Rain delays Ireland women's crunch qualifier against Dutch

Isobel Joyce
Isobel Joyce in action against Sri Lanka

Ireland's women will have to wait until Thursday for their final chance to secure a place in next year's World Twenty20 after their clash with the Netherlands was postponed on Wednesday.

The Netherlands won the toss and opted to bowl before heavy rain prevented any play at the YMCA Ground in Dublin.

The clash between the Irish and Dutch is the third-place play-off game in the qualifying tournament.

Only three qualifying spots are available at the Dublin tournament.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have already booked their places in Bangladesh next year by progressing to the final.

Ireland's clash with the Dutch is now scheduled to start at the YMCA ground on Thursday at 14:00 BST.

If the match is rained off, Ireland will qualify as they have two wins so far in Dublin to the Netherlands' one.

Ireland beat Japan and Canada in their opening two games before slipping to successive heavy defeats against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.