Clare Shillington stars in Ireland victory over Canada

Clare Shillington celebrates her century against Japan
ICC Women's World Twenty20 qualifier, Dublin:
Ireland 146-7 (20 overs) beat Canada 69 (19.2 overs) by 77 runs
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Clare Shillington continued her good form by top-scoring with 81 as Ireland beat Canada by 77 runs in their second World Twenty20 qualifier in Dublin.

Ireland made 146-7 off their 20 overs, Shillington and captain Isobel Joyce putting on 71 for the first wicket.

Canada were 69 all out off 19.2 overs in reply, Durriya Shabbir scoring 23.

Ireland face a tougher task against Sri Lanka on Saturday, with both sides having already qualified for the semi-finals after Sri Lanka trounced Japan.

Japan were bowled out for 21, with Sri Lanka reaching their target of 22 off just 10 balls.

The hosts set a difficult target for the Canadians to match after winning the toss at Anglesea Road.

Eimear Richarson, Melissa Scott-Hayward and Joyce all took two wickets apiece as the Irish women took a comfortable victory.

Ireland had beaten Japan by 117 runs in their opening Group B fixture on Monday.

The top two countries in the group qualify for the semi-finals.

The Irish are aiming to clinch one of three qualifying places for the Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next year.