The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier is underway in Scotland on Saturday, 31 August, with the hosts, Thailand and Ireland registering opening wins.

On a day that saw torrential rain and the earlier abandonment of Bangladesh v Papau New Guinea at the same ground, Scotland managed to sneak in a seven-over game against USA thanks to outstanding work from the ground staff.

Batting first, Scotland smashed 60/3 with skipper Kathryn Bryce hitting four boundaries on her way to 29* – complimenting her 2/5 with the ball – as Scotland pierced the field throughout their innings to build a commanding total and leave USA needing to strike at more than 8.5 an over.

ICC T20WC Qualifier: SCO v USA – Match highlights

Scotland skipper Kathryn Bryce excelled with both bat and ball as her side sealed a 30-run win over USA in their rain-affected ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier opener. Highlights 🎥

Posted by T20WorldCup on Sunday, September 1, 2019

USA, requiring 61 to win, could not hit a single boundary throughout their innings as the tournament hosts’ attack built plenty of pressure with wickets in the first two overs – Shebani Bhaskar and Erica Rendler falling for 0 and 3 respectively at the top of the order.

Despite five missed chances in the field, regular wickets kept runs at bay and the run-rate creeping higher as USA reached 30/5 at the close to hand Scotland a 30-run victory in Dundee.

Scotland beat USA by 30 runs at Forthill Sports Club

Scotland 60/3, 7 overs (K Bryce 29, S Bryce 12; C Beckford 3/26)
USA 30/5, 7 overs (S Sriharsha 10; Kathryn Bryce 2/6)

Schedule

Qualifier group stage

31 August: USA v Scotland – Lost by 30 runs 

1 September: USA v Bangladesh (2.00pm, Arbroath Cricket Club)

3 September: USA v Papua New Guinea (2.00pm, Arbroath Cricket Club)

Finals stages

5 September: Semi-Finals

7 September: Final

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