The 5th place play-off of the 2019 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier between Scotland Women and Netherlands Women will be hosted by the Lochlands in Arbroath.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (1:00 PM GMT) (6:30 PM IST).
The hosts Scotland Women failed to qualify for the T20 World Cup as they suffered close defeats against Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea who made it to semi-finals. However, Scotland has a chance to finish at No.5 when they face the Netherlands on the last day of the tournament. Scotland recorded a thumping 10-wicket against Namibia in the 2nd playoff match.
On the other hand, Netherlands Women cruised through to a 9-wicket win over the United States of America. Interestingly, both Scotland and Netherlands have two wins in the tournament thus far; both against the USA and Namibia. Both the teams have played some good cricket in the competition and possess some perfect players for the T20 format but it is the results that went wrong for them.
The tournament will conclude with a dry day in Arbroath with a possibility of a full 20-over match. The skies are expected to be partly cloudy but won’t be carrying any rain.
The matches hosted by Arbroath have followed a certain template. The team batting first loses a couple of wickets against the new ball and ends up with around 100 on the board. The chasing team bags a comfortable win against such low targets.
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Probable Playing XIs:
Kathryn Bryce (C), Sarah Bryce, Becky Glen, Priyanaz Chatterji, Rachel Scholes, Ellen Watson, Lorna Jack, Hannah Rainey, Katie McGill, Katherine Fraser, Abtaha Maqsood.
Bench – Abbi Aitken, Megan McColl, Ruth Willis.
Sterre Kalis, Heather Siegers, Robine Rijke, Denise van Deventer, Miranda Veringmeier, Babette de Leede (WK), Juliët Post (C), Iris Zwilling, Silver Siegers, Caroline de Lange, Eva Lynch.
Bench – Frederique Overdijk, Hannah Landheer, Leonie Bennett.
Kathryn Bryce decided not to open the innings in the last game but still was good enough to earn 30+ points despite not batting in the game. Sarah Bryce has scored runs at good consistency and would like to continue doing the same while Sterre Kalis is aiming to stamp a mark in the T20I format with impressive batting numbers.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Kathryn Bryce, Sarah Bryce, Heather Siegers
Vice-Captain Options – Sterre Kalis, Katherine Fraser, Babette de Leede
Opening the bowling and batting will surely give Heather Siegers the highest chances of finishing as the MVP from this game.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sarah Bryce
Batters – Adri Denise van Deventer, Miranda Veringmeier, Lorna Jack
All-Rounders – Sterre Kalis (VC), Heather Siegers, Rachel Scholes, Kathryn Bryce (C)
Bowlers – Abtaha Maqsood, Katherine Fraser, Silver Siegers
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Babette de Leede, Sarah Bryce (VC)
Batters – Robine Rijke, Miranda Veringmeier, Lorna Jack
All-Rounders – Kathryn Bryce, Sterre Kalis, Heather Siegers (C)
Bowlers – Katherine Fraser, Caroline de Lange, Hannah Rainey
If Kathryn Bryce does not open the innings, her sister Sarah Bryce is ideal as captain. Kathryn is still too good as vice-captain. She has earned 30+ points in all the matches including 33 in the previous game.
Scotland Women might finish at No.5 with yet another win.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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