Ireland completed a convincing eight-wicket victory over Uganda at Amstelveen to top Group B in the Women’s World T20 Qualifier and confirm their place in the semi-finals.
Uganda made just 78/8 in their 20 overs after a stellar Irish bowling performance led by 38-year-old leg-spinner Ciara Metcalfe, who was handed the Player of the Match award for her astonishing 3/8 in four overs.
None of the Ugandan top five reached double figures as, having been put into bat by Ireland skipper Laura Delany, they were left reeling at 31/5 after 10 overs. Ireland's dominance in the field was never better exemplified that when No.3 Rita Musamali was brilliantly caught by Clare Shillington at short extra-cover for 6 to give Metcalfe her third wicket.
The damage done and with others failing to kick on having eaten up balls, Uganda’s lower middle order sought to bat out the overs, No. 7 Stephani Nampiina making a 22-ball 16 and No.8 Franklin Najjumba ending on 15 not out.
The chase was a formality for the Irish, with 37-year-old Shillington making a brisk 27 at the top of the order to go with her two catches earlier on. She put on 31 with Cecilia Joyce (15) before 17-year-old Gaby Lewis (18*) and Delany (13*) finished the job off the first ball of the 13th over with 47 balls to spare.
The result means Ireland, who are joined by Scotland from Group B in the semi-finals, progress, while Uganda are knocked out.
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