IRELAND go into their opening Women’s T20 World Cup qualifier tomorrow in winning form after a 70 runs victory over Papua New Guinea in their warm-up game in Dundee yesterday.
The one downside is that Kim Garth, with 57 from 35 balls, was the only player to get past 18 - Orla Prendergast, Eimear Richardson and Laura Delany were all dismissed on that score- but a total of 147 was always going to be enough as Ireland used eight bowlers with all but two of them conceding less than five an over. Garth bowled two overs, took 1-3 and was then taken out of the attack.
The highest PNG partnership was 13 for the first wicket and the longest was 26 balls for the fifth wicket when they could add only 12 runs – and that included one of the five fours in the innings.
Garth hit seven fours and the only six of the match and dominated a third wicket stand of 64 with Mary Waldron, who scored 12. Encouragingly, after Garth’s was fourth out, Ireland still scored 50 from the last 41 balls.
The teams also played a Super Over, in practice for such a scenario being needed in the tournament after a tied match. Ireland won that one as well restricting PNG to 5-2 and then making 6-0 from four balls.
Ireland’s first opponents are Namibia, only admitted to the tournament following Zimbabwe’s suspension by ICC and in their warm-up game yesterday, they scored 86-7 in reply to Scotland’s 170-3.
Scores: Ireland 147-6 (K Garth 57) Papua New Guinea 77-7 (E Richardson 2-13). Ireland Women won by 70 runs.