Bangladesh win ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier and head into Group A, Thailand head into Group B

Bangladesh win ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier and head into Group A
Bangladesh win ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier and head into Group A
 

Final tournament standings were decided in Dundee and Angus today as each team faced off to confirm their position in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, which has been held in Dundee and Angus from 31st August to 7th September.

  • Bangladesh win the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia with 70-run win over Thailand

  • Bangladesh join Group A with Australia, India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka

  • Thailand join Group B with England, South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan
Final tournament standings were decided in Dundee and Angus today as each team faced off to confirm their position in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, which has been held in Dundee and Angus from 31st August to 7th September.
With two qualifying teams already cementing their place in the Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, today’s final between Thailand and Bangladesh saw with Bangladesh join Australia, India, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka in Group A and runner-up Thailand join England, South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan in Group B.

Ireland vs. PNG @ Forthill Cricket Club

Toss: Ireland won the toss and elected to field
Ireland have finished third in the competition thanks to an 8-wicket victory over Papua New Guinea at Forthill on the final day of the tournament.
Winning the toss and opting to field first in the third and fourth placed play off, Eimear Richardson starred with the ball to claim figures of 3/9 with her right-arm offbreak as Ireland restricted PNG to 85/8 at the end of their 20.
A quick-fire 35 off 31 from 23-year-old Konio Oala, who averages 14.50 in T20is, provided PNG with their best individual innings of the tournament, smashing two fours and three sixes to lift her side from 27/3 after ten to 85/8 at the close.
Kim Garth (2/15) backed up Richardson’s spell with the Irish attack consistent with their plans to ensure no batter, aside from Konio Oala, could escape a single figure score. Extras, one leg by and nine wides, out-scored every other batter for PNG.
On a pitch that has seen low scores across the tournament, Ireland made light work of their run chase with 29 from Kim Garth and 10 from Gaby Lewis taking Ireland to 68/2 after 10 overs – over two and a half times that of PNG at the same stage.
The PNG bowling attack were hasty in response, failing to threaten as they gave away 18 extras to ensure Ireland were never troubled. Mairi Tom (1/14) and Isbael Toua (1/4) the only consolation wickets for PNG.
Salma Khatun, Bangladesh captain, said: “We are very happy to be heading to Australia for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in February. Being at the world stage helps us grow the women’s game back home in Bangladesh. We hope they can watch and be inspired to play.”

Thailand vs. Bangladesh @ Forthill Cricket Club

Toss: Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat

71* at the top of the order from Sanjida Islam set-up a 70-run victory over Thailand in Dundee to cement Bangladesh’s place at the top of the table in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier.
Winning the toss and batting first, the Bangladeshi openers raced away to 68/0 after ten overs to dismiss a Thai bowling attack which has been so successful in the tournament so far. Eventually, Laomi (1/13) would dismiss Murshida Khatun for 33 to break the partnership but not before the foundations had been set for a match-winning total of 130/5.
Thailand’s Sutthiruang, Player of the Tournament, struggled with the class of the Bangladesh batters, finishing with figures of 0/21 from her three.
Thailand struggled from the off, losing three wickets for just 13 runs inside the powerplay to set-up a huge task for the Thai middle order if there was to be any chance of finishing top of the table in the tournament.
Nahida Akter (2/17) and Shaila Sharmin (2/9) took two wickets each, with Salma Khatun (1/4) and Khadija Tul Kubra (1/8) taking one a-piece to leave Thailand 60/7 and short by 70-runs at the end of their innings – Kamchomphu (4*) and Padunglerd (15*) there at the end with too much to do.
Having already qualified for the world cup alongside Thailand, the victory means Bangladesh will join Australia, India, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka in Group A and runner-up Thailand will join England, South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan in Group B.

USA vs. Namibia @ Arbroath Cricket Club

Toss: USA won the toss and elected to field

USA bagged their first win of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier with a 6-wicket win over Namibia with seven balls remaining at Arbroath Cricket Club.
As has previously happened with Namibia this tournament, they got off to a nightmare start losing their first wicket (van der Merwe run-out for 0) without a run on the board.
A 44-run stand for the third wicket provided Namibia with hope of building a defendable total to claim their first win, but Akshatha Rao (1/13) had other ideas as she came back in the 10th over to remove Yasmeen Khan for 16 and induce a collapse of 5-34.
With 84/7 on the board from Namibia, USA would have fancied their chance to chase 85 and bag their first win of the tournament in the 7th place play-off fixture.
A late run of form with the bat from Nadia Gruny – recently posting the USA’s first T20i half-century with 53* against Netherlands – saw USA get off to a comfortable start as the top-order batter again contributed with a handy 33 off 54.
By the time Gruny was dismissed at the end of the 15th over with 68/3 on the board, USA needed 17 runs from 30 balls with Bhaskar (15) and Chandhrasekar (2*) at the crease in attempt at securing their first win.
Yasmeen Khan (0/4) leaked just three runs from the sixteenth and eighteenth over to cause a few nerves in the USA camp and with six runs required from 12 balls, a run-out on the first ball saw the back of Bhaskar for 15 to offer a twist in the tale.
However, Kodali (5*) and Chandhrasekar (2*) saw USA to their only victory by 6-wickets to finish 7th in the tournament.

Scotland vs. Netherlands @ Arbroath Cricket Club

Toss: Netherlands won the toss and elected to field

Netherlands experienced the wrath a brilliant Bryce masterclass as sisters Sarah (65 off 48) and Kathryn (73* off 50) put on a 119-run stand for the second wicket to post 167, the highest total of the tournament so far, and thrash Netherlands by 70 runs at Arbroath to finish fifth in the competition.
Kathryn Bryce’s knock, also the highest of the tournament, rounds off an excellent campaign for the Scotland captain who finishes leading run-scorer with 168 runs from four innings at an average of 84.
Losing Lorna Jack early on for five, Sarah and Kathryn Bryce hit a mammoth 17 fours between them as they joined forces in the middle in the third over.
Heather Siegers (2/22) was the only bowler to concede less than seven an over as the Dutch had no answer to the incredible display of hitting they were presented with.
In reply, things didn’t get much better for the Netherlands. They fell 70-runs short of the total as they were bowled out with two deliveries left despite a middle-order resistance from Veringmeier (45) and Rijke (19) worth 48 runs.
Three wickets from Abtaha Maqsood and two each for Rachel Hawkins and Katherine Fraser led the charge with the ball, whilst Sarah Bryce continued to make her mark with the gloves as well as the bat, affecting one run-out, taking four stumpings and one catch to take home the Player of the Match award.

Scores in brief:

Ireland beat PNG by 8 wickets at Forthill Sports Club
PNG 85/8, 20 overs (K Oala 35; EAJ Richardson 3/9)
Ireland 86/2, 11.1 overs (KJ Garth 29, R Stokell 26; I Toua 1/4) 
Bangladesh beat Thailand by 70 runs at Forthill Sports Club
Bangladesh 130/5, 20 overs (S Islam 71*, M Khatun 33; N Boochatham 2/31)
Thailand 60/7, 20 overs (R Padunglerd 15*, W Liengprasert 11; S Sharmin 2/9)
USA beat Namibia by 6 wickets at Arbroath Sports Club
Namibia 84/7, 20 overs (JA Diergaardt 33, Y Khan 16; S Ramautar 2/10)
USA 84/7, 18.5 overs (NT Gruny 33, S Bhaskar 15; D Foerster 2/9)
Scotland beat Netherlands by 70 runs at Arbroath Cricket Club
Scotland 167/4, 20 overs (K Bryce 73*, S Bryce 65; HDJ Siegers 2/22)
Netherlands 97/10, 19.4 overs (M Veringmeier 45, R Rijke 19; A Maqsood 3/27)
League Standings 
1: Bangladesh
2: Thailand
3: Ireland
4: PNG
5: Scotland
6: Netherlands
7: USA
8: Namibia