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Ireland lose to Alice Capsey-inspired England at Women’s T20 World Cup
Gabby Lewis hit 36 at the top of the order, but Ireland could not capitalise on quick-fire start.

ALICE CAPSEY STRUCK a masterful 21-ball half-century to lead England to a second  Women’s T20 World Cup victory as they eased to a four-wicket win over Ireland in Paarl.

The teenager, who was picked up by the Delhi Capitals in the inaugural Women’s Premier League auction while in the field for England, set up her side for victory with 34 balls to spare.

Ireland came into the game full of confidence after a shock victory over Australia in the warm-ups ahead of the tournament, but were unable to capitalise on a quick-fire start with the bat, as they were bowled out for 105.

Gaby Lewis top-scored for Ireland with 36 at the top of the order, as they powered to 27 without loss in the first four overs before a slightly odd delay for an injury and a loose stump-mic wire.

But despite an impressive start, Ireland lost steady wickets in the middle of the innings, including a double-wicket maiden for Sophie Ecclestone, who was also one of the big-name picks in the WPL auction.

Ireland slid from 80 for two to 105 all out with Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn picking up three wickets apiece, with Charlie Dean claiming another two as the spinners capitalised.

In reply, England started as they finished the first match against the West Indies, looking for the boundaries rather than being content just to rotate the strike, despite Ireland’s low total.

Sophia Dunkley chipped the ball straight to mid-on moments after getting off the mark with a boundary to become the first wicket of the second innings in the first over.

The wicket brought Capsey to the crease and her and Danni Wyatt powered England into a dominant position, with a 66-run partnership, but then the wickets started to fall.

Nat Sciver-Brunt, who was the joint-highest overseas pick in the WPL, only scored five before she was caught in the deep, with Knight and Amy Jones also out before England reached the required total with 34 deliveries remaining.

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