The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier is underway in Scotland on Saturday, 31 August, with the hosts, Thailand and Ireland registering opening wins.
On a day that saw torrential rain and the earlier abandonment of Bangladesh v Papau New Guinea at the same ground, Scotland managed to sneak in a seven-over game against USA thanks to outstanding work from the ground staff.
Batting first, Scotland smashed 60/3 with skipper Kathryn Bryce hitting four boundaries on her way to 29* – complimenting her 2/5 with the ball – as Scotland pierced the field throughout their innings to build a commanding total and leave USA needing to strike at more than 8.5 an over.
Scotland skipper Kathryn Bryce excelled with both bat and ball as her side sealed a 30-run win over USA in their rain-affected ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier opener. Highlights ?
Posted by T20WorldCup on Sunday, September 1, 2019
USA, requiring 61 to win, could not hit a single boundary throughout their innings as the tournament hosts’ attack built plenty of pressure with wickets in the first two overs – Shebani Bhaskar and Erica Rendler falling for 0 and 3 respectively at the top of the order.
Despite five missed chances in the field, regular wickets kept runs at bay and the run-rate creeping higher as USA reached 30/5 at the close to hand Scotland a 30-run victory in Dundee.
Scotland beat USA by 30 runs at Forthill Sports Club
Scotland 60/3, 7 overs (K Bryce 29, S Bryce 12; C Beckford 3/26)
USA 30/5, 7 overs (S Sriharsha 10; Kathryn Bryce 2/6)
Qualifier group stage
31 August: USA v Scotland – Lost by 30 runs
1 September: USA v Bangladesh (2.00pm, Arbroath Cricket Club)
3 September: USA v Papua New Guinea (2.00pm, Arbroath Cricket Club)
5 September: Semi-Finals
7 September: Final