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Joyce rues 'runs left in the field'


Ireland captain Isobel Joyce

Ireland captain Isobel Joyce

Ireland captain Isobel Joyce

Ireland came up short in their final group game against Pakistan at the Women's World Twenty20 in Sylhet, as their fielding let them down for a fourth successive game.

The final margin was 14 runs and captain Isobel Joyce admitted up to 20 runs were "left in the field", and that was the difference in a low-scoring game as Ireland were bowled out in the last over for 105.

"The 15-20 runs we left in the field would have made all the difference," said Joyce. "There were some nerves in the lower order, but the wicket got slower and lower and it was difficult to score boundaries.

"Every single run counts but we had too many dots, not enough ones, and we needed too many in the last five overs. But since we beat them in Qatar in January, they did their homework on us."

It had all looked so promising for Ireland with seven overs left. They still needed 57 but with eight wickets in hand, including Joyce, who was 32 not out. But, three balls later, the skipper pulled a full toss straight to deep square leg and the collapse began. Five overs later, Ireland were 96-9, with only last girl out Eimear Richardson of the last seven batters reaching double figures.

"I feel sorry for the girls," said coach Trent Johnston, "as they passed up a huge opportunity to win at a World Cup. We deserved a win at the tournament."

Ireland have one more game, on Thursday to decide ninth/tenth place against the team bottom of the other group, probably hosts Bangladesh, before they fly home.

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