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Ciara Metcalfe is congratuled, Ireland v Uganda, VRA, 10th July 2018
Women's T20 World Cup

Metcalfe triple sends Ireland through with comfortable Uganda victory

Ire v Uga, WT20Q Match 10, report

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. 

Video WT20Q, video 10 Jul 18
WT20Q: Excellent sharp catch in the field by Clare Shillington

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.

Video WT20Q, video 10 Jul 18
WT20Q: Ireland v Uganda match highlights

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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