Day 3: CHINA REWRITE THE RECORD BOOKS





By Richard Lockwood

China and Thailand both gained convincing victories for the third day in a row in the ACC Women’s Championship in Chiang Mai but there was no doubt which team put in the most dominant performance of the day as the Chinese made the highest score ever seen in ACC women’s cricket competitions as they reached the epic total of 272 for 3 in 25 overs against Kuwait.

China have a quality batting line-up against this level of bowling as the top five all passed 30 with Sun Huan scoring an unbeaten 75 from 56 balls as she hit seven of the 23 fours that sped to the boundary at Traidhos Oval. With 48 runs conceded in wides a hapless Kuwait side were kept in the field for an excruciating two hours and eight minutes.

Kuwait’s agony was much shorter when they batted as they mustered only 35 runs in 18.1 overs with Han Lili and Zhou Haijie taking three wickets apiece as China’s margin of victory was an extraordinary 237 runs.

Thailand could not match the Chinese on this occasion even when they dismissed Iran for 41 and won by 10 wickets in scoring 42 for 0 in just 6 overs. Nattakan Chantham returned figures of 4 for 8 while Thai captain Sornnarin Tippoch promoted herself to open and made an unbeaten 22 with 3 boundaries. Thailand have still not lost a single wicket in their first three matches.

Nepal have not made the headlines so far in the tournament but they are a capable side and they made it two wins out of two in Group A as they beat UAE by 86 runs at Gymkhana Club. The two Magars, Sita and Sarita, both passed 40 in a total of 145 for 5 and a varied bowling attack worked their way through some determined UAE resistance, Sonu Khadka taking three wickets for 17 with her left-arm medium pace.

In the day’s other match, Singapore gained their first win of the competition as they held off Qatar by 16 runs. Singapore captain GK Diviya is a quality player who scored 52 in her team’s total of 134 for 4.

Nepal and Hong Kong are still unbeaten in Group A, along with China and Thailand in Group B, and at this stage these four teams look likely to be the four semi-finalists.

Results

China beat Kuwait by 237 runs
Thailand beat Iran by 10 wickets
Singapore beat Qatar by 16 runs
Nepal beat UAE by 86 runs

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Filed January 25th, 2013