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An all-round show from captain Kathryn Bryce helped Scotland Women make history as they qualified for their first T20 World Cup, beating Ireland in the first semi-final of the qualifiers on Sunday. Bryce first took 4 for 8 with the ball and followed that with 35* with the bat as Scotland restricted Ireland to 110 and chased down the target with 22 balls to spare.

The win saw Scotland book one of the two remaining places for the World Cup in Bangladesh in October.

Ireland won the toss and batted first in Abu Dhabi, but the day belonged to Bryce. The right-arm medium-pacer struck twice in the first over of the day, removing both Irish openers for ducks. Ireland never recovered from those early blows as they were then reduced to 25 for 5 at the start of the seventh over. By then, Bryce had already completed her four-wicket haul.

Leah Paul and Rebecca Stokell added 22 for the sixth wicket, but even that recovery was halted when Abtaha got Maqsood Stokell for 8. Paul and Arlene Kelly then set up a 60 stand to take Ireland’s total over one hundred. Kelly hit 35 off 27 balls while Paul was dismissed for 45 in the last over.

In the chase, Scottish openers Megan McColl and Saskia Horley started with a 49-run partnership, but McColl was the more dominant partner. Horley had scored just 10 when she fell to Kelly in the eighth over, by which time McColl had advanced to 29.

That’s when Bryce joined McColl for a stand worth 49. The first three overs of their union yielded 27 runs, including three boundaries from Bryce and a six from McColl. Both batters kept Scotland steady in the middle overs, with McColl reaching her half-century in the 15th over.

But she fell for Kelly immediately afterwards. By then Scotland needed only 13 of the remaining 33 balls. Bryce helped Scotland get the job done and reached a boundary to complete the procedure.

Short scores:
Scotland Women
112 for 2 in 16.2 overs (Megan McColl 50, Kathryn Bryce 35*; Arlene Kelly 2-28) defeat Ireland Women 110 for 9 in 20 overs (Leah Paul 45, Arlene Kelly 35; Kathryn Bryce 4-08, Rachel Slater 3-32, Abtaha Maqsood 1-17) with eight wickets

(Cricinfo)