Sri Lanka overwhelm opposition, Ireland and Pakistan win
The Netherlands struggled to hit many boundaries as it was restricted to 84 for 5 in 20 overs by a good Thailand bowling performance.
Rambaldo was once again out early to a good ball by Boochatham and chipped it to captain Tippoch at short extra cover. Veringmeier and captain Hannema then put on a 35 partnership, before Thailand finally got its wicket of Veringmeier -after being dropped in the opening over- she was run out for 15 runs by Konchan. Captain Hannema (25) was top scorer and Bratt scored 17 not out, as Netherlands tried to post a defendable total. The Dutch side finished up on 84 for 5. The pick of the Thai bowlers was Rattana Sangsoma 2 wickets for 11 runs.
Thailand’s reply got off to a steady start with Pundarika Prathanmitr and Somnarin Tippoch scoring 31 runs before Prathanmitr was out, bowled Bennett caught Hannema.
They looked to be in control until the thirteenth over when there were 2 run outs in 2 balls. Naruemol Chaiwai who had batted very well cut the ball in front of point and was run out by Veringmeier, next ball Boochatham got hit on the pads, Tippoch set off and the mix up resulted in both batters being at the strikers end, with the captain Tippoch departing for 9.
One more wicket fell before Nattakan Chantam (24) and Chanida Sutthiruang (2) guided Thailand home as they won by 6 wickets.
Sri Lanka continued to look mightily impressive as they overwhelmed opponents Japan with an outstanding performance, winning by 10 wickets in its match at Merrion.
Japan batted first scoring 21 in 18.1 overs, the only batter to make any significant contribution was Ayako Nakayama scoring 12 runs. The Sri Lanka bowling attack were in fine form bowling as a unit and sharing the wickets around. Eshani Kaushalya (5 for 2), Sripali Weerakkody (2 for 2) and Chandima Gunaratne (2 for 2) all put in professional performances.
Sri Lanka managed to score the winning runs in 1.4 overs, Yasoda Mendis (18) scoring 4 fours and Jayangani (4) confirming victory for the Sri Lankan team and a semi-final spot.
Captain, Shashikala Siriwardene was delighted with the performance, ‘We wanted to keep them under 30 runs, our fast bowlers did really well and it was a great effort by our spinners. We aimed to bat losing no wickets, so I was very happy with the whole performance. We will be ready for the next match against Ireland and hope to keep the momentum going,” said Siriwardene.
In the other morning’s game Ireland look to capitalise on their first match facing Canada at Merrion, comfortably beating its opponents by 77 runs and advancing to the semi final stages.
Opener Clare Shillington once again took the lead as Ireland got off to a great start, putting 71 on with captain Isobel Joyce, before she was out for 17 runs. A few wickets began to fall as Cecelia Joyce (5), Eimear Richardson (1) and Mary Waldron (2) all departed in quick succession.
Shillington was once hitting some fine shots scoring 81 runs including 12 fours in a fantastic performance almost batting throughout the innings before being run out by Coulter. Some late runs were put on by the lower order and Ireland finished on 146 for 7.
Canada lost the early wicket of Patel for 1, before Sivanantham (14) and Shabbir (23) put on a partnership of 32, before Sivanantham was bowled by Elena Tice. Wickets started consistently falling with no other Canadian batter getting into double figures and the victory was assured for Ireland with Canada only batting for 19.2 of their overs. Richardson, Scott-Hayward and Isobel Joyce all got 2 wickets as Ireland won by 77 runs.
Captain Mikaela Turik was disappointed with the result, ‘It was a really disappointing performance today, our fielding was not of the highest standard, we must look forward to the next match now and be mentally prepared for our game against Japan.’
Pakistan were clinical in its victory over Zimbabwe, winning by 72 runs in the afternoon match at the Hills.
Winning the toss and opting to bat, Pakistan looked in trouble early on with Zimbabwe taking early wickets. Opener Javeria Khan and Iram Javed were both out for ducks, before Nahida Khan (20) and Nain Abidi (10) put some runs on the board. The dominating partnership came when Bismah Maroof (51 not out) and Sana Mir (50 not out) who scored 8 fours, got Pakistan to 142-4 in 20 overs.
Zimbabwe’s response interrupted by rain, stuttered with early wickets falling, until Chipo Mugeri (32) put up some resistance against the Pakistan bowlers. The only other Zimbabwe player to get into double figures was Sharne Mayers (10), Zimbabwe finished on 70 for 9. The pick of the Pakistan bowlers was Nada Dir who got 6 for 2.
Points table after round two:
Scores in brief:
At The Hills
Netherlands 84 for 5, 20 overs (Hannema 25, Bratt 17*; Sangsoma 2-11)
Thailand 85 for 4, 17.5 overs (Chantam 24*, Prathanmitr 18, Chaiwai 17; Bennett 1-11)
Thailand won by 6 wickets
Player of the Match: N Chantam (Thailand)
Pakistan 142 for 4, 20 overs (Maroof 51, Mir 50; Nkomo 2-22)
Zimbabwe 70 for 9, 20 overs (Mugeri 32, Mayers 10; Dar 2-6)
Pakistan won by 72 runs
Player of the Match: Sana Mir (Pakistan)
Ireland 146 for 7, 20 overs (Shillington 81, I Joyce 17; Shabbir 2-18)
Canada 69 all out, 20 overs (Shabbir 23; I Joyce 2-10, Richardson 2-10)
Ireland won by 77 runs
Player of the Match: Clare Shillington (Ireland)
Japan 21 all out, 18.1 overs (Nakayama 12; Gunaratne 2-2)
Sri Lanka 22 for 0, 1.4 overs (Mendis 18; Ota 0-11)
Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets
Player of the Match: LE Kaushalya (Sri Lanka)
Friday is a rest/reserve day. Saturday’s fixtures:
At The Hills: Thailand v Zimbabwe 1000 local time match is scheduled to start
Japan v Canada 1400 local time match is scheduled to start
At Merrion: Pakistan v Netherlands 1000 local time match is scheduled to start
Ireland v Sri Lanka 1400 local time match is scheduled to start