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T20 Champions Ireland stay unbeaten
17 Aug 2014 21:09
Ireland women finished their European T20 Championships in style with two comprehensive victories against The Netherlands and Scotland at Rugby, England, today, making it six wins out of six. Cecelia Joyce became the second Irish woman to score an international T20 century as she made an unbeaten 119 from just 68 balls as Ireland thumped Scotland by 117 runs in the afternoon game. Joyce clubbed a record 21 boundaries in her majestic innings, sharing a 3rd wicket stand of 160 - another Irish record - with Merrion club mate Kate McKenna, who made 45. Their magnificent partnership saw Ireland finish on 181 for 3, which proved far too many for their opponents. Louise McCarthy claimed 3 for 7, while Kim Garth took 2 for 8 as Scotland were dismissed for just 64. Only Olivia Rae (22), and Kari Anderson (21) offered any semblance of resistance. The morning game saw Ireland overcome The Netherlands by 84 runs in another one-sided affair. Clare Shillington's undefeated 72 from 59 balls (6 fours) provided the basis of their total of 143 for 4. Shillington, Ireland's most capped player, shared a second wicket stand of 94 with YMCA colleague Gaby Lewis (38). In reply The Netherlands could only muster 59, with Elena Tice (3-5), and Louise McCarthy the best with the ball in another emphatic all-round display. The tournament win which was made certain yesterday, meant that Irish cricket had completed a clean sweep of European competitions this season, winning all four in which they participated. In a further boost for the Irish camp, Cecelia Joyce was presented with the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament award.

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