Saturday 20 January 2018

Girls in green face win-or-bust match

Ireland coach John Bracewell:
Ireland coach John Bracewell: "I’m am reliably informed that within two seasons in the role as South Australia bowling coach, Rob turned their attack into the best in the country" (Stock picture)

David Townsend

Ireland face a do-or-die battle with Bangladesh in Colombo tomorrow to keep alive their chance of reaching the Women's World Cup finals after earning a place in the Super Six of the qualifiers with a third-place finish in Group A.

The Girls in Green have retained their One-Day International status by qualifying for the Super Six.

However, only the top four teams go on to the finals in England this summer and, with no points carried through from the first stage, Ireland must now realistically beat Bangladesh and Pakistan, on Friday, to achieve that.

Their final match on Sunday is against tournament favourites South Africa.

"Retention of ODI status and qualification for the Super Six was so important for us," said Cecelia Joyce.

"Since we play so little one-day cricket compared to teams ranked in the top eight, every opportunity to play more ODIs is crucial.

"Now if we can cause a couple of upsets and get into the top four to qualify for the World Cup, which I believe we are capable of doing, the opportunity to improve will then be there for us to kick on individually and as a team."

Irish Independent

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