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Favourites start WWT20 Qualifier strongly

There were big wins for favourites Bangladesh and Ireland on day one of the ICC Women's World T20 Qualifier in Thailand, with Scotland and Zimbabwe also claiming victories.

In Group A, Bangladesh beat hosts Thailand by 73 runs, with the home side setting a record low score of 32 all out on their way to a heavy defeat.

Seven players failed to score in reply to Bangladesh's 105 for six, Ayesha Rehman making 30.

In the group's other game, Scotland dismissed Papua New Guinea for 53 en route to an eight-wicket win.

Only two PNG players made it to double figures and Scotland needed 15.4 overs to get home and register their first victory.

In Group B, Ireland beat Netherlands by eight wickets. Batting first, the Dutch side posted 90 for six largely thanks to Miranda Veringmeier's 53, although she lacked support.

Left-arm pacer Isobel Joyce picked up three for 18 for Ireland, who then reached their victory target in short order.

Clare Shillington cracked a 33 in 29 balls and Cecelia Joyce 39 off 30.

Zimbabwe cruised to a 10-wicket win over China, closing on 89 without loss in reply to China's 88 for five.

Tomorrow's matches see Bangladesh play Scotland and Thailand take on PNG in Group A China meet Ireland and Netherlands clash with Zimbabwe.

Cecelia Joyce helped Ireland beat Netherlands by eight wickets

Cecelia Joyce helped Ireland beat Netherlands by eight wickets
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