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Tice inspires Ireland women to victory

Updated: Friday, 15 Aug 2014 21:05 | Comments

Elena Tice struck 33 and claimed two wickets
Elena Tice struck 33 and claimed two wickets

Elena Tice produced a player-of-the-match performance as Ireland overwhelmed Scotland to win their third consecutive game in the European T20 Championships in Rugby.

Tice thumped five boundaries as she top scored with an unbeaten 33 from just 14 balls and followed it up with two wickets for just ten runs to strangle the Scottish run chase.

A solid batting effort by Ireland saw 7 of the 8 batters who made it to the middle reach double figures, with Clare Shillington (28) and Cecelia Joyce (19) laying the perfect platform with a half century opening stand.

Kim Garth (32) and Laura Delany (23) kept the momentum going with a fifth wicket partnership of 45, before Tice in conjunction with Shauna Kavanagh (12*), took Ireland to 169 for 6 with an unbroken stand of 43 in just 21 balls.

The Irish batters struck an impressive 17 boundaries in total, rarely missing an opportunity to dismiss anything remotely loose.

Kari Anderson (2-18) and Kathryn White (2-31) were best with the ball for Scotland.

The Scottish run chase never got going in the face of accurate Irish bowling, with only Rachel Scholes (20) and Kirstie Gordon (18*) making any impression as they finished on 75 for 7.

Ireland now face the Netherlands tomorrow (SAT) where another win would guarantee the title. They complete their fixtures on Sunday when they face The Netherlands and Scotland again.

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