Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2024 (Abu Dhabi)
Semi-Final: UAE lost to Sri Lanka by 15 runs
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 5 May.
Sri Lanka 149/6 (20 overs: Vishmi Gunaratne 45, Harshitha Samarawickrama 24, Chamari Athapaththu 21; Esha Oza 2-27, Vaishnave Mahesh 2-33)
UAE 134/7 (20 overs: Esha Oza 66, Khushi Sharma 22; Chamari Athapaththu 2-28)
Sri Lankan skipper Chamari Athapaththu batting (ICC)
UAE have asked Sri Lanka to bat first - 'A brave decision' as Sir Humphrey would say. Vishmi Gunaratne and Chamari Athapaththu the Sri Lankan openers taking advantage and post 52 in their opening partnership before Athapaththu is stumped. Samarawickrama almost follows the same way last ball before the drinks break - too close to call and no line-decision cameras available for the definitive decision. No great urgency from Sri Lanka as they go into the last five overs with nine wickets in hand. Maybe they think they've got enough already for their bowlers to defend, and they may be right. A second wicket for Mahesh as Samarawickrama chips to midoff. What could possibly go wrong? Well two wickets in the over might be the answer to that, Gunaratne stumped and Perera lbw, both wickets to Esha Oza, but some naive fielding is helping the score along. A flurry of runs in the final few overs takes Sri Lanka to 149, who lost a further two wickets in the final over, one to a run out and the inevitable stumping off the final delivery. Plenty on the board, one would imagine. Spin from both ends as UAE start the chase with a lot depending on the hard hitting Esha Oza, with Theertha Satish not surviving the opening over. 40/1 at the end of the Powerplay and it has been all spin so far from Sri Lanka. Fifty partnership between Oza and Sharma, can they keep it going and push that little bit harder? Sharma bowled first ball of the tenth over brings the drinks break, Sri Lanka needed that but they would like Oza as well. UAE well there as long as she stays - 73/2 at the halfway stage. Half century for Esha Oza off just 34 balls (2x4, 3x6) while she's there UAE still have hope but those late runs for Sri Lanka, 34 in their final 3 overs, may make all the difference here. Kavisha Egodage falls to a great running catch by de Silva at wide long on, a first wicket for Athapaththu in an over that only costs 2 runs. Oza being kept off strike by Sri Lanka pays dividends as she is bowled having an uncharacteristic swing across the line, 66 off just 44 (3x4, 4x6). Three overs left and UAE are only 2 runs behind where Sri Lanka were at the same stage but that will be as close as they get, as those late Sri Lankan runs do indeed prove to be the difference. A valiant effort and a tremendous innings from Oza but the favourites are through to the World Cup Finals - but not without a few nervous moments.
Semi-Final: Ireland lost to Scotland by 8 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 5 May.
Ireland 110/9 (20 overs: Leah Paul 45, Arlene Kelly 35, Orla Prendergast 11; Rachel Slater 3-32, Kathryn Bryce 4-8)
Scotland 112/2 (16.2 overs: Megan McColl 50, Kathryn Bryce 35*; Arlene Kelly 2-28)
Scottish celebrations after reaching the World Cup Finals (ICC)
With a place in the World T20 Cup Finals at stake past form could count for little in this Celtic clash, when the pressure on both sides will be immense. Some have characterised it as a battle of Ireland's batting versus Scotland's bowling and with Ireland winning the Toss and opting to bat first that will be the first match-up of the day. And first blood to Scotland as Hunter charges past the second ball of the innings and misses with an ugly heave across the line. Two in the over for Bryce as Lewis slaps a short ball to Ailsa Lister at mid-on, both openers gone without scoring! Delany steers to backward point where the left handed Rachel Slater gathers and her throw to the keeper sees Orla Prendergast short! Delany finally off the mark through a misfield in the covers but plays outside a Bryce in-swinger and is bowled for just 2. Ireland 24/4 at the end of the so called Powerplay and lose Eimear Richardson 1 off 8 skying a slog to the safe hands of Abtaha Maqsood at mid off. Thankfully for Ireland this is Bryce's last over, her opening spell has put Scotland firmly in the driving seat. An important little partnership here with Leah Paul and Rebecca Stokell adding 15 so far to take Ireland to 40/5 at the drinks break. Partnership broken in the next over, Stokell walks past a leg-side delivery and is stumped. The way the Ireland batters seem keen to 'come down the pitch' she may not be the last. Paul and Kelly are clawing Ireland back into the game with a partnership worth 34, five overs remaining, what can Ireland post? Luck is with them as a couple of half chances don't stick, a sumping missed and a wild throw costs a run out. It's a shot-a-ball from here on in - fifty partnership has thrown Ireland a lifeline, but it ends in the final over worth exactly 60, with Kelly caught at deep mid-wicket, Paul falls two balls later caught on the ring at extra cover and Murray is bowled first ball. Three wickets for Rachel Slater in that final over but they've cost 32 runs today. Ireland mightily relived to get past the century mark but Scotland will still fancy themselves to chase this down. Megan McColl quickly into her stride, she looks determined not to be tied down here aiming to take advantage of the Powerplay fielding restrictions 41 without loss after 6 with Ireland's bowling lacking any kind of threat at the moment. Commentator's wicket!! Saskia Horley goes for the paddle from outside off stump but only manages to play it onto her wicket. Kathryn Bryce to the crease and immediately under way with three boundaries - looks determined to make it her day today with Scotland 70/1 at the drinks break. Megan McColl powers on to 50 off 47 balls (4x4, 1x6) before she is bowled by Arlene Kelly - too little too late for Ireland one would think. Indeed it was, Ireland sent home 'tae think again'. A totally dominant display by Scotland with Ireland's top order demolished by Kathryn Bryce and their bowling dismissed by an agressive display with the bat from McColl and POTM Bryce.
Group A
PWTNRLPts NRR
Sri Lanka4400082.79
Scotland4300161.47
Thailand4200240.16
Uganda410032-2.82
USA400040-1.81

Group B
PWTNRLPts NRR
Ireland4400082.30
UAE4200240.98
Netherlands4200240.31
Zimbabwe410032-0.84
Vanuatu410032-2.54

Group B: UAE beat Vanuatu by 70 runs
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 3 May.
UAE 133/7 (20 overs: Theertha Satish 44, Esha Oza 29; Nasimana Navaika 3-21, Rachel Andrew 2-17)
Vanuatu 63/8 (20 overs: Gillian Chilia 21*; Samaira Dharnidharka 4-12, Heena Hotchandani 2-10)
Toss: Vanuatu. A big win for UAE would put pressure on the Netherlands, currently in second place to Ireland in the group. Quick start from Esha Orza but she slaps Rachel Andrew's first delivery to extra cover, could have picked her spot and a second for Andrew in the same over slows the UAE progress. 'Off-spinner' Navaika ends up with three wickets to top the Vanuatu bowling effort but 134 could be a step too far for their batting lineup. Vanuata going nowhere in the chase and two wickets in the fifth over from Samaira Dharnidharka brings them to a standstill. Dharnidharka's bit of pace and a bit of swing too much for Vanuatu's batters, hard going for them and a hard watch for Zimbabwe who will still be asking themselves how they managed to lose their opening game to them!
Group A: Scotland beat Thailand by 6 wickets
Tolerance Oval, 3 May.
Thailand 99/5 (20 overs: Naruemol Chaiwai 36*; Hannah Rainey 2-12, Abtaha Maqsood 2-15)
Scotland 100/4 (17.4 overs: Kathryn Bryce 63*; Chandida Sutthiruang 2-18, Onnicha Kamchomphu 2-33)
Kathryn Bryce POTM for seeing her side to the semifinals
Thailand have won the Toss and will bat first in the match which will decide who will make it to the semi-finals stage of the tournament. Rachel Slater's first two overs have gone for 24 but she pulled out a yorker to bowl Nattaya Boochatham, 30/1 afer 5. Leg spinner Abtaha Maqsood gets Nannapat Koncharoenkai to chop on second delivery, and Scotland the wrong side of a run-out decision in the same over. No line decision cameras in action but short of the line in the TV replay! Scotland haven't been at their best with the ball but two wickets by Hannah Rainey just before and just after the drinks break has lifted their spirits and they've managed to exert some sort of control in the middle overs, 69/4 with 5 overs remaining. A full toss from Maqsood is hit to deep mid wicket and gives her a second wicket in her final over. Scotland hold Thailand to less than 100 even a plumb lbw in the final over that went for a leg-bye should not stop them chasing this down. But..... Saskia Horley is somehow given Not Out lbw to the first delivery of the chase, no such luck for Megan McColl who doesn't get a bat on her first and is bowled by the inswinger from Chandida Sutthiruang. Questions being asked as Boochatham has another lbw turned down - back knee in front of middle stump, Kathryn Bryce the beneficiary. Saskia Horley didn't learn the lesson from the forst over and plays across another inswinger from Chandida Sutthiruang - plumb and given! Kathryn Bryce living dangerously with a series of paddle sweeps and reverses but Scotland half way there at the drinks break. An ugly heave across the line from Sarah Bryce fails to connect and the sisters' partnership is broken. Ailsa Lister holes out tamely to mid on second ball and this looks like it's all down to Scottish skipper Kathryn Bryce. And not for the first time she delivers - Scotland into the semi-finals.
Group A: Sri Lanka beat USA by 18 runs
Tolerance Oval, 3 May.
Sri Lanka 123/4 (20 overs; Hansima Karunaratne 25*, Vishmi Gunaratne 25, Harshitha Madavi 23, Nilakshi De Silva 21)
USA 105/6 (20 overs: Disha Dhingra 28, Sindhu Sriharsha 27, Pooja Shah 20*; Chamari Athapaththu 3-14)
Hansima Karunaratne in action for Sri Lanka (ICC)
Sri Lanka opted for time in the middle after winning the Toss and made steady if unspectacular progress to 123/4. For all the world it looked that they knew that would be enough for them to go through to the semifinal unbeaten. The USA perhaps got a lot closer that Sri Lanka would have wanted and will have been heartened by their effort albeit in another losing cause.
Group B: Ireland beat Netherlands by 54 runs
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 3 May.
Ireland 144/4 (20 overs; Laura Delany 70*, Eimear Richardson 34*, Orla Prendergast 19; Iris Zwilling 2-13)
Netherlands 90 (17.3 overs; Babette De Leede 20; Laura Delany 3-6, Orla Prendergast 3-26; Arlene Kelly 2-8, Jane Maguire 1-4)
A captain's innings of 70* from Laura Delany (ICC)
Poor start for Ireland who have lost both openers Amy Hunter and Gaby Lewis early. A big win for the Dutch would see them leapfrog the Irish to the top of the table. Very early days though. Couple of Orla Prendergast boundaries settle the nerves. She and Laura Delany hoping to lay a platform. But Prendergast caught at long on as she tried to clear the ropes. Well held. Leah Paul goes and Ireland wobbling a bit at 55 for 4 at the 10 overs mark. Could that be a turning point? Delany dropped at long-on by Kalis, who pushes it over the rope. Has she dropped WCQ? Delany dropped again on 29. 100 up in the 16th over - how many can they get in the last four? Plenty as the stand is worth 89. Laura Delany's 70 comes off 45 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes. Well supported by Eimear Richardson's 34. Steady start by both teams comes to life in the 4th over after Zwilling hits two boundaries but perishes trying for a third off Orla Prendergast - ct at mid-on by Richardson. Two more wickets for Orla as she traps Kalis with an inswinger and castles Rijke next ball. 60 for 3 at the 10 overs mark. Tough ask for the Dutch who will be overtaken by UAE on NRR if they lose. Wickets in each of the next two overs by Arlene Kelly and Laura Delany maintain Ireland's dominance. And the skipper has a second in her next over as De Leede half hits to deep mid-on. That you feel ends any slim chances the Dutch had. Delany gets her third - there won't be many easier adjudications for the Player of the Match award....Jane Maguire on to bowl and she strikes right away. Wickets falling in clusters. Second wicket for Kelly followed by a welcome wicket for Cara Murray. Final margin 54 runs. Ireland will play Scotland in one semi-final and Sri Lanka and UAE in the other with the winners going to the T20 World Cup. Those games are on Sunday.
Group A: Sri Lanka beat Uganda by 67 runs
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 1 May.
Sri Lanka 154/4 (20 overs: Vishmi Gunaratne 73*, Hasini Perera 29*, Chamari Athapaththu 24)
Uganda 87 (19.2 overs: Proscovia Alako 36; Inoka Ranaweera 2-10, Shashini Gimhani 2-23)
Sri Lanka's Vishmi Gunaratne 'carried her bat' for an unbeaten 73 (ICC)
Sri Lanka win the Toss and elect to bat first. With their place in the semifinals assured they've made four changes in their side today and a chance for some time in the middle for the new faces. But it's the usual openring pairing for Sri Lanka who add 50 before the first wicket falls in the eighth over. 70/2 after 10 overs with Gunaratne going well. No let up in the second half from the Sri Lankans who add 80 more with Gunaratne 'carrying her bat' for an unbeaten 73, more than enough to claim the win one would think. Uganda just unable to break the stranglehold that Sri Lanka had on them when they started their reply. The usual couple of silly runouts not helping the cause, with Alako's runs down the order the only bright spark in the innings. Kavisha Dilhari wraps things up with 2 wickets from the first 2 balls of the final over - Sri Lanka still the only unbeaten side in the tournament.
Group B: Netherlands beat Zimbabwe by 14 runs
Tolerance Oval, 1 May.
Netherlands 135/6 (20 overs: Robine Rijke 39*, Babette de Leede 37, Sterre Kalis 34; Francisca Chipare 2-27)
Zimbabwe 121/4 (20 overs: Josephine Nkomo 39*, Modester Mupachikwa 39*)
Robine Rijke top scored for the Netherlands (ICC)
The Netherlands take the chance to bat first, hoping not to repeat their disastrous performance of the last game. While for Zimbabwe only a win in this final group game will keep their slim chance of a semifinal place alive. Iris Zwilling gone in the first over, Kalis drives to cover and Zwilling charges up the pitch and is beaten back by the direct hit. A steady partnership between Sterre Kalis and Babette de Leede takes the Dutch to 60 at the halfway stage, a good platform for a surge in the second ten. But they lose de Leede as Mary Mayers' first delivery spins back through the gate and clips the bails and it took an injection of urgency from Robine Rijke (39 off 25) including 14 off the final over to give them something to defend. Zimbabwe in trouble straight away with the 'big 3', Mayers, Tripano and Musonda all gone inside the Powerplay. Mupachikwa and Nkomo building a useful partnership, worth 48 with 5 overs left - 52 needed. They got it down to 31 off 12 and 20 off 6 but leg spinner Merel Dekerling didn't give up a boundary in that final over conceding only 5. Zimbabwe left themselves just too much to do in the final stages but their poor start to the reply was a real handicap.
Group A: Thailand beat USA by 9 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 1 May.
USA 54 (17.5 overs: Thipatcha Putthawong 4-12, Chanida Sutthiruang 2-10)
Thailand 56/1 (9.2 overs: Nannapat Khoncharoenkai 31*, Naruemol Chaiwai 19*)
Naruemol Chaiwai batting for Thailand (ICC)
Thailand have won the Toss and elected to field first. A first ball success for Chanida Sutthiruang whose inswinger clips Disha Dhingra'a off stump. Another inswinger from Sutthiruang and the umpire thinks that it's good enough for a wicket. Thipatcha Putthawong claims the third, Pooja Ganesh flicking across the line of the left arm spinner and bowled for 13. Putthawong on a hat-trick in her next over Sriharsha bowled cutting and Ritu singh bowled by one that straightened past her outside edge and she finishes her four overs with 4-12. Nattaya Boochatham is bowled by Geetika Kodali first ball of the chase. But that's as good as it got for the USA as Thailand ran out winners before the drinks break arrived.
Group B: Ireland beat Vanuatu by 9 wickets
Tolerance Oval, 1 May.
Vanuatu 88/9 (20 overs: Valenta Langiatu 27, Nasimana Navaika 19; Eimear Richardson 3-8, Laura Delany 2-10, Arlene Kelly 2-15)
Ireland 89/1 (12.3 overs: Gaby Lewis 45, Amy Hunter 34*)
Ireland make short work of the Vanuatu batting line up (ICC)
Ireland chose to field and Ava Canning is first to strike bowling Rachel Andrew in her second over, but since then there have been few from either bowler that threatened the stumps. Not Ireland's best day with the ball so far today - wayward and little treat, Vanuatu 53/1 at the Drinks break. Finally Ireland home in on the stumps and a succession of heaves across the line accounts for the middle order. Delany collect a wicket and the inevitable run out means it's two in the over before a little Richardson leg-cutter clip the off stump, 8 down with one over to go. Ireland can't take the final wicket but a target of 89 should pose no problems for the Girls in Green. Fast start to the chase 53/0 at the end of the Powerplay. A quick finish here will boost Ireland's NRR at the top of the table. Ireland's openers add 82 before Lewis is caught failing to clear mid-off, a wicket for Navaika. Ireland sit top of the group with their next game against second placed Netherlands - It would take a big win by them to overtake Ireland. The prize for topping the group is of course avoiding a semi-final clash with Tournament favourites Sri Lanka.
Group A: Scotland beat USA by 44 runs
Tolerance Oval, 29 April.
Scotland 149/6 (20 overs: Kathryn Bryce 57*, Ailsa Lister 34, Lorna Jack 20; Isani Vaghela 2-17, Aditiba Chudasama 2-25)
USA 105/8 (20 overs: Isani Vaghela 30, Jivana Aras 24*, Aditiba Chudasama 20; Kathryn Bryce 4-17, Abtaha Maqsood 2-16)
Kathryn Bryce top scored for Scotland with 57 (ICC)
Toss: USA. Up and down results for the Scots to date, a 109 run win over Uganda followed by a 10 wicket defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka. They would anticipate a win against a USA side who went down by 8 wickets against Uganda in their only game so far. New opening combination for the Scots today with Megan McColl partnering Saskia Horley but she's gone in the third over paddling Geetika Kodali straight to the keeper. Horley follows in the next over bowled by Isani Vagela for 8 as she tried to work an inswinger from outside off stump into the leg side, and that brings the Bryce sisters together at the crease. Not for long Sarah chasing a wide and slicing to short third. Ailsa Lister rides her luck and is dropped twice in the tenth over both on the boundary and collects 8 runs for them into the bargain! She eventually runs past a wide and is stumped to give Aditiba Chudasama her second wicket. Quick runs for Lorna Jack before she gives Immadi the charge and is stumped. Katherine Fraser in and out in the final over but Scotland will be confident of defending this total. Gargi Bhogle gone first ball of the reply, the left hander slicing an away swinger high to Lorna Jack at backward point. And a second for Bryce, Immadi given lbw, big swing, hard to see how it was both in line and hitting the stumps. Action Replay!!! Surely outside the line? No doubt about her fourth wicket as Kolan gets her pads out of the way and is bowled. Another stumping sees the end of Jessica Willathgamuwa, a wicket in her first over for Abtaha Maqsood. Six down as a simple catch at mid off sees the end of Chudasama with Maqsood claiming a second in the first over after the drinks break. Some late resistance from Isani Vaghela and Jivana Aras delayed the inevitable but the result was never in doubt after the Scottish innings. No doubt either who will benamed POTM, it will be Scottish skipper Kathryn Bryce.
Group B: Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 56 runs
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 29 April.
Ireland 176/3 (20 overs: Amy Hunter 71: Gaby Lewis 69)
Zimbabwe 120/8 (20 overs: Mary-Anne Musonda 48, Modester Mupachikwa 27; Ava Canning 2-13, Laura Delany 2-19, Cara Murray 2-29)
Gaby Lewis and Amy Hunter added 130 for the first wicket (ICC)
Toss: Zimbabwe. Ireland strong favourites following that 5-0 T20 series win earlier in the year. Zimbabwe suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Vanuatu in their openingdo but game but bounced back with a convincing 8 wicket win over UAE. One change in the Ireland line up - like for like, Jame Maguire replacing Alana Dalzell. Amy Hunter takes 3 boundaries from the first three Nkomo deliveries to get Ireland under way. Ireland rattling along 52 after just 5 overs. It's help yourself here as both batters pile up the runs, 85/0 after 10, big total in prospect. Fifty for Lewis off 36 (6x4,2x6) plenty more there if you want them. Fifty now for Amy Hunter off 34 (6x4). Partnership broken at 130, Lewis caught at long on and finally Hunter follows getting a bottom edge through to the keeper. Orla Prendergast run out off the final delivery trying for an extra run but Ireland surely have enough already to claim the points. A fumbled run out chance by Hunter costs nothing as next ball Mayers chips to mis off and a second for Canning as Tiripano lobs a sweep gently to square leg. 66/2 at the half way stage, Zimbabwe with a lot to do. Delany breaks the partnership bowling Mupachikwa and holds a catch at mid off to give Kelly a wicket, Musonda playing a lone hand for her side here, but perishes in the deep off Cara Murray. Straight up from Mujaji and straight down again as Murray drops the caught and bowled but Richardson makes no such mistake next ball. Skipper Delany cashes in with a couple as the Zimbabwe innings folds without causing the Irish any worries.
Group A: Thailand beat Uganda by 9 wickets
Tolerance Oval, 29 April.
Uganda 62 (17.4 overs: Rita Musamali 24; Thipatcha Puttawong 2-7, Nattaya Boochatham 2-8, Chanida Sutthiruang 2-10)
Thailand 64/1 (11.3 overs: Natthakan Chantham 34*)
Uganda captain Janet Mbabazi batting (ICC)
Toss: Thailand. It would take a huge win by Uganda to see them past Scotland and into second place in the group on NRR behind unbeaten Sri Lanka. But it's Thailand who gain the upper hand in the early stages - two wickets for Chanida Sutthiruang. 33/3 at the midway point - acceleration required...It's not coming as two more quick wickets fall as Thailand continue to dominate. No let up from Thailand and the Uganda innings folds like a deck of cards. Brisk start by Thailand with Boochatham playing the sweep freely - once too often though and she is bowled by Sarah Akiteng - half way to their target in just 7 overs. And Thailand are off the mark in the tournament runs coming in a flurry at the end. Thailand play USA on Wednesday and a win there would see them in a winner take all against Scotland on Friday with a semi-final place the prize.
Group B: UAE beat Netherlands by 10 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 29 April.
Netherlands 101/9 (20 overs: Robine Rijke 44; Samaira Dharnidharka 3-11, Khushi Sharma 2-16, Vaishnave Mahesh 2-16)
UAE 104/0 (11.5 overs: Esha Oza 66*, Theertha Satish 36*)
Babette de Leede is bowled. (ICC)
Netherlands have chosen to bat and will be be hoping for a straightforward win. Victory would see them top the group unbeaten, as are Ireland, but with the Dutch having a huge NRR advantage. The worst possible start for the Dutch, a single for Heather Siegers and then Sterre Kalis is plumb playing back to a Dharnidharka in swinger second ball of the game and things get worse as Babette de Leede advances down the track and is bowled a second for Dharnidharka. The Dutch keep losing wickets - need a partnership badly. 58/4 at the 10 overs mark. Finely balanced. Robine Rijke batting well - can she stay for the last seven overs? No is the answer to that and all they can hope for now is to raise the total past 100 and hope they can defend it. And they make it - just! No holding back from UAE as they start the chase, 37/0 after 5 overs and 48/0 at the end of the Powerplay. Chance for the breakthrough spurned as keeper de Leede circles under a top edge and doesn't lay a glove on it. Thirty more needed at the ten over mark and it's going to take a miracle for the Dutch to save this one. Twelve off de Lange's first over after drinks doesn't help the cause. Fifty for Oza off 35 (7x4, 1x6) who is smashing everything, she takes 20 off Zwilling's next and finishes the game with a massive 6. A ten wicket demolition of the Dutch whose NRR plummets from 5 to 1.4 leaving them behind Ireland in the group.
Group A: Uganda beat USA by 8 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 27 April.
USA 110/5 (20 overs: Sindhu Sriharsha 26, Disha Dhingra 25)
Uganda 114/2 (18.2 overs: Immaculate Nakisuuyi 71*, Stephani Nampiina 33*)
USA have opted to bat in their opening fixture against Uganda who were blown away by the Scots on Thursday. Disha Dhingra and Anika Kolan the USA openers and Kolan is first to go showing all the stumps to Sarah Walaza and missing with the sweep. Dhingra follows for a run a ball 25. USA reach 53/2 after ten overs. The running between the wickets has looked nervous throughout and it costs USA their third wicket 83/3 with 5 overs remaining. Skipper Sriharsha gone for 26 and then another crazy run attempted costs them a fifth. You really do get the impression these girls have never played played with each other before. Prosscovia Alako is given caught behind, much to her surprise, in the first over of the chase. Esther Iloku follows the same way and it's been slow going for Uganda in the first ten overs, 34/2 with a lot to do in the second ten. Immaculate Nakisuuyi is taking them close, her partnership with Stephani Namphiina looks like doing the job for Uganda. In the end that unbroken third wicket partnership was worth 104 - a powerful second half of the innings has got Uganda their first win in the tournamnet.
Group B: Netherlands beat Vanuatu by 100 runs
Tolerance Oval, 27 April.
Netherlands 154/6 (20 overs: Steere Kalis 60*; Nasimana Navaika 2-29; Selina Solman 2-35)
Vanuatu 54/9 (19.5 overs: Caroline de Lange 2-8, Silver Sievers 2-11)
Netherlands have chosen to bat first in their opening match against first round surprise winners Vanuatu and lose captain Heather Siegers for just a single, an ugly swipe across the line, bowled by Selina Solman. Babette de Leede chips a return catch to Thursday's POTM Nashimana Navaika but Sterre Kalis is still there going well with the score 69/2 at the halfway stage. The Netherlands probably have done enough already to secure the win, a fifty off 40 balls for Kalis and the 100 up with five overs remaining in the innings. It has been all Steer Kalis aided and abetted by an appaling fielding display by Vanuatu, she finally departs for 70 off 51 (9x4) Extras second top score! The Dutch in total control with the Vanuatu chase at a virtual standstill, 28/3 at the halfway stage. No better in the second half, although they better their 52 versus Scotland, just. All over with nine wickets down, the injured Vanuatu keeper Mahina Tarimiala unable to bat.
Group B: UAE lost to Zimbabwe by 8 wickets
Tolerance Oval, 27 April.
UAE 105/9 (20 overs: Heena Hotchandani 32, Kavisha Egodage 23; Josephine Nkomo 4-11, Audrey Mazvishaya 2-25)
Zimbabwe 106/2 (15.3 overs: Chipo Tiripano 36*, Mary-Anne Musonda 26*, Modester Mupachikwa 22; Suraksha Kotte 1-13)
Two wickets in the third over for Josephine Nkomo has rocked UAE who elected to bat first and it's slow going for them reaching 53/3 at the half way stage. A fifty run partnership between Hotchandani and Egodage end with a run out and a generous lbw decision accounts for Hotchandani. Josephine Nkomo takes two in two balls in her final over. And two in the twentieth for Mazvishaya sees the UAE finish at 105/9. Steady start to the reply from Zimbabwe who lose their first wicket when Sharne Mayers is lbw sweeping. Partnership building between Modester Mupachikwa and Chipo Tiripano gets to 43 before a silly run out costs Mupachikwa her wicket - attempting a second on a misfield and sent back! No Umpire's referral available so the question we're not going to get an answer to - 'Did the bowler break the stumps before throwing the ball onto them?' Certainly the ball ended up on the ground. Mary-Anne Musonda strides to the crease and looks determined to get this over quickly. And an unbroken third wicket partnership of 41 at a run a ball seals the win. The team go across to the large crowd of Zimbabwe supporters - redemption after Thursday's loss to Vanuatu.
Group A: Scotland lost Sri Lanka by 10 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 27 April.
Scotland 94 (18.2 overs: Lorna Jack 24, Kathryn Bryce 22; Kavisha Dilhari 4-13, Inoshi Priyadharshani 3-11, Sugandika Kumari 2-27)
Sri Lanka 95/0 (10.1 overs: Chamari Athapaththu 59*, Vishmi Gunaratne 24*)
Toss: Sri Lanka. Darcey Carter gone in the first over and Kathryn Bryce comes to join Saskia Horley at the crease. A quickfire innings of 22 including 5 boundaries from Kathryn Bryce ends when she is bowled off her thigh. More trouble for the Scots as Saskia Horley falls to a diving caught and bowled. Priyadharshani's little pushed legbreaks wreaking havoc Sarah Bryce edges behind, Priyanaz is seemingly plumb next ball and unbelivably survives only to edge her second delivery to slip. Ailsa Lister fails to clear mid-off and it's all gone wrong for Scotland it seems. Another missed sweep sees Katherine Fraser bowled and Rachel Slater tamely chip back her first ball - two in the over for Dilhari. Nine down as Lorna Jack lobs a catch to extra cover, Scotland may not last the twenty overs here. In fact they only last another two balls, Chloe Abel just about reaching mid off to give Dilhari her fourth wicket. Kathryn Bryce bowls the first over with her big inswingers, no swing for Rachel Slater who bowls a 12 ball over - 6 wides down the leg side! Change of ends for Bryce after that single Slater over but the runs keep flowing from Athapaththu who takes 15 from Horley's first over. Fifty off 31 for Athapaththu who looks in a different class to any other batters in the tournament so far. Scores tied in 10 overs and all over 1 ball later, dominant display by Sri Lanka as befits their tournament favourites tag.
Group B: Vanuatu beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 25 April.
Zimbabwe 61 (13.3 overs: Nasimana Navaika 4-11, Vanessa Vira 3-14, Rachel Andrew 2-10)
Vanuatu 62/4 (16.3 overs: Nasimana Navaika 21, Valenta Langiatu 13; Audrey Mazvishaya 2-10)
Zimbabwe were spun out for just 61 (ICC)
Toss: Zimbabwe. Modester Mupachikwa caught behind without scoring, cutting in off spinner Vanessa Vira's first over. Rachel Andrew with two in two balls, the big wickets of Chipo Tiripano and Mary-Anne Musonda. Nasimana Navaika has run through the middle order with her little front of the hand pushed leg-spin 4-11 in her 3 overs so far! Vira wraps things up with her third wicket - Zimbabwe spun out for just 61! Early wickets vital for Zimbabwe and they have both openers inside the Powerplay. The unknown factor is of course the depth or otherwise of the Vanuatu batting, but they're half way there off seven overs already. 40/2 after 10 and it's theirs to lose at this stage. A wicket for a Madvishaya gives Zimbabwe hope, too little too late? Navaika is still there and in line for POTM 4-11 and the winning innings. The bookies have stopped taking bets. Navaika bowled one shot away from a sensation, a second wicket for Audrey Mazvishaya but it's a four wicket win for Vanuatu - joyous scenes as the team invade the pitch to celebrate with the not out batters. Vanuatu's next game is on Saturday when their opponents will be the Netherlands.
Group A: Scotland beat Uganda by 109 runs
Tolerance Oval, 25 April.
Scotland 161/3 (20 overs: Saskia Horley 61*, Ailsa Lister 55*, Darcey Carter 24)
Uganda 52 (12.2 overs: Rachel Slater 5-17, Abtaha Maqsood 3-10, Kathryn Bryce 1-9, Priyanaz Chatterji 1-11)
Scottish piled on the runs in their innings (ICC)
Toss: Uganda. Scotland will relish the opportunity Uganda have presented them with Darcey Carter and Saskia Horley opening for the Scots. Carter bowled sweeping for a rapid 24 off 16 (3x4, 1x6) and skipper Kathryn Bryce run out next ball! Pushed into the leg side and beaten to the bowler's end by the direct hit. 66/2 at the drinks break becomes 66/3 one ball later Sarah Bryce beaten by the off spinner from Immaculate Nakisuuyi. This Horley / Lister partnership passes 50 and is steering Scotland to a useful total. Fifty for Horley off 45 balls (6x4) followed by Lister's off just 31 (5x4, 2x6). Great second half by the Scots pair who added 95 in those last 10 overs. More than enough one would imagine. Kathryn Bryce opens the bowling, huge inswingers, huge 'no shot' lbw appeal fist ball and hits leg stump with the second, another big appeal third! More swing from left arm seamer Rachel Slater, and she clips the off stump of Immaculate Nakisuuyi, enter captain Janet Mbabazi who plays on off her first delivery and it's all Scotland. A third for Slater bowling Rita Musamali off her pads. Priyanaz Chatterji claims a wicket with her first delivery, half the side out for 23. A five-for for Slater and three for legspinner Abtaha Maqsood who finishes the innings with a diving caught and bowled. Comprehensive win for Scotland who looked a force to be reckoned with both batting and bowling. Sri Lanka next for them on Saturday.
Group A: Sri Lanka beat Thailand by 67 runs
Tolerance Oval, 25 April.
Sri Lanka 122/5 (20 overs: Chamari Athapaththu 16, Hasini Perera 29, Nilakshi De Silva 21*, Vishmi Gunaratne 13; Chanida Sutthiruang 1-15, Sunida Chaturongrattana 1-15, Onnicha Kamchomphu 1-27, Suleeporn Laomi 1-19)
Thailand 55 (16.2 overs: Nannapat Koncharoenkai 18; Inoshi Priyadharshani 3-14, Udeshika Prabodhani 2-10,
Karunaratne is stumped by Nannapat Koncharoenkai (ICC)
Toss: Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka seemingly happy to take what's on offer from the Thai bowlers, no real sign of aggression and they've lost three wickets into the bargain. Make that five down after fifteen overs with the score only 79 - upset on the cards? An unbroken 44 run sixth wicket partnership in those last 5 overs has carried to Sri Lanka to what they will hope is a defendable total. A wicket in the first over of the chase and two in two balls with the score on 31 has slammed the brakes on the Thai batters. Their answer is to attempt a crazy run and its 40/4 at the halfway stage, going nowhere at this stage and it was a total surrender after that. Easy in the end for Sri Lanka who collect the first points of the Tournament.
Group B: UAE lost to Ireland by 6 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, 25 April.
UAE 105/9 (20 overs: Khushi Sharma 24, Theertha Satish 22, Heena Hotchandani 18, Esha Oza 15; Arlene Kelly 2-12, Eimear Richardson 2-15, Cara Murray 1-15, Alana Dalzell 1-22
Ireland 106/4 (16.1 overs: Gaby Lewis 27, Amy Hunter 25, Orla Prendergast 22*, Eimear Richardson 22*; Esha Oza 3-13, Kavisha Egodage 1-19)
Two stumpings for Amy Hunter in the game today (ICC)
Toss won by Ireland who asked UAE to bat first. Ireland can't afford a slip-up when they get their Qualification campaign underway against a UAE side whose build up to the Tournament was hit by the total wash out of the Quadrangular series that included Netherlands, Scotland and USA. UAE captain Esha Oza takes 15 off Alana Dalzell's opening over but drives the final delivery to Laura Delany at mid off, simple catch, 20/1. Sharma and Satish add 44 before Sharma is stumped by Amy Hunter off Arlene Kelly, 66/2 at the halfway stage of the innings. Cara Murray strikes with her first delivery, Sharma stumped, so both set batters gone in consecutive deliveries, that should slow things down as the two new batters find their feet. Never run on a misfield they say and when Hunter fumbles a return from the deep that's what the batters attempt, silly run out. Two in the next Richardson over sees Ireland in full control, 10/4 in the last 4 overs. And another two crazy run outs sees the seventh and eighth wickets fall and a second wicket for Arlene Kelly in the nineteenth makes it 9. Ireland surely favourites at the change of innings. And Ireland start the chase at a gallop, fifty on the board before Lewis edges behind last ball of the Powerplay. Spinners on now, so a different challenge facing the Girls in Green. A win for spin as Hunter runs past one and is stumped by a distance and in the same over Laura Delany manages to paddle onto her leg stump from just her second delivery! 68/3 after 10 and vital phase for both sides coming up after the drinks break. Disaster for Rebecca Stokell who chips a return catch to Oza first ball after the resumption. Ireland creeping along but less than 30 required now. A couple of close lbw shouts go Ireland's way and the ball drops in amongst a couple of fielders - nervy stuff. But Eimear Richardson and Orla Prendergast go on the attack adding a quickfire 38 to get Ireland over the line with overs to spare.
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