Eimear Richardson leads Ireland to opening day win against Scotland
Ireland began the European World Cup qualifying competition in Stirling with a comfortable victory over Scotland by five wickets. Ireland had more than 13 overs to spare as they passed their target of 161.
Scotland were put in to bat and got off to a very slow start against accurate bowling by the Whelans, Heather and Jill. Catherine Smaill soon fell leg before to Heather and then two wickets fell in quick succession to leave Scotland 31 for three after 17 overs.
However, it was to be a long time before Ireland had any further success as the remainder of the Scottish innings belonged to skipper Kari Anderson, who made an unbeaten 86 from 148 balls. Her partnership with Kathryn White began slowly but gradually gained in momentum as they put on 103 before White (four boundaries) was bowled by Jill Whelan in the 46th over.
Anderson's innings included nine fours and the final total of 160 for five wickets had given her side a final tally that had, for a long period, seemed unlikely. Most economical of the Irish bowlers was Jill Whelan, whose ten overs conceded just 25 runs.
Ireland lost their first wicket at 15 when Delany was bowled by Leigh Kasperek. Isobel Joyce joined Eimear Richardson and they advanced the total to 36 int he 12th over before Joyce was caught by Tams. When the third wicket, that of Jill Whelan, fell at 62 in the 16th over the match seemed to be well-poised. However, Richardson had other ideas and she began to score freely all round the wicket. By the time she was dismissed in the 34th over, for a well-compiled 66 (including nine boundaries) her side was within 12 runs of victory.
- Waldron takes the ball standing up
- Irish opening bowler Jill Whelan
- An appeal for caught behind, but not out
- A circumspect start by the Scottish
- Chipped over the leg-side by White
- Just past Metcalfe at slip
- The Wallace Monument, which overlooks the ground
- Solid defence
- Laura Delany bowling for Ireland
- The main pitch at New Williamfield
- Kathryn White gives a chance...
- ...but the chance is not taken
- Ciara Metcalfe bowling
- Kari Anderson goes big on the leg-side
- The beautiful backdrop at the ground in Stirling
- Anderson goes over mid-wicket
- Isobel Joyce bowling
- A mix-up between the batsmen, and an apology ensues
- Anderson hits out near the end of the Scottish innings
- The Scots celebrate their first wicket
- Scott-Hayward, who fell for 20
- Eimear Richardson drives through mid-off
- Clipped to leg
- Pulled for four
- Umpire Manager Mac Wylie on duty
- Driven beautifully for four by McGuire
- Umpire Gray signals the winning wide
- The players shake hands at the end
- The Scotland squad