Australia destroy Ireland by 9 wickets

ICC Women’s World T20

Alyssa Healy

Australia’s women recorded their 11th consecutive victory as they brushed aside Ireland by nine wickets at Providence last evening in the Women’s World T20.

The Irish ladies won the toss and elected to take first strike but struggled to score, condemning themselves to 93-6 with the former champions racing to 94-1 in 55 balls.

An opening stand of 30 and a sixth wicket partnership worth 41 between Kim Garth and Laura Delany were the only signs of resistance. Garth top scored with 24 from 21 balls with two boundaries while the captain finished unbeaten on 14.

The top order was plagued by poor shot selection as Shillington (19), Eimear Richardson (1) and Isobel Joyce (1) were all bowled behind their backs attempting to work the ball down to the leg side.

Australia were spot on in their fielding apart from a dropped catch in the first over as they executed two direct hits to send Gabby Lewis and Cecelia Joyce packing.

Ellise Perry was the most effective bowler with 2-12 from her four overs.

In the chase, Australia started with five runs after being awarded a penalty against Ireland who had run on the wicket during their innings and quickly muscled their way to the target.

Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney shared a 66-run partnership before Mooney departed for 14.

Healy’s fifty took 21 balls with a six on one knee down the ground. Healy’s innings was laced with nine fours before finishing on 56 not out while Perry returned with the bat to remain unbeaten on nine with two boundaries.

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