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
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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