The following report was submitted by the Chinese Cricket Association.

Shenyang Sports Institute became national Chinese champion after three rounds of highly competitive games against Shanghai Tongji University, Shenzhen University and Beijing Li Ze Secondary School in the two-day finals of the 2007 CCA Schools Tournament for Women.

With a tough defense line-up, Shenyang was successful to limit the strong batting Shenzhen University team to 60 runs and took over control of the match. Shenzhen University achieved 103 runs during match against Shanghai.

Shenyang completed a hat trick by winning all the matches in the single round final. Shenzhen came second by taking over Shanghai and Beijing, while Shanghai took Beijing but lost in the other two heated matches with Shenyang and Shenzhen.

Shenyang won two of their matches by one run as they held their nerve amidst much tension.

Shanghai captain and bowler Mei Chun-hua was selected the best bowler of the match, Shenzhen player Liu Biyu won the best batsman award and Shenyang player became the best fielder overall.

Mei Chun-Hua with national coach Rashid Khan

Outstanding players from the tournament were gathered in Beijing during May 28-30 for a selection camp hosted by Mr. Rashid Khan, China national coach, who will decide the final 20-member squad for a centralized training in Shenzhen beginning June 6.

“I was very pleased with the enthusiasm and performance of the Chinese women players and I am sure that they will prove themselves a competitive force in the upcoming ACC Women’s Tournament,” said Rashid Khan.

Full-stretch towards international competition

The CCA has made an arrangement to play some warm up practice matches with Hong Kong during June. A match on June 24 in Shenzhen against the Hong Kong Women’s team has been confirmed. More practices will be arranged with other country teams.

The 2007 Chinese National School Tournament was in the second year of operation. Due to the fact that the ACC Women’s Tournament 2007 is due to begin on July 11 at Malaysia, the CCA decided to move the national school tournament for women to May so that it could tie in with the national team selection.

Overall, 19 women’s team across China have participated in the 2007 competition by playing in four regions: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang and Guangdong. There were only 5 women’s teams playing in the 2006 school tournament.

Filed June 04 2007