Wednesday 18 July 2018

Garth heroics fall short for Irish

Kim Garth bowls against Australia
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Kim Garth took three early wickets to give Ireland's women a sniff of levelling their T20 series against Australia at Claremont Road last night before the world champions powered back to win by 55 runs and take a winning 2-0 lead in the three-game challenge.

Garth stunned the Aussie top order, taking 3-17 from her four overs, including two in two balls, and when Lucy O'Reilly removed captain Meg Lanning with her first delivery, the visitors were rocking on 38-4 - but that's as good as it got for Ireland.

Australia rallied to post 131-6 from their 20 overs and the Ireland chase was derailed when the Joyce twins were both run out - Cecelia for a duck and captain Isobel for a top score of 24 from 29 balls, including three fours.

All-rounder Garth hit a breezy 15 not out from as many balls for the Irish side and O'Reilly also made double figures before the Ireland innings fizzled out on 76-7.

The final match of the series will be played today at noon at the same venue.

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