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Warm-up round-up: Sri Lanka, Scotland dominant ahead of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

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Zimbabwe had the ideal start to their warm-ups, winning their first clash against USA by six wickets. Lindokuhle Mabhero (2/22), Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano (38) and captain Josephine Nakai Nkomo (38) all contributed to what was a comfortable win.

They lost their following encounter against Scotland, making 165/0 in their chase of 195, but the 31-year-old Sharne Mayers stood out with a morale-boosting century – her 102 came at a strike-rate of 152.23.

The Netherlands lost a tough opening encounter against a strong Sri Lankan team. Eva Lynch was the pick of the bowlers with her 2/32 but the Dutch bowling bore the brunt of Sri Lanka’s aggression, conceding 183/4. Babette De Leede (41) stood out with the bat in the chase, but the Netherlands couldn’t get too close to the target, finishing at 120/9.

A modest display with the bat was repeated against Thailand, but the Netherlands’ bowlers fought back in the second innings and secured a tie. The Asian side slipped from 99/5 to 115 all out. In the ensuing Super Over, Thailand’s total of nine was overhauled with ease by Babette and Heather Siegers.

Vanuatu lost both their games against Uganda and Sri Lanka. Their bowlers did well in the first game, restricting the African side to 119/6 as Rachel Andrew (2/19) and Selina Solman (2/22) picked up two wickets each. However, their chase never gathered steam, and they finished at 84/4 in their allotted overs.

In their next encounter against Sri Lanka, they were bowled out for just 58 against heavyweights Sri Lanka, and lost the game by nine wickets.

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