Openers Set Up Victory For New Zealand

New Zealand Women celebrate
New Zealand made it two wins out of two by beating Ireland in Sylhet
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New Zealand Women 171-3 (Bates 68) beat
Ireland Women 129-4 (C Joyce 41no) by 41 runs
ICC Women's World Twenty20 Group A, Sylhet

Group A Table

New Zealand 2 2 0 +1.225 4
South Africa 1 1 0 +2.2 2
Australia 1 0 1 -0.35 0
Ireland 1 0 1 -2.1 0
Pakistan 1 0 1 -2.2 0

Half-centuries by New Zealand openers Suzie Bates and Frances Mackay set their side up for a 42-run win over Ireland in Group A of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Sylhet.

Bates hit 68 in 51 balls and Mackay 51 in 49 to help New Zealand post a score of 171 for three as Ireland were given a tough task in what is their first appearance at the World Twenty20.

In reply, they closed on 129 for five, well short of their target as Morna Nielsen took two for 23.

Bates and Mackay put on 116 together in 15.1 overs and their partnership was finally broken when Eimear Richardson had Bates caught by Elena Tice.

Mackay then found support from Sara McGlashan (34 not out in 13 balls) and reached her half-century, only to fall soon after when she was bowled by Richardson.

Isobel Joyce then dismissed Rachel Priest for six and Nicola Browne was unbeaten on two as New Zealand powered to their third highest total in Twenty20 cricket.

Richardson finished with two for 32 and Joyce one for 17.

Irish openers Clare Shillington (28) and Emma Flanagan (5) added just 15 together before Flanagan was bowled by Nielsen.

Shillington and Joyce advanced the score to 50 before the former was caught and bowled by Mackay and after Tice was run out by Holly Huddleston for 11, the Joyce sisters - Isobel and Cecelia - came together.

Their partnership was brief, however, and they could only six runs until Isobel became Nielsen's second wicket with Mackay taking her second catch.

Cecelia went on to score an unbeaten 41 in 28 balls and like Mackay, Bates followed up her earlier half-century with a wicket when she had Melissa Scott-Hayward caught by Maddie Green for nine.

Louise McCarthy was unbeaten on seven as New Zealand wrapped up a comprehensive win to make it two from two in the group stage.

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Group A: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa Group B: Bangladesh, England, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies Fixtures & Results
23rd March: Australia v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 128-8 (Perkins 31) beat
Australia Women 121 (Blackwell 31) by 7 runs
23rd March: Pakistan v South Africa
South Africa Women 163-0 (van Niekerk 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 119-9 (Kapp 3-16) by 44 runs
24th March: England v West Indies
West Indies Women 133-7 (Taylor 56) beat
England Women 124-9 (Dottin 4-12) by 9 runs
24th March: India v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Women 128-8 (Atapattu 43) beat
India Women 106-9 (Prabodhani 2-9) by 22 runs
25th March: Ireland v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 171-3 (Bates 68) beat
Ireland Women 129-4 (C Joyce 41no) by 41 runs
25th March: Australia v South Africa
Australia Women 116-4 (Perry 41no) beat
South Africa Women 115-9 by six wickets
26th March: Bangladesh v West Indies
West Indies Women 115 (Dottin 34) beat
Bangladesh Women 79 (Quintyne 3-5) by 36 runs
26th March: England v India
England Women 98-5 (Taylor 28) beat
India Women 95-9 (Raj 57) by five wickets
27th March: Australia v Ireland
Australia Women 191-4 (Lanning 126) beat
Ireland Women 113-7 (Perry 2-17) by 78 runs
27th March: New Zealand v Pakistan
New Zealand Women 167-3 (Bates 94no) beat
Pakistan Women 108-7 by 59 runs
28th March: Bangladesh v England
England Women 137-5 (Edwards 80) beat
Bangladesh Women 58-9 (Hazell 3-4) by 79 runs
28th March: Sri Lanka v West Indies
West Indies Women 87-2 (Taylor 56no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 84 (Daley 4-15) by 8 wickets
29th March: Ireland v South Africa
South Africa Women 165-5 (Lee 43) beat
Ireland Women 79 (Ismail 3-5) by 86 runs
29th March: Australia v Pakistan
Australia Women 185-2 (Villani 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 91-9 (Perry 3-12) by 94 runs
30th March: Bangladesh v India
India Women 151-4 (Kaur 77, Raj 41) beat
Bangladesh Women 72-8 by 79 runs
30th March: England v Sri Lanka
England Women 86-3 (Taylor 36) beat
Sri Lanka Women 85-9 by seven wickets
31st March: Ireland v Pakistan
Pakistan Women 119-6 (Bismah Maroof 48no) beat
Ireland Women 105 (A Iqbal 3-18) by 14 runs
31st March: New Zealand v South Africa
South Africa Women 116-5 (du Preez 51) beat
New Zealand Women 114-9 by 5 wickets
1st April: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Bangladesh Women 115-9 (R Ahmed 41) beat
Sri Lanka Women 112-9 by three runs
1st April: India v West Indies
India Women 121-1 (Raut 56, Raj 55no) beat
West Indies 117-7 (Dottin 57) by nine wickets
3rd April: Semi-Final
Australia Women 140-5 (Villani 35) beat
West Indies Women 132-4 by 8 runs
4th April: Semi-Final
England Women 102-1 (Taylor 44no) beat
South Africa Women 101 by nine wickets
6th April: Final - Australia v England
Australia Women 106-4 (Lanning 44) beat
England Women 105-8 (Coyte 3-16) by 6 wickets