The Irish players celebrate the fall of a Scottish wicket (Photo: ICC)Ireland beat Scotland by 9 wickets

Scotland 142-8 (50 overs, Anderson 41, Isobel Joyce 3-21)
Ireland 143-1 (21.5 overs, Isobel Joyce 45*, Beggs 44*)

Ireland got their ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier campaign back on track after a convincing 9-wicket win over Scotland to set up a make or break match against Zimbabwe on Thursday.

Isobel Joyce was named Player of the Match after a quick fire 45* off just 33 balls, which followed her figures of 3-21 earlier, as Ireland chased down their target of 142 with 28.1 overs to spare. And Joyce admitted that it was just a relief to get their first win under their belt.

'It was good to win today as were very disappointed to lose yesterday' said Joyce. 'I think it will be important to play well against Zimbabwe. We need to keep things tight in the field and cut out the extras.'

Scotland, who had lost their opening day clash to Zimbabwe, battled hard to reach 142-8 in their 50 overs after winning the toss. Kari Anderson showed great determination in making 41 off 120 balls, striking two fours, and received good support from Charlotte Bascombe, who made 12 off 69 balls, in a fourth-wicket stand of 65.

In reply, Ireland never really looked in trouble as Caitriona Beggs (44*) and Clare Shillington (29) provided excellent support to Joyce.

Although Scotland's World Cup dream is over, Kari Anderson revealed they still have some key objectives for this event.

'If you look at where we've come from over the past couple of years, we've come on a lot' said Anderson. 'If you ask the Irish team I'm sure they will say we're giving them a better game than we were two-three years ago. We just want to finish as high as we can.'

Netherlands beat Bermuda by 196 runs

Netherlands 281 all out (50 overs, Rambaldo 59)
Bermuda 85 all out (36.5 overs, Jackson 26, Tanke 3-18)

A captain's performance from Helmien Rambaldo helped The Netherlands claim their spot in the semi-final of the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier as they defeated Bermuda by 198 runs.

Rambaldo's 59, scored at more than a run a ball, earned her the Player of the Match Award and helped her side on their way to a total of 283-8 in their 50 overs, although it was extras (95) which was the top scorer after an incredible 82 wides.

And although Bermuda improved on their total of 13 all out against South Africa, they could only manage 85 all out in their innings with Annemarie Tanke the pick of the bowlers with 3-18.

The Netherlands face South Africa on Thursday, in a match with full ODI status, to decide who will top the pool and probably face a semi-final against Ireland or Zimbabwe.

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 9 wickets

Zimbabwe 58 all out (35.3 overs, Sana Mir 3-7, Urooj Mumtaz 3-14)
Pakistan 59-1 (13 overs, Bismah Maroof 25*)

Pakistan continued their sensational start to their ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier campaign with a stunning 9-wicket win over Zimbabwe.

Following their brilliant victory over Ireland yesterday, an inspired bowling performance reduced Zimbabwe, who had defeated Scotland in their opening game, to 58 all out, with star of the day being captain Urooj Mumtaz.

The skipper bowled fantastically to take a hat-trick, the second time she has achieved this feat in a Pakistan shirt, although she was well supported by an inventive and well balanced bowling attack.

Sana Mir, who won the Player of the Award yesterday in Pakistan's 57-run defeat of Ireland, was also outstanding in her spell of 3-7. And it only took 13 overs to knock off the winning runs, with opener Bismah Maroof unbeaten on 25*.

Urooj Mumtaz paid tributes to her colleagues and reiterated her determination to do well at this event.

'I am absolutely delighted. The team did exceptionally well again. We did a very good job in restricting them to 58 and bowled really well. I'm very proud of the team. It was an amazing win again. We have a very good spin attack backed up by some very good fast bowlers. We have to go all out for this tournament, we have to make it to the final and we have to make it to the World Cup' she said.

The win virtually seals a spot in the semi-finals for Pakistan, who finish off their group matches against Scotland on Thursday.

South Africa beat Papua New Guinea by 270 runs

South Africa 298-7 (50 overs, Anderson 91, C Terblanche 76)
Papua New Guinea 28 all out (17.2 overs, Kilowan 4-14)

South Africa completed a second simple victory in as many days to seal their place in the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier. Having bowled out Bermuda for 13 yesterday, they managed to dismiss Papua New Guinea (PNG) for just 28 today, as they won by 270 runs.

South Africa earlier recorded an impressive 298-7 in their 50 overs, with Olivia Anderson striking a brilliant 91 off just 119 balls.

Anderson, who was awarded the Player of the Match Award, said: 'It is an awesome feeling scoring runs for South Africa and great batting with such accomplished players. It means you feel confident enough to express yourself when you bat.

'I don't have any doubts that we will win this tournament and go on to do really well in the World Cup.'

South Africa, who was put into bat by PNG, started well in the face of some decent PNG bowling. Anderson, who hit four boundaries in her two and a half hour innings, was well supported by vice-captain Claire Terblanche who hit a quick fire 76 off just 68 balls.

Susan Benade also made a valuable 31 off 22 balls, scoring the only six of the innings, as South Africa registered the highest total in the competition so far.

In reply PNG never really threatened to compete and some good, aggressive South Africa bowling saw wickets tumble at regular intervals. While Ashlyn Kilowan stole the show with her 4-14, Marcia Letsoalo took 2-3 and Charlize Van Der Westhuizen had figures of 2-4.