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Thailand beat Zimbabwe to win Shield Final

Sri Lanka and Pakistan to be completed on Thursday, rain abandons Ireland v Netherlands and Japan v Canada fixtures

Thailand beat Zimbabwe to win Shield Final - Cricket News
Nain Abidi (L) scored a crucial 45 to take Pakistan to a fighting total.
In the Shield Final at Merrion, the only completed game of the day, Thailand beat Zimbabwe by 25 runs (D/L Method) in a rain affected match. 

Thailand’s bowlers got off to a great start as both openers fell to captain Somnarin Tippoch, Burdett (1) and Ndiraya (1). Chipo Mugeri (18) batted well with 2 fours and stabilised the Zimbabwe innings, before she tried to glance a Sangsoma delivery fine misjudged it and the ball hit her leg stump. Sangsoma got her second wicket as Nyathi (7) came down the wicket and hit it hard back to the bowler, Zimbabwe were then on 45 runs for 4 wickets after 12 overs. 

The partnership of Chatonzwa (11 not out) and Marange (19 not out) took Zimbabwe up to a respectable score of 85 runs for 6 wickets in its 20 overs. The pick of the Thai bowlers were Tippoch (2-20) and Sangsoma (2-14).

Thailand put in an excellent batting performance as openers Prathanmitr (24) with 2 fours and Tippoch (12) 1 four, kept Thailand ahead of the revised Duckworth Lewis run rate as the black clouds closed in around Merrion. With 7 overs on the board and Thailand on 48 runs for 0 wickets the rain fell with no more play in the allotted time and the well deserved victory went to the Thai team. 

The Trophy Final will be continued on Thursday as heavy rain forced the match to end after Pakistan had scored 112 runs for 5 wickets in its innings. 

Pakistan who won the toss and decided to bat, got off to a positive start with openers Nahida Khan (8) and Javeria Khan (11) batting well. The first wicket to go down was Javeria Khan who connected with a Gunaratne delivery sending it straight to point where Mendis took a good catch. Gunaratne then got her second wicket as she bowled Nahida Khan. 

Nain Abidi (45) and Bismah Maroof (35 not out) took Pakistan to a decent total putting on a steady partnership of 82, before late wickets were taken by Sri Lanka. Abidi hit a Seneviratna delivery high in the air and it was an easy catch at point by Weerakkody and Nida Dar (1) was run out by Surangika shortly after. Pakistan finished on 112 runs for 5 wickets in its 20 overs when the rain began to consistently fall and play was abandoned for the day. 

Rain continued to fall over the Dublin area all afternoon and the play in Japan v Canada and Ireland v Netherlands matches was abandoned for the day. The Event Technical Committee (ETC) decided the match between Japan and Canada will begin on Thursday at 1000 at Merrion instead of the pre scheduled 1400. The continuation of the Pakistan v Sri Lanka (Trophy Final) match will be begin at 1000 at YMCA. The Ireland v Netherlands match will begin 30 minutes after the Pakistan v Sri Lanka (Trophy Final) match has been completed instead of the pre scheduled 1400 at YMCA. 

Scores in brief:

Pakistan 112 for 5, 20 overs (Abidi 45, Maroof 35*; Gunaratne 2-7)
Sri Lanka- Did not bat
Play abandoned for the day 

Ireland- Did not bat
Netherlands- Did not bat
Play abandoned for the day

At Merrion
Zimbabwe 85 for 6, 20 overs (Marange 19*, Mugeri 18; Sangsoma 2-14)
Thailand 48 for 0, 7 overs (Prathanmitr 24, Tippoch 12; Chatonzwa 0-7)
Thailand won by 25 runs (D/L Method)
Player of the Match: S Tippoch (Thailand)

Canada- Did not bat
Japan- Did not bat
Play abandoned for the day 

Thursday’s fixtures:

At YMCA:     Pakistan v Sri Lanka (Trophy Final- continuation of Wednesday’ match) match is scheduled to start at 1000 local time 
                        Ireland v Netherlands (Trophy 3rd/4th play off) Match is scheduled to start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the final

At Merrion:   Canada v Thailand (Shield 3rd/4th play off) match is scheduled to start at 1000 local time

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