Ireland kicked off their World T20 qualifying campaign with a 7-wicket victory over Thailand in Utrecht.
Ireland elected to Bowl first, and that decision was justified with the very first ball when Nattakan Chantam fell to the bowling of Isobel Joyce to her sister Cecelia.
Thailand were restricted to just 92 runs in their innings with only Nattaya Boochatham showing any resistance, as she made 41 off 50 balls, including 6 fours. 18 year-old Lucy O’Reilly took 3 wickets while Isobel Joyce took 2 wickets for the loss of only 12 runs.
In reply, Ireland only needed just over 16 overs to claim victory. Clare Shillington top scored with a superb 38, while captain Laura Delany and Isobel Joyce partnered up for 29 to guide the Irish home. Sornnarin Tippoch was the best of the Thai bowlers as she took 3 wickets, that of Shillington, Cecelia Joyce and Gaby Lewis.
Player of the game Clare Shillington said afterwards, “Obviously we’re delighted to get the win – that was first job done. Our fielding has let us done again a little bit, which is an area we usually pride ourselves on. So we’ll be looking to improve on that for the game against Scotland tomorrow, and also a few areas we’ll be looking to fix by the back-end of the tournament in order to peak at that stage.”
Some more reaction from today’s game;
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The Irish girls will face a much tougher task in their second game of the tournament tomorrow, as they face Scotland. The Scots overcame a disappointing Uganda side by 9 wickets, having bowled them out for just 43.