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Pivotal playoff places on the line in Women’s T20WC Qualifier

Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier

By Martin Pegan

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The two remaining spots in the all-important Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier playoffs are up for grabs as Scotland meet Ireland and Thailand face PNG on Wednesday.

The four teams each have one victory from their two T20Is in the Qualifier tournament so far, to set up a couple of gripping clashes on the final day of the group stage.

The winners of these two crucial T20Is will progress to the Qualifier playoffs to take on Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, to decide which teams secure the final two spots at the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in South Africa next year.

Watch the decisive group stage matches and all the Women’s T20WC Qualifier live and for FREE on ICC.tv, with highlights of every match also available.

Matches are available on FanCode in some countries.

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Group A

Scotland started the Qualifier strongly with a 79-run thumping of the USA, but were then punished by the highly-fancied Bangladesh and dismissed for only 77 in a six-wicket loss.

Captain Kathryn Bryce is searching for runs after scores of 17 and 4 while also looking for a first wicket in the series, while wicketkeeper-batter Sarah Bryce is at least in good form following a 45 and 14. 

>> Watch Scotland v USA Highlights for FREE on ICC.tv

Ireland were more competitive against Bangladesh in their opening group game, falling 14 runs short when chasing 143 as Amy Hunter (33), Laura Delany (28) and Eimear Richardson (40) gave them a chance.

Hunter (43) and Gaby Lewis (44 not out) then made light work of chasing down the USA’s total of 91 with 6.5 overs to spare.

>> Watch Ireland v USA Highlights for FREE on ICC.tv

Bangladesh will play the USA on the final day of the group stage needing a third straight victory to be sure of topping Group A and setting up a Qualifier playoff against the second-place finisher in Group B.

Group B

Thailand and Papua New Guinea will clash later in the day with the winner claiming a top-two spot in Group B. 

Both teams beat the UAE as Thailand chased down 92 runs with seven wickets to spare in their opening match, then PNG plundered 148/6 against them in a 29-run victory.

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The teams had similar results against Zimbabwe as PNG were dismissed for only 83 in an eight-wicket loss, while Thailand made 86/6 and only took four wickets before being overrun.  

Thailand will hope for another big score from Nannapat Khoncharoenkai after the opener-keeper made 34 not out against the UAE and top-scored with 47 against Zimbabwe.

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Tanya Ruma has been the rock for PNG after holding the innings together with 25 against Zimbabwe and backing up with 53 off 36 balls against the UAE.

The undefeated Zimbabwe will want to lock in first place in Group B when they face the UAE.

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