Report by Richard Lockwood

Thailand beat Zimbabwe by 25 runs on the Duckworth / Lewis Method after rain brought an early end to the Shield final in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dublin and although it did not bring qualification to the next World T20 due to be held in Bangladesh next year Thailand have established themselves as a leading force in women’s international cricket.

Thailand had already beaten Netherlands, one of the strongest sides in Europe, and they had come up short in their first match against Zimbabwe, rated the second best team in Africa after South Africa, but they took full advantage of this second chance.

Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat first and Sornnarin Tippoch took the new ball herself to bowl her off-spin and her surprise move paid off as she dismissed both openers. The captain was well backed up by fellow spinners Nantanit Khonchan and Rattana Sangsoma as Zimbabwe struggled to find the boundary and lost five wickets in bringing up their 50 in the 14th over.

Thailand continued to bowl very accurately as the innings drew to a close but tail-ender Precious Marange hit a six and 18 runs came from the last two overs to take Zimbabwe’s score to 85 for 6 in 20 overs. Sornnarin Tippoch finished with 2 for 20 while Rattana Sangsoma had figures of 2 for 14.

Thailand had tried to build a solid start in previous matches but with rain threatening this time Pundarika Prathanmitr went for her shots from the start and 20 runs came from the first two overs. Captain fantastic again led from the front by promoting herself up the batting order and the left-hand right-hand combination caused problems for the Zimbabwe bowlers who bowled numerous wides.

When the rain finally came after seven overs of the Thailand innings the score had raced to 48 for no wicket with Pundarika on 24 and Sornnarin on 12 and Thailand were on the threshold of another famous victory.

Heavy rain prevented any more play and Thailand were declared winners by 25 runs by the Duckworth/Lewis Method. The win was a triumph for the team and particularly for the captain Sornnarin Tippoch who had led from the front first with the ball and then with the bat.

Thailand have clearly shown the rest of the world that they are a highly talented cricket team and they finished the tournament with three wins in five matches, a record bettered only by Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Shield Final, Thailand v Zimbabwe at Merrion, Dublin
Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat
Zimbabwe: 85 for 6 off 20 overs (S.Tippoch 2-20, R.Sangsoma 2-14)
Thailand: 48 for 0 off 7 overs
Player of the Match: Sornnarin Tippoch (Thailand)

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Filed August 1st, 2013