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05 December 201516:17

Ireland Women win title after last-ball finish

Bangladesh Women finish second in Trophy division; Papua New Guinea Women beat China Women in Shield final at ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier

Ireland Women win title after last-ball finish - Cricket News

Ireland Women beat Bangladesh Women by two wickets to keep their all-win record intact in the tournament.

Ireland Women overcame a stiff challenge from the Bangladesh Women bowlers to win a closely fought Trophy final of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in Bangkok on Saturday (December 5), keeping its all-win record in the tournament intact.

Bangladesh made 105 for 3 in 20 overs after electing to bat at Terdthai Cricket Ground. Its bowlers then had Ireland eight down, but Laura Delany held her nerve, remaining unbeaten on 26 to take her team past the target off the last delivery, Ireland winning by two wickets.

That Bangladesh made 105 was courtesy a 74-run third-wicket partnership between Nigar Sultana, the wicketkeeper and opening batter, and Rumana Ahmed. The duo came together with Bangladesh at 21 for 2 and was separated when Ciara Metcalfe, the legspinner, had Sultana caught.

Sultana had made 41 off 57 balls, the top score for Bangladesh. Rumana, meanwhile, stayed till the end, remaining unbeaten on 38 and ensuring a decent finish for her team.

Metcalfe was the best Ireland bowler, picking up 3 for 14 off four overs.

Ireland’s chase came down to the efforts of two batters. First, Cecelia Joyce, the opener, held firm with 32 even as wickets fell around her. After her dismissal, which left Ireland at 66 for 5, it was Delany, who did well to hang in till the end.

Rumana returned 2 for 16, while Nahida Akter took 2 for 18.

Both Ireland and Bangladesh had already sealed their spots in the next ICC Women’s World Twenty20, which will take place in India in March-April next year.

Elsewhere, at Asian Institute of Technology Ground, Papua New Guinea Women put up a good all-round show to pip China Women by seven wickets in the final of the Shield division.

After being asked to field, PNG’s bowlers put up a disciplined show, letting China make just 93 for 4 in 20 overs. Tanya Ruma then led the chase with an unbeaten 37 as PNG reached 94 for 3 in 18.4 overs for a comfortable win.

China enjoyed decent contributions from the top and middle order. Sun Meng Yao (14), Caiyun Zhou (26), Zhao Ning (20) and Huang Zhou (14 not out) all got off to starts, but used up too many deliveries.

PNG’s bowlers were all economical. Ravina Oa and Sibona Jimmy picked up a wicket each, while Pauke Siaka gave away just 14 runs in four overs.

In the chase, Varoi Morea dominated a 22-run opening stand with Kari Seura, before the latter was run out for five. Ruma then joined Morea and the two added 27 more for the second wicket before Morea caught off Fengfeng Song for 30 in 41 balls.

Ruma was then the dominant partner in a 38-run third-wicket stand with Siaka that pretty much sealed the game for PNG, though Siaka (11) was dismissed with seven runs to get.