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July 10, 2023 1 year

Scotland Women opened their tri-series in the Netherlands with an eight-wicket defeat to Thailand.

After the Saltires posted a total of 65, Thailand, the 11th-ranked T20I side in the world, chased down their target comfortably inside 11 overs.

Scotland handed debuts to Darcey Carter and Nayma Sheikh, who were both called up to the squad as replacements for the injured Katherine Fraser and Olivia Bell.

After winning the toss and electing to bat the Scots got off to a flier thanks to Ailsa Lister, whose powerful ball-striking found the boundary with regularity in the opening overs.

However, after scoring Scotland’s opening 21 runs she was caught by Sunida Chaturongrattana off the bowling of Chanida Sutthiruang from the first ball of the third over.

From that moment on, it was tough going; Lorna Jack fell just two balls later, before Darcey Carter, Sam Haggo, Priyanaz Chatterji and Megan McColl all fell in quick succession to leave the Saltires 30-6.

Ellen Watson and Rachel Slater brought some respite, but their attempts to rebuild the innings were ended when the former was run out for four.

Hannah Rainey fell to Onnicha Kamchomphu to leave Scotland 41-8, but Slater continued her resolve alongside captain Abtaha Maqsood, adding 16 for the ninth wicket before she was dismissed for 14.

Maqsood was the final batter dismissed, for nine, bowled by Sutthiruang as Scotland were dismissed for 65, with Nayma Sheikh left unbeaten on five on debut.

Chanida Sutthiruang was the pick of the bowlers with 3-3 from her 3.1 overs, leading an impressive Thailand bowling attack.

Thailand’s pursuit of 66 got off to a difficult start when Priyanaz Chatterji struck with her first ball, cleaning up Nannapat Koncharoenkai for 2 to leave the chasing side 3-1 in the second over.

However, Suwanan Khiaoto (24*) and Natthakan Chantham (26) set about calmly chasing their target, finding the boundary with enough regularity to keep themselves comfortably ahead of the required rate.

They added 57 for the second wicket before Chantham was removed in the 10th over, caught by Ailsa Lister off the bowling of Abtaha Maqsood.

Rosenan Kanoh joined Khiaoto at the crease, and the pair saw their side across the line with 58 balls remaining to seal an excellent win for Thailand.

Scotland will be looking to bounce back on Wednesday afternoon when they take on hosts Netherlands.

You can watch the action live on the European Cricket Network.

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