THAILAND FACE NEPAL IN SEMI-FINALS





By Richard Lockwood

Thailand and Nepal will be very evenly matched when they meet each other in the first semi-final of the ACC Women’s Championship at Prem Oval in Chiang Mai on Wednesday morning. The two teams have met four times before in ACC Women’s Championship matches and each side has won twice with Thailand winning the most recent match in Kuwait in 2011.

Nepal are unbeaten from the group matches with a perfect record from their four matches while Thailand are looking to bounce back from their defeat against China when they were impressive in the field, only to struggle with the bat. It is interesting that in all four previous matches between Thailand and Nepal the side batting first has won.

The second semi-final will be played between the outstanding China side who have won all five of their matches and Hong Kong who came second in Group A after losing to Nepal.

A busy day on Wednesday will also see the positions from fifth to tenth with three play-off matches being staged at Gymkhana and Royal Chiang Mai. The final and third-place play-off will be held on Thursday 31st January with the winner of the final being invited to play in the qualifying competition for the next Women’s World Twenty20.

The last match of the group stages was played on Tuesday with Malaysia just overcoming UAE by one wicket in the most exciting match of the competition so far. The last pair were at the wicket with scores level when a leg-side wide decided a very close contest in Malaysia’s favour.

Result

Malaysia beat UAE by one wicket

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Filed January 30th, 2013