Two successive days of persistent rain in Dublin has forced the abandonment of the ICC Women’s Twenty20 Qualifier final forcing Pakistan and Sri Lanka to share the trophy before Ireland beat Netherlands by two runs to also qualify.
The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifying tournament will go into an unscheduled tenth day tomorrow after heavy showers in Dublin meant only twenty overs of the final between Pakistan and Sri Lanka were bowled before the third-fourth placed play-off between Ireland and Netherlands was completely washed out by the persistent rain.
Classification matches are often low-key affairs with little but pride at stake. Wednesday’s ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier third-fourth place playoff between hosts Ireland and Netherlands can certainly not be categorised in that bracket.
It was a day of drama at the ICC Women’s World T20 qualifier in Ireland as Japan were bowled out for just 21 to lose to Sri Lanka, and Thailand recorded the tournament's first upset by beating the Netherlands.
There were no major surprises on the opening day of the ICC Women's World T20 qualifier, with hosts Ireland, favourites Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and the Netherlands all winning their respective matches.
ICC President Sharad Pawar has thanked the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for hosting a fantastic ICC World Twenty Qualifier UAE 2012, for the second successive time.
He added that the success of the tournament will ensure that cricket continues to be well supported in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Ireland beat Afghanistan by five wickets in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dubai to confirm their place in Group B of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 alongside Australia and the West Indies.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan, who posted 152 for seven before Ireland chased down their target with seven balls to spare, will join reigning champions England and 2007 winners India in Group A.
Ireland booked their place in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 by dispatching Namibia by nine wickets in a one-sided preliminary final of the qualifying event in Dubai.
Batting first, Namibia could only reach 94 for six, as their superb form at the start of the tournament deserted them, and Ireland raced to victory in 10.1 overs.
Scotland finished the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in fifth place after they beat Canada by four wickets in a last-ball thriller in Dubai.
Richie Berrington led the way for Scotland by taking two wickets and then top scoring with 47 as they successfully scored seven runs from the final over.
Ireland are one step away from qualification for the ICC World Twenty20 2012 after they beat the Netherlands by seven wickets in their latest play-off in Dubai.
Paul Stirling hit 33 and Kevin O'Brien an unbeaten 30 as they successfully overhauled the Netherlands' score of 114 for seven with three overs and two balls remaining.
Afghanistan sealed themselves a berth at the ICC World Twenty20 2012 by beating Namibia by 47 runs in the 1st qualifying final in Dubai.
They produced an outstanding all-round performance, first reaching 146 all out in their 20 overs and then dismissing Namibia for 99.
Ireland and the Netherlands kept their dream of qualifying for the ICC World Twenty20 2012 in Sri Lanka alive by winning knock-out matches against Canada and Scotland respectively.
Ireland thrashed Canada by ten wickets while the Netherlands had to work hard to overcome Scotland by three wickets. There were also wins in other play-off matches for Oman and Hong Kong.
Namibia, Canada and Scotland completed the qualifiers after the group stage of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012 in the United Arab Emirates.
Namibia top group B after their seventh straight win, Canada finished in third in Group A by beating Nepal but Scotland crept through in group B despite a shock seven-wicket defeat to the United States of America.