Scotland secure win over Thailand to reach semi finals

01 Dec

Scotland squad (Ian Jacobs/ICC)

Scotland held their nerve against hosts Thailand on Tuesday to ensure they will reach the semi-final of the ICC WWT20 Qualifier with a 6 wicket win at the Thailand cricket ground on Tuesday. [Scorecard]

Captain Abbi Aitken received her 100th cap for Scotland at the start of the match, before choosing correctly at the toss and electing to bowl first. 

The visitors knew that they would need to defeat their opponents and that a Bangladesh win against Papua New Guinea would ensure Scotland’s progress to the next stage.   

Kirstie Gordon again found success opening the bowling when she struck in the first over, enticing an outside edge which was well taken by Sarah Bryce behind the stumps. 

Rachel Scholes picked up a wicket in the 9th over to keep the momentum going. Aitken then produced the moment of the innings, a tremendous running catch with a full length dive to dismiss Chaiwai – much to the delight of the travelling Scottish contingent. 

Wickets for Gordon and Anderson helped restrict Thailand to 74/7 after Sutthuruang had struck 21 to set their visitors a competitive total.

The Scottish nerves were then jangling in the scorching morning heat in their reply. Fiona Urquhart was run out for 6, while Anderson perished to Tippoch, with the score on 2/25. 

Scholes was joined by Priddle and the pair put on 19 valuable runs before Tippoch made the breakthrough – trapping Priddle LBW for 9.

Next in was 18 year old Kathryn Bryce who showed maturity beyond her years in giving Scholes the support she needed. The duo worked the ball around to edge Scotland closer to victory. 

Sangsoma gave her side a glimmer of hope to remove Scholes for a composed 32. However, nobody was going to get in the way of Aitken enjoying her day as she crunched the ball to the boundary to secure a crucial 6 wicket win. 

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