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Woe: Eimear Richardson
Woe: Eimear Richardson

By Ian Callender

Ireland Women will not be going to the T20 World Cup finals after losing their qualifying semi-final in Dundee yesterday by four wickets.

Bangladesh confirmed their higher ranking, winning with nine balls to spare, but for the second successive game, bowling extras were a crucial difference.

In their final group game, which Ireland lost by just two runs, they bowled 13 wides, 10 more than Thailand, and yesterday, the umpires called 10 wides in the match, nine of them by Ireland bowlers.

Attempting to defend an inadequate 85, Ireland restricted Bangladesh to 35-4 from 11 overs, but they had already bowled six wides and when Laura Delany started the next over with two more, the Tigers cashed in.

Eleven came off the skipper's over and despite Sophie McMahon completing her four overs with figures of 1-9, Ireland's only belated success were two run outs in the 18th over. By that stage Bangladesh needed only seven to win and a boundary off the first ball of the penultimate over made that a formality.

Ireland's batting struggled from the off, toiling to 15-3 in the powerplay and only Eimear Richardson, with 25 from 17 balls, which included three fours and a six, scored at a T20 rate. Delany's 25 used up 39 balls.

Ireland will play Papua New Guinea tomorrow morning in the third place play-off after Thailand beat PNG by eight wickets in yesterday's other semi-final.

SCORES: Ireland 85 (20 overs, L Delany 25, E Richardson 25; F Khatun 3-18) Bangladesh 86-6 (18.3 overs, S Islam 32 not out; O Prendergast 2-11).

Bangladesh Women won by 4 wickets.

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