Eire Ladies booked their place within the ICC Ladies’s T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2023 with a dramatic four-run win over Zimbabwe within the first semi-final of the Qualifiers, right here on Friday.
Put in to bat first, Eire managed to publish 137/6, with invaluable contributions from the middle-order.
Star opener Gaby Lewis was dismissed within the Powerplay, however Orla Prendergast, contemporary from her spectacular knock final recreation, carried Eire with a 25-ball 28 earlier than she was dismissed within the twelfth over.
Laura Delany and Eimear Richardson obtained begins, however couldn’t fairly give the innings a push. That got here from Rebecca Stokell, whose 12-ball 26 gave Eire a robust push in the direction of the tip.
Within the run chase, Sharne Mayers held the innings collectively for Zimbabwe with a 36-ball 39.
Skipper Mary-Ann Musonda gave her good firm with a 29-ball 31, the pair stringing collectively a fifty-run stand earlier than Mayers was dismissed.
Arlene Nora Kelly and Jane Maguire took two wickets apiece and Zimbabwe’s required run charge obtained steeper as soon as the skipper too was despatched again.
They ultimately fell brief by 4 runs as Eire made it to the finals, guaranteeing their qualification to the ICC Ladies’s T20 World Cup in South Africa subsequent yr.
IREW – 137-6 in 20 overs ( Orla Prendergast 28, Rebecca Stokell 26 not out; Nomvelo Sibanda 24) beat ZIMW – 133/6 in 20 overs (Sharne Mayers 39, Mary-Anne Musonda 31; Jane Maguire 2/18) by 4 runs