Thailand upset Netherlands, Japan crash to heavy defeat
Thailand have recorded a famous win over the Netherlands at the Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland today, but it wasn't as happy a time for Japan who crashed to a heavy defeat against Sri Lanka.
The Netherlands won the toss and chose to bat first. Missing their top scorer from their opening match Tessa van der Gun, they struggled with the bat, only making 84-5 from their 20 overs, captain Denise Hannema top scoring with 25.
A low score, but having defended 95 against Zimbabwe on Tuesday, the Dutch would still have been confident of defending it. Any confidence was misplaced though as, despite some tight bowling and fielding, Thailand chased down their required target in 17.5 overs to win by six wickets.
Japan had the unenviable task of taking on Sri Lanka, who finished fifth in the Women's ODI World Cup earlier this year. Unsurpisingly, they struggled and were bowled out for just 21, with only Ayako Nakayama reaching double figures with 12. The next highest score was 2.
Sri Lanka had no trouble with that total, and knocked off the 22 runs required in 10 balls to win by 10 wickets in one of the most comprehensive victories in international cricket history.
In other matches today, Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 72 runs in a battle between two full member sides, whilst Ireland beat Canada by 77 runs. You can read a report on that maatch in the CricketEurope Ireland section.