Women's World Cup Qualifier: Ireland secure spot in Super Six

Lucy O'Reilly was Ireland top wicket-taker against Thailand in Colombo on Saturday
Lucy O'Reilly was Ireland top wicket-taker against Thailand in Colombo on Saturday

Ireland have progressed to the Super Six stage of the Women's World Cup Qualifier after finishing third in their group in Sri Lanka.

Zimbabwe's nine-wicket defeat by Group A winners India on Monday ensured Ireland's place in the top three.

The Irish lost to India and hosts Sri Lanka but beat Zimbabwe and Thailand.

Ireland retain their one-day international status by making the Super Six, from which the top four qualify for the World Cup this summer.

However, a six-wicket defeat by Pakistan ended Scotland's faint Super Six hopes.

Sri Lanka finished second in the group while tournament favourites India boasted a 100% record from their four games.

Ireland are are also joined in the Super Sixes by South Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Bangladesh opener in Super Sixes

Their next game is on Wednesday when they face Bangladesh, before taking on Pakistan on Friday and South Africa two days later.

Zimbabwe required a victory over India in Colombo, along with a significant improvement to their net run rate, to overtake Ireland and make the last six.

Ireland completed their group matches on Saturday with a 46-run win against Thailand, who ended bottom of the group.

Kim Garth hit an impressive 98 and Laura Delany added 50 while seamer Lucy O'Reilly took 3-28.

Ireland & Scotland's group results for Women's World Cup Qualifier
7 Feb - Ireland beat Zimbabwe 8 Feb - Scotland lost to South Africa
8 Feb - Sri Lanka beat Ireland 10 Feb - Bangladesh beat Scotland
10 Feb - India beat Ireland11 Feb - Scotland beat Papua New Guinea
11 Feb - Ireland beat Thailand13 Feb - Pakistan beat Scotland

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