Ireland beat Scotland to reach T20 World Cup finals
Ireland Women swept past celtic rivals Scotland on Thursday morning to secure a place in Saturday's T20 World Cup Qualifier final against Bangladesh, but more importantly a berth in next year's final tournament in India.
Isobel Joyce's side can now look forward to mixing it with the world's best in the sub-continent, however the Ireland captain is sure to have nothing more than Saturday's decider on her mind after another superb performance here.
Despite boasting a strong batting line-up there is little doubt that much of Ireland's success in this tournament has been built on their time in the field.
The bowlers have been outstanding thus far and it was to be the same against the Scots in an emphatic 9-wicket win. Joyce used six bowlers including herself in the pivotal semi-final and all of them were on the mark in a powerful display.
Scotland started reasonably well, if a little steadily, with Fi Urquhart (21) and Rachel Scholes putting on 24 in nearly 7 overs for the 1st wicket. Once Laura Delany (1-14) trapped Scholes lbw for 8 however, Ireland pounced.
Liz Priddle (11) was the only batter to offer any resistance after that as the bowlers assumed complete control. Player-of-the-match Lucy O'Reilly really impressed again with her 3-16 but this was hunting in packs at its best.
The 16 year-old - daughter of former Irish international Peter - showed great guile and variation from one so youthful. Robyn Lewis (2-9), skipper Joyce (1-9), Kim Garth (1-12) and Ciara Metcalfe (1-15) saw their job through as the Scots were restricted to 77-9 in their 20 overs.
A confident Irish reply saw Claire Shillington and Cecilia Joyce race to 58 before the former fell for an excellent 34.
It was to be the only blip of the innings however as Ireland knocked off the target at their ease.Joyce continued her run of form with the bat, finishing unbeaten on 36 when the winning line was reached with Garth (5*) keeping her company.
It was another really impressive performance from a side that has sustained their level since landing in the Thai capital.
The level of professionalism from a well drilled outfit has ensured their deserved success. Saturday's tussle with Bangladesh is likely to provide the sternest test of all this week, but on this form Ireland will be confident of lifting the trophy.
- Cecelia Joyce
- Captains square up for battle
- Captains Abbi Aitken and Isobel Joyce
- Toss won by Ireland who bowl first
- Lucy O'Reilly took three wickets
- Lucy O'Reilly
- Fi Urquhart batting
- Kim Garth down but not out
- Fi Urquhart top scored with 21
- Same barber as KP
- Mary Waldron
- Sliced away
- Ciara Metcalfe
- Run out attempt
- Laura Delany gets the breakthrough by trapping Rachel Scholes lbw
- Contrasting emotions
- Laura Delany all smiles
- Successful appeal by Ciara Metcalfe
- Murray keeps hydrated
- Robyn Lewis
- Fi Urquhart
- Gaby Lewis with the catch
- Robyn Lewis appeals
- Groundstaff member with his young helper who wasn't best pleased at having his photo taken
- Robyn Lewis jumps for joy
- Robyn Lewis celebrates
- Ciara Metcalfe congratulates Robyn Lewis
- Well bowled sis
- Robyn Lewis
- Mary Waldron stumps Fi Urquhart
- More celebrations
- All smiles for Robyn Lewis
- Abbi Aitken
- Straight driven
- Isobel Joyce
- Kim Garth
- Amy Kenealy does her best Kim Garth impression
- Abbi Aitken bowled by Kim Garth
- Delighted Kim Garth
- Another wicket for Lucy O'Reilly
- Quick single
- Direct hit
- Third wicket for Lucy O'Reilly
- Lucy O'Reilly congratulated
- Maqsood batting
- Sam Haggo
- Relaxed Irish camp
- Niamh and Ciara on a lap
- Cecelia Joyce batting
- Clare Shillington
- Cecelia Joyce and Clare Shillington
- Boundary by Cecelia Joyce
- Kari Anderson checks injury to Fi Urquhart
- Kirstie Gordon bowling
- Young Scotland spinner Kirstie Gordon
- Rachel Scholes
- Lorna Jack
- Boundary for Clare Shillington
- Easy single for Clare Shillington
- Scotland celebrate the win
- Six hit by Cecelia Joyce
- Spilled on the boundary
- Hands on head from Rachel Scholes
- Ground staff await the end of the game
- Celebrating the win
- Ireland win by 9 wickets