixes off Richardson — she was caught off the final ball for 60 from 50 balls - they set Ireland a target of 110.

Despite losing three wickets in eight balls in mid-innings, it proved a straightforward chase. They had 27 on the board at the end of the second over with Rebecca Stokell hitting 17 before she was bowled next ball.

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A wrong call from Lewis ran out her skipper, Laura Delany, for 17 but after the quick loss of Shauna Kavanagh and Richardson, Lewis made sure she stayed to see Ireland home, hitting 11 fours in his 29-ball innings. The final match is back at Malahide today (4pm).

SCORES: Netherlands Women 109-5 (M Veringmeier 60; O Prendergast 2-14) Ireland Women 110-4 (11.3 overs, G Lewis 52 not out). Ireland won by 6 wickets.


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