ICC Women’s T20 Qualifier Day 1 Round-up
July 23rd 2013 by Cricket Ireland | International
Victories for The Netherlands and Pakistan in Group A and Sri Lanka along with hosts Ireland in Group B mean there were no upsets on day one of the ICC Women’s T20 Qualifier being played in venues around Dublin today.
But there were a few nervous moments for The Netherlands who took on Zimbabwe in the closest game of the day. Batting first, the Dutch stuttered somewhat unluckily to 95/7. Miranda Veringmeier and Tessa van der Gun were going well at numbers two and three after the Dutch lost the early wicket of veteran Helmien Rambaldo when one ball did for the two set batters with the score on 59/2.
Van der Gun (28*) pulled her calf muscle while going for a quick single and when she sent her partner back, Veringmeier (15) was run out while trying to get back - effectively meaning the loss of two wickets when van der Gun had to retire hurt.
Esther de Lange was the only other Netherlands player who managed double figures in at number 10, scoring a valuable 10 runs from just eight balls. The Lionesses took regular wickets to stay in the game against Zimbabwe but when Ashley Burdett (23) and Nonhlanhla Nyathi (30) came together, things were looking hopeful for Zimbabwe.
Burdett was dismissed by Leonie Bennett, who had impressive figures of 4-1-15-3, and Zimbabwe continued to lose wickets but the score crept up too with 15 wides not helping the Dutch cause.
Zimbabwe were left needing seven runs from the final over with two wickets in hand, but they only managed three runs while also losing a wicket on the last ball when Mariska Kornet held her nerve to bowl a superb 20th over.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan both recorded comfortable wins over Canada and Thailand respectively.
Canada batted first and struggled to 44 all-out in the 18th over, Suthershini Sivanantham top scoring with 13. Sri Lanka’s Chandima Gunaratne was the pick of the bowlers with a return of 4-1-6-3.
Sri Lanka passed their target with relative ease, losing just the wicket of Chamari Atapattu who was caught off the bowling of captain Mikaela Turik. But that wicket brought big-hitting Eschani Kaushalya to the crease and she scored 17 from just six balls, matching the total of her partner Yasoda Mendis who scored her 17 from 16 balls.
The last game of the day saw Pakistan best Thailand, but not before they lost the wicket of Javeria Khan in the first over with the score still on nought. Nain Abidi (47), Bismah Maroof (25) and Nida Dar (26) were the highest scorers and helped Pakistan set Thailand a daunting target of 145/6.
Thailand were impressive in the field, taking five catches to keep themselves in the game. Thailand lost their first wicket in the fifth over but with the score only on 15, they were always playing catch up.
It never looked like Pakistan would lose this match, Thailand simply happy to bat the overs. Pakistan’s Sumaiya Siddiqi and Asmavia Iqbal took two wickets each as their opponents batted their 20 and finished on 78/8.
Ireland won their match by 117 runs and you can read about that match here.