Report by Richard Lockwood

Having impressed in their first match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier, Thailand women’s cricket team did even better in their second match by beating Netherlands by six wickets and it is an important milestone in the history of Thai cricket.

This result will be viewed with surprise around the world as Netherlands have competed in previous Women’s World Cups and play regularly against English counties but Thailand have been improving match by match over the last six months and built on a strong performance against Pakistan to gain their first victory in a major ICC competition.

Thailand again gave a disciplined performance in the field after Netherlands had won the toss and chosen to bat. Nattaya Boochatham took an early wicket and Netherlands struggled to hit the boundaries needed to score at more than four an over.

Ratanaporn Padunglerd is congratulated after taking the wicket of Heather Seigers
Boochatham recorded figures of 1 for 13 while Ratanaporn Padunglerd also bowled accurately to take 1 for 14 from her 4 overs. Off-spinner Rattana Sangsoma dismissed Denise Hannema for 25 and finished with 2 for 11 as Netherlands were restricted to a modest total of 84 for 5 in their 20 overs.

The Thai girls knew the target was within their reach and that they had to bat sensibly. Openers Pundarika Prathanmitr and Naruemol Chaiwai did just that as they shared a partnership of 31 before Pundarika was caught at mid-on for 18 with two priceless fours.

Naruemol faced 10 balls without scoring but kept her composure and also found the boundary and the fifty was up with only one wicket down. But suddenly Thailand’s chase was set back with two run outs from successive balls as Naruemol fell for 17 and captain Sornnarin Tippoch for nine.

The score was now 50 for 3 in the 13th over with 35 runs still needed but Nattakan Chantham, still only 17 years old, played the innings of her short life as she went for her shots and hit so cleanly that she made 24 from 19 balls with two boundaries.

A fourth wicket fell to another run out but Nattakan saw her side home with six wickets in hand and 2.1 overs to spare and she was deservedly named Player of the Match. The Thais celebrated their famous victory excitedly and another win over Zimbabwe in their next match should put them into the semi-finals.

All-round excellence from Nattakan Chantam

Zimbabwe suffered their second defeat of the competition as they lost to Pakistan by 72 runs as they could manage only 70 for 9 in reply to Pakistan’s total of 142 for 4.

In Group B Ireland and Sri Lanka have both qualified for the semi-finals as they gained their second wins by beating Canada and Japan respectively. Canada were bowled out for 69 while Japan could manage only 21 as both were out-classed by their opponents.

Pakistan have won both their matches so far and will surely reach the semi-finals but Thailand have a great chance of joining them from Group A if they can play to the best of their ability against Zimbabwe.

This victory over Netherlands showed that Thailand very much belong on the world stage and they can play even better if they can cut down on the wides and avoid unnecessary run outs.

Thailand can be very proud of their women’s cricket team.

ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013
Group A: Netherlands v Thailand at The Hills, Dublin
Netherlands won the toss and chose to bat
Netherlands: 84 for 5 off 20 overs (R.Sangsoma 2-11)
Thailand: 85 for 4 off 17.5 overs
Player of the Match: Nattakan Chantam (Thailand)

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Pictures by ICC/Ian Jacobs

Filed July 26th, 2013