With Ireland and Thailand already claiming their spots in the semi-finals, their meeting today was to decide the winner of Group B – an 2-run DLS win secured first place for Thailand who will face Papua New Guinea in the semi-final2.
At the start of the day, two spots from Group A at the semi-finals were still up for grabs with Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea all in with a chance of progressing. A 13-run DLS win for Bangladesh over Scotland ensured they finished top of the group, with Papua New Guinea finishing second after defeating the USA.
Ireland v Thailand
Thailand won a dramatic last ball 2-run DLS thriller at Forthill to finish top of Group B and set-up a semi-final clash against Papua New Guinea.
Revised to 17-overs due to earlier rain, Thailand started well to post 59 for 2 after ten, but Leah Paul (3 for 10) pulled the game back well for Ireland with two wickets in two balls to dimiss Boochatham with a return catch and Kamchomphu miscuing a big hit to Laura Delany at mid-off.
Coming back to bowl the 13th, Paul bagged the prized scalp of Chaiwai, again hitting to mid-off, to send the dangerous opener on her way for 24 and leave half of Thailand's side back in the pavilion with 71 on the board after 12.4 overs.
On a slow pitch, Thailand reached a respectable 92 for 7. A team known for their big-hitting, Thailand only put away four boundaries – smart singles and quick running instead allowing the batters to rotate the strike and build a total.
In response, Ireland lost regular wickets but a 32-run stand between Paul (11) and Richardson (21) provided Ireland with hope of chasing down the total against a disciplined bowling attack.
But with the rain coming down and slightly below on DLS, Ireland fell away in the closing stages as they tried to keep up with the ever increasing DLS par score.
Despite being eight down, Ireland went into the final over needing an achievable eight runs from six balls.
A two off the penultimate ball meant Ireland needed two for a super over and three for a win. Knowing Ireland needed a boundary, Kamchomphu enticed Maritz down the track in attempt of the glory shot but instead the ball bounced straight into the hands of Koncharoenkai who took the bails off nab a wicket on the last ball.
Thailand's Sutthiruang (3 for 13), highest wicket-taker in the competition with 10, combined with Laomi (3 for 17) to do the bulk of the damage and keep Ireland to second place in Group B.
Ireland will now face Bangladesh in the first semi-final at Forthill.
Scotland v Bangladesh
Hosts Scotland were knocked out by Bangladesh at Forthill Sports Club after a 13-run DLS defeat.
Winning the toss and opting to field first, a. nervy start from the Scots saw Bangladesh race away to 21 for 1 after four overs, an early over from Priyanaz Chatterji going for 10 runs as the seamer struggled to find her line.
Brought on to bowl the fifth, Abtaha Maqsood did well to dry up Bangladesh's scoring options throughout her consecutive four over spell – Bangladesh reaching 63 for 3 after 11 when she was bowled out – but the lack of wicket taking options for Scotland allowed Bangladesh to get too comfortable in their innings.
Top-order batters Murshida Khatun (26) and Nigar Sultana (35*) were able to set the tone before Fargana Hoque (23) was allowed to come in with freedom to score at the closing stages, meaning Bangladesh reached a worrying 104 for 4 after 17 overs when the rain came and concluded the first innings.
Chasing a challenging 63 from eight overs, Scotland suffered three run outs as they took on Bangladesh's fielding in attempt at scoring 7.8 runs per over.
Needing someone to anchor the innings if there was to be any hope, Scotland's Kathryn Bryce (21) was the only batter to reach double figures and hit more than one boundary before slapping the ball to mid-on in the seventh with 23 runs required and with it, all hope disappeared for Scotland.
19 runs were required from the final over, but Scotland could only add five more..
Namibia v Netherlands
Netherlands won their first game of the tournament with a six-wicket win over Namibia at Arbroath.
Opening bowlers Zwilling (3 for 11) and Siegers (3 for 27) set the tone straight away, the latter claiming a wicket on the second ball of the match, to restrict Namibia to 91 for 8 despite a battling 29 from van der Merwe.
34 from Kalis at the top of the order cemented her top two spot on the list of most runs in the tournament, second to Kathryn Bryce, as Netherlands chipped away at the runs required with 17 balls to spare.
Papua New Guinea v USA
Sibona Jimmy starred with a sensational performance to claim two points for Papua New Guinea and set them up for a semi-final clash against Thailand.
Starting with the bat, Jimmy hit a brilliant 58 not out from 50 at the top of the order to propel Papua New Guinea to 133 for 3 after 20 and hand them their most convincing display with the bat in the tournament so far.
Cameos from Tau (24) and Ruma (29) helped Papua New Guinea to a total 22 runs (DLS) out of reach for USA.
Despite a quick fire 35 off 26 from Erica Rendler in a revised 17-over run chase for USA, Sibona Jimmy made her mark with the ball as well as the bat to take 3 for 15 and give Papua New Guinea their second victory – after Scotland – of the tournament.
Papua New Guinea's clash against Thailand in the semi-final stage of the tournament means one of the two teams will qualify for their first ever ICC global event.