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Garth leads the way as Ireland get better of Papa New Guinea in warm-up

 

Key performer: Kim Garth scored 57 from 35 balls
Key performer: Kim Garth scored 57 from 35 balls

By Ian Callender

Ireland go into their opening Women's T20 World Cup qualifier tomorrow in winning form after a 70 runs victory over Papua New Guinea in yesterday's warm-up game in Dundee.

The one downside is that Kim Garth, with 57 from 35 balls, was the only player to get past 18 - Orla Prendergast, Eimear Richardson and Laura Delany were all dismissed on that score - but a total of 147 was always going to be enough as Ireland used eight bowlers with all but two of them conceding less than five an over. Garth bowled two overs, took 1-3 and was taken out of the attack.

The teams also played a Super Over, in practice for such a scenario being needed in the tournament after a tied match. Ireland won that one as well, restricting PNG to 5-2 and then making 6-0 from four balls.

Ireland's first opponents are Namibia, only admitted to the tournament following Zimbabwe's suspension by ICC and in their warm-up game yesterday, they scored 86-7 in reply to Scotland's 170-3.

Scores: Ireland 147-6 (K Garth 57) Papua New Guinea 77-7 (E Richardson 2-13). Ireland Women won by 70 runs.

• Leinster Lightning claimed the inter-provincial Championship for a fifth time yesterday after the final day of the North West Warriors-Northern Knights game at Bready went the same way as the first two and, for only the second time in seven years, a game was abandoned without a ball bowled.

It was a fitting finale to a rain-ruined red-ball series with only three full days not weather-interrupted out of 18 and yesterday was the seventh complete wash-out.

Lightning came out on top in only three of their four games, but the three points margin over Warriors at Bready in June proved decisive with no more than one point separating the teams in any of the other four completed games which, of course, were all drawn.

Warriors and Knights each picked up six points this week, leaving Knights five points behind Lightning's 40, while Warriors finished on 33.

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