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Irish beat Dutch to top T20 World Cup Qualifier group

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Laura Delany starred for Ireland as they beat Netherlands by 54 runs to finish top of their T20 World Cup Qualifier group.

The Irish had already secured a place in the semi-finals and they will play Scotland on Sunday for a place in the World Cup.

Ireland skipper Delany hit a superb unbeaten 70 to help her side to 144-4 from their 20 overs in Abu Dhabi.

Delany then took 3-6 as the Dutch were dismissed for 90 in 17.3 overs.

Ireland were 14-2 and 55-4 before Delany laid the foundation for a healthy total with her 70 coming off 45 balls and including two sixes.

Eimear Richardson finished 32 not out before the Dutch made a steady start in reply to reach 24 without loss.

But the wickets soon tumbled with Delany again impressing while Orla Prendergast took 3-26 as Ireland made it four wins from four group games.

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