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Lewis and Garth's record-breaking stand inspires Irish women

 

Key innings: Gaby Lewis was 65 not out for Ireland women
Key innings: Gaby Lewis was 65 not out for Ireland women

By Ian Callender

A record T20 partnership of 113 unbeaten between Gaby Lewis and Kim Garth ensured Ireland ended the Women's Quadrangular tournament in style with a nine-wicket victory over Scotland in Deventer.

It will send the squad into the T20 World Cup qualifiers at the end of the month in good heart, knowing they have the bragging rights over the qualifying hosts but wary that if their two best players don't perform they are invariably in difficulty.

Lara Maritz also played her part yesterday with two wickets in two balls to start a Scotland collapse which saw them go from 86-2 in the 13th over to 91-6, with Maritz, Ireland's sixth bowler, adding another wicket in her third and final over.

The Scots finished on 126-7 but, after Ireland lost Rebecca Stokell in the third over, Lewis and Garth were dominant.

Lewis enjoyed one life, on 40, but cashed in to hit three successive fours in the next over, and when Garth hit the winning boundary at the start of the 14th over, she was 47 not out from just 33 balls, while Lewis was 65 not out from 39 balls having hit 12 fours.

The stand beat the partnership between Lewis and Orla Prendergast for the first wicket against Netherlands on Monday by one run.

Thailand, who are in Ireland's group at the World qualifiers, won the tournament when they bowled out Netherlands in the final game for 40, a victory of 93 runs. The Dutch lost all nine wickets - one batter was absent injured - for 16, after an opening stand of 24.

There was no play on the final day of the Interprovincial Championship game in Balrothery between Leinster Lightning and North West Warriors, the fourth day to be completely washed out in this rain-ruined series which has now seen five consecutive draws.

Lightning, despite failing to pick up a batting point after their first-innings collapse - Warriors managed one - have opened up an 11-point lead in the table, but if there is a positive result in the final match, which is between Warriors and Knights at Bready starting on Tuesday week, the winners will be crowned champions.

However, a draw could still be enough for either team to claim the title, again depending on the number of bonus points they pick up and how much play is lost.

Yesterday's draw left William Porterfield stranded five short of his 12th first-class century and denied Barry McCarthy the chance of a sixth wicket and his best first-class bowling figures.

SCORES - Deventer: Scotland Women 126-7 (20 overs, S Bryce 49; L Maritz 3-4) Ireland Women 130-1 (13.1 overs, G Lewis 65 not out, K Garth 47 not out). Ireland Women won by nine wickets.

Balrothery: Leinster Lightning 1st Innings 131 (C Young 4-26, G Hume 3-34) North West Warriors 168-9 (W Porterfield 95 not out; B McCarthy 5-51). Match drawn.

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