Netherlands women one step close to World Twenty20
The Netherlands have qualified for the semi-finals of the Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier despite their defeat to Pakistan in Ireland yesterday.
The match was reduced by rain to nine overs, and Pakistan recovered from a start where they lost two wickets for just one run from the first 1.2 overs to score 72-4 from their nine overs. Nain Abidi top scored for them with 38, whilst Mariska Cornet took two wickets for the Dutch.
The Netherlands were then restricted to 52-5 from their nine overs, losing by 20 runs. This left them looking at the result of the Zimbabwe v Thailand game in the afternoon. They needed Zimbabwe to win, but not by so much that they'd pass the Dutch net run rate.
And that's exactly what happened. Zimbabwe were put into bat after Thailand won the toss and scored 103-8 from their 20 overs, Nonhlanhla Nyathi top scoring with 28. Somnarin Tippoch was the pick of Thailand's bowlers with 2-13.
Thailand were then bowled out for 74 with Tippoch the only batsman to reach double figures, scoring 24. Zimbabwe also managed to concede 23 in extras, including 19 wides. It was those 19 wides that were to be their downfall - take most of them away and they'd have qualified for the semi-finals ahead of the Dutch.
In the other group, Japan and Canada were both already out of contention for the semi-finals so just had pride to play for. Canada won the toss and put Japan in to bat, who were restricted to 97-5 from their 20 overs, with extras the top scorer with 28.
Canada lost five wickets in their run chase but did manage to pull off the win, Durriya Shabbir top scoring with an unbeaten 36 from 31 balls. Shabbir hit a four to secure the five wicket win.
In the other match yesterday, Ireland lost to Sri Lanka by 8 wickets, and you can read a report on that match in the CricketEurope Ireland section.
The semi-finals will be played on Monday, with the Netherlands playing Sri Lanka and Ireland playing Pakistan. The other four teams will play off for a shield competition, with Japan playing Zimbabwe and Thailand playing Canada.