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Women’s T20 World Cup qualifier: Scotland beat Ireland to book Bangladesh berth

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Scotland booked their place at this year’s Women’s T20 World Cup with a dominant eight-wicket qualifier semi-final win over Ireland in Abu Dhabi which ended the Irish team’s hopes of earning a place in Bangladesh.

Skipper Kathryn Bryce set up Scotland’s victory as she ripped through the Irish top order by producing figures of 4-8.

Bryce dismissed openers Amy Hunter and Gaby Lewis to leave Ireland on 1-2 and it soon became 25-5 after 6.1 overs.

Leah Paul’s 45 help Ireland post 110-9 but it looked a below-par total and Megan McColl’s 50 and Bryce’s unbeaten 35 helped the Scots reach their target with ease in 16.2 overs.

Bryce’s bowling brilliance was backed up by three wickets from Rachel Slater, who dismissed Paul and Arlene Kelly after their 61-run partnership had enabled Ireland to reach three figures.

Ireland skipper Laura Delany and Eimear Richardson also departed cheaply to Bryce deliveries with Slater’s crucial contribution including the run-out of Orla Prendergast.

Opener Coll’s 50 was her maiden international T20 half century as she was involved in two 49-run partnerships with Saskia Horley and skipper Bryce, who was joined in the Scotland side by her sister Sarah.

Scotland will go on to face either Sri Lanka or hosts United Arab Emirates in Tuesday’s qualifier final, safe in the knowledge that they have already achieved their tournament goal.

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