Women's World T20 qualifier: Ireland beat Scotland in semis

Ireland celebrate qualifying for the World Twenty20 after defeating Scotland
Ireland celebrate qualifying for the World Twenty20 after defeating Scotland
ICC Women's World T20 qualifiers semi-final, Bangkok:
Scotland 77-9 (20 overs): Urquhart 21, Reilly 3-16
Ireland 79-1 (11.3 overs): C Joyce 36 not out, Shillington 34
Ireland won by nine wickets
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Ireland secured a place in next year's World Twenty20 thanks to a nine-wicket victory over Scotland in the qualifiers semi-final in Bangkok.

Both sides were chasing a top-two spot in the qualifying tournament and progression to India in 2016.

Scotland made just 77-9 in their 20 overs, with Fiona Urquhart hitting 21 while Lucy O'Reilly took three wickets.

Clare Shillington (34) and Cecelia Joyce (36no) eased Ireland to the target and a final against Bangladesh.

Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 31 runs in the other semi-final.

Liz Priddle (11) was the only other Scottish batter to manage double figures as the wickets tumbled.

Six Irish bowlers took wickets, with Robyn Lewis claiming 2-8.

An opening partnership of 58 between Shillington and Cecelia Joyce laid the foundations for a comfortable run-chase.

Kim Garth hit a winning four to spark celebrations as the Irish finished on 79-1 in the 12th over.

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