Bangladesh, Ireland, PNG and Scotland through to ICC WT20Q semifinals



Fahima Khatun picked up a hat-trick as Bangladesh folded for 39. © Getty

Group A

Bangladesh vs UAE, Utrecht

Bangladesh continued dominance at the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier 2018 with an eight-wicket beating of UAE, who folded for just 39 after a Fahima Khatun hat-trick. UAE started cautiously but once the openers were removed, no batter offered any fight. Struggling to find runs, Khatun’s hat-trick in the 13th over crippled them further. Rumana Ahmed and Nahida Akhter picked two apiece to pin UAE down for just 39, in under 17 overs.

Bangladesh’s chase was reduced to a formality. And even though they lost a couple of wickets in the process, Nigar Sultana’s unbeaten 21 and Sanjida Islam’s 15 was enough to secure a third successive win on the trot for the table-toppers.

Brief scores: UAE 39 all out in 16.2 overs (Esha Rohit Oza 18; Fahima Khatun 4-8, Nahida Akhter 2-2) lost to Bangladesh 40/2 in 6.5 overs (Nigar Sultana 21*, Sanjida Islam 15) by eight wickets.

Netherlands vs PNG, Amstelveen

Hosts Netherlands failed to make it to the semis after fluffing a 130-run chase against PNG. After allowing PNG to 129 from their allotted overs, the home team suffered a dramatic collapse to fold for just 85 in reply.

Opting to bowl, Netherlands found it difficult to stop the PNG batters. Top-scorer Kopi John (40) put on a 48-run stand for the second wicket with wicketkeeper-bat Brenda Tau to put PNG on course for a strong total. Three wickets for one run thereafter threatened to derail their plans but Tau’s stand with Kaia Arua (20 not out) helped them to 129 eventually.

Netherlands’ chase didn’t get off on a bright note as they lost both their openers to Ravina Oa inside four overs. The third-wicket stand worth 36 was the best effort in terms of a partnership as regular wickets never allowed them to gather momentum in the chase. Mairi Tom was at the centre of it, picking up four wickets for just 24 runs from her four overs. The hosts slipped from 63 for 3 to 85 all out, inside 17 overs, to hand PNG a slot in the semis line-up alongside Bangladesh from Group A.

Brief scores: PNG 129/5 in 20 overs (Kopi John 40, Brenda Tau 34; Cher van Slobbe 1-12) beat Netherlands 85 all out in 16.4 overs (Denise Hannema 35; Mairi Tom 4-24, Ravina Oa 2-11) by 44 runs.

Group B

Ireland vs Uganda, Amstelveen

Ireland made short work of Uganda’s 78-run challenge as they continued their winning streak with an eight-wicket thumping of the minnows to finish the group round unbeaten. Ciara Metcalfe starred with a three-fer to dismantle the top order after Ireland invited Uganda to bat. The lower order offered some resistance with as many as three batters getting into double figures but none could score more than 16. Eimear Richardson picked up two wickets as well, keeping Uganda to just 78 for 8 off their allotted overs.

Ireland hardly had to break a sweat in chasing the sub-par total that they overhauled with 7.5 overs to spare. Clare Shillington continued her good form to lead the chase with a top-score of 27. Uganda did manage two wickets, that of both openers, but couldn’t defend the lowly score and crashed out of the competition with a third-place finish. Ireland and Scotland have qualified from Group B for the semifinals, on Thursday (July 12).

Brief scores: Uganda 78/8 in 20 overs (Stephani Nampiina 16; Ciara Metcalfe 3-8, Eimear Richardson 2-19) lost to Ireland 79/1 in 12.1 overs (Clare Shillington 27, Gaby Lewis 18*; Getrude Candiru 1-19) by eight wickets.

Scotland vs Thailand, Utrecht

Rachel Scholes’s four-fer helped Scotland defended a lowly 97 to leave Thailand win-less at the competition and progress to the semifinals. However, none of that would have been possible with skipper Kathryn Bryce’s unbeaten 39 and the 45-run partnership she had with Becky Glen (28). Opting to bat, Scotland were in a spot of bother courtesy Nattaya Boochatham’s early twin blows that left them reeling at 24 for 3 in nine overs. However, the middle-order pair got together to help their side put on a respectable total on the board. Once the partnership was broke, Boochatham chipped in with another wicket and a run out to still restrict her team’s target to 98.

Thailand started their chase steadily but the run out of Naruemol Chaiwai opened the floodgates. Scholes then got Nattaya Boochatham and skipper Sornnarin Tippoch out on successive balls, before another blow with the wicket of Nattakan Chantam. The lower order crumbled under the mounting pressure. None apart from wicketkeeper-bat Nannapat Koncharoenkai could mount a challenge, as the team folded for just 70 in reply, under 18 overs.

Brief scores: Scotland 97/7 in 20 overs (Kathryn Bryce 39, Becky Glen 28; Nattaya Boochatham 3-16) beat Thailand 70 all out in 17.2 overs (Nannapat Koncharoenkai 22, Rachel Scholes 4-10, Katie McGill 2-4) by 27 runs.

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