By Emily Goddard

The Dominican Republic defeated Chinese Taipei 7-0 on day five of the Women's Softball World Championship ©Haarlem 2014/FacebookItaly and New Zealand were among the victorious nations on day five of the Women's Softball World Championship as more rain halted some of the big action expected at the competition in Haarlem.

The morning saw the playing of the three games that were cancelled because of the wet weather the previous day, with Canada defeating China 2-0, the Dominican Republic overcoming Chinese Taipei 7-0 and Cuba winning 3-1 over Puerto Rico.

Italy then set off the day's action with a winning streak to whitewash Great Britain 9-0 - a result that meant the latter nation became the first nation to officially be eliminated from the playoffs.

Italy collected 13 base hits, including three by Eva Trevisan, while the British defence contributed with seven errors, resulting in six unearned runs.

Italy opened the score in the second frame as Giulia Longhi singled in the first run before a single by Elisa Grifagno made it 2-0.

The third run was added in the fourth inning when Irene Barone singled with two outs and went on to score on a throwing error.

Britain got two opportunities to get back in the game in the third inning when it got the bases loaded with two outs, but all runners stranded.

In the fourth, the team got its first two batters to reach base.

They advanced into scoring position with two outs, but this time a strikeout ended Britain's chances of a run.

Italy then made a game-deciding six-run rally in the seventh inning.

Puerto Rico were eliminated from the top four after their loss to Russia at the Women's Softball World Championship ©Haarlem 2014/FacebookPuerto Rico were eliminated from the top four after their loss to Russia at the Women's Softball World Championship ©Haarlem 2014/Facebook

New Zealand were also successful in their game against Czech Republic, who have now lost their last two games, and finished with a score of 7-3, while Cuba could not repeat their winning form from the morning's game as they went 2-0 down to China.

It was, however, a case of an unfortunate repeat of fate for Puerto Rico, who lost for the second time in one day, this time at the hands of Russia, and were eliminated from the top four.

With their 2-1 win, Russia now has a chance to reach the playoffs.

In a complete reverse of their morning's thrashing, Chinese Taipei went on to shutout Botswana 9-0 on eleven base hits, while two pitchers gave up only two hits to the African nation.

The two teams remain in contention for a spot in the top four of Group B.

Elsewhere, Australia's game against the United States got underway but was stopped due to a heavy rain shower and will resume tomorrow, as will Japan's battle against Canada, which ended in similar circumstances.

Hosts The Netherlands also had their game against the Dominican Republic scrubbed because of the weather and will instead be played tomorrow.

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