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Bangladesh win ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier 2018

Bangladesh capt Salma Khatun with teammates poses with the trophy as the Bangladesh Team qualifies for T20 World Cup, Final, ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier at Utrecht, Jul 14th 2018.
Ireland finish as runner-up
  • Ireland finish as runner-up
  • Scotland finish third and PNG fourth
  • Thailand finish fifth and win plate
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Bangladesh won the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier after defeating Ireland by 25 runs at Kampong. Scotland defeated PNG by ten wickets to secure third place and Thailand secured the plate trophy by defeating Uganda. UAE beat Netherlands in a super over to clinch ninth place on the final day of competition.

Ireland v Bangladesh

Bangladesh claimed victory in the final of the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier in the Netherlands thanks to 46 runs from Ayasha Rahman and a brilliant five wicket-haul from Panna Ghosh. Bangladesh got off to a strong start with the bat, reaching 80 for one in the 12th over before an excellent come back in the second half of their innings from the Irish bowlers saw them restricted to 122 for nine.

The star with the ball from Ireland was Lucy O’Reilly who claimed 4-28 with the ball, but despite her efforts the target was too stiff for her team. Regular wickets meant that the chase was never got going and Ghosh was outstanding with the ball as she claimed 5-16 to seal victory for her team.

Panna receiving the Player of the Match from Ms Barbara during the presentation, Final, ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier at Utrecht, Jul 14th 2018.
Panna receiving the Player of the Match from Ms Barbara during the presentation, Final, ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier at Utrecht, Jul 14th 2018.

Player of the Match, Bangladesh’s Pauna Ghosh said: “It was the first time I have got five wickets in an international. We all tried to be successful and we are really excited for the West Indies and going to the ICC Women’s World T20.”

Player of the Tournament, Ireland’s Clare Shillington said: “I was a little bit undercooked in the runs coming into this tournament, but I got a few scores. It is obviously really nice to get the Player of the Tournament, but it is more of a team accolade. We pulled together to get the wins we needed to get into the ICC Women’s World T20, it will be shared amongst all 14 of us and not just me.”

PNG v Scotland

In the third-place play-off it was Scotland that emerged victorious as they dismantled Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets with three overs to spare. Having won the toss, the Scots were quickly in the wickets as they went hard in the early overs. PNG were reduced to 56 for five in the 13th over as they struggled to get the Scottish bowling away. Things improved with a 46-run partnership between Kaia Arua and Veru Frank that took them past three figures to set the Scottish 102 to win.

The Bryce sisters celebrating the win over PNG, 3rd Place Play-off, ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier at Utrecht, Jul 14th 2018.
The Bryce sisters celebrating the win over PNG, 3rd Place Play-off, ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier at Utrecht, Jul 14th 2018.

That total proved to be no real challenge for the Scots as Sarah and Kathryn Bryce knocked the runs off with ease. The two sisters put on an unbroken stand of 102 to reach the total with no alarms and few surprises. It was Kathryn that top scored with 51 from 57 balls.

Player of the Match, Scotland’s Kathryn Bryce said: “Scoring as many runs as possible, rotating the strike and getting the run rate up was our main game plan for this game. I think we bowled ok, bit up and down, but brought it back well at the end. I think we have learnt a lot over this couple of weeks I think playing against as many teams who we have with consistent attacks and practicing scoring off teams with good bowlers was key.”

Uganda v Thailand

Thailand claimed fifth place thanks to runs from Nattakan Chantam (44) and Nattaya Boochatham (38) as they posted 113 for seven from their 20 overs against Uganda. The early wicket of Naruemoi Chaiwai had pegged them back but the innings from Chantam and Boochatam allowed them to take the game away from Uganda.

Umpire Ahmed Pakteem presents Boochatham Nattaya with the Player of the Match Award for her allround performance, 5th Place play-off Uganda v Thailand, VRA, 14th July 2018.
Umpire Ahmed Pakteem presents Boochatham Nattaya with the Player of the Match Award for her allround performance, 5th Place play-off Uganda v Thailand, VRA, 14th July 2018.

The Ugandan chase was over almost before it had started as they were reduced to 2 for five as poor shot selection and poor running hampered their efforts to reach their target. There were three run outs in total in their innings with Chanida Sutthiruang claiming two early wickets. The top-scorer in the Ugandan innings was Stephani Nampiina who made 29 from 30 balls batting at seven. Uganda reached 79 for eight from their 20 overs as they lost by 34 runs.

Player of the Match, Thailand’s Nattaya Boochatham said: “Today’s performance is for my team not for me. The team has been together and I am very happy with everyone. We learnt so many things at this tournament and we look forward to improving in future tournaments.”

Netherlands v UAE

The seventh-place play-off saw Netherlands and United Arab Emirates finished in a remarkable tie with a Super Over needed to decide a winner. A brilliant 79 from Sterre Kalis saw the Netherlands reach a very competitive 146/3 from their 20 overs, her second half-century of the tournament. She was well supported by Denise Hannema who scored 30 not out.

Sterre Kalis goes over the top, Netherlands v Thailand, VCC, 5th July 2018.
Sterre Kalis goes over the top, Netherlands v Thailand, VCC, 5th July 2018.

It wasn’t the best start for the UAE as they lost Esha Rohit early but contributions from the top-order allowed them to recover and keep up with the rate. 32 from Chaya Mughal and 37 from Nisha Ali were the best efforts but there were contributions all the way down the order as they managed to sneak a run to tie the match despite two wickets in two balls from Heather Siegers in the 20th over.  

The Super Over was also a tight affair as the UAE set the Netherlands seven runs to win but Subha Srinivasan held her nerve to claim both Dutch wickets to claim the win for her team.

Player of the Match, Netherlands’ Sterre Kalis said: “I batted alright today, we made 146 and I thought it was a really good score to defend. We have learnt a lot in every single game of this tournament, two close games against UAE and we have learnt a lot from Bangladesh who are really good bowlers and batters to face. We can take all the positives from the games and go into the winter focusing on those positives.”

Scores in brief:

Bangladesh beat Ireland by 25 runs at Kampong, Utrecht

Bangladesh 122-9, 20 overs (Ayasha Rahman 46; Fargana Hoque 17; Lucy O’Reilly 4-28)
Ireland 97 all out, 18.4 overs (Gaby Lewis 26, Eimear Richardson 23; Panna Ghosh 5-16)

Netherlands against UAE tied. UAE won the super over by 1 run at VRA, Amstelveen

Netherlands 146-3, 20 overs (Sterre Kalis 79, Denise Hannema 30 not out; Nisha Ali 1-20)
UAE 146-9, 20 overs (Nisha Ali 37, Chaya Mughal 32; Lisa Klokgeiters 3-34)

Thailand beat Uganda 34 runs at VRA, Amstelveen

Thailand 113-7, 20 overs (Natthakan Chantam 44, Nattaya Boochatham 38; Immaculate Nakisuuyi 1-15)
Uganda 79-8, 20 overs (Stephanie Nampiina 29 not out; Chanida Sutthiruang 2-7)

Scotland beat Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets at Kampong, Utrecht

PNG 101-6, 20 overs (Vera Frank 28 not out, Sibona Jimmy 25; Hannah Rainey 2-22)
Scotland 102-0, 17 overs (Kathryn Bryce 51, Sarah Bryce 41; P Siaka 0-40)

Player of the Tournament:

Clare Shillington, Ireland

Final positions:

  1. Bangladesh (Tournament winners)
  2. Ireland
  3. Scotland
  4. PNG
  5. Thailand (Plate winners)
  6. Uganda
  7. UAE
  8. Netherlands

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