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Joyce stars again as Ireland gain semi-final spot

Isobel Joyce (Photo: ICC)

Ireland claimed a spot in the semi-final of the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier after a comprehensive 208 run win over Zimbabwe, with another brilliant performance from Isobel Joyce.

And captain Heather Whelan believes that her side has a great chance of shocking hosts South Africa tomorrow in what promises to be a fascinating match up with both teams knowing victory will secure a place at the ICC Women's World Cup in 2009.

She said: 'It really has come together for us today. We're delighted and we know we have to keep up this level of performance for the match against South Africa.

'It's going to be a very tough match and they are a good side but if our batting, bowling and fielding comes together we're going to have a very good chance and hopefully win.'

All of the Irish girls to bat made double figures as they registered an impressive 305-5 in their 50 overs, after they won the toss and batted.

Isobel Joyce once again top scored for her side, with 70, but Clare Shillington (57), Caitriona Beggs (41) and Nicola Coffey (36*) all made contributions.

In reply, it was Isobel Joyce who once again starred as she took five wickets with an excellent spell of bowling.

Ireland's victory also ensured that they maintain their ODI status, as a semi-final place at this event guarantees that a side will remain in the top ten of the world rankings.