Netherlands beat Zimbabwe whilst Canada and Thailand crash to defeat
The Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier started with wins for Ireland and the Netherlands on the first morning. Hosts Ireland recorded a thumping win over Japan, and you can read the full report of that match on CricketEurope Ireland.
The Dutch meanwhile took on full member side Zimbabwe, who came through the African regional qualifier. Zimbabwe put the Dutch into bat after winning the toss, and restricted them to just 95-7 from their 20 overs, Tessa van der Gun top scoring with 28 before she retired hurt.
That should have been an easy chase for Zimbabwe, but they soon found themselves in trouble as they collapsed to 29-5. A 33 run partnership for the sixth wicket between Ashley Burdett and Nonhlanhla Nyathi got things back on track before Burdett became the third of three wickets for Leonie Bennett.
Nyathi batted out the innings to finish unbeaten on 30, but the Dutch bowling kept things tight and Zimbabwe could only manage 92-9 from their 20 overs, losing by three runs.
Whilst the two European associate sides both recorded wins in the morning session, it wasn't such a happy result for the Americas and Asian associate representatives in the afternoon.
Canada, batting first after winning the toss against Sri Lanka were bundled out for just 44, Suthershini Sivanantham the only batsman to reach double figures with 13. Chandima Gunaratne was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers taking three wickets for just six runs in her four overs.
Sri Lanka had no trouble chasing down that target, clinically knocked off the runs in 6.1 overs to win by 9 wickets. Eshani Kaushalya polished off the run chase by hitting Canadian captain Mikaela Turik for four.
Over at YMCA Pakistan won the toss against Thailand and chose to bat first. Their innings started badly when Javeria Khan was caught behind from the third ball of the match with no score on the board, but the second wicket put on 51 to dash any hopes Thailand might have had of bowling Pakistan out cheaply.
Pakistan eventually made 145-6 from their 20 overs, Nain Abidi top scoring with 47. Thailand could only manage 76-8 from their 20 overs, losing by 69 runs.
On Thursday Canada will play Ireland whilst Thailand will play the Netherlands.