By Richard Lockwood

Thailand lost to Zimbabwe by 29 runs in their third match in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dublin as Pakistan and Netherlands qualified for the semi-finals from Group A to join Sri Lanka and Ireland from Group B.

Zimbabwe had lost both their first two matches in the competition and Thailand were looking to repeat their success in the previous match when they beat Netherlands by six wickets.

All started well for Thailand as they won the toss and chose to field first and Nattaya Boochatham bowled an excellent opening spell of 1 for 6 in 3 overs. Nattakan Chantam was more expensive so Sornnarin Tippoch soon turned to spin.

Boundaries came off the bowling of Rattana Sangsoma but the captain bowled very tidily as she took 2 for 13 in her 4 overs. Nonhlanhla Nyathi hit three fours in her innings of 28 but when she was bowled by Ratanaporn Padunglerd Zimbabwe were 80 for five with just two overs left.

Zimbabwe’s lower order went for their shots with Priceless Marange hitting a six over extra-cover and even after a flurry of wickets 12 runs came off the last over and a total of 103 for eight was higher than expected.

Thailand scored 85 for 4 to beat Netherlands but regular opener Naruemol Chaiwai was injured in the field and Pundarika Prathanmitr was out early caught and bowled.

Sornnarin Tippoch needed to play a captain’s innings and she didn’t disappoint as she hit two boundaries in her 24. Nattakan Chantam who was player of the match against Netherlands but she was stumped as the Thais struggled against the off-spin of Christabel Chatonzwa.

While the captain was at the crease there was still hope but she was out with the score on 65 for six and the end to the innings came quickly as the last four wickets fell in just five balls as Thailand were dismissed for 74.

Thailand would have gained a place in the semi-finals had they beaten Zimbabwe but they had lost by 29 runs so their dreams of a place in the Women’s World Twenty20 due to be held in Bangladesh next year came to an end.

Zimbabwe found out they had missed out as well shortly afterwards as Netherlands finished with a better net run-rate after losing to Pakistan by just 20 runs in a match reduced to 9 overs aside.

The Thai girls will be disappointed with their performance in this match but they have more cricket to play as they now face Zimbabwe, Canada and Japan in the Shield competition.

ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013
Group A, Thailand v Zimbabwe at The Vineyard, Dublin
Thailand won the toss and elected to field
Zimbabwe: 103 for 8 off 20 overs (N.Boochatham 2-17, S.Tippoch 2-13, R.Padunglerd 2-23)
Thailand: 74 all out off 18.4 overs (H.Saili 2-13, S.Mayers 2-20, C.Chatonzwa 4-12)
Player of the Match: Christabel Chatonzwa (Zimbabwe)

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Filed July 29th, 2013