Ireland defeat Scotland in WWT20Q semi-final
Scotland’s female cricketers came up short against their Irish counterparts on Thursday morning at the semi-final stage of the ICC World T20 Qualifiers in Bangkok. [Scorecard]
Ireland won the toss and elected to field first at the Thailand cricket ground, with Rachel Scholes and Fiona Urquhart opening the batting for Scotland.
The Irish claimed their initial breakthrough in the 6th over when Scholes went back to a delivery from Laura Delany, only to be trapped LBW for 8.
Things improved further for Ireland as Kari Anderson was left to wait a while for a caught behind appeal from Ciara Metcalf before the umpire raised the finger, with the score on 27/2 in the 8th over.
Urquhart was the mainstay of the Scotland innings with 21 but couldn’t halt the Irish charge when she was stumped by Waldron.
Liz Priddle was the only other Scottish batter to reach double figures as Lewis picked up two wickets, while Lucy O’Reilly made light work of the lower order with three scalps, as they concluded on 77/9 from their 20 overs.
Any hopes of a Scottish victory were dashed by Clare Shillington (34) and Cecilia Joyce (36*) as the pair put on an assured 58.
Shillington was dismissed by Kirstie Gordon, Kim Garth picked up where her colleague left off as she swept a delivery from Abtaha Maqsood to the fence to see her side over the line in the 12th over, securing their spot in next year’s ICC World T20 in India.
After the match Scotland coach Kari Carswell added, “We are naturally really disappointed not to make the final but I'm really proud of everything the girls have achieved. We know have to fight hard to finish third and that's exactly what we will be looking to do in our final game.”
Reflecting back on the tournament she added, “I think this tournament has shown how far we've come as a squad and where women's cricket is at in Scotland. We need to continue to invest in the right areas, and in years to come I have no doubt future squads will feature prominently on the global and associate stage.”
Scotland will now face Zimbabwe on Saturday in the third/fourth place play-off.