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Our Claire Shillington shines but Irish beaten at Women's World Twenty20

By Ian Callender

Ireland's batters continue to struggle at the Women's World Twenty20 in India as South Africa condemned them to a third straight defeat.

Set a victory target of 157 in Chennai, Ireland could total only 89 for nine with just two players reaching double figures.

Clare Shillington, the one Ulster-born woman in the squad, top scored with 34, scoring five of the team's eight boundaries including the only six, and captain Isobel Joyce made 22.

But from 62 for two after 11 overs, the introduction of Sune Luus ended the game as a contest. The 20-year-old leg spinner took three wickets in her first 13 balls for just four runs and finished with the tournament's best figures of five for eight.

The Ireland bowlers had kept the South African batters in check for 17 overs, with Ciara Metcalfe again starring to claim figures of one for 15 in her four overs while Kim Garth was the most successful, taking two for 26. But the Proteas hit 46 off the last three overs to finish on 156-5 to all but end Irish hopes. Ireland's last game is against defending champions Australia on Saturday.

Meanwhile, England captain Eoin Morgan was thankful for a crucial stand between Moeen Ali and David Willey as the pair papered over a disappointing display against Afghanistan.

An eighth-wicket partnership of 57 between Moeen and Willey, who finished unbeaten on 20, saw England post 142 for seven, enough for a 15-run win as Afghanistan were kept to 127 for nine.

"It was a very important stand. Ali and Willey played really well," said Morgan.

India pulled off an astounding one-run victory over Bangladesh.

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