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Ireland’s women’s cricket team finished second in the T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier on Monday morning after beating the Netherlands.
Ireland came out on top against the Netherlands in a battle that determined who finished behind Scotland in the qualifiers.
The team had defeated France on Sunday morning to set up the confrontation with the Netherlands.
Leading the bat, Ireland posted 111/9, with Eimear Richardson hitting a half-century and posting 53 runs.
Gaby Lewis also put in a respectable 32 runs to help Ireland get off to a strong start against their opponents.
This left Lewis to 145 runs over the qualifiers – the most in the tournament.
Eva Lynch took four wickets for the Dutch, while Iris Zwilling also came in with three scalps.
In the pursuit, a lack of contribution from the batters, apart from Robine Rijke who added 32 runs to her case, proved costly as the Netherlands trailed by 24 runs.
Captain Laura Delany and Cara Murray each took three wickets for the Irish.
With the win, Ireland finished behind Scotland, collecting 6 points in four matches.
Richardson was named Player of the Series after spectacular performances during the tournament.
Scotland topped the qualifiers with an impeccable record, earning maximum points and winning all four matches.
The Scots comfortably defeated France by ten wickets, just as Ireland did on Sunday morning, to finish with a 100% record.
The French were out for 24 when they hit first as the Scottish bowlers wreaked havoc.
The French batters were unable to register a double score and Scotland took control of the game early on.
For the Scots, Megan McColl was the bowlers’ favorite with astonishing match numbers of 5/3 in her four overs period, while Abbi Aitken-Drummond also took two wickets.
With a small total to chase, the Scottish women went for leather, losing three wickets. But the goal was reached after just 2.2 overs, continuing their dominant streak in the tournament, winning four out of four games to finish at the top of the Europe qualifier.
Scotland advance to the global qualifier starting in 2022 – Ireland have a chance to join them if they are the highest-ranked team not to have won their group on 30 November.
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