Thursday 19 October 2017

O'Reilly stars as Ireland eye Super Six

Lucy O'Reilly: 'It was great to be back on the pitch and get a comprehensive win' Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
Lucy O'Reilly: 'It was great to be back on the pitch and get a comprehensive win' Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

David Townsend

Ireland will qualify for the Super Six stage of the Women's World Cup Qualifiers later today - and in doing so retain One-Day International status - if outsiders Zimbabwe fail to beat Group A leaders India in Colombo.

Outstanding efforts from Kim Garth and Lucy O'Reilly helped the Girls in Green defeat Thailand by 46 runs in their final group match on Saturday.

Garth fell two runs short of a century in Ireland's total of 218-7, while O'Reilly, who is returning from injury, grabbed 3-28 from 10 overs.

"It was great to be back on the pitch and get a comprehensive win," said YMCA all-rounder O'Reilly.

"Hopefully we're now through to the Super Sixes and we will work hard to get one of the four places at the World Cup."

After losing to India and Sri Lanka - the leading sides in Group A - to finish in the top four of the Super Six and qualify for the finals in England this summer, Ireland will need to beat two of the three Group B qualifiers: South Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Irish Independent

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