Delany delight after Irish last-ball win
Gaby Lewis went on a teenage rampage at Sydney Parade yesterday, blazing a half-century from 31 balls as Ireland pulled off a record chase to beat Bangladesh by six wickets off the last delivery of a fiercely fought T20 series.
After Bangladesh had rattled up 151-4 from their 20 overs, Ireland needed to make their highest total over the shortest distance batting second and looked to be out of contention on 51-2 at halfway.
It was then that 17-year-old Lewis and her captain Laura Delany opened their shoulders in spectacular style to take their third-wicket partnership to 93 from 57 balls, hitting a six and 12 fours between them as the required rate was reduced to around eight an over.
Lewis was beaten by a deflection as she backed up on 50 and Delany was run out for 46 in the final over, but with seven needed from three balls, Isobel Joyce picked up a two and then swept a boundary to fine leg before scampering the winning single.
"I'm ecstatic, we deserved to win," Delany said. "We've got better every game. Gaby Lewis was outstanding and Isobel Joyce held her nerve there at the end."
While Bangladesh won the series 2-1, all three games went to the final over and the Girls in Green will take momentum into this week's World T20 qualifiers.