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Ireland Women produce dominant display with the ball to beat France in Qualifier

Ireland and France women's team
Ireland and France women's team
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Ireland produced a dominant display with the ball to defeat France and maintain second place in the ICC T20 World Cup European Qualifier tournament.  


Ireland Women v France Women, ICC T20 World Cup European Qualifier, La Manga, 29 August 2021    

France 24 (20 overs; L Paul 2-5, E Richardson 2-0, S MacMahon 1-2.) 

Ireland 25-0 (2.4 overs: R Stokell 7*, L Little 12*)  

Ireland Women won by 10 wickets  

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The third game of the tournament saw Ireland take on France in their first-ever meeting in international cricket. After winning the toss, Ireland elected to bowl and immediately imposed their authority on the match.

Sophie MacMahon (1-2) and Leah Paul (2-5) bowled a tight and economical line leaving the French struggling at 7-2 after the first powerplay. The French batters struggled under the conditions and pressure from the Irish bowlers, and wickets began to tumble. All six Irish bowlers used picked up wickets, as they side in blue collapsed for just 24.

Ireland openers Rebecca Stokell (7*) and Louise Little (12*) knocked off the 25 runs required for victory within three overs - Ireland claiming another 2 points and a boost to their net run rate, but, as they are set to face the Netherlands tomorrow morning in their final game of the tournament in a crunch match for what looks like 2nd place in the Qualifier Tournament.