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Ireland beat Scotland by 9 wickets
World Cup Qualifier, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 19 February 2008

Ireland trounce Scotland by 9 wickets

The Irish players celebrate the fall of a Scottish wicket (Photo: ICC)
The Irish players celebrate the fall of a Scottish wicket

Ireland got their ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier campaign back on track after a convincing 9-wicket win over Scotland to set up a make or break match against Zimbabwe on Thursday.

Isobel Joyce was named Player of the Match after a quick fire 45* off just 33 balls, which followed her figures of 3-21 earlier, as Ireland chased down their target of 142 with 28.1 overs to spare. And Joyce admitted that it was just a relief to get their first win under their belt.

'It was good to win today as were very disappointed to lose yesterday' said Joyce. 'I think it will be important to play well against Zimbabwe. We need to keep things tight in the field and cut out the extras.'

Scotland, who had lost their opening day clash to Zimbabwe, battled hard to reach 142-8 in their 50 overs after winning the toss. Kari Anderson showed great determination in making 41 off 120 balls, striking two fours, and received good support from Charlotte Bascombe, who made 12 off 69 balls, in a fourth-wicket stand of 65.

In reply, Ireland never really looked in trouble as Caitriona Beggs (44*) and Clare Shillington (29) provided excellent support to Joyce.

Although Scotland's World Cup dream is over, Kari Anderson revealed they still have some key objectives for this event.

'If you look at where we've come from over the past couple of years, we've come on a lot' said Anderson. 'If you ask the Irish team I'm sure they will say we're giving them a better game than we were two-three years ago. We just want to finish as high as we can.'