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Garth and Delany help Ireland make semis

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By Ian Callender

Ireland confirmed their place in the semi-finals of the Women's T20 World Cup qualifying tournament yesterday with victory over Netherlands, but the hard work is only just beginning.

A half century partnership between the usual suspects, Kim Garth and skipper Laura Delany, rescued Ireland from a hesitant start when they slumped to 31-3 from seven overs, and it was Delany with two tight overs at the end which halted the Dutch charge to their victory target of 121, falling 19 runs short.

It was Ireland's second victory of the weekend, having started their qualifying campaign with a six wickets win over Namibia, but Thailand have also won their first two games and the teams meet tomorrow in Dundee to decide who tops Group B.

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Ardmore in the Irish National Cup final when they lost by 19 runs to Railway Union in Balrothery.

The crucial Railway stand was 21 for the last wicket after Conor Brolly and Gary Neely had shared three wickets and those late runs immediately put Ardmore under pressure when they lost their first four wickets for 31.

Jarred Wilson and Peter Harrigan threatened a recovery with a fifth wicket stand of 60, but both were dismissed in the space of seven balls and although Ardmore's eighth wicket fell at 123, their last two wickets could add only 17 runs.

WOMEN'S T20 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

Dundee: Ireland 120-6 (20 overs, K Garth 39, L Delany 28) Netherlands 101-5 (20 overs, S Kalis 46; L Delany 2-17, E Richardson 2-18). Ireland Women won by 19 runs.

IRISH NATIONAL CUP FINAL

Balrothery: Railway Union 159 (36.5 overs, S Ullah 38; C Brolly 3-31, G Neely 3-35, J Wilson 2-30) Ardmore 140 (36.4 overs, J Wilson 40, C Curley 31; H Sultan 3-20). Railway Union won by 19 runs.

LONG'S SUPERVALU CHAMPIONSHIP

Newbuildings: Newbuildings 93 (21.2 overs, D McCallum 33, J McCorkell 22; M Pollock 5-5, S Ahmed 2-20, R McCay 2-34) Burndennett 96-0 (6.5 overs, S Ahmed 58 not out, S Wallace 30 not out). Burndennett won by 10 wickets.

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